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October 12, 2020

An Iconic Turntable, Recreated – Bang & Olufsen’s Beogram 4000c

Danish sound masters Bang & Olufsen have long been renowned for their quality speakers and headphones, and now they’re bringing back the products that cemented their reputation.

The first product to be restored and reimagined as part of the initiative is the Beogram 4000c, the B&O record player released in the 1970s that set the precedent for a great vinyl sound.

The Classics Initiative is a direct manifestation of B&O’s dedication to longevity. Rather than producing ‘disposable commodities’, the brand has always committed to products that ‘stand the test of time’, which is what makes the initiative so compelling. Ninety-five units (to celebrate B&O’s ninety-fifth anniversary) were identified and returned to the same facility in Denmark that created them, and the engineering team set to work disassembling, inspecting, and cleaning each individual component. Already built for long-lasting performance, each turntable has been restored and improved to serve for decades more.

The Beogram 4000 was the perfect choice for the initiative because the original design team future-proofed the turntable from the beginning, leaving space in the internal architecture for technological upgrades. B&O has certainly taken advantage of this foresight: more than just restoring the units, engineers have added an RIAA phono pre-amplifier, allowing consumers to connect the turntable to modern speakers and enabling the seamless integration of the classic product into modern life.

We have applied the same passion, precision, and care to this restoration as you would to any masterpiece […] Our goal is to reveal the essence of the original, while breathing new life into the product, allowing it to be enjoyed for decades to come.
— MADS KOGSGAARD HANSEN, LEADER OF THE CLASSICS INITIATIVE AT BANG & OLUFSEN.

The original Beogram 4000 was the first turntable to boast an automated tangential tonearm – a feature that essentially enabled the turntable to play the records exactly as they were cut, providing the most faithful acoustics to the original recording. Echoing the achievements of the first design team, B&O has added a new high-performance stylus to the Beogram’s tonearm, further enhancing the listening experience. The aesthetics of the turntable are also slightly different, with the aluminium anodised to achieve a warmer champagne tone. Surrounded by a hand-crafted oak frame, the record player exudes a warmth that pairs perfectly with the tones of vinyl, creating an updated look that stays true to the integrity of the original.

Bang & Olufsen’s Classics initiative will see its first release next week, when the ninety-five Beogram 4000c units become available for purchase on October 19. Each unit is uniquely numbered and is packaged in a solid oak box, crafting a holistically luxurious experience – just what we’ve come to expect from Bang & Olufsen.

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