Manufactured: 1993 – 2004
Designer: David Lewis
If you want superior sound, but not the size, and a full array of functions but without the complication – then take a look at the BeoSound Century. Designed by David Lewis, it has a very slim depth and brings together CD, tape and FM radio into a slim-line form that can stand by itself or hang from a wall. Everything is operated by buttons that light up to guide you quickly through the various playing options.
BeoSound Century is a clever combination of excellent performance and ease-of-use. This system is known in fact by two different names – BeoSound Century in Europe and BeoSound 2000 in North America. With everything built in, this is the perfect stereo for those who with a limited space as it’s only 11cm deep. It’s for those who don’t want Beolink® capabilities and can be equipped with a handle with a built-in active antenna making it very portable. The speakers use the active construction as that of all BeoLab speakers. In the late nineties the Century was released in a special limited series with polished aluminium instead of the black plastic on the CD holder. This became so popular that it became the standard! There are two different stands available: a wall stand and a special table stand. The unit may also be controlled by the optional Beo4 remote control.
BeoSound Century integrates a powerful sound reproduction system: two active loudspeakers with electronic crossover network and Adaptive Bass Linearisation, for the optimum relationship between bass reproduction and sound pressure level. The very small two-way bass reflex loudspeakers comprise a net volume of only 1,1 litres, but the large front grille gives room for fairly large woofer membrane diameters.
Bass and treble have separate power amplifiers, which means that they can be tailored to compensate for one another’s shortcomings and deliver a sound spectrum as close to reality as possible. On top of that, BeoSound Century can play at high volume, but cuts out before it has an opportunity to burn out its units.
The fine art of control of BeoSound Century
The backlit push buttons of the BeoSound Century are cast in opalescent plastic, painted black on the inside and the text is then burnt away with a laser. The light of a diode behind each button is muted for even distribution, and the button is hinged in four places. A sturdy and relatively inexpensive construction, but it takes just a bit more work!
Operation of BeoSound Century
How do you make operation easy when there are 26 buttons to push? On BeoSound Century, only the buttons you need for the specific function will light up and guide you step by step through operations
BeoSound Century/2000 Portable CD/Tape/Tuner Product Specifications
Pretuned radio programmes: 30 FM (or AM according to type)
Radio ranges: According to type
Compact disc: Built-in
Disc sizes: 12 cm, 8 cm
Frequency range: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Signal-to-noise-ratio: > 91 dB, A weighted
D/A converting: Bitstream
Tape recorder: Built-in
Recording system: HX PRO
Tape transport: Auto reverse
Noise reduction: Yes
Frequency range: 50 – 14,000 Hz
Signal-to-noise-ratio: > 64 dB, noise reduction, chrome
Power amplifier: built-in
Loudspeaker system: Built-in
Sound pressure level: 95 dB
System frequency range: 70 – 20,000 Hz
AUX (input only)
FM aerial, 75 ohm
AM aerial (Dedicated)
Recommended remote control: Beo4
Type No. 2088 Wall bracket
Type No. 2036 Handle/antenna, FM
Type No. 2035 Handle/antenna, FM, Japan
Dimension W x H x D / Weight: 75 x 37 x 17 cm / 12 kg
Cabinet finish: Front cloth; green, red, blue, yellow, grey, black
Power consumption: Typical 20 W, standby <1 W