Bang & Olufsen to restore 1972 Beogram 4000 turntables and other 'classics'

Bang & Olufsen to restore 1972 Beogram 4000 series turntables and other 'classics'
(Image credit: Bang & Olufsen)

2020 has been quite a year for a renovation project (if little else), and Bang & Olufsen is jumping on the bandwagon and undertaking one of its own.

The Danish brand is launching a project that will see it restore some of its most iconic heritage designs from the past decades. The first products to get the refurbishment treatment will be the Beogram 4000 series turntables, which were designed in 1972 by Jacob Jensen, B&O's chief product designer at the time. 

The electronically controlled decks were notable for their electronic tangential pick-up arm, which moved at a straight angle from the end of the record player to ensure records were always played at the correct angle.

(Image credit: B&O)

To refurbish the Beograms, Bang & Olufsen disassembled and inspected them in its manufacturing factory in Struer, before restoring the mechanical and electronic internals so that they can be integrated with current technology and be fit for a modern home.

“Every single part of the refurbishing process is done by hand, so you can only imagine the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into every single turntable. During this process, our engineers and designers came up with brilliant ideas that reimagine some elements of the turntable, while staying true to the original design intent. We cannot wait to share these details when the turntable is ready for re-launch later this year,” says B&O product manager Mads Kogsgaard Hansen.

Pricing and availability is yet to be announced, but the recreated Beogram 4000 series turntables are expected to launch in limited quantities by the end of this year.

We'll have reimagined Beovox CX 100 speakers next please, B&O.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.

  • kingRidiculous
    I wonder what kind of cartridge it will use.
  • Winter
    Ahhhh! Remember drooling over this in a shop window at that time knowing i could never buy it ! Looks were out of this world back then and maybe not out of place 10 years from now .in the end settled for a thorens td 160 though . Happy days indeed !!