Bang & Olufsen reveals the Beosystem 72-22, a limited-edition tribute to the Beogram 4000
Last month, Bang & Olufsen released a new version of the Beoplay Portal, a pair of over-ear headphones that retail for US$499. Now, the company has returned to its roots with the Beosystem 72-22, a limited edition unit that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Beogram 4000. For reference, Bang & Olufsen has chosen the name '72-22' in a nod to it re-releasing in the device in 2022 that it made in 1972.
According to Bang & Olufsen, the Beosystem 72-22 contains a recreated Beogram 4000c record player, which it has customised by hand in 'pearl-blasted titanium tone aluminium and solid walnut wood'. Additionally, the Beosystem 72-22 includes matching Beolab 18 stereo speakers and a Beoremote Halo remote control. While the company does not state this on its website, the speakers are active and wireless, hence the lack of an accompanying amplifier.
Moreover, the Beogram 4000c and Beoremote Halo remote control sit atop a walnut box in which Bang & Olufsen hopes people will store records. Incidentally, the company has included four records released in 1972 to get people started - Eat a Peach by The Allman Brothers Band; Carly Simon's No Secrets; David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Paul Simon's eponymous debut.
Bang & Olufsen will only produce 30 sets of the Beosystem 72-22, making it even rarer than the Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition, which ran to 95 units. Also, the company will only sell the Beosystem 72-22 in North America, where it will retail for US$45,000 and CAD$60,000. Bang & Olufsen has yet to confirm when it will begin selling the Beosystem 72-22, though.