Beovox MS150/150.2 Passive Loudspeakers

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Manufactured: 1980 - 1985
Designer: Jacob Jensen
Colours: Rosewood

Bang & Olufsen's Behemoths

Beovox Uni-Phase MS150 and M150 were Bang & Olufsen's answer to the need for loudspeakers that could cope with greater dynamic range and increased demand for serious, no-gimmick sound reproduction.

They were B&O's biggest and most perfected loudspeakers up to the time of their introduction, designed to reproduce sound with a natural, linear phase quality - even at very high sound pressure levels. Their power handling capacities were specified at 150 watts RMS. However, effective overload protection circuits enabled them to handle brief passages of music way above their ratings.

Both speakers reproduced all types of music - from the faintest to the loudest notes - with extreme accuracy and precision, without adding to or subtracting from the signals they received.

In addition, the MS150 was designed to reproduce a clean, powerful bass in a relatively large room. That is why it was fitted with a monitor quality sub-woofer and had a net volume of 64 litres. It reproduced the lowest of tones that any record, tape or FM broadcast could deliver. Apart from the sub-woofer, all other speaker drivers in both models were identical.

Beovox Uni-Phase MS150 were well-balanced loudspeakers that would reproduce all types of music - from the faintest to the loudest tones - with accuracy and precision. They were an excellent match for the BeoLab 8000 music system, and other serious high fidelity systems.

Beovox Uni-Phase MS150 loudspeakers had linear phase and linear amplitude transfer characteristics. This meant that they would reproduce sound accurately, without adding to, or subtracting from the signals they received. Power handling capacity was specified at 150 watts RMS but an effective overload protection circuit enabled them to handle much greater loads.

Behind this successful design lay a new acoustic technology, an integrated loudspeaker design which put Bang & Olufsen in control of all the parameters that affected the loudspeakers' performance. That is, all, except the room acoustics in which they were situated. The new technology was based upon the use of Fourier analysis, computer-aided design and simulation techniques and laser holography. It helped prove measuring, calculating and testing techniques and thereby led to better cross-over filters' design, refinement of patented linear phase techniques, control cabinet resonances and the minimisation of diffractions caused by the cabinet's traditionally sharp-edged profiles. There was also a redesigning of the necessary drivers in order to meet precise construction requirements and perform optimally.

A monitor quality sub-woofer, a 20cm bass unit and a 64 litre net cabinet secured clean, powerful, bass reproduction. The mid-range unit, a 7,5cm dome tweeter, was aperiodically tuned to secure the exact frequency response characteristic required, while the super tweeter ensured excellent high frequency response.

Beovox MS150-2 handled a full 150 watts of power easily and accurately. Even musical peaks exceeding this level offered no danger to the drive units as they were protected by an automatic safety cut-out. All frequencies were reproduced faithfully via the 25cm sub-woofer, 20,5cm bass, 7,5cm mid/phase-link and a 2,5cm tweeter unit. Overall, frequency range was 30 - 20000Hz; the extended bass response being a benefit of the ported reflex cabinet design. Sturdy metal pedestals were included to place the speakers at the correct height and vertical angle.

Beovox MS150/150.2 Passive Loudspeakers Product Specifications

MS150.2 Specifications


Type: 6431
RMS power handling capacity 150 W
Music power handling capacity 200 W
Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency response 4+ -8 dB 30 - 20,000 Hz
Frequency response +/- 4 dB 48 - 22,000 Hz
Sensitivity 2.5 W
Distortion: 250 - 1000 Hz
<1%
Distortion: > 1000 Hz <0.5%
Subwoofer: 25 cm, throw +/- 8mm
Woofer: 21 cm, throw +/- 5mm
Phase-link unit: 7.5 cm dome
Tweeter: 2.5 cm dome
Net volume: 64 litre
Gross volume:102 litre
Dimensions W x H x D: 36 x 83.5 x 34cm
Weight: 30 kg

Beovox MS150 Specifications.

Type: 6411
Specifications: RMS power handling capacity 150 W
Music power handling capacity 200 W
Impedance: 8 ohms
Frequency response 4+ -8 dB 30 - 20,000 Hz
Frequency response +/- 4 dB 48 - 22,000 Hz
Sensitivity 2.5 W
Distortion 250 - 1000 Hz
<1%
Distortion > 1000 Hz <0.5%
Subwoofer: 25 cm, throw +/- 8mm
Woofer: 21 cm, throw +/- 5mm
Phase-link unit: 7.5 cm dome
Tweeter: 2.5 cm dome
Net volume: 64 litre
Gross volume: 102 litre
Dimensions W x H x D: 36 x 83.5 x 34cm
Weight 30 kg

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Created: 21st January 2007
Modified: 11th February 2007

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