Released in the early 1990s together with Beolab 8000, the BeoLab 6000 active speaker was originally brought into the Bang & Olufsen product range to act as a rear loudspeaker with the Beosystem AV9000. However, because of its continued popularity, the speaker has stood the test of time and, with several ‘reinventions’ has turned out to be a product best seller. The reasons for this are several-fold: the speaker looks good, it sounds good, it is slim and takes up very little floor space, its aluminium body allows it to adapt itself to most environments, and a change of colour every now and then has kept up customers’ interest.
Neither bold or brash, the speaker adapts itself to many circumstances. It was a popular choice with products such as the BeoSound 3000 / Ouverture, and today remains a good choice if anyone is building up a home cinema when it lent itself perfectly well for rear surround speakers.
Within were two bass drivers, a dome tweeter and a bass reflex cabinet. Connections were found underneath (a little fiddly to get to but these are not accessed daily). There was a pair of Power Link sockets on each speaker together with an RCA connection for ‘line in’ use for other manufacturers’ products or perhaps older B&O items. Slots behind its base allowed for cables to be held securely and neatly.
Fitted with two AB power amplifiers, the speaker used Adaptive Bass Linearisation (ABL) to enhance its bass characteristics. ABL gave extremely good bass reproduction as compared to the size of the loudspeaker cabinet.