Manufactured: 1975 - 1977
Designer: Jacob Jensen
Colours: Rosewood, Teak
Beocenter 1800 fulfilled hi-fi standards by a wide margin. The product was also way above the average in terms of ease and operation. Experience from Beomaster 1100 and Bang & Olufsen's integrated gramophones were combined in the special space-saving unit, which on a specification level was on a par with many separates.
The FM section had automatic frequency control (AFC), four pre-set stations and light indicators. The amplifier's power output was 2 x 22 watts RMS with less than 0,3% distortion at full power output.
The integrated gramophone was fully automatic. The user simply chose the size of the record and pressed a button - the machine did the rest. The pickup arm was of magnesium which was extremely light. This, together with the MMC 3000, a low-mass cartridge, made this one of the very few turntables on the marker that was capable of tracking warped records. The anti-skating device also worked automatically.
The pickup arm and the turntable mechanism had a special spring suspension which made the turntable shock and vibration resistant.
Records could be played with the dust lid closed, thus protecting both the turntable and the record collection from damaging dust particles. Beocenter 1800 had connections for tape recorder, two sets of stereo speakers and a pair of headphones.
When connected to a pair of Beovox Uni-Phase passive loudspeakers, it was known as Beosystem 1800.
Beocenter 1800 UK price in 1978: £431.00
BeoCenter 1800 Product Specifications
Type: 2610 (1975 - March 1977)
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
Power supply: 110 - 130 - 220 - 240 V
Power consumption: 20 - 170 W
Dimensions W x H x D: 50 x 12 x 37 m
Tuner: FM range 87.5 - 108 MHz
Speeds: 33 - 45 rpm.
Automatic pickup movement: Yes
Automatic speed selection: Yes
Wow and flutter, DIN: < +/- 0.12 %
Rumble DIN unweighted: > 37 dB
Rumble DIN weighted: > 60 dB
Speed deviation: < 0.1 %
Speed control range: > 3 %
Dial for speed strobe: 120mm
Tangential tracking: 0.126°
Lift system: mechanical
Antiskating Inclined channeling, inside bearing
Drive system Idler wheel and belt
Turntable: 30cm 1 kg
Pickup: MMC 3000
Stylus Spherical diamond
Stylus pressure range 0 - 2.5g
Radius of curvature 15 µm
Recommended stylus pressure 1.2g
Connections: Headphone jack
Tape recorder DIN
- BeoMaster 1100 Tuner/Amplifier
- Beovox P30 (Panel) Passive Loudspeakers
- Beovox S30 Passive Loudspeakers
Created: 2nd December 2006
Modified: 23rd May 2008
Another variant on the Beomaster 1100, this one adds a Beogram and can be regarded as the audio version of the Beocenter 3500. It did use the newer arm and cartridge though. Not as well made though and a lid that will have self destructed by now due to poor plastics and a heavy torsion spring. Repairable though and a very cheap introduction to LPs.