BEO.ZONE

BeoGram 1800 (1968)

BeoGram Record Decks

Production: 1968 - 1972

Designer: Jacob Jensen

Not very common, with few examples surviving the tests of time, this ‘upmarket’ turntable was positioned between Beogram 1000 and 1200. It used the new SP10 pickup and had a very easy to use operation in that the user just placed the disc on the platter after selecting the record size and speed, and the rest left to the machine. The deck came with the new SP10 tone-arm, and both anti-skating and anti-vibration mechanisms were built in.

It’s interesting to note that the Beogram 1800 record deck from Bang & Olufsen was the last model to feature a rubber mat on its platter (many record deck manufacturers today still use rubber mats!) From then on Bang & Olufsen used other forms of support for a disc.

Quite a heavy machine - at 6.5kg - the record deck was designed to be used with top-notch amplification such as that offered by Beomaster 3000.

The last of its type from the middle 1970s, record decks from Bang & Olufsen would never quite look the same again.

Bang & Olufsen with Jacob Jensen won the 1969  iF Award for the Beogram 1800.

BeoGram 1800 (1968) technical specifications

Type: 5213 (1968 - Dec 1972) 
Speeds: 45 and 33,3 
Rumble: better than 55 dB (DIN B.) 
Wow and flutter: +/- 0.15 peak value 

Amplifier: 
Max. 3.5 V RMS = 10 V pp (corresponding to 58 cm/sec./1000 Hz) 

Pickup: 
SP 10 A type 5425 
Stylus pressure 1 g (2 g max) 
Output: 
5 mV - 1000 Hz / 47 k ohms 
Voltage: 
110 - 220 volts AC 
Power consumption 22 W 
Dimensions W x H x D: 43.8 x 13.2 x 32.3 cm 
Weight 6.5 kg