B&O wants to put a new lease of life into its vintage portfolio of speakers so they don’t go to waste in our increasingly digital and wireless-centric world.
That’s why the Danish brand has partnered with HiFiBerry to launch the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier, a DAC/amplifier/DSP board that, with the right components and tools, can be self-installed (yes, even by you) into a pair of passive speakers.
The board comprises a four-channel 24bit/192kHz DAC feeding digital inputs and outputs, and a four-channel 180-watt amplifier that is capable of driving up to four 4ohm to 8ohm speakers.
It can work purely as a digital amplifier, or be used as a more complete network player when directly connected to a Raspberry Pi (A+, B+, 2,3 or Zero) mini PC. The Pi can program the DSP and take advantage of the Beocreate software suite, allowing users to play music via AirPlay, Bluetooth and Spotify.
Currently, how-to guides for installing the board to B&O’s Beovox CX50 and CX100 speakers (which were introduced in the ‘80s) are available on the HiFiBerry website, with equivalents for the Beovox RL2000 and RL6000 models to follow.
The CX100 installation, for example, has a difficulty level of three (out of five) and should theoretically take 2 hours. The guide provides a list of required tools and a step-by-step method in a layout similar to that of a Jamie Oliver recipe. Just without the nutrition values.
Time to make the purchase, dust off your toolbox and roll up your sleeves? Good luck.