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Beocenter 9000

The Beocenter 9000 marked the beginning of a long and successful line of music centers. Taking the place of, but not directly replacing, the Beocenter 7700, it was novel when presented since it demonstrated a new priority in terms of sources. The Beocenter 7700 came equipped with a radio, cassette, and record player, as well as the ability to attach a compact disc player, such as the Beogram CD-X. The B & O  9000 still contained a radio and a cassette recorder, but the CD was built-in, and the turntable could be added separately. Beogram 3000 (or later, Beogram 9000) was proposed as a suitable model that could be managed by Datalink.

Although the Beocenter 9000 appeared new, it was created by merging concepts and technology from other current models in the range. Most notably, the “sensi-touch” panels that controlled all of the functions and displays were derived from those of the Beogram CD X. Improvements in technique enabled the control legends to be illuminated, allowing the Beocenter 9000’s most important innovation, the visibility of only the controls directly pertinent to the operation at hand. These “electronic covers,” as they were termed, considerably simplified the operation of a highly sophisticated piece of equipment while also providing a smooth, uncluttered appearance. For the first time, there were no mechanical switches or controls, which was a significant technical feat.

With three electronically controlled sources, the Beocenter 9000 was an obvious choice for remote control and multiroom functionality. The A or AV Terminal (and, later, the Beolink 1000) may be used, while the entire Beolink product line could be employed to expand the system’s reach. The Beovox RL 60 or Beolab Penta were frequently recommended loudspeakers, with units from the CX family used for larger rooms.