Brand: Bang & Olufsen
Category:Mid High Fidelity (most Japanese recorders fall into this category)
Country of Manufacture:Denmark
Release dates:1969 - 1972
Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 3
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
Frequency Response:(all 3 dB): 7½ ips: 30Hz - 20kHz
Wow and Flutter:0.15% at 7½ ips. 0.2% at 3¾ ips (DIN 45 507)
Sound quality rating:7 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 7 / 10
First introduced in 1969, the ultra-thin Beocord 1200 (and 1600) were sold right up until 1974.
They were no taller than a turntable and looked very elegant if placed on a wall or on the special B & O stand that was available. The 1200 was a deck-only unit while the 1600 had a built-in 20 watt/channel audio amplifier.
Unfortunately the “slim-line” design rendered the mechanics of this design rather wimpy, especially the brakes which didn’t do very well.
In addition, the separate playback head, a welcome feature of the successful Beocord 2000, had been omitted on this model.
Total harmonic distortion: 5% record / replay / Bias frequency: 100kHz / Speed deviation: less than 1% / Crosstalk: stereo -45dB. mono -65dB / Fast wind time: 200 seconds for 1800ft tape / Inputs: radio: 47K ohms, 4mV (DIN and phono plugs) aux: 470K ohms 80mV mike: 50 – 200 ohms, 80uV / Outputs: headphone: 100 ohms line: 1V 25K ohms (DIN and phono plugs) / Dimensions: 5¾ x 17½ x 13 ” (147 x 440 x 330 mm) / Weight: 24.2 lbs (11 kg) / quarter-track stereo