Record players, still playing beautifully
Gramophone, turntable or record player, all words for one and the same thing: a device that continues to inspire after decades.
1929, the year of our first turntable
A unique radio device, a powerful speaker and a gramophone with an electric pickup all in one system. The first turntable was designed in 1929 for people who were adopting a new medium, to listen and dance to recorded music in their own home. And it became so iconic that it ended up replacing the fireplace as the centre piece of the living room.
Playing pre-recorded tunes
For the first time, music and voice could be recorded and played at home again and again. More gramophone designs were launched the years after integrated in B&O sound systems. The advancements in technology meant that a record stores 3 to 4 minutes of music on each side, which set the precedents for the music industry.
Later, the LP appeared, storing more and higher quality music, with several tracks on each side. Bang & Olufsen engineers then presented new developments: first, a stereo pickup for the two signals in a record. And later, the belt drive. These allowed for the creation of more lightweight and sophisticated turntables.
All these innovations came together in the launch of Beogram 1000 in the 1950s, designed by Ib Fabianses. Beogram 1000 is still one of our most popular and best-selling turntables on records.
The timeless design of Beogram 4000
Our timeless journey started long ago - it was already in Beogram 4000’s DNA. In 1972 Jacob Jensen designed this iconic record player using aluminium and wooden surfaces. Timeless, durable materials were one key aspect of this turntable’s success, and it became one of the world’s most awarded industrial designs.
A new life: Recreated Classics
In celebration of Bang & Olufsen's 95th birthday on November 17, 2020, we launched a limited series known as the Beogram 4000c Recreated Classic Edition. This special edition pays homage to the original model's outstanding longevity, user-centric design, and high performance.
We successfully revitalized a 50-year-old product, and turned it into a new, vibrant, record player fit for today’s use. This has sparked a new interest in restoring and repairing classic products, especially among our customers.
Restoring pre-loved sound
From the creation of the Beolink system in the 1980s, an innovative concept that promoted linking or combining classic and new products in one sound system, there is a sparked interest in updating and repairing, rather than discarding, much loved Bang & Olufsen products.
Today, many enthusiasts are looking out for products from the 60s, 70s and beyond, which are still present in some households. Even Bang & Olufsen retailers sell pre-loved, repaired products with a guarantee beside their regular business, and fix old record players and other favourites. Components, product build and materials of high quality that have been our hallmark, stand the test of time. You can contact our stores to learn more about their product range.
Focus on sustainability
Caring for the environment has been in our DNA. We use aluminium and other materials that can be recycled, helping to reduce the environmental impact of our products.
This has been characteristic of the approach to developing new products at Bang & Olufsen, with the Cradle-to-Cradle Certification as the most recent initiative. It is a commitment to a more sustainable design, where we explore how we can avoid waste by introducing a replaceable, customizable and upgradeable approach to electronic products.
Moving towards circularity
The consumer electronics industry is one of the leading contributors of environmental pollution. At Bang & Olufsen, we know we are part of the problem. Now, more than ever, we are hoping to be part of the solution as we lead the movement towards a more circular future.
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