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B&O's upgrade for old speakers requires some heavy tinkering

B&O's upgrade for old speakers requires some heavy tinkering
From Engadget - February 15, 2018

The $189/149 Beocreate 4 channel amplifier is a development-style board that can be added to those older speakers to bring them new life in 2018. We are talking about models like the Beovox CX50 and CX100 that have not been made for years. And as you might expect, B&O and HiFiBerry say the Beocerate will work with "any generic loudspeaker" in a similar fashion. The add-on brings up to 180 watts of power, enough for up to four 4-8 Ohm speakers. It also packs in a four-channel DAC (digital-to-analog converter) and runs on a 12-24 volt power supply.

Here's the catch: You have to supply your own Raspberry Pi to make the most of the Beocerate 4. If you do not, you only get the benefits of the amp without the WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. This also means that you wo not be able to tap into included software, even though HiFiBerry warns only experienced DSP tinkerers should make any tweaks there.

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