Retrofit Your Vintage Speakers With Wireless Capabilities
Bang & Olufsen partnered with HiFiBerry to make an open-source device that lets users connect traditional speakers to Wi-Fi
Danish electronics company Bang & Olufsen recently released the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier, a device that will retrofit any traditional speakers with wireless capabilities like Airplay and Bluetooth.
The product consists of a DSP/DAC/amplifier combination board designed for audio playback in combination with passive loudspeakers. While the Beocreate’s power derives from a single 12-24V source, Bang & Olufsen’s collaborator HiFiBerry claims that the device is able to support up to four 4-8 Ohm speakers at once.
To enable the Wi-Fi, however, users will need a Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer that provides LAN and Bluetooth connectivity. While not too complicated, installing the Beocreate does involve a few different steps and products, so this device may be best for those who have some audio-tech experience. The amplifier retails for $189.
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