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BeoMaster 900K / 900M

BeoMaster

Production: 1964 - 1971

Designer: Henning Moldenhawer

Beomaster 900K (Type 2202)

Designed by Henning Moldenhawer a new style of the product became available within Bang & Olufsen’s catalog in 1964, that of the transistorized radio.

Long and low, this tabletop model made the most of the newer transistors in place of the valves which had been in use up to that time. It gave designers such as Moldenhawer - and later Jacob Jensen - the opportunity of designing smaller, lighter, more modern-looking appliances that would integrate better into the lifestyle of the discerning public, a trademark which has remained with the company ever since. Not only that but, because these newer electrical products did not produce as much heat, vents and air inlets at the back, or underneath the appliances, were no longer needed.  This meant that they were overall better-looking, more powerful in output and cheaper to produce.

Although rated at a nominal 6W it was quite a powerful radio for its day and one which stood out from the crowd of other manufacturers, each producing something similar. A four-band radio tuner was including giving broad coverage of the FM (up to 108MHz) waveband.  LW, MW, and SW wavebands were also included, together with an option of an FM stereo decoder, entirely novel for its day. There was also added a tuning meter and AFC for holding steady far-away transmissions. More than that, Beomaster 900 even its own had bass and treble controls, a  loudness button together with connections for a turntable, tape recorder, and extension speakers.

A runaway success, the Beomaster 900 was produced right up to the early part of the 1970s when other more portable radios - the Beolit range - took over. It was subsequently replaced by the Beomaster 1400K.

Beomaster 900K won the iF Design Award at the 1967 Spring Fair in Hanover.

Beomaster 900M (Type 2236)

Beomaster 900M was precise as Beomaster 900K but without internally-fitted pressure-chamber loudspeakers. The purchaser could use such speakers as the Beovox 600, which, when used together with a separate turntable and tape recorder, an excellent little stereo system could be devised.

Beomaster 900M (Type 2236)

Beomaster 900M was precise as Beomaster 900K but without internally-fitted pressure-chamber loudspeakers. The purchaser could use such speakers as the Beovox 600, which, when used together with separate turntable and tape recorder, an excellent little stereo system could be devised.

Both models - the Beomaster 900K and 900M - received minor restyling changes half-way through their lives.