Brand: Bang & Olufsen
Country of Manufacture:Denmark
Release dates:1959 - 1962
Speeds: 1 7/8, 3 3/4, 7 1/2
Max Reel Size("): 7"
Number of heads: 2
Head Composition: Permalloy
Head Configuration: Stereo
# Motors: 1
Sound quality rating:6 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 6 / 10
In the late 1950s, stereo was considered to be here to stay so B&O made this rather fancy machine.
Nearly all of Europe was now on AC voltage so this recorder was constructed using a synchronous AC motor with no need for variospeed to correct the motor speed when the voltage was inaccurate. Also the low speed
was now possible because the quality of available tape was by now much superior to when the first Beocord was introduced 8 years earlier.
The 606 only had one motor but all transport functions were operated by electrical push-buttons. The pressure roller and the tape wind clutches were electro mechanical – I have heard that the clutches weren’t very
reliable but I haven’t had the opportunity to see this first-hand.
Outputs: speaker and line / Dimensions: 8.9 x 17.7 x 14″ (225 x 450 x 358 mm) / half-track stereo