The Beogram 1203 replaced the Beogram 1202, and was a simpler version that was cheaper to produce. It's an automatic, high-fidelity stereo record-player with high specifications. The 1202 had used the same mechanicals as the Beogram 3000, so was a very comprehensive machine indeed. This caused a problem because there was not much difference between the two, except the price.
It's a beautifully-styled and extremely easy to operate. All you need to do is: select the record size: 7", 10" or 12" and press a button. The turntable automatically selected the correct speed: 33RPM or 45RPM, and the pickup was lowered into the first groove. At the end of the record, the arm automatically returned to its resting position and the turntable switched off. The 1203 is fitted with its own pick-up cartridge, the SP 14A, which has a spherical diamond stylus and a stylus pressure of 2g.
The Beogram 1203 lost the heavy die-cast damping weights, the elevating 45 rpm centre and the indicator lamp which previously showed when the automatic cuing mechanism was in operation. Despite these changes, the Beogram 1203 was still a complete and useful model capable of good performance.
The Beogram 1203 is a slightly simpler version of the 1202, with many of the same functions. Model 2000 is very similar but has the advantage of a hinged lid.
Looking for the instructions?
Download here the Beogram 1203 manual (PDF).
Need a copy of the service manual or schematics?
Download the Beogram 1203 service manual (PDF).
What's your Beogram 1203 worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|Beogram 2000 1203 Record Player SP14||07/2021||$ 263.04|
|Bang Olufsen SP14 Stylus B O Needle SP10||08/2021||$ 255.07|
|2 X Belts For Bang Olufsen B O Beogram||08/2021||$ 50.72|
|Original Bang Olufsen Beogram 1203 2000||08/2021||$ 13.55|
|Bang Olufsen BEOGRAM 1203 2000 Type 5239||07/2021||$ 22.30|
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