BeoLab 1

Product : BeoLab 1

Produced from : 1999 - Feb 2006
Designed by : David Lewis
Finish : See description
Desirability : 4

Replacing the BeoLab Penta loudspeaker range, the BeoLab 1 was the first true active loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen using for the first time its own type of built-in amplifier, that of ‘Ice Power’. Developing on from an idea two decades previously (when it was known as a ‘Class D’ amplifier and used in the power supply section of the Beovision 8800 in 1979), the unit delivered high power sound but used just a fraction of the electrical power necessary to produce it as compared to traditional  components.  As it also gave out less heat in producing required sound, Ice Power components could be incorporated within the bodies of loudspeakers, thus reducing the need for large sinks to disperse unnecessary heat.

Despite its large stature (each speaker stood at over 1,83m) only two bass drivers were fitted within the BeoLab 1,  together with one midrange and one tweeter. The cabinet principle was also different from the Penta range in that it was a pressure chamber rather than a bass reflex type.

Connections could be made to each speaker via suitable Bang & Olufsen products to its Power Link connectors. A pair of RCA sockets allowed for the connection of non-B&O products.

BeoLab 1 also included ABL (Adaptive Bass Linearisation) which was a volume dependant ‘loudness’ function which was matched to the electro-acoustic characteristics of the loudspeaker. The system could not be overriden was totally automatic in operation. As in the Penta range, a 3-position bass expansion switch was fitted to signify the placement of each speaker in a room; the customer had a choice of either ‘in corner’, ‘against wall’ or ‘free standing’.

Beolab 1 was very original in concept and together with its many colour finishes became a popular - if not expensive - addition to the range of BeoLab products.  It was replaced by the far more expensive and powerful Beolab 5 active loudspeaker in 2006.

Range of colour finishes available:

  • Black (2000 - 2006)
  • Aluminium/black (2000 - 2006)
  • Blue (2000-2003)
  • Green (2000-2003)
  • Red (2000-2003)
  • Light blue (2003-2005)
  • Dark grey (2003-2006)
  • Blue (2005-2006)
  • Red (2005-2006)

BeoLab 1 types:

Market Type Intro. year Last sold
month-year
EU 6841 2000 02 - 2006
GB 6842 2000 02 - 2006
USA-CDN-TWN 6843 1999 08 - 2006
J 6844 1999 08 - 2006
AUS 6845 1999 02 - 2006
KOR 6846 1999 02 - 2006
CHK 6849 2004-06 02 - 2006

Details:

Dimensions Height 1843 mm
Foot ø 398 mm
Weight 36 kg
Cabinet/cloth finish Black/black, silver/silver, dark grey/dark grey, blue/black, red/black
Stopped Sept. 2003: silver/dark grey, blue/blue, green/green, red/red
Stopped June 2005: light blue/light blue
Power Consumption IEC65: 40 W
Typical: 14 W
Stand-by: <0.5 W
Maximum Sound Pressure Level 105 dB (stereo, pair)
Power amplifiers 3 units, Bass part Class D, Midrange/Treble part Class AB
Long-term maximum output power
per amplifier Bass: 450 W /4ohm
Midrange: 125 W /8ohm
Treble: 125 W /8ohm
Effective Frequency range 39 - 20,000 Hz
Cabinet principle Closed box
Magnetically shielded Yes
Woofers 2 x 16.5 cm
Midrange 7.6 cm
Tweeter 2.5 cm
Net volume 16 litres
Bass equalization ABL (Adaptive Bass Linearisation)
Switch for loudspeaker position: Freestanding - Against Wall - In Corner
Input sensitivity (line) 125 mV (91dB SPL) - Auto switch on
Input sensitivity (Power Link) 125 mV (91dB SPL)
Switch off time (line) 3 min.

Connections

Power Link 2
Phono (line) 1

Market specifications

Type Market Voltage
6841 EU 230 V
6842 GB 230 V
6843 USA - CND - TWN 120 V
6844 J 100 V
6845 AUS 240 V
6846 KOR 220 V

Accessories

Stand 2089 Aluminium

Most recent S/W: 1.2

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