Those wild and crazy guys in Denmark keep designing these incredible music systems. When the uninitiated, non-audiophiles pass this display window, and don't know a thing about stereos, they must think this looks like a scene from Saturday Night Live and the conehead skits (do you remember the hilarious conehead family? ...But, I digress, terribly. Sorry. Back to the Danes.) Bang & Olufssen is an 80 year-old company. Let me say that I have never owned any really high end stereo equipment (that costs as much as some new cars) but this particular brand sticks clearly in my mind.
I lived in Manhattan for a while in the late 1970s and had many occasions to visit apartments all over the island. Stepping into one place, on the lower west side, I spotted something on a table that at a glance I did not recognize nor at first could I even identify. Because of this photo, posted this evening, I went back via Google and found that it was a Bang & Olufssen BeoCenter 1400 made in about 1977. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I had never seen a stereo so over the top, even alien looking. The sound was great, but the design was very "contemporary" for its day, I thought. It cost new just over $890 in the late '70s. (I think my rent then was about a third of that.) This brand new system, and way-out modern Danish design, must cost a fortune, I don't know. The BeoSound 9000 shown here with BeoLab 9 Loudspeakers, according to the company's site, "make the small hairs on your neck stand up and a tingle down your spine." I am prepared to believe them. I bet it's an unimaginable and realistic sound. But now that I know I can buy, today, from a site in the UK a used, like-new 1970s-vintage B & O 2200 system, it's much more likely I will own the older one with a turntable, dual Dolby cassette deck, and square speakers as big as a house. It's in my price range.
Or, I could just wait and in 30 years this new system will be a real bargain.