Beolit 400

(1971-1975) Portable FM radio, 1x1W (undistorted)

Type number: 1503

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

The Beolit 400 was a simpler version of the Beolit 600 that covered the FM band only. There were many detail changes, the most obvious of which was that the “ball bearing” tuning pointer had been replaced by a more familiar Perspex pointer. The reason for this change was that the scale of the Beolit 400 was fitted with station markers that could be slid into position and which briefly blocked the progress of the cursor as it was slid across the dial. This system did not work very well as the markers tended to move with the cursor and soon become inaccurate. Also missing was the tape recorder/record player socket, as there were no band selector switches to select it with. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Coverage of only the FM band meant that the circuitry of the Beolit 400 could be simplified and refined. Performance was truly excellent, with easy, stable tuning (helped by a powerful AFC system), low noise and low distortion. The circuit of the FM-only receiver looked more like that of a Hi-Fi tuner than a portable radio. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Like the Beolit 600, the Beolit 400 could be fitted with different coloured side panels to suit the owner’s taste. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Designer

Jacob Jensen

Finishes/ colours

  • Curry
  • Red
  • Violet
  • Black
  • White

Prices

1972£24.90 
1973£25.90 
1974£26.90 

Type number

1503

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