Bang & Olufsen to breathe new life into vintage speakers

Bang & Olufsen teams up with HiFiBerry to launch a new open source DIY-product, which will enable customers to upgrade their vintage speakers themselves to today’s wireless standards.

For almost a century, Bang & Olufsen has produced speakers and speaker systems. Now the company wants to empower people to bring their vintage and iconic products back to life by using new open source technology. The product is called Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier and is produced together with HiFiBerry. It is essentially a piece of hardware that the customer installs themselves into vintage speakers to implement wireless functionalities.

According to Chief Intrapreneur from Bang & Olufsen, Anders Buchmann it is a part of Bang & Olufsen’s DNA to produce long lasting, quality products and now the company can ensure the longevity on its vintage-portfolio with new technology. What sets the initiative a part is also that Bang & Olufsen, for the first time, enable and encourage customers to upcycle classic speakers with a DIY product.  

“Bang & Olufsen is known for our design, sound and craftsmanship, virtues that never really go out of style. And our speakers from the 70’s and 80’s represent this just as much as our current product portfolio,” Anders Buchmann says and continues: “But with technology changing rapidly a lot of vintage speakers are stored away not being used or even thrown away. We wanted to change that, and this initiative is all about empowering our customers to bring those products back to life themselves with modern day features.” 

Daniel Matuschek, founder of HiFiBerry says: “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.”

You can order the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier online on hifiberrys website.

What is the Beocreate 4 channel amplifier and how does it work

  • 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-analog conversion included
  • No soldering required, the Raspberry Pi can be plugged easily onto the Beocreate board
  • Speakers can be connected via screw terminals
  • Can work standalone (without the Raspberry Pi) as a digital amplifier
  • However, to program the DSP, a Raspberry Pi is required
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Sara Vermassen press contact, UPR Corporate
About Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.

Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move.

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