BeoGram 8000

BeoGram Record Decks

Production: 1981 - 08/1983

Documents: Schematic, Service Manual

Beogram 8000 was right from the onset destined to be something special among Bang & Olufsen’s long line-up of essential products. Following on from Beogram 4000 some nine years later, the remit of Bang & Olufsen’s Research and Development was to design something which would replace this unique product with another similar turntable more up-to-date and different, yet retaining many of its main characteristics including excellent product quality, durability and good looks, as well as technological prowess and affordability.

Beolab 8000 System was to become something special, and engineers attempted to design Beogram 8000 to be something special too.  It could only be, after all,  the best of the best that was included!

Looking at the two record decks, both Beolab 4000 and Beolab 8000 had similar features, and of course, had similar functions. However, the platter on the Beogram 8000 was different regarding technology and how it had been designed.  It was based on the tangential drive principle, the same motion that is obtained when an electric current is passed through, say, your electric meter.  There is no motor as such in simple terms, it’s down to magnets pulling the platter around in a remarkably smooth fashion, day and night, without any upkeep or maintenance.


BeoGram 8000 technical specifications

5615 (1981 - May 1983) 
AUS 5617 (1981 - Sept 1983) 
GB 5616 (1981 - Aug 1983) 
J 5611 (1981 - Sept 1981) 
USA 5613 (1981 - Oct 1982) 
Wow and flutter DIN: < 0.04 % 
Rumble DIN weighted: > 70 dB 
Rumble DIN unweighted: > 50 dB 
Speeds: 33 - 45 rpm 
Speed deviation: < +/- 0.2 % 
Speed control range: +/- 3 % 
Tangential tracking: < 0.04° 

Pickup: MMC 20 CL 
Tracking force 10 mN / 1 g 

Power supply: 
5611: 100V 
5613: 120V 
5615: 220V 
5616: 240V 
5617: 240V 
Power consumption: 240 V, changeable transf. 
Power frequency: 50 Hz 

Dimensions W x H x D: 49 x 9 x 37.5cm 
Weight 9 kg 

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