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Published on February 16th, 2018 | by The GC Team


Bang & Olufsen brings upcycling to vintage speakers

Bang & Olufsen has teamed up with HiFiBerry to launch a new open source DIY product which will enable the upgrade of its vintage speakers to today’s wireless standards.

The Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier is essentially a piece of hardware that customers install themselves into older speakers to implement wireless functionalities.

“Bang & Olufsen is known for our design, sound and craftsmanship, virtues that never really go out of style. And our speakers from the 70s and 80s represent this just as much as our current product portfolio,” said Anders Buchmann, Chief Intrapreneur at the Danish company.

With technology changing rapidly, Buchmann pointed out that a lot of vintage speakers are stored away, not used, or even thrown away.  “We wanted to change that,” he said, “and this initiative is all about empowering our customers to bring those products back to life themselves with modern-day features.” 

How the Beocreate 4 channel amplifier works:

  • The Beocreate 4 channel amplifier is a very flexible DSP/DAC/amplifier combination board designed for high-quality music playback in combination with passive loudspeakers
  • Up to 180W output power (2x30W, 2x60W)
  • Capable of driving up to four 4-8 Ohm speakers (the two 60W channels can drive 2 Ohm speakers)
  • Fully controllable from the Raspberry Pi
  • Sample rates up to 192kHz
  • 4 channel digital-analogue conversion included
  • No soldering required, the Raspberry Pi can be plugged easily onto the Beocreate board
  • Speakers can be connected via screw terminals
  • Capable of working standalone (without the Raspberry Pi) as a digital amplifier, although a Raspberry Pi is required to programme the DSP

Daniel Matuschek, founder of HiFiBerry said: “Our company has always been dedicated to high-quality DIY audio. Working in cooperation with Bang & Olufsen is not only a huge pleasure, it also gives us the possibility to implement our hardware to design classics we love. Seeing a company opening up for the idea of DIY audio and upcycling is more than exciting and we are very proud to be part of this process.”

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