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Bang & Olufsen revamps the iconic 4000c turntable

The Beogram 4000c was originally launched in the early 1970s and has subsequently become one of Bang & Olufsen’s staple pieces, with its futuristic expression and innovative tangential tonearm that prevents sound distortion. Even though the brand has kept on developing cutting-edge audio solutions since then, the Danish audio brand is now going back to its roots by breathing life into the almost 50-year-old vinyl player.

Bang & Olufsen has fetched 95 original units and brought them to the Struer Factory in Denmark where they were first created. A team of engineers has thoroughly disassembled and then refurbished, replaced and cleaned every single component of the old turntables. Once this process is complete, each Beogram 400c is individually tested to meet Bang & Olufsen’s exacting specifications of longevity and sound quality.

— In a world of consumer electronics, most products are regarded as disposable commodities. At Bang & Olufsen, our products are built to stand the test of time. That is what differentiates us as a brand, what the Beogram 4000c so beautifully embodies and what we want to build on in the future, says Mads Kogsgaard Hansen, the project leader of the Bang & Olufsen’s new Classics initiative. This initiative hopes to store and reimagine classic products to demonstrate the timelessness of that Danish audio products.

The refurbished version of the old Beogram 4000c is heavily inspired by the look and feel of the original version. What’s new this time around is the updated champagne-coloured chassi, the solid oak frame and the tinted dust lid. It will certainly suit most homes, but make sure to be vigilant. Only 95 are available and according to Bang & Olufsen’s website, it is only available in Europe from early November.

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Speaker company Transparent adds matte black colour option

Stockholm based Transparent is known for making simple and functional audio products in contrast to many other technology companies that can be perceived as complex and pretentious. Now the brand is adding another colour option to its transparent speaker collection, that literally camouflages into your home.

— Following the success of the Small Transparent Speaker last year, we wanted to build on this, while adhering to our brand’s mission of creating timeless and circular speakers. Matte black, an essential colour to any home, offers an understated yet expressive aesthetic which also encapsulated our ethos for simple yet functional design, comments Per Brickstad, co-founder and chief designer in a statement.

The matte black finish is added to the single aluminium uniframe encasing for the speakers and the transparent speaker’s previously red cables have been updated to uniformed black cables. Spec-wise, the speakers have gotten a new Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip to create studio-level sound quality, as well ass true wireless pairing to stream music to multiple speakers simultaneously.