Beolit 600

(1966-1970) Portable FM/MW/LW/marine band radio, 1x1W

Type number: 1201

Picture by Nick Jarman


A popular portable set of the 60s. Unusually for the time, it featured an FM band, made possible by special transistors which had recently become available. These, like the others in the set, were sourced from Seimens, but were similar to those being made by Philips/Mullard. The output level was high for a transistor set, so a lot of power was needed. This came from six “D” size batteries mounted in an internal box. Access was through the bottom of the set, and would have been frequent if high volume settings were regularly used! There was no option of mains power for this model, the Beopower 600 mains adaptor was only suitable for sets made after 1970, which were of a completely different design. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The set was solid and sturdy, the plastic panels on the outside being purely cosmetic. Inside, there was a metal framework to hold all the parts, including the loudspeaker. Damping materials were fitted in places where it was thought resonance may occur. The styling was much admired, particularly by Murphy Radio, who copied it accurately in one of their models. The Beolit 600 included features such as proper treble and bass controls, a dual function battery and tuning meter (this changed function automatically when a broadcast was received), headphone and tape recorder sockets and coverage of the marine band (on the lower frequency short waves). Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The Beolit 600 was replaced in 1970 by the new Beolit 600 “colour radio” range, which were all-new in every respect, and shared only the name. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.



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