B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

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Model: B1  Color: Black  Includes: B1 Bluetooth Receiver, RCA cable
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B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth® Music Receiver

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.

Easy setup

The B1 is a simple way to get great-sounding wireless music from your device out to any music system. Setup and pairing is really easy and no special software is needed. Here’s how to connect B1 to your music system and pair with your tablet, computer, or smartphone:


Connect the included audio cables from the B1 rear panel to your music system.
Connect the included power adapter to B1 and plug into an AC outlet. B1 will automatically go into pair mode.
On your device, turn on Bluetooth and select “Audioengine B1” to pair and connect.
Play your music. Setup is really this easy!

Versatile

The audio quality of most Bluetooth products isn't usually very inspiring and their limited range can be frustrating. The B1 solves these problems by implementing the aptX codec, which is a high-quality audio converter designed specifically for audio. The B1 also has special circuitry and a precision-tuned antenna to extend the wireless range, providing much more versatility than other Bluetooth receivers.


Upgrade your Bluetooth and breathe new life into your audio system. You already have Bluetooth on your tablet, computer, or iDevice, so get more out of it and experience stunning audio with the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver including aptX, 24-bit upsampling DAC, and extended range.

See and hear the difference

The aluminum case of the B1 reflects traditional Audioengine design and the high-quality components and audio fidelity are typical of Audioengine's commitment to great sound at affordable prices. The Audioengine B1 continues to close the gap between your computer music and home hi-fi and even if you're not an audio enthusiast we guarantee your music will sound better!

30 Day Audition*

We've created a product with the sound, looks, and overall quality of systems priced much higher. Purchase the Audioengine B1 receiver from our online store and try it out. If you're not completely satisfied, contact us for return instructions and ship the product back in the original packaging in like-new, undamaged condition within 30 days of purchase and we will give you a full refund of your purchase price.


*30-day trial is only available for product purchased directly online from the Audioengine store.

Features

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

What’s in the box

(1) B1 Receiver
(1) RCA audio cable (3ft/1m)
(1) Power adapter with detachable cable
(1) Microfiber bag
(1) Setup guide

Works with

Any Bluetooth-enabled computer or other device
Powered speakers
Any music system with an audio input
B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

Bluetooth receiver type

Bluetooth 4.0 audio with aptX codec

Supported Bluetooth profiles

aptX, A2DP, and AVRCP

Inputs

Bluetooth

Outputs

Stereo analog RCA
Digital optical (SPDIF)

Required power

5V, 200mA

Operation range

up to 100ft (30m) typical

Full-scale output

2.0V RMS

Output impedance

57 Ohms

D/A converter

AKM AK4396

Power filtering

3-stage redundant regulation

SNR

SNR (DC to 20 kHz)
>100dB

THD+N

(1 kHz FS 96 kS/s) <0.02%

Frequency response

10Hz - 20kHz (+/-0.5dB)

Crosstalk

>-86dB

Input bit depth

24-bit (upsampled)

Input data rate

Determined by Bluetooth

Latency

~30 milliseconds (ms)

Product dimensions

3.5 x 4.0 x 1”

Shipping weight

1.0lbs (0.5kg)

Shipping box dimensions

11 x 7 x 3"

Environmental Requirements

Operating temperature: 32° to 105°F (0°C to 40°C)
Storage temperature: -4° to 115°F (-20°C to 46°C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Included accessories

RCA audio cable (3ft/1m)
Power adapter with detachable cable
Microfiber bag
Setup guide

Technical Features

Supports all Bluetooth-enabled devices
High-fidelity Bluetooth® with aptX® transmission and extended range
Stream high-resolution 24-bit digital audio from the Audioengine B1 to any music system.
Includes built-in AKM4396 DAC for superior 24-bit upsampled playback
Aluminum case with audiophile-grade connectors
Analog and optical outputs
2.0Vrms maximum output level

Experience stunning audio quality with aptX® coding, built-in 24-bit upsampling DAC, and extended wireless range.

DAC Characteristics

The B1 Bluetooth Receiver utilizes the AKM AK4396A DAC, widely known for its low noise and high fidelity. B1 is essentially an upsampling 24-bit Bluetooth DAC and will pad all bit depths internally to 24-bits, thus achieving a higher signal-to-noise ratio. Due to the AK4396A's high signal-to-noise specs, the fact that digital signal is converted (upsampled) to 24-bits and the added benefit of triple redundancy power source conversion and filtering, the B1 presents impressive low noise and low distortion characteristics with a noticeable improvement over other Bluetooth devices.

Extended Range

Most Bluetooth implementations have very limited range, usually within just one room. But with careful signal management circuitry and antenna tuning, we offer a superior solution that will reach more than one room with no degradation in audio quality.

High quality Bluetooth audio

The B1 features aptX coding which is an advanced Bluetooth audio codec that provides much higher-quality sound than previous versions. The B1 is backwards-compatible with all previous Bluetooth implementations so you can wirelessly stream music from any device and still enjoy outstanding sound.

Optical Output

B1 also functions as a wireless audio bridge from your device to your favorite DAC or preamp. Use the internal DAC with RCA analog outputs or connect the optical output into another DAC.

How do I power off my B1?

B1 automatically powers-down and mutes the output after about 10 minutes. The BT input, however, is still active so you can just pair to it again without pressing the front panel button. B1 will remain on if a device is paired with it and turned on though.

Will my music have a delay if I’m watching a movie or music video?

B1 has a delay of about 30ms (milliseconds) so you can watch videos from Youtube, for example, and stream out the audio through B1 to your stereo system without any noticeable lag between the video and audio.

Will B1 interfere with my network and slow it down?

The B1 uses Bluetooth, which operates on the same 2.4GHz band as most Wi-Fi Routers. There's always a possibility for interference with wireless technology on the same frequency, but in our testing this was very uncommon.

If B1 is connected, do I need to do anything else to play music from my computer using iTunes or Amarra?

Once your B1 is paired and connected then any app (iTunes, etc.) or online players (such as Youtube) will automatically play your music through Bluetooth.

Does B1 work with any stereo, music system, or powered speakers?

Yes, any audio product with a standard analog audio input can connect to B1 with the included RCAs. B1 also includes a digital output so you also can connect via optical (TOSLINK).

Does B1 transmit a stereo signal?

Yes, the B1 transmits 16-bit stereo audio.

What does the LED indicator light on the B1 mean?

If it's on and solid - This means the B1 is powered on, and currently connected to a Bluetooth enabled device.

If it's on and blinking - This means the B1 is powered on, but not currently connected to a device

If it's off (and plugged into power) - This means the B1 is powered off (standby) and not connected to a device. The B1 is however still visible to Bluetooth enabled devices in this state. So simply connect to the B1 using your device, and it will automatically wake up.

Do I need to install any special drivers for the B1?

No extra software or drivers are needed. The B1 is compatible with any device that supports Bluetooth, and the A2DP profile for streaming stereo audio. This includes most all Smartphones, Tablets, and Laptop Computers.

How can I tell if my device supports aptX®?

aptX® keeps an up to date list of supported device on their site. See here, for supported smartphones:
www.aptx.com/category/phones
and here, for supported tablets:
www.aptx.com/category/tablets

What if my source doesn't support aptX®? Can I still use B1 and if so, how will it sound?

You can absolutely still use the B1, and it will sound great. aptX® is a high quality Bluetooth audio codec that works really well. With that said, in addition to mandatory support for SBC, Bluetooth also includes optional support for many other codecs, like MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and AAC, all of which have their own advantages, and some of which sound very close to aptX®.

Will the B1’s range work between more than one room?

The overall range you can expect will vary depending on the device you use with the B1. We tested using mostly a variety of smartphones though, and found 100 FT to be a realistic expectation, and that's through one wall.

Can I use my computer speakers and the B1 at the same time?

If you have a Mac running snow leopard or later, you can create a multiple output device to accomplish this. See the link below for how-to instructions on Apples site:

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5178

I have multiple B1s, can I change the name of the devices in my Bluetooth settings?

We've found that Android will allow you to assign nicknames of specific bluetooth devices; this means you can name it whatever you want (Living Room, B1 (2), etc.). If you are using an Apple computer with OS X, then you can rename bluetooth devices in the bluetooth settings; however, iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) do not support this feature.

What makes Audioengine Bluetooth products better than other Bluetooth systems?

The features that we feel make our system better than most wireless products currently on the market are the overall ease of setup, fixed low latency, audio quality, lack of dropouts, and high interference tolerance - all the good stuff that's important for a wireless product to be of any real use. The B1 features higher signal-to-noise ratio due to the inclusion of a 24-bit high-performance DAC, as well as better range than most Bluetooth receivers.

MyMac - B1 Review

“...this remarkable BT accessory immediately became an integral component in my home stereo environment.”
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Positive Feedback - B1 Review

"The B1's sound is lively and detailed…. and the music quality is easily on par with the well-known USB DACs at this price point.”
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Stereophile - B1 Review

"I have not yet heard a Bluetooth receiver that tops the B1. Consider this a rave.” - Sam Tellig, Dec 2014 Issue



Truly Gadgets - B1 Review

"The Audioengine B1 is simple and effective, and offers clean, crisp, and consistent audio with no degradation or issues....”
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Dave Taylor - B1 Review

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AppleJAC - B1 Review

"This is the best Bluetooth receiver I’ve ever used, which produces reliable, consistent, high-quality sound from all of my iDevices."
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The PC Enthusiast - B1 Review

"It’s one of the best, if not the best, Bluetooth DAC music receiver currently in the market that will not disappoint."
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Positive Feedback - B1 Review

"At $189, you can turn any audio component or product with optical or RCA inputs into a high quality Bluetooth playback system. Highly recommended."
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The Real Geeks - B1 Review

“Overall, I would highly recommend purchasing this combination of products..."
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KatieFloyd.me - B1 Review

"If you’ve already invested in high-quality speakers or an audio system, adding a B1 is a great way to upgrade your system to stream virtually any type of audio from your digital devices."
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Dale Thorn - B1 Review on "What’s Best Forum"

“...it's gratifying to have a little box like the B1 that looks and feels like premium audio gear, but doesn't cost a small fortune."
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Gear Diary - B1 Review

"My small A2 speakers have never sounded better and, thanks to the streaming prowess of the B1, I’m now able to cut the cord."
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Tech 50+ - B1 Review

"It enables us to keep using those great legacy systems we love. Setup is a breeze. And the quality is terrific."
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Ken Rockwell - B1 Review

“Not only does everything sound exactly like the source, there's no low-frequency rolloff so all my bass and subsonics are left intact."
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Laptopmemo - B1 Review

"One of the best accessories I’ve ever reviewed (and one of the most expensive), the Audioengine B1 is a must-have…”
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Part Time Audiophile - B1 Review and CAS Show Coverage

"Audioengine might not be what comes to mind when you think of hifi, but their products’ accessibility, plug-and-play simplicity and price tags make them real winners."
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Audiophile Audition - B1 Review

"If you desire the ability to wirelessly stream music to your stereo from a non-Apple product then the Audioengine B1 is worth an audition."
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Overclock.net - B1 Review

"It just works and sounds great. There are many cheaper Bluetooth receivers but if audio quality is an important factor then this is the product for you."
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Examiner - B1 Review

"Being able to play your music through your audio system makes life more enjoyable. Plus, thanks to the B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver, it will sound a whole lot better.”
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