If you care about your music, then you simply must check out the $189 Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver. And since Audioengine offers a no-strings attached “30 Day Audition”, there’s no reason NOT to check it out and add high-quality Bluetooth streaming to your current sound system. Easy to set up, it will be music to your ears.I have an old pair of Audioengine A2 powered desktop speakers. They sound great, but the lack of wireless connectivity resulted in their spending time in the closet for the past few months. Thanks to the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver they are out, on my desk, and getting tons of use again.
The B1 is made from sturdy aluminum that speaks to the quality of the product. It works with any Bluetooth-enabled computer or other device and connects it to powered speakers or any music system with an audio input. As Audioengine explains, “The B1 is a high-fidelity audio component that easily integrates into your music system and plays music directly from your library or streams from any app. The B1 streams high-quality audio from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, computer, or tablet to any music system or powered speakers.”
Inside the box were
- The B1 Receiver
- An RCA audio cable (3ft/1m)
- A power adapter with detachable cable
- A microfiber bag
- A setup guide
Setup could not have been easier. I pulled the B1 from its box, and plugged the included RCA cable into it. I took the free end of the cable and plugged it into the RCA ports on the back of the A2 powered speakers. (The B1 also has a Digital optical (SPDIF) output.) After that I plugged the B1 in and the light on the front began blinking. That indicated that it was in pairing mode. I jumped to my iPad mini’s Bluetooth settings, and it was there. Pairing took just a few seconds. (The B1 connects to one device at a time, but it will remember multiple devices.) Once the set up was complete, I was immediately able to enjoy amazingly good sounding music streaming from my iPad to the A2 speakers. I was completely impressed. Best of all, once the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver is set up and connected, it simply does its thing in the background.
Three key reasons the B1 blows away other BT receivers:
- It offers CD-quality (16-bit) aptX® audio codec
- It has 24-bit upsampling DAC
- It gets up to 100 foot extended range
- It has nalog and digital outputs
Video review of the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver:
As noted above, the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver features aptX and a 24-bit upsampling DAC for great sound. Add in the “precision-tuned antenna to extend the wireless range” of up to 100 feet and the B1 offers and you will be free to move about and enjoy your tunes like never before. It is one of those audio accessories that will simply delight you!
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver
What I Like: Easy to set up; Solid and well-built; RCA and Optical connection options; Pairs with multiple devices; Streams music from any Bluetooth device; Serves up 100 feet of distance; Takes music quality to new heights
What Needs Improvement: Only pairs with one device at a time