Audio Engine B1 Premium 24 Bit DAC Digital Music Receiver – Excellent value and high quality sound

It’s a superior bluetooth receiver for a serious audiophile. Did not say what ac plug comes with this particular model. Neither it was checked on the box (i’m from eu and it came with uk plug = fail). So i got my galaxy s4 charger to work with it instead (it has the same characteristics). Other than that, it’s a superior bluetooth receiver for a serious audiophile. Well built quality, outstanding sound (after 40-50 hours of beak-in time).

As good as bluetooth gets. . Keeps working straight away.

Excellent sound quality, a big step up over the cheap logitech receiver i was using. But i’ve found that i can get equally good sound quality using the google chromecast audio device, which is £15 compared to £145, so no contest in the value for money stakes. Here are the specifications for the Audio Engine B1 Premium 24 Bit DAC Digital Music Receiver:

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  • Easy setup, connects in seconds
  • Plug-n-play, no software to install
  • Superior sound and extended range
  • Connects to any music system with an audio input
  • Streams audio from any media player (iTunes, Amarra, Youtube, etc.)

Good points: fantastic sound quality for what it is. Good points:fantastic sound quality for what it is. I tried several of the cheaper bluetooth adapters and was really disappointed with the quality – this knocks them out of the water. This for me is the main selling point and the reason i purchased the item. I struggle to hear any difference between the files played through my pc speakers and the output on my stereo via this deviceeasy to set up – i stream music from my computer to the stereo via a small usb bluetooth adapter plugged in to my pc. Does drop out occasionally but only for a split second and it this is few and far betweeni can now access all of my digitally stored music on my stereogood reception – it’s about 5 metres from the device to my bluetooth adapter and this works very wellbad points:it is quite a lot of money. Tip: search on amazon warehouse to see if they have one with an opened box for slightly cheaper. This is what i did and saved about £25very minor, but does need a power socket. I have my stereo, a turntable and this all plugged in which means a trail of power wiresvery occasionally has issues with windows 10, my music starts to stutter. I then disconnect bluetooth via my settings, reconnect and everything work perfectlyoverall if you’re looking for a way of streaming your digital files in as good a quality as possible then this is perfect for you.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Great piece of kit – give your ears a real treat !!
  • it’s a superior bluetooth receiver for a serious audiophile
  • Audioengine delivers great sound quality.

Great piece of kit – give your ears a real treat . I replaced a neet bt receiver with a audioengine b1 and the resultant enhanced overall musicality of the b1 is substantial. Pairing and connecting my iphone was trouble-free and accomplished in seconds. I am taking a feed from the toslink optical output of the b1 into a chord dac and amplifier. In my view any upgrade to a hifi-kit is to be judged from two aspects; (a) the additional previously unheard detail and clarity of music and (b) the more difficult to define aesthetic pleasurable ‘musicality’ of tonal balance and ambiance. The b1 ticks both boxes, very impressively indeed. £130 the b1 isn’t cheap, on the other hand it is beautifully engineered and permits a significant upgrade to be performed to your hi-kit easily in a few minutes. Can music bt’ed from an iphone ever achieve the same sudiophile levels of fideility as from the original cd ?.

Well built, robust metal casing. Plug in, connect and play – could not be easier to use. I’m using this primarily with an ipad mini to play via a linn classic cd/amp through ruark cabinet speakers. I would like to think my music system is a fair bit better than the average set up and the sound quality has always been very good when the ipad is hard wire connected to the amp. Now i’m using the audio engine b1 i can honestly say it sounds just as good. Of course, i now have the added benefit of being to control whats being played from most anywhere in the house – the range appears to be about 10 metres, you can buy less expensive bluetooth receivers, but most look to be cheap bits of plastic and they don’t seem to compare anywhere near as favourably as the b1 in hifi magazine reviews.

I wanted to connect my phone to. I wanted to connect my phone to an old but very good sound system so i could play my itunes – this has great bluetooth range and good quality and works room to room. I’ve tried other bluetooth receivers but this has been the best by miles.

Good points: fantastic sound quality for what it is. Good points:fantastic sound quality for what it is. I tried several of the cheaper bluetooth adapters and was really disappointed with the quality – this knocks them out of the water. This for me is the main selling point and the reason i purchased the item. I struggle to hear any difference between the files played through my pc speakers and the output on my stereo via this deviceeasy to set up – i stream music from my computer to the stereo via a small usb bluetooth adapter plugged in to my pc. Does drop out occasionally but only for a split second and it this is few and far betweeni can now access all of my digitally stored music on my stereogood reception – it’s about 5 metres from the device to my bluetooth adapter and this works very wellbad points:it is quite a lot of money. Tip: search on amazon warehouse to see if they have one with an opened box for slightly cheaper. This is what i did and saved about £25very minor, but does need a power socket. I have my stereo, a turntable and this all plugged in which means a trail of power wiresvery occasionally has issues with windows 10, my music starts to stutter. I then disconnect bluetooth via my settings, reconnect and everything work perfectlyoverall if you’re looking for a way of streaming your digital files in as good a quality as possible then this is perfect for you.

I purchased this september 2015. Simply marvellous, connects easily and i’d definitely recommend this. Ps the others are cheap and break, or pack up after a while some of them like the fidelity one makes a terrible clicking.

Excellent value and high quality sound. Used to connect my kindle fire hdx and htc one m8 to an arcam a85/p85 amp & b&w cdm7 speakers and was very impressed. This dac is not out of place in a reasonably good system. Rapid and reliable bluetooth connection.

Great sound, well worth the money. . Excellent product, sounds great. I have this hooked up to a high end system and i have been very impressed.

Impressive performance, love it. Much better than apple’s airplay devices, this works flawlessly every time with every device i have tri d.

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