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  • Beomaster 4400 Review in Hi-Fi News

    Latest review of the BM4400 - no surprise that is thought to be excellent - we have been telling you this for years! Review is by Beocentral's own Tim Jarman and there are full lab figures for those interested! He fails to mention the clearly far superior 4401 - I can only think as an oversight!
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Peter on Wed, May 2 2012
  • Re: Which of y 3 Beograms should I be using?

    Best is always a little subjective, but I would place them in the following order: Beogram 4004 - this is a tangential deck and takes the MMC20X range of cartridges - ideally a MMC20CL and Axel can re-tip these as necessary. This deck, indeed all of them, will require an external pre-amp to work with the BS2300. The 5500 would be most peoples choice next - it is tangential and uses the MMC1-5 type cartridge - this deck is one of the lightweight tangential decks which encompassed a large range, all
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Peter on Wed, May 2 2012
  • Re: Passive Penta Amplifier Match

    Your amplifier is fine - if it sounds great with DTS, I suspect the problem will be the other source. However, Pentavox speakers will be getting old now. It is very likely that the midrange will have foam rot, and the capacitors in the cross over will be a bit tired. The sound characteristics of the Penta also need to be taken into account. I have Penta 3s and love them but if critical would suggest the following: The treble is a bit dull - the tweeter is in the middle of the speaker and so are best
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Peter on Tue, May 1 2012
  • Re: what needle for a Beogram 6000 4ch

    Not wishing to be a wet blanket, but the actual sound of these records is usually a disappointment. That allied to the fact that no new quad records have been made available for some considerable time relegates this format to a curiosity. The BM 6000 is a delight as is the BG6000 though.
    Posted to BeoGram (Forum) by Peter on Tue, May 1 2012
  • Re: what needle for a Beogram 6000 4ch

    The 6000 system can play either CD4 records or SQ. To play CD4, you need a special tip to the cartridge - MMC5000, MMC6000 (it is likely that original versions of these will no longer work) MMC20CL or a shibata tipped MMC from Axel. These are discrete 4 channel records - the best type. To play SQ records, any stylus will do and you switch on the matrix decoder on the 6000. Recommended speakers are either 4x S60, or P50. Having said that, any of the decent Beovox range will do. I think you will find
    Posted to BeoGram (Forum) by Peter on Mon, Apr 30 2012
  • Re: Beomaster 4400 Value

    I do hope you are not inflating the 4400 in your mind too much! At the end of the day, a great amplifier should be noticed by the fact that it does nothing to the music except make it louder!! The component that makes the most difference to the sound, assuming the source is fine, will be the speakers. They produce by far the greatest amount of distortion and hence add the most character. I have stopped doing a/b/x trials on amplifiers as I really cannot tell the difference any more - partly due to
    Posted to BeoWorld North America (Forum) by Peter on Fri, Apr 27 2012
  • Re: Just bought a Beocenter 4000!

    These are wonderful casseivers - the receiver bit is obviously essentially a 2200 and as such has one of the best amplifiers B&O made. The cassette deck is also very interesting as it is a single capstan version of the Beocord 5000 and therefore actually designed by B&O. Unfortunately it is, as Cleve has intimated, not the most reliable of decks and is very prone to chewing tapes. My one chewed one of mine so I donated it to Tim, where it happily chews his tapes as well! When working, it
    Posted to The Workbench (Forum) by Peter on Tue, Apr 24 2012
  • Re: Beovision Avant vs 3?

    Very similar but the sound on the Avant will be slightly better as the loudspeaker cabinet are bigger and the units used are apparently better as well. I thought they used the same units but have now been informed differently! In the real world, the choice would come down more to placement issues.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by Peter on Fri, Apr 20 2012
  • Re: Today's equivalent of the Beogram 4000

    The cost of a Beogram 4000 when new was more than that of a Linn Sondek. I think therefore that the Rega is a reasonable deal. It will of course be manual, but I doubt you will find an automatic deck of a similar quality. The alternative is to get Fred at Classic Audio to restore a 4000 to as new standards.
    Posted to BeoGram (Forum) by Peter on Fri, Apr 20 2012
  • Re: what to do with 'vintage' equipment

    Ebay - both of those items have value, even if not working. Clearly worth more if they are! The 8004 is probably the best cassette player produced by B&O - on standard tapes, the bigger head means that it will outperform the 9000. (Theoretical difference - both are excellent!) The BM 6000 is a derivative of the 4400 and so is one of the best receivers B&O made. What speakers do you have?
    Posted to Vintage Products (Forum) by Peter on Thu, Apr 19 2012
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