To complement your opinion I share many of your comments on the timeless design and ease of use. I know this amp since childhood have inherited my father's when I was 8 years old at the time of a change in hifi system of the latter. My father gave me a whole B & O (platinum 1900+ BeoMaster 1900). One of my childhood dated from 1976 and passed away in 2001 due to my ignorance as I took this amp regularly at youth festivals until the evening of the summer of 2001 or the amplifier was connected to a group generator and placed on the back seat of a car ... He was silent around 3:00 am for abuse !! Put it down to mistakes of youth !!! Actually they are not nomadic amps!
Since the accident, three of his cousins have passed through my hands. Beomaster 2400, 1900 BeoMaster again and he still currently in place on my daily installation, BeoMaster 1900-2. It runs with a Beogram 4002 and audiorama 4000. The record is really quality, audiorama sing wonderful and always in softness. Contrary to your opinion, I think the power is ample for a part of life that does not exceed 35m. Even at full volume the sound is good and only a low distortion which is pretty remarkable for a unit more than 30 years. on the other hand, for repair, it is true that it is a gas plant as Beogram elsewhere. All that to say that I do not know if it's nostalgia or if it's my ear from my childhood has been rocked by the sound of this amp but in 15 years I have changed, sold, traded many times to complete system for the final return to this BeoMaster 1900 which for me is a complete success and an ideal compromise between space savings, quality, sound rendering and design !!!
I use it recently, but it was one of my old dream to own one. the opportunity is presented and I really wanted to have a set time and consistent knowledge, the Beomaster 1900, Beogram 1902 and the platinum pregnant BeoVox S45 3-way. I also own the Beocord (cassette) in 1101 but not the cable to the receiver connected to the amp.
This amp although a fair bit of power (2x30W) fits perfectly for home use in a not too large room.
At low volumes, the sound is full, not too low as often provide current sets (the beast has 35 years anyway ..), a high volume, fine presence, a flattering even if its not quite at the HiFi amp vintage mid / high end of the same period (eg Marantz 4230). In any case for listening to vinyl trend 70's rock, it does it well. And marriage with the speakers in the brands seems, says the different opinions collected here and there, make a return to the sound level.
use is quite simple, the softkeys with LEDs above are classy and brings a certain sweetness in the use of this device.
I did not serve me very outdated tuner function with 5 adjustment knobs for five presets, as a K7 deck, not connected by no fault of cable. But I'm curious to listen to my old tapes ROIR (blast off the Fleshtones ... humm) when I would find one.
a good option for those who want to have a tuner quality vintage amp very reasonable price.
is that this device starts to get old, and unearthed copies in perfect condition becomes increasingly difficult. In addition, not very easy to tinker or even element to take into account at the time of purchase, but for those who want good material, has a time or B & O had both design and technology, it is an essential amp.
dlespera's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Bang & Olufsen BEOMASTER 1900
I possde a Bomaster 1900 for two years and apart from its radio technology dsute (manual), the sound is excellent with my Clestion Ditton 25. The look is great and few people have seen or even touch such a sensitive control - trs spcial as a product. Power is a bit tight. I mean the best sound is always available when using a hi-fi amplifier quality of 15% (pifomtre) of its power (insignificant various distortions, etc.) but with 25WRMS per channel, there is no margin we have the double.
Otherwise, no complaints and I will not change it for anything else of that power.
For DIYers: disassemble this device is difficult, nothing to do with the big beasts of other manufacturers. Rvis I made mine from B & O a price acceptable after all.