Beovision LX 2500

(1987) 25” colour television, A2 stereo, Teletext

Type numbers: 3441, 3442, 3443, 3445, 3447, 3452, 3453, 3454, 3456, 3741, 3742, 3743, 3745, 3747, 3752, 3753, 3754, 3756, 3758, 3760, 3765

Description

The Beovision LX 2500 was one of a new range of models that would eventually replace the very sucessful 77XX series sets. The LX 2500 replaced the Beovision 7802 directly, though the screen was a little larger. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The LX series introduced some important innovations. Firstly, an FS (flatter, squarer) Tube was fitted of the Philips 45AX series. FST sizes were a little different to the previous types of tube, and so the 22” conventional size was replaced with a 25” (59cm) FST, and the 26” was replaced by a 28” (66cm) size. The new tube also featured an Invar shadow mask, specially designed to reduce the effects of temperature, and a thinner neck that reduced power requirements. Further to this, the screen was tinted, and to improve the contrast still further B&O fitted a piece of tinted glass in front of the screen, smoothing out the lines of the front of the set. Despite the new technology, the picture quality was not as sharp or crisp as that achieved by the previous generation of models. This was not a problem unique to B&O, and there was no real solution to it. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

To drive the new tube a whole new chassis was designed, which was in many ways more conventional than the one that had come before. However, by using a more powerful microcomputer to control the functions, the set effectively became “software controlled”, eliminating the need for numerous manual controls. There were in fact only two controls on the set, a power switch and a “step” key, which brought the set out of standby and selected the next channel. All other functions were controlled with a remote control and on-screen menus, including the tuning which gave a direct reading of frequency in megahertz. Other fitments included two AV connections including a Scart socket, a teletext decoder with page memory and high quality two-way loudspeakers in pressure chamber cabinets. The sound image could be made to sound artificially broader using the stereo-wide mode, for which a visual indicator was provided. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The cabinet had the characteristic B&O proportions – slim and wide with inlays of either teak, maple or rosewood. Mounted on the optional floor stand, the set looked very elegant indeed and fitted easily into any quality interior. Remote control was by the new Video Terminal, using a new high-frequency standard that would in time become common across the range. The owner could specify an all-white finish at extra cost, and a matching video recorder, the Beocord VHS 91, was also made available. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The original LX models proved popular, and were soon updated with the “02” series, which further expanded the usefulness of the computer control system. The specific model that replaced the LX 2500 was the LX 2502. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Designer

David Lewis

Finishes/ colours

  • Rosewood
  • Teak
  • White
  • White

Prices

 StandardWhiteline
1986£845 
£875 
1987£930 
£960 

Type numbers

3441, 3442, 3443, 3445, 3447, 3452, 3453, 3454, 3456, 3741, 3742, 3743, 3745, 3747, 3752, 3753, 3754, 3756, 3758, 3760, 3765

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