|Produced from :||1986 - Oct 1991|
|Designed by :||Jacob Jensen|
|Finish :||Dark grey, White|
Following on from the MCP5000, The Master Control Panel 5500 (MCP5500) (Type 2048) was noted for its similar looks but with the addition of a large wheel - the rotary controller, controlled internally by an optical sensor - whose main function was for volume control but could also change bass, treble and balance levels.
Not only were its looks updated, but the digital codes which it used for communication were also changed. The Panel was set up to use Beolink 1000 and AV Terminal codes but included further digital data in order to permit two-way operation between master and remote. In this way the MCP5500 could therefore also be used with the later Beosystem 6500 and 7000 music systems but would not function with any other type of Bang & Olufsen product.
In use, it included all the functions of the previous MCP5000 but also included control of the cassette deck’s Dolby mode, recording levels, auto reverse status and tape direction. This again was of particular use if used as an ‘around the house’ system. Although manufactured purely for the audio-only Beosystem 5500 the MCP5500 also had limited application in controlling volume levels of products connected to the AUX input of the Beomaster 5500.
Available in a standard dark grey colour, white was also later included to complement the Beosystem 5500 Whiteline range.