Bang & Olufsen Reel to Reel Tape Recorders

Company Description

Bang & Olufsen produced reel to reel tape recorders from 1951 to 1974 which were manufactured in Denmark. These tape recorders targeted the consumer market. The early models of Bang & Olufsen tape recorders used tube electronics and later on they transitioned to solid-state tape recorders. The company produced both 2 and 4 track machines available in 220-240v & 110-120v voltages.

1925– Founded by Peter Bang (1900–1957) and Svend Olufsen (1897–1949), made an alternating current radio, when most radios ran with battery power
1930’s– Developed sound recording technology for the film industry
1938– Produced the first Bakelite radio
1949– Producing wire recorders

1954 – Beocord 507 K First B&o tape recorder
1955– A post war factory was built, producing radios, radiograms and television sets
1957 The industrial designer, Ib Fabiansen joined the company, bringing distinctive and modern looking products to B&O
1962– Started manufacturing stereo reel to reel recorders
1966– Bang & Olfuson Introduced the Beocord 1000 R-R as part of a budget line of products
1967 -The Beocord 1100 replaced the Beocord 1000. It was a budget model that played stereo with monitoring in mono. The Beocord 2400 was also introduced
1968– The Beocord 1800 model was introduced with a mixer and overdubbing capabilities.
1969– The Beocord 1200, the Beocord 1600 and the Beocord 2400 in production.
1970– The Beocord 1600 Type 4205 was produced. This was the last reel to reel model made by Bang & Olufsen
1980’s– Bang and Olufsen produced a cassette deck and also named it the Beocord 1600

General Information

Manufacturer: Bang & Olufsen

Years in Business: 1925 To 2017

Country: Denmark

Years making R-R Tape Recorders: 1954 To 1970