BeoCenter 1600

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Manufactured: 1975 - 1978
Designer: Jacob Jensen
Colours: Rosewood, Teak, Oak

Beocenter 1600 was a combined FM stereo tuner, hi-fi amplifier and cassette recorder with extra operational convenience in the tuner section - facilities for presetting the 4 FM stations you listen to most frequently. The hi-fi amplifier was relatively powerful and had low distortion and a wide frequency range so that the tuner's excellent qualities could be exploited fully.

The built in cassette recorder was very easy to use - recording level was regulated with the same sliding potentiometer on both channels and monitored by an illuminated indicator. A Selector switch was available to choose between normal or chromium dioxide tapes.

Beocenter 1500 and Beocenter 1600 were at the time of their production, two of the market's most compact audio systems, but despite their small external dimensions they could fill a large room with sound. All the push buttons of Beocenter 1500 were of solid aluminium, and the solid aluminium front panel on the Beocenter 1600 was anodised - a process which was more expensive and more demanding but which also made the set more robust and resistant to marks and scratches.

Combined with two speakers from the Beovox Uni-Phase range of loudspeakers, Beocenter 1600 would then make up Beosystem. 1600.

BeoCenter 1600 Product Specifications

Beocenter 1600 Specifications
Type: 2606 (1975 - June 1978)

Sound system and loudspeaker 2 sets of stereo
FM pre-tuning: 4
Power output: 1000 Hz RMS 2 x 22 watts / 4 ohms; 2 x 19 watts / 8 ohms
Music power 2 x 40 watts / 4 ohms; 2 x 25 watts / 8 ohms
Speaker impedance 4 ohms
Harmonic distortion: 1000 Hz 50 mV DIN 45 500 < 0.1 %
Intermodulation: DIN 45 500 < 0.1 %
Frequency range: +/- 1.5 dB DIN 45 500 20 - 30,000 Hz

Bass control at 40 Hz: +/- 17 dB
Treble control at 12,5000 Hz: +/- 14 dB

Tuner: FM range 87.5 - 108 MHz

Compact cassette: C60 - C90
Tape head: Super Permalloy
Iron oxide tape: Yes
Chromium dioxide tape: Yes
Indicator system: Dual light
Counter: 3 digits
Stop at end of tape: Yes
Wow and flutter, DIN: < +/- 0.3 %
Speed deviation: < +/- 1.5 %
Fast forward and rewind: 90 sec.
Frequency range, DIN 40: 12,500 Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio Chrome: > 52 dB
Erasure: > 65 dB
AUX: 50 mV / 22 kohms
Output radio: 800 mV / 22 kohms

Power supply: 110 - 130 - 220 - 240 V
Power consumption: 20 - 170 W
Dimensions W x H x D 66 x 8.5 x 26cm
Weight 8.8 kg

Connections: Phono DIN
Headphone jack
Extra tape recorder DIN

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Created: 2nd December 2006
Modified: 23rd May 2008

Author Notes:

Beoworld says:

Another Beocenter 1400 derivative but in this case the Beomaster 1100 was used as the receiver part. FM only and in keeping with the B&O habit of such products in having a black anodised metal finish. Quite a rare machine these days.

My BeoWorld



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