BeoLab 2000 was introduced as a supplementary active speaker system so that Bang & Olufsen customers could have an extension of choices of dedicated Beolink® products. It was introduced additional to theBeoLab 3500 which already offered the same type of choice.
The unit was a simple, strange-looking combination of two loudspeakers at either end of a small control panel. Everything necessary to enlarge an existing Beolink® system was already in situ within it: two active speakers, a built-in amplifier, controls/display and an infra-red receiver. The device could be easily transported around the house, plugged in to the house’s Masterlink system, powered up, and voilà… everything would work!
By using the BeoLab 2000 (via Masterlink) all the main functions of that master system could be accessed in another room in the house. And because the speakers themselves had their own in-built amplifiers it was possible to increase and decrease their volume regardless of the sound on the master system.
The user had a choice of either a Bang & Olufsen remote control else the simple controls on the set’s front could be used on the protuding aluminium ‘tube’. The controls were kept simple and included buttons for music sources: CD, cassette and radio as well as selecting tracks and stations in ’steps’. The device also allowed for the ‘Timer Play’ function to operate.
BeoLab 2000 delivered 2 x 20W, enough for a small room or perhaps a bathroom or kitchen. Within each speaker section was a 100mm bass and a 25mm treble driver and utilised the bass reflex cabinet principle.
Sound was adequate but its stereo separation was always a little lacking because of the close proximity of the (fixed) speakers cabinets to each other.
Although free-standing with its flat base, a wall bracket for mounting out of the way was included with a BeoLab 2000 purchase.
The BeoLab 2000 set out to provide something that no other Bang & Olufsen product was able. And in that respect the device was suitable for most people’s needs. It was an economical and functional method of building up a Masterlink system around the house if quality of sound was not the customer’s first concern