BeoCenter 1

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Manufactured: 2000 - 2006
Designer: David Lewis
Colours: Black, Blue, Yellow, Red, Green, Grey

BeoCenter 1 combines a state-of-the-art TV, a superior-quality DVD player and an intelligent FM radio in one product, and lets you control everything with a single, easy-to-use remote control - the Beo1.

With its impressive picture quality and powerful active speaker system, Beocenter 1 provides total entertainment in a minimum of space. And the integration doesn't end with the technology. With six strong colours and five diverse stands - all with motorised turning - to choose from, Beocenter 1 can easily be assimilated into any setting.

In a world full of choices, Bang & Olufsen has already made the best ones for the consumer - and put it all at the command of a four-buttoned Beo1 remote control - the remote control unit dedicated to both Beovision 1 and Beocenter 1.

However, as from October 2002, both Beovision 1 and BeoCenter 1 were delivered with Beo4 remote control instead of Beo1 which was discontinued. In January 2003 a Dolby Digital Surround Sound kit will be available for both these TV models.

BeoCenter 1 is able to read and play DVD-R and DVD-RW discs.

BeoCenter 1 - Press Release 2000

" Bang & Olufsen announces the newest addition to it's product portfolio. In combining an FM radio, a DVD player, a 25" TV and a pair of active loudspeakers, BeoCenter 1 offers experiences as yet unmatched on the marketplace. Featuring appealing design and simple operation, the product also has the flexibility to fit in anywhere.

In continuance of the Beovision 1 concept, launched in November of 1999, the key features of BeoCenter 1 remain focused on versatility, simplicity and uncompromising picture and sound quality.

With the new BeoCenter 1, Bang & Olufsen is taking account of the varying needs of consumers when it comes to usage of audio and video equipment in the home. "

Different uses

Bang & Olufsen's second compact A/V product (the first was BeoCenter AV5, launched in 1997), BeoCenter 1 features an elegant and unmistakably B&O design that makes its presence known, while astonishingly remaining discreet. And a wealth of the company's long-standing values and innovative finesses lie packed in beneath the surface.

A combined A/V solution like this represents a whole new way of living with these different media - at least in modern times. But look back a few decades and radiograms and combined TV/gramophone units were de rigueur. Back then the TV was the altar at which the family congregated. But as the TV came to play a less dominant role in the home, so consumers rejected large combined systems in favour of smaller, individual audio and video products - thanks in part to new technology requiring less space.

Goes anywhere

Now the combined solution is back with a vengeance - but in minimalist guise, expressed through a design with an emphasis on flexibility rather than dominance.

BeoCenter 1's flexibility stems primarily from a choice of five unique placement possibilities: from floating almost magically out from the wall, to sitting on a more traditional floor stand, to standing tall on a 160 cm column. Utilising the built-in motor, BeoCenter 1 can also be turned to face in different directions, simply and intuitively operated with the Beo1 remote control.

Externally, BeoCenter 1 offers a truly colourful experience. It is available in six different colours: green, black, yellow, blue, red and grey. This finishing touch helps ensure that BeoCenter 1 blends into any home interior.

But for a A/V centre to blend in absolutely anywhere, it needs to look good from every angle - not just head-on. So a lot of time was spent on making BeoCenter 1 look good from the back too - wave goodbye to gaping sockets and ungainly cable holders.

Furthermore, an A/V centre that goes anywhere also needs to produce a picture that looks good anywhere. BeoCenter 1's automatic contrast, brightness and colour control means superb picture quality in more or less any light. Add the standard anti-reflection coated contrast glass to the 25", 4:3 format screen, and the amount of incoming light is reduced by almost 99%, when compared with ordinary front glass.

To top it all off, the sound is rather special too. Two powerful active loudspeakers once again make Bang & Olufsen's acoustic competencies heard loud and clear. Topping out at 96 dB stereo, the sonic experience remains true to the Bang & Olufsen goal of natural reproduction of sound.

Integrated DVD player

Surprising, intelligent, magical and discreet are some of the words of praise attracted by the DVD player. The DVD tray glides out like a tongue beneath the TV screen and naturally you get all the functions you would expect from a DVD player: Instant access to any particular film episode, pictures in studio quality and a thrilling sound experience.

Built-in FM radio

Seamlessly integrated into the compact cabinet of BeoCenter 1, the FM radio features 59 programme presets and a standard Radio Data System (RDS) module. The RDS module allows the user to see the name of the radio station in the display, provided the broadcaster transmits the proper identification signal.

Personalised Channel Groups

Another major innovation is that each user can create his or her own personal group of up to 18 TV channels (terrestrial, satellite and cable) and radio stations. Again this is in the name of simplicity - it can be hard to keep track of the rapidly increasing number of TV channels available. Another option is to have subject groups rather than personal groups - like sports channels or movie channels. Up to eight different channel groups can be created.

Simplicity even extends to remote control

The Beo1 remote control is a miniature sculpture completely unlike its traditional counterparts, in that it features a built-in base so that it can stand upright on the table. And with only a few buttons, it is also striking in its simplicity - one of the themes in BeoCenter 1. All system components are operated by using the Beo1. Simply navigate through the simple options on the display beneath the TV screen."

BeoCenter 1 Product Specifications

Types: NEU 8510, HK 8512, GB 8513, AUS 8515, SNG 8516, F- GB 8518 (Introduced 2001)

Terminal included Beo1
Stand turning function +-35 degrees, motorised
Picture tube/Visual picture 63 cm (4:3)/60cm, Black line, Black Matrix
Contrast screen Anti-reflection coated contrast screen
VisionClear Auto picture adjustment
Auto cut-off
CTI
Adaptive Luminance Peaking
Scan Velocity Modulation
Teletext Improved Teletext
9 memory pages per program
CTV system According to type: B/G/D/K/I/L/L´/M, PAL/SECAM, NTSC on AV
Tuner range 45 - 860 Mhz, VHF band I-III, S, Hyper, UHF
Pretuned TV programmes 99, auto naming
8 Program Groups
Stereo decoders A2 + NICAM

DVD: built-in
Disc sizes 12cm
Frequency range 20Hz - 20KHz
Playback the following: DVD-Video, Video CD, CD-A, CD-R, CD-RW
Multistandard PAL/NTSC
Signal-to-noise-ratio Typical 100 dB, A weighted, in Audio mode
DVD Zone: according to type

FM: built-in
Pretuned radio programs 59
Tuner range 87,5 - 108 MHz
RDS Yes

Speakers:
Power amplifier modules 4 units
Frequency range 50-20.000 Hz
Max sound pressure level 96 dB
Cabinet principle/Net volume Bass Reflex/2.6 litre
Woofer 115mm
Tweeter 18mm
Bass equalizer Adaptive
Magnetic shielded Yes

Satellite module
Tuner range 950 - 2150 Mhz
Programmes 198 TV/Radio
Sound systems Mono/Stereo
Satellite radio Yes
Down conv. supply 14/18 Volts control, Tone Control (22 Khz)
DiSEqC (One way control)

Connections: Input TV and FM Arial, 2 x 75 ohms
V.Tape - AV/Decoder 2 x 21-pin for V.TAPE, A/V or Decoder. RGB and S-Video in
Camcorder/Auxiliary 3 x phono sockets (video in/audio L-R in)
Headphone socket: mini jack
Power Link 2 x 8-pin socket
Master Link (Optional) 1 x Master Link
Satellite (Optional) 1 x F-connecter
System modulator (optional) 1 x 75 ohm aerial mal (Splitter/System modulator Output)
Set-top box Controller (Optional) Mini jack

Optional features/modules: Satellite module 4190
Set-top box Controller 4195
System Modulator EU 4016
System Modulator GB 4018
Master Link Module 4015

Stands: Type: Height, incl. TV Diameter, plate
Table stand 4185 82 cm 29,5cm
Floor stand, low 4186 105 m 44 m
Wall bracket 4188 80cm
Video stand 4189, High Gloss Black 119cm
Floor stand, high 4187 (plate)
4194 (base)
4199 (tube) 231cm 60cm

Market specifications:
Market: Type: Country: Active CTV system Basic CTV system *) DVD Zone *) System modulator
NEU 8510 A-B-CH-D-DK-E-GR-I-N-NL-P-S-SF-Other B/G B/G 2 G
HK 8512 HK D/K/M/I B/G/L/D/K/M/I 3 I
GB 8513 GB I B/G/L/L'/I/D/K 2 I
AUS 8515 AUS B/G B/G 4 G
SNG 8516 SNG, EEU B/G/D/K B/G/L/L'/I/D/K 2 G
F-GB 8518 F-CH B/G/L/L'/I B/G/L/L'/I/D/K 2 G

*) Basic CTV systems can be switched ON in Service menu.
*) DVD Zone can be changed in Service menu. NB Can be changed up to 25 times

Dimensions W x H x D/Weight 61 x 73 x 42 cm/ 40 kg
Cabinet finish black, blue, yellow, grey, red, green
Power consumption Typical 81 watts, standby:< 0,8 W

Most recent S/W T851X 3.15 T852X 2.91 T853X 2.91

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Created: 20th January 2007
Modified: 15th March 2007

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