BeoSound Single CD
A stylish range of Audio systems, incorporating the BeoSound 2300, BeoSound 3000 and BeoSound 3200. Sharing one common design, the units are all accessed by the famous 'Magic Doors', which slide apart silently with the wave of a hand, and feature many different technologies including Tuners, CD Players and Hard Drive Mass Storage. For the Single CD incorporating Audio Cassette, please see our section lower down this page.
Frequently asked questions
The BeoSound 2300 was the first of the line of Bang and Olufsen CD/Radio music centers. It was based around the BeoCenter 2500 which had a much simpler CD player but also had a cassette player in it. The 3000 was an updated version of the 2300, the major addition being the fitting of a Masterlink socket which was the new mode of communication between audio system and televisions as well as link rooms. For this reason, the 3000 will always be the more desirable model. However, if you will be using the unit as a 'standalone' the 2300 will be perfect as prices are much lower! Also, the early 2300 has one advantage in that it can work with 2 way remote controls which allow considerable programming possibilities. The most modern of the range and the only one still available new is the BeoSound 3200 which adds a Hard Disc Drive to the formula. This allows you to record CDs to the hard drive – 396 in total – though they do need to be named manually which can take time!
The 'clamper' is basically the circular piece of plastic that keeps the CD in place and stops it dropping out, nothing else! It has no effect on anything and is purely cosmetic - but can give away the age of a unit to 'those in the know'.. The larger clampers were fitted to the later model BeoSound Ouvertures and BeoSound 3000's, and as standard from day one to the BeoSound 3200 (the 3200 being a 'mirror finish' as opposed to the textured silver of the Ouverture and 3000). This was done (by some accounts) as it was considered harmful to epilepsy sufferers when watching the CD spinning around - though this tale would appear to be fairly apocryphal! If you require a small clamper model to be 'facelifted' with a larger clamper to give the initial appearance of a newer model, we can arrange for this to be done for you!
The naming of Bang & Olufsen systems is quite frankly confusing, even to us sometimes! 'BeoSound' is a relatively new name and refers to a self-contained music system which will normally require BeoLab active loudspeakers. Examples are the BeoSound 9000, BeoSound 3000, BeoSound 3200, BeoSound Ouverture and BeoSound 4. There are however examples when BeoSounds are completely integrated units which contain speakers as well - these being the BeoSound Century, BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 3. BeoCenter was the name used for Bang & Olufsen music centres which have since been discontinued. The best known of these which is still seen frequently is the BeoCenter 9500 and its derivatives, These music centres have a built in CD, cassette player and radio as well as a power amplifier. Unfortunately Bang & Olufsen then went and spoilt everything by using the term BeoCenter for other models! The BeoCenter 2500 and 2300 are early versions of the BeoSound 3000 and Ouverture and have no power amplifier. The name has now been resurrected and is used to describe a system supplying both audio and video signals - the example being the Bang & Olufsen BeoCenter 2. This is a DVD player, but will also play CD's and has a radio included. To finally confuse things further, Bang & Olufsen have just introduced an audio only Beocenter 2! If in doubt, please ring us for advice - we are happy to help, and if any staff from the B&O 'product naming department' want to call and explain exactly what's going on, we would love to hear from you!!
The BeoSound 3200 has a hard disc included in the unit which allows you to store CD's digitally on the hard disc. You can store up to 396 CD's in this manner in four separate groups, allowing you to have different genres in different areas - hopefully making choosing your music easier. The music is stored as an MP3 at a quality of 192kbps (which is recognised to be indistinguishable from the original CD for the vast majority of people), plus you also can name the CD and tracks at the time of recording. Only CD's can be recorded though, not the radio. In other respects, the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 3000 and BeoSound 3200 are very similar having a full function CD player plus FM and AM radio with built in RDS to identify the stations. Both have the famous 'magic doors' that open as your hand approaches - a wonderful bit of B&O design!
Bang & Olufsen N.MUSIC or 'Net Music' is basically music stored on your home computer. Bang & Olufsen make a special box called PC2 (later called BeoPort) that connects your computer to your NMUSIC capable music system. This allows your song library to be controlled using your Bang & Olufsen remote control and piped through your Bang & Olufsen music system. You can select different albums, artists, playlists or even music genres then select which particular song you wish to play. The device works with both PC and Mac, though Macs use a Non Bang & Olufsen piece of software which limits some of the functions. N.MUSIC is clearly going to be the future of music storage and playback and the next generation of Bang & Olufsen to be released will be based around this technology.
The answer is yes, but with newer systems you will need an extra piece of equipment. This is a black box containing a power amplifier, and comes in various guises. For 'same room' use, you can use an 'MCL2P' or an 'ML/MCL Converter' which both basically feed your non-B&O speakers with an amplified signal. These switched on automatically by the Bang & Olufsen system and can be hidden away as it has no controls on it. It is rated as having an output of 2 x 60W long term output. The last option, for link rooms (such as shower rooms needing ceiling speakers, patios and outdoor applications) is the 'BeoLink Passive'. The BeoLink Passive is basically an ML/MCL Converter supplied with a Link Eye to allow control from a seperate room. If you need further assistance though, please call us and we would be happy to help!
MasterLink is a system that allows you to use the music and video system in your main room throughout your house. This is done using a special Bang & Olufsen wiring system that allows control via either remote receivers in each room or through supplementary TVs or audio systems that are ML equipped. Most modern Bang & Olufsen systems are equipped with this system either as standard or as an option, and MasterLinking can be an ingenious way of enjoying all aspects of your B&O 'collection'. For instance, you could place a BeoSound 9000 in the dining room with a pair of BeoLab 6000 loudspeakers and a BeoLab 3500 Link Room loudspeaker in the bedroom. Once they are linked together, you can listen to CD's in your bedroom that are playing in the lounge on the BeoSound 9000 with full control! Incorporate Bang & Olufsen Televisions into the equation, where you can call up a DVD in your BeoVision 7 to play through your BeoCenter 6 in the bedroom for instance - and you then start to have a 'whole-house' ML solution. It's a fantastic system that works beautifully when set up correctly. Call us for more information and we will be happy to talk you through it!
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