BeoSound Single CD
Bang & Olufsen BeoCenter 2300
Beocenter 2300 was dedicated to the CD enthusiast who, for example, like to store the titles of favourite CDs, or permanently skip unwanted tracks. It was known as Beosystem 2300 when connected to the BeoLab 2500 active speakers. It was eventually surpassed by BeoSound 3000 when it included more features and received a facelift in 2001.
Beocenter 2300 was developed from the idea of a flexible music system that could compete with the sound quality of heavy music systems. Thanks to the advent of active speakers, this was a possibility with both Beocenter 2300 and its similarly-equipped sibling (which also had cassette tape recording and playback) the Beocenter 2500. With active speakers, each of the powerful bass and treble units were equipped with their own separate amplifiers. In addition, the electronic cross-over network ensured full bass reproduction.
The loudspeakers were located on both sides of a centre console, where two clear glass covers automatically glided to the side when a hand was passed in front of them. Behind the glass covers there was access to the operating panel, receiver, CD player and a cassette recorder.
The receiver allowed the option of presetting 2 x 20 FM/AM radio stations. The cassette recorder featured Auto Reverse, Automatic Recording level, search function and Bang & Olufsen's HX-PRO recording system, a system which ensures that the sensitive treble range is captured in recording. The memory in Beocenter 2300's CD player allowed you to edit up to 100 CDs.
Both systems could be operated via their operating panel or a Beolink 1000 or Beolink 5000 remote control. There were sockets for headphones and connection to additional sound sources; extra loudspeakers can also be connected.
Beocenter 2300 was available with loudspeaker panels in cobalt grey, black, white, cerise or jade and could be made up to the Beosystem 2300 when incorporated with the BeoLab 2500 active loudspeakers.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 3000
" BeoSound 3000: the design may be a Bang & Olufsen classic, but BeoSound 3000 and BeoSound Ouverture refuse to rest on their laurels. Access to new musical sources and fresh loudspeaker options ensure that the concept remains an open invitation to make something special out of your music.
With BeoSound 3000 everything is upright and out in the open so that you can see how it works and understand how it reacts when you press its buttons. Even the simple act of placing a CD has been made part of the overall experience and enjoyment. It combines radio with an advanced CD player, and - as something new - lets you access your digital music files directly from your own PC. As well as offering radio and CD, the BeoSound Ouverture also has an intelligent tape function " (B&O catalogue 2001 - 2002)
Both products can be put together with any BeoLab loudspeaker - which gives you the option of an impressive set up on matching stands with two BeoLab 4000 speakers, or a more compact solution between newly redesigned BeoLab 2500 speakers.
With a design that's undoubtedly becoming a Bang & Olufsen classic, BeoSound 3000 and BeoSound Ouverture are an open invitation to make something special out of your music. BeoSound 3000 is the former Beocenter 2300 (first introduced in 199) but with a whole host of new electronics, features and look including a larger metal CD 'cover' and N.MUSIC. The new styling was released to the UK market in September, 2001.
With BeoSound 3000, everything is upright and out in the open, so that you can see how it works and understand how it reacts when you press its buttons. Even the simple act of placing a CD has been made a part of the overall experience and enjoyment.
It combines radio with an intelligent CD player that can name your favourite 200 discs, store your own preferred track sequences for them or skip unwanted ones permanently. With the latest Beolink® PC2 software application, you can also access your digital music collection directly from the BeoSound 3000.
Bring new life to old CDs by changing their track sequence with the Random Play function. Or program it to skip over any unwanted tracks and to play the ones you want, in the order you prefer. Name your favourite 200 CDs and store your own track preferences for them in the extended memory and the BeoSound 3000 will remember it the next time you play one of the CDs. With the CD function of the BeoSound 3000 you're also able repeat a desired passage of a CD, whether it is within the same track or stretching over a number of tracks.
There's room for up to 60 pre-set stations on the BeoSound 3000's intelligent AM/FM radio. You can also name each individual radio station, to give you a complete overview of your radio listening. With the BeoSound 3000 you can wake up to your favourite piece of music. The BeoSound 3000 can be programmed for the entire week and will automatically turn itself off again after playing for any length of time you choose.
Just raise a hand and watch as the glass doors glide silently aside. It's the BeoSound 3000's way of saying "welcome" and reveals that a special experience is about to begin. Of course, a simple on/off button would do, but then what would be so special about that? Beocenter 3000’s unassuming rubber key pad hides a contact foil, which, in turn, covers a matrix of vertical and horizontal cords. When a control is pressed, the cords connect and the microprocessor is activated.
It's a dream come true - a music system that can fill your life with music without filling your home with equipment. The flat upright design of BeoSound 3000 means that it's slim enough to sit by itself upon the narrowest shelf or light enough to be hung directly on a wall with any pair of loudspeakers in the BeoLab range.
It used to be that your music system was placed in one room in your home and you had to go there to listen to it. Not anymore. With Beolink®, you can place extra loudspeakers in any room in the house and access the musical options of your BeoSound 3000. The BeoSound 3000 is also equally at home in a Surround Sound setup and will give you an unmatched sound experience.
There's so much good music on the Internet, but until now you had to be in the same room as your computer to enjoy it. Not anymore. With the latest Beolink® PC2 software application, you can access your digital music collection directly from the BeoSound 3000 in the living room - and send it from there to any other room in the house via the Beolink system.
How the glass doors work
The glass doors on the BeoSound 3000 and BeoSound Ouverture are opened and closed by steel wires driven by an electric motor via a gearbox. The motor is triggered by an infrared system that detects your approach.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 3200
BeoSound 3200: the new music system with a warm welcome and cool intelligence
"BeoSound 3200 lights up in a soft glow of anticipation as soon as you reach out with your hand. Everything is out in the open so that you can see how it works and understand how it reacts"
BeoSound 3200, has a Hard Disk Drive with the capacity to store up to 396 compact discs. The CDs are stored in four groups of 99 and each group can be edited and named, in order to facilitate the easy location of your music. All other main functions are as the existing BeoSound 3000.
" Technology may be the foundation of the experience, but it should never get in the way of the senses. It's the simple understanding that has created the concept behind BeoSound 3200." It integrates a unique CD memory function that can store up to 396 of your favourite CDs in four individual groups. For simple and effective operation, each group is designated a colour that matches both the coloured buttons on the control panel and those on the optional Beo4 remote control you can choose to store an entire CD or just your favourite tracks and each entry can be named for easier recognition. Groups can be arranged according to type or be designated to different members of the family.
While the technology behind BeoSound 3200 is new, it retains a characteristic Bang & Olufsen personal feel. The glass doors slide open at a wave in an invitation to be used . Everything is upright and in the open, functions are clearly displayed and easy to understand. Even the simple act of placing a CD has been made part of the overall enjoyment.
BeoSound 3200 may be placed on a wall, positioned on a shelf or on the floor on a floor stand. When placed on a self or table, the system has a natural 13 degree slant for easier viewing and control. It may be used with any BeoLab loudspeaker enabling a number of impressive setup possibilities. It could be place between a pair of BeoLab 2500 active loudspeakers for example, or on matching stands with BeoLab 4000.
BeoSound 3200 is an audio system embracing CD, radio, CD memory and digital music files via Beolink®. It comes in one colour - aluminium and black - and can be positioned in different ways.
BeoSound 3200 may be positioned on the wall using a discreet (optional) bracket, placed on a shelf or displayed on one of two dedicated floor stands.
BeoSound 3200 Press Release 1 - February 2003
The new BeoSound 3200 sees Bang & Olufsen introduce new technology that allows storage of almost 400 CDs (396 to be exact) - giving you the chance to create their very own digital jukebox.
Bang & Olufsen is bringing out a new system that allows you to record a CD as it plays. This gives the BeoSound 3200 the capacity to reproduce 'first play' quality of over 4,000 tracks. By creating technology that memorises almost 400 CD compilations, Bang & Olufsen is revolutionising the way we use and store CDs.
The technology is such that you will be able to select the tracks to be recorded, freeing up memory for the favourites only. The system will also allow you to file the CDs into 4 different personalised categories, be it Jazz, Classical, Dance or Hip Hop, allowing you to match the music to the moment at a touch of a button.
The signature Bang & Olufsen craftsmanship is naturally seen in the new system. As your hand approaches, the smoked glass doors opens without a touch. The system boasts 60 radio station presets and a facility to function as a Beolink® master, distributing music to any Bang & Olufsen speaker in the house. Furthermore, if you wish to connect the BeoSound 3200 to a PC, the Beolink® PC2 connection facilities allow access to MP3 and WMA music files stored on the PC hard drive.
Choose any of the active loudspeakers from Bang & Olufsen's BeoLab range for an experience that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the ear. Tall and elegant, the BeoLab 1 speakers deliver 300 watts of Bang & Olufsen ICE power digital amplifier driven bass. The appealing BeoLab 8000, slim BeoLab 6000 or placement friendly BeoLab 4000 speakers may be utilised as well. The recently redesigned BeoLab 2500 speakers easily allow you to opt for today’s spin on the original design expression.
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