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    Hello.
    Advice being sought for a friend. He has B&O 2200 system but wants a bigger sound than delivered by the standard X25 speakers.
    Question is whether anyone has tried larger B&O speakers with success or has introduced an additional amplifier (B&O or other) to boost?
    He would prefer to use B&O speakers to retain aesthetic continuity. But all recommendations welcome!
    Thanks
    Anthony

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    If he wants to stick with B&O then the MC120.2 speakers would be a big step up from the X25. Finding some in full working order might be a problem as the foams go on them, but they can be restored.
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    Thanks Macca. I’d read about s150.2 on here but not s120.2. Will do some research. Any idea if the source can be boosted with addition of a power amp? Assuming possible is there a period B&O unit?
    Advice greatly appreciated.

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    I don't know, you'd need Beobloke to come and advise on that.

    If I had to take an educated guess I'd say that it isn't possible to use an external power amp. You'd need the 2200 unit to have variable line out sockets and I don't think it has.
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    Thank you Macca!

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    Be careful about going for much larger speakers with the Beocenter 2200. This was designed as an entry-level unit and was mostly made in Japan so doesn't contain a huge amount of B&O inside at all! It was designed to work with the X25 loudspeakers and, as a result, has an in-built loudness compensation that cannot be defeated. This means that with small loudspeakers it sounds fairly reasonable but when you start adding larger loudspeakers with a better bass response, the bottom end become stodgy and over-powered.

    Asa result, your friend could go bigger but the MC120.2s mentioned by Martin are overkill. I wouldn't go larger than the S55 personally.
    Adam.

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    Hi Adam. Thank you so much for your advice. Very useful as it suggests my mate shouldn’t bother trying to do much. He’d be better buying a better source unit. Sincere thanks. Anthony

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    This is the way I'd go and if he likes B&O music centres then he could do far worse than going straight to the top and seeking out a Beocenter 7007 or 7700. The MC120.2s would work perfectly with one of these!

    https://beocentral.com/beocenter7700
    Adam.

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    Thanks Adam! I’ve passed on the advice & some eBay links!

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