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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Beogram 4000: Upgrade of Signal Path with New DIN5 Plug and a Grounding Switch

As usual the original DIN5 plug on the Beogram 4000 that I am currently restoring was badly oxidized. This shows the original plug:
I replaced it with a new all-metal plug that has gold coated terminals:
Another useful upgrade of the signal output of any Beogram is the installation of a switch that allows connecting signal and system grounds. This is a useful feature if the Beogram is ever to be used with a DIN5 to RCA adapter. Since RCA cables do not carry the system ground, connecting it to the signal ground on the Beogram often eliminates humming. This shows the output terminal assembly of the Beogram 4000 in its original condition:
This open layout makes it very convenient to add a switch:
The shown switch position connects the two ground. Flipping the switch would open the connection.

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