Beocord 9000

Made in Denmark by
Bang & Olufsen - Struer

Designed by Jacob Jensen


year: 1981 - 1987
serial no. 2476008
dimensions w,h,d: 53cm x 13cm x30cm
Instruction book for
Beocord 9000 in Danish
Download - (PDF 11.430 KB)

Instruction book for
Beomaster 6000 in Danish
Download - (PDF 3.850 KB)

Beocord 9000: "The King of cassette recorders"

From Beoworld

For serious music lovers whose major interest was in recording their own professional-quality tape library, Beocord 9000 offered even more facilities and higher performance capabilities than Beocord 8004. It could therefore be chosen as an alternative in Beosystem 8000 when its primary playing and recording functions could be operated via Beomaster 8000's remote control Terminal.

While Beocord 9000 shared all of Beocord 8004's advanced engineering techniques and microcomputer intelligence, its superior sound quality was achieved by the addition of a unique tape calibration system. This computerised system measured the four vital recording parameters of each individual tape - bias, equalisation, sensitivity and distortion level - and actually adjusted the deck's own recording characteristics to match them exactly.

As a serious recordist, you no doubt had your particular favourites among the many brands and types of cassette tapes available when Beocord 9000 was released. And your particular hates too! Good results are partly a measure of how closely the tape's technical characteristics match the 'average' recording parameters for which your machine is adjusted during manufacture. The tape brand you have identified as 'the best' may, on another type of recorder, sound quite poor. The fact is that tape manufacturers design their tapes for use with as many different recorders as possible, while the equipment manufacturers design their decks to use all brands and all types of tape. So both industries rely on a set of 'average' specifications.

ut with Beocord 9000 microcomputer technology freed Bang & Olufsen from this hit and miss approach. B&O gave Beocord 9000 the ability to monitor the tape and set its own recording characteristics accordingly, thereby creating a perfect partnership within very fine tolerances.

What is more, Beocord 9000 could show you on a digital read-out panel what those settings were, and could store them in its computer memory. Calibration data for each of the three tape types - ferric, chrome and metal - could be stored in this way.

The tape calibration process was fully automated and took about 9 seconds from the touch of a button. Beocord 9000 featured a new type of Sendust/ferrite tape head, specially designed for Bang & Olufsen. It had separate tone-gaps for recording and playback, housed in a single casing. Compared to a combination head, this arrangement afforded wider frequency response and constantly correct azimuth between recording and playback.

The real-time counter was similar to that used in Beocord 8004 but had an additional feature. Beocord 9000 could calculate and display the time remaining on the tape, as well as the time already consumed. In other respects the operation, facilities and dimensions of Beocord 9000 are as described for Beocord 8004.

Beocord 9000 could be used as a stand-alone tape cassette recorder or as part of Beosystems such as Beosystem 6000 or Beosystem 8000.