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kuyttendaele
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kuyttendaele posted on Tue, Nov 22 2016 1:29 PM

Hi...

Just stumbled onto Bang & Olufsen Create.

Nothing special on their website: http://create.bang-olufsen.com

But the Instagram account show some interesting concepts! https://www.instagram.com/beocreate/

 

Karel.

 

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tph replied on Fri, Feb 16 2018 3:46 PM

mbee:

Hi tph,

Are you working on NL integration, or is it something we must not expect too much? (I understand that bringing NL compatibility while working open source is a potential threat to B&O as it will allow people to create (no pun intended) speakers that could cannibalize the NL range...) 

Hi mbee,

at this point I'll say that we're looking into it, but I wouldn't hold my breath (at least not yet). We will keep all of you posted about this and any other new features Smile

— Tuomas | Bang & Olufsen | Bang & Olufsen Create

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TWG replied on Sat, Feb 17 2018 9:10 AM

The Bang & Olufsen create 4 channel amplifier is already available:

 

https://www.hifiberry.com/shop/beocreate/beocreate-4-channel-amplifier/


Very nice idea!

 

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How much heat does the unit produce?

I mounted an amplifier inside a cx100 together with a Chromecast, and the amp produced so much heat that the Chromecast became unreliable.

 

"You think we can slap some oak on this thing?"

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Leif replied on Sat, Feb 17 2018 9:53 AM

Hi

Go ask your questions directly at HifiBerry site.

Their technician Daniel is very fast with answers

I ask a lot regarding Beocreate 4 as it's running with Rasperry which I know absolute nothing about.
Got all kind of questions answered fast and informative.

Nice experience

/Leif

 

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kai replied on Sat, Feb 17 2018 9:59 AM
Looking at the website can the board run two pairs of speakers In different rooms and have Bluetooth on one and say Spotify on the other?
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leogoeswild:

I mounted an amplifier inside a cx100 together with a Chromecast, and the amp produced so much heat that the Chromecast became unreliable.

Which Amp ? 

I am doing the very same thing using an LM3886 mounted directly to the bottom of the aluminium chassis works like a charm! 

It gets warm, but not hot,- there is no need to take the supply voltage to the maximum!

The Cromecast needs to be on the outside in order for the antennas to work properly, NOT like the BeoCreate solution where its buried deep inside an aluminium box behind a massive ferrite core... Surprise

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I really like this idea, upgrading and adding modern features over replacement. 

I'm looking at ways of adding BT and or WiFi to my system, not sure this is the right thing, but the website does say something about it being the first product. I fascinated to find out what else they might come up with. 

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I like the idea but it’s a shame that to achieve stereo the speakers have to be physically tethered - surely there must be a way to do this programmatically?
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tph replied on Sat, Feb 17 2018 10:33 PM

leogoeswild:

How much heat does the unit produce?

I mounted an amplifier inside a cx100 together with a Chromecast, and the amp produced so much heat that the Chromecast became unreliable.

Hi Leo,

the boards do get pretty warm, but in our tests inside various speakers (RL6000, RL2000, CX-series) this has never been an issue. It's built to handle it with grace.

kai:
Looking at the website can the board run two pairs of speakers In different rooms and have Bluetooth on one and say Spotify on the other?

I assume you mean connecting four speakers to one amplifier. Using Bluetooth and Spotify at the same time from one Raspberry Pi is not possible, as the link between the Pi and the DSP is two channels only. However, it is possible to play something from the Raspberry Pi and something else from the optical input, as these can work independently and can be routed to different outputs in the DSP. Or you could technically connect a second Raspberry Pi to the same board (via the pins next to the "main" Raspberry Pi) and use that for the other source, but I have not tested this.

MrRoast:
I like the idea but it’s a shame that to achieve stereo the speakers have to be physically tethered - surely there must be a way to do this programmatically?

The only way to do this wirelessly "out of the box" right now is to use iTunes and AirPlay to two units at once, but the synchronisation is not quite perfect. There is no good universal open-source solution that we have found thus far – doing this with e.g. Bluetooth or WiSA (as our home/Play products do) would require licensing special hardware and software, which would drive up the cost of the system and make it less open, both of which we do not want. Providing wireless stereo pairing is in everyone's interests, so we will keep working towards it in any way we can.

— Tuomas | Bang & Olufsen | Bang & Olufsen Create

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Thanks for the reply Tuomas, I’d considered the Airplay solution you mentioned but that would just be a pair of muxed down L/R signals not stereo if I understand correctly.
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TWG replied on Mon, Feb 19 2018 7:06 AM

Does it support DLNA, too or is this planned?

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It just happens to be that I refoamed a pair of CX100's for myself last week. Just for testing purposes and with the idea to remove the S75's

So, to get some space back. Among all the stuff I have several RPI3's also laying around here.

So I printed the bracket and cap.

I'm just curious whether the investment will result in a decent sound in comparison with for instance a Beoplay M5.

At least it will give me some fun in building, configuring and testing.

 


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And the bracket.


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tph replied on Mon, Feb 19 2018 3:32 PM

MrRoast:
Thanks for the reply Tuomas, I’d considered the Airplay solution you mentioned but that would just be a pair of muxed down L/R signals not stereo if I understand correctly.

In the setup tool you can choose which channels the loudspeaker plays. With CX50 you have stereo (for connecting two to the same amplifier), L, R or mono options. CX100 gives you L, R or mono options. I think CX100 defaults to mono, but as said, this can be easily changed.

— Tuomas | Bang & Olufsen | Bang & Olufsen Create

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Received yesterday the nice looking packages.


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