Bluetooth device that turns any regular speaker or music system into a Bluetooth-enabled one is not new, but not many can claim to offer built-in DAC and digital optical output as standard, and at a price point that won’t break your bank. such are features that Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver has to offer. this sleek, compact device does what all Bluetooth music receiver does: lets you stream your favorite tunes from your Bluetooth-enabled sources, such as your smartphone, tablet or computer, to any music system or powered speakers. however, the B1 stands out as one that goes beyond just another Bluetooth device. while Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX offers superb high-resolution wireless streaming, its onboard 24-bit unsampling DAC ensures audio output to your speakers are of the highest possible quality.
it also boasts a set of RCA connector, digital Optical output (SPDIF), “special circuitry” and a precision-tuned antenna for extended wireless range to ensure consistent audio streaming, a 3-stage redundant regulation power filtering, and a beautiful aluminum chassis coupled with audiophile-grade connectors. as with any audio products, we cannot attest to B1’s audio performance until we have audition them, but as far as built quality is concerned, you can count on this North Carolina-based outfit to bring you the best. how do we know? because our A2, S8 sub and DAC tells us so. Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver is available as we speak from Audioengine online store for $189 a pop. each unit is package with a 3ft long RCA audio cable, power adapter with detachable cable, as well as an obligatory microfiber bag.