BeoMaster 8000

BeoMaster Tuner/Amplifier

Production: 1980 - 12/1985

Documents: Owners Manual, Owners Manual, Service Manual, Service Manual

The beautiful Beomaster 8000 was the largest and most potent receiver produced by Bang & Olufsen up to that time and was partnered by the similarly-looking but smaller Beomaster 6000. Never since the Beolab 5000 System had Bang & Olufsen produced anything as sophisticated and good-looking. However, the unit was hefty, not able to be stacked (as with the Beosystem 5000, for example) and also very expensive to buy. As desirable as it was, the receiver often stayed on prospective buyers’ wish lists rather than being a practical, and affordable, purchase.

The amplifier delivered a massive 150W per channel and Datalink was fitted so that the separate components which made up the Beolab 8000 System could communicate with each other. The amplifier was based upon the Beomaster 4400 but produced twice the level of power.

By the time that Beomaster 8000 was released microprocessor circuitry had developed sufficiently to allow its incorporation whereby it controlled the receiver’s primary functions. Included filters could mold the sound appropriate to the listener’s needs. These controls were also duplicated on the receiver’s specially-designed remote handset, the Beolab Terminal.  This infra-red remote (the first of its kind as previous remote control terminals had all been based upon ultrasonics) allowed significant functions to be controlled including FM radio digital tuning and communication with an attached record deck and tape recorder.

BeoMaster 8000 technical specifications

1901 (1980 - May 1985) 
GB 1905 (1980 - May 1985) 
US 1903 (1980 - Dec 1985) 
Continuous power per channel: 150 W / 4 ohms; 100 W / 8 ohms 
Rated bandwidth: 20 - 20,000 Hz 
Total harmonic distortion: < 0.05 % 
IHF intermodulation: < 0.1 % 
Signal-to-noise ratio: 
A-weighted Phono: > 75 dB 
A-weighted Tape: > 77 dB 
Channel separation: > 55 dB 

Bass control: +/- 10 dB 
Treble control: +/- 10 dB 
FM range: 87.5 - 108 MHz 

Power supply: 220 V (1905: 240 V) 
Power consumption: 10 - 700 W 
Dimensions W x H x D: 67 x 15 x 37cm 
Weight: 21 kg 

RIAA: built-in 

Connections: Headphones max. 16V / 200 ohms 
Tape 1: DIN 
Tape 2: DIN 
Tape in: Phono plugs 
Phono out: DIN 
Phono: Phono plugs 
Aerial: FM 75 ohms 
Aerial: AM 240 ohms 
Speakers: 2 sets 

Link compatibility: Datalink

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