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BEOCORD 2000 DE LUXE

Das BECORD 2000 war das erfolgsreichste und beliebteste Tonbandgerät, das B&O gebaut hat. Es war ausgestattet mit features, von denen einige bei proffessionellen Geräten bis Ende der 1970er Jahre nicht zu finden waren.

Beocord 2000 de Luxe K, 1965-1969

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Beocord 2000 de Luxe :    1964-1965  

Beocord 2000 de Luxe T:    1966-1967

Beocord  2000K DL , Beocord 2000 de Luxe K:    1965  - 1969

Beocord 2000 De Luxe K stereo tape recorder; Type numbers: 4136, 4137

"One of the best semi-professional fully transistorised hi-fi stereo tape recorders. It has professional data for speed, 
wow and flutter that meet international standards for studio tape recorders. New modern design concepts distinguish 
the Beocord 2000 de Luxe K from conventional tape reorders. Here are some of them: 4-track recording/2-track and 
4-track playback; built-in 4-channel mixer section with twin faders for both mono and stereo recordings provides individual 
control and mixing of microphone, gramophone, radio and line signal inputs. These faders make it possible to balance 
channels during recording. An aurally compensated twin fader makes it possible to balance playback volume levels, too. 
These features permit recordings of every kind, such as Multi-playback, or sound-on sound; that is, rerecording from one 
track to another whilst making another recording on the other track. Synchro-playback - this feature consists of 
synchronising two recordings on separate tracks which you do wish to mix by recording, and may be used for language 
laboratory purposes and for automatic control of lantern slides. Echo - adding echo to both mono and stereo recordings.

The amplifier equipment is an outstanding new system consisting of no less than seven fully transistorised easily replaceable 
amplifier units.
Monitoring: separate records and playback heads with individual amplifiers permit both before-the-tape and off-the-tape 
monitoring. Power output is 2 x 8 watts undistorted.

Frequency response: 
7.5"/sec: 30-20 000 Hz (+/- 2 dB: 40 - 16 000Hz), 
3.75"/sec: 30 - 16 000 Hz (+/- 2dB: 40 - 12 000Hz), 
1.7/8"sec: 50 - 8 000Hz (+/- 2 dB: 50 - 6 000Hz)

Recording level is indicated by two illuminated V.U. meters which indicate the sum of signals in each of the two tracks that 
can be recorded simultaneously.
Slack absorbers: Two smooth-running specially engineered slack absorbers take up speeds.
Electronic protection circuit prevents damage due to electrical overloads. No other tape recorder in this price bracket has 
these professional standards for electrical and mechanical specifications. Fine low-noise tape drive motor mounted on 
rugged non-torsion steel chassis. Four tape heads, 4-track recording but - a remarkable feature - the instrument plays back 
both 2-track and 4-track tapes.
The erase head (long-life dual-gap ferrite erases "right to the bottom" (70dB). The 2000 de Luxe permits recording from 
one tape recorder to another, parallel recording on a number of tape recorders, and simultaneous copying of both tracks. 
The Beocord may also be used as: public address system, permanently installed hi-fi control centre, and orchestra and 
guitar amplifier." - taken from the 1967 - 1968 Bang & Olufsen product catalogue (Read more on the BeoWorld 
Connoisseurs' Club)

1965 - 1969:    Beocord 2000  DL
1964 - 1965:    Beocord 2000 de Luxe T
1966 - 1967:    Beocord 1000


Beocord 2000 family

Beocord 2000K

Stereo tape recorder, 17/8, 33/4, 71/2 IPS, two or four track format, 2x6W

The Beocord 2000K was a development of the Beocord Stereomaster. Although visually very similar, a number of important 
changes had been made to improve the quality and usefulness of the machine. Most of the printed panels had been redesigned 
around the newer and better transistors that were becoming available, though these panels were made interchangeable with the 
earlier types. Two new types of microphone amplifier were offered, both with transformer inputs. 
The two versions were for 
unbalanced and balanced microphones respectively, the latter being especially useful if long microphone leads were used.
An automatic stop device was added to the deck so that playback or recording was halted when the tape ran out. This was 
operated by conductive silver foil attached to the tape. In addition, an extra sensor, built into the entrance guide, stopped 
the machine if the tape broke and at the end of fast winding.
A separate level control for multiple recording and echo, concentric with the balance control, was fitted too. This allowed 
the playback volume through the loudspeakers be adjusted independently from the "sound on sound" recording level. A 
new type of level meter that was easier to read was introduced too. Internally, the most important change was that the 
rewind idlers were replaced with a belt. This made it possible to offer a different sized motor pulley that could be used 
to make the machine suitable for 60Hz mains supplies.
The next stage in the development of this range of machines came with the introduction of the
Beocord 2000 De Luxe.

Beocord 2000T

Stereo tape recorder, 17/8, 33/4, 71/2 IPS, two or four track format, 2x6W
An updated form of the
Beocord Stereomaster 610T. Technically, the improvements were the same as 
those made to the
Beocord 2000K.

Beocord 2000K De Luxe

(?-1970) Stereo tape recorder, 17/8, 33/4, 71/2 IPS, two or four track format, 2x6W
Type numbers: 4136, 4137

For this version of this long running machine, B&O really excelled themselves. Those who thought that the "De Luxe" part 
of the name just meant a bit more chrome trim or restyled controls would have been in for quite a surprise, for large and 
important changes had been made in all the important areas of the design.
Most obviously, the sliding faders had been split in two, giving independent control of the left and right channels. An extra 
stereo fader had been added for "sound on sound" functions, which could also be used to regulate the new "line" level input, 
intended for the connection of a second recorder or to a quality amplifier such as the
Beolab 5000. Because of the split 
faders, the balance control was no longer necessary and so the design of the two rotary controls was simplified, with one 
for treble and one for bass. A ¼" stereo headphone socket was also added, fed from the built-in power amplifier.
The two-track model was fitted with an extra head, to allow the playback of four-track tapes. Four-track recordings could 
not be made with this machine however. The new head was selected using a pushbutton mounted 
behind the head cover.
More refinements had been made to the preamplifier modules. The new units for record players and radio tuners featured 
a two-position switch for two different sensitivities. The record player preamplifier could be used with both crystal and 
B&O magnetic pickups, eliminating the need to offer two types. The switches could be easily altered through holes in the 
base of the machine.
Mechanically, changes were minimal, though curiously the belt drive for rewinding that had been introduced with the previous 
model was discontinued and the arrangement of two idler wheels returned. The mechanical wow and flutter performance, 
along with the speed accuracy, of the Beocord 2000 De Luxe was guaranteed to reach the standards required for professional 
use, a considerable achievement for a domestic machine.
In this form, the Beocord offered a mix of qualities that no similarly priced machine could match. It represented the height 
of perfection that could be achieved with available technology and offered the quality and flexibility of a professional machine
in a compact, domestically acceptable package. The next version, the
Beocord 2400, would be the final model in the series.

Prices (rosewood)
1970:    £160.13.0

Prices (teak)
1970:    £159.12.0

Beocord 2000T De Luxe

(?-1970) Stereo tape recorder, 17/8, 33/4, 71/2 IPS, two or four track format, 2x6W
This machine was identical to the
Beocord 2000K De Luxe, except that it was fitted in a portable ("luggage") cabinet 
like that used for the
Beocord 2000T and the Beocord Stereomaster 610T.

Price (1970):    £165.18.0