Beomaster 700

(1965-1969) FM/MW/LW/SW receiver, 1x6W

Type number: 2209

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

In simple terms the Beomaster 700 was simply a mono version of the more popular Beomaster 900K. Available only with a built-in loudspeaker, the 700 offered a similar set of facilities to the 900, aside from stereo reproduction. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The model was constructed using the same printed circuit board as the 900, presumably as an economy measure. For mono operation only one amplifier channel was required so the components for the other one were simply not fitted and the wiring altered slightly to suit. Single gang controls for volume, treble and bass were used and items such as the socket for the FM stereo decoder and the holder for the stereo indicator lamp were omitted. The DIN connectors for a turntable and a tape recorder were retained but were wired for mono, with the left and right channels being joined in all cases. In order to use the same pressings and mouldings for the front panel the function of the 900’s “mono” button was changed to become the AFC switch. This function was combined with the internal/external aerial switch in the 900, something that was now not necessary with the 700. Minor revisions to the screen printing of the dial completed the modifications to the front of the set. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

At the rear, only two output transistors were fitted (instead of the usual four) and only one external loudspeaker socket was present instead of the usual three. The balance control was also removed. The outer cabinet was constructed in a similar manner to that of the 900K with a partitioned area for the single loudspeaker. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The Beomaster 700 was not much simpler to produce than the 900 and so was also not that much cheaper. There was also plenty of choice in the rest of the range for those looking for a quality mono radio, the Beo 610 and the Beolit Deluxe 611-FMT being two obvious examples. The combination of these two factors made the Beomaster 700 a slow seller, overshadowed by the very popular 900K. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Finishes/ colours

  • Rosewood
  • Teak

Type number

2209

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