Over the years BeoLab 8000 became, like its smaller partner the BeoLab 6000, an icon of Bang & Olufsen design and testament to the excellent sound which it produced. It was originally manufactured in 1992 to be a part of the Beosystem AV9000 (and indeed the Beocenter 9500) as front stereo speakers. The speaker’s technical specifications remained untouched until the MKII version was released in January 2003 (as from serial numbers 16992475) when it was manufactured with newer driver units which delivered extra bass reproduction at low listening levels. Not quite on a par with a sub-woofer per se, BeoLab 8000 nevertheless had an audible improvement over its previous models. The upgrade of technology involved new frequency equalisation and an improved ABL system to allow the speaker to play deep bass at its most advantageous.
A tall column speaker shaped like a church organ and sitting upon a very small footprint, the curved minimalist design of BeoLab 8000 eliminated sharp edges or joints which could compromise sound quality. The speakers were magnetically shielded in order to be situated in close proximity to a television monitor.
Like the BeoLab 6000, the BeoLab 8000 active loudspeaker was manufactured from highly polished aluminiumwhich absorbed and reflected its surroundings. The speaker was available in a range of striking colours (see below), and white was added to the range at the end of 2008.
The speaker combined two power amplifier modules (one for bass and another for treble with an electronic crossover filter), two 10omm woofers with one 19mm tweeter and ABL (Adaptive Bass Linearisation) within its solid aluminium bass-reflex cabinet with heavy (11kg) cast iron weighted base.
Connections were either by Power Link or at line level via an RCA socket all hidden beneath a rear-facing hinged panel. No other stands were available for the speaker other than its heavy base.
The styling of BeoLab 8000 has remained timeless over the past two decades and will probably continue within the Bang & Olufsen range of speakers for a little longer yet.