B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver


Add high fidelity Bluetooth to any system.
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. With support for the aptX HD audio codec built in, you can enjoy truly high resolution audio with all the convenience of a Bluetooth connection.
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Product Description

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:

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


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 HD codec, which is a high-quality audio converter designed specifically for audio, and with support for 24-bit streaming. 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 smartphone, so get more out of it and experience stunning audio with the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver including aptX HD, 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!

★★★★★ Support

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30-day audition

Listen to B1 for 30 days. Love it, or return it for a full refund.*
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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

Works with

Works with

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

What’s in the Box

What’s in the Box

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

About Bluetooth® and aptX HD

About Bluetooth® and aptX HD

Our Bluetooth products easily connect to any of your devices that have Bluetooth, but to get the best sound possible we recommend using a device that supports Bluetooth aptX HD. Find out more about aptX HD here: https://www.aptx.com/aptx-hd

And if you’re looking for a new smartphone, tablet, or computer with aptX HD or want to look up your device and see if it supports aptX HD, go here to check out what’s available: https://www.aptx.com/products?field_aptx_type_tid=483

And for iPad or iPhone users that don’t have aptX HD, don’t despair! MacOS (MacBook, iMac, Mac mini) include Bluetooth aptX HD, however if you use an iPhone or iPad, Apple generally uses the AAC codec and doesn’t support aptX HD. AAC sounds really good as well and you’ll still also get the extra benefit of our upsampling 24-bit DAC, so you won’t be disappointed by the sound quality if you use an iOS device with any of our Bluetooth products.

General specifications

General specifications

Bluetooth receiver type

Bluetooth 4.0 audio
Supported Bluetooth codecs
aptX HD, aptX, AAC, SBC

Supported Bluetooth profiles


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 (DC to 20 kHz)

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

Frequency response
10Hz – 20kHz (+/-0.5dB)


Input bit depth
24-bit (upsampled)

Input data rate
Determined by Bluetooth

~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 HD 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 HD 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 HD 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.

Computer Audiophile – B1 Review

“The Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver is a great performer both sonically and connectivity-wise.”
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Audiostream.com – B1 Review

“The B1 is a well made and very good sounding Bluetooth solution whether you use its internal DAC or roll your own.”
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Macenstein.com – B1 Review

“Just wonderful sound, design, ease of use and much better than average Bluetooth range.”
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Secrets of Home Theater – B1 Review

“The sound is smooth, grain-free with a warm and welcoming midrange.”
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Positive Feedback – B1 Review

B1 receives the Positive Feedback 2014 Writers’ Choice Award – “The B1 sounds head-scratchingly wonderful and is damn hard to beat for the money.”
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Coverville – B1 Review

“Whether it’s due to the B1’s added antenna, or just its design, I found the range to be extremely impressive.”
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Examiner.com – B1 Review

“I’ve tried other streaming methods before, and this is by far the easiest system I’ve ever used, without sacrificing sound quality.”
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Home Theater Shack – B1 Review

“(The B1) is a worthy addition to the serious audiophile’s system.”

HDTV Magazine – B1 Review

“If you are looking for a cross platform cross device product that allows you to share your music in crystal clear quality, the Audioengine B1 is made for you.”
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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 phone and tablets.”
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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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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.

Is the B1 compatible with TIDAL music streaming service?
The short answer is yes! You can use TIDAL on any compatible source device (PC, Mac, iPhone Android, etc.). The B1 is compatible with most all of these devices as well since they almost universally also include Bluetooth.

OK, so If I can use the B1 with TIDAL, how come you’re not listed on TIDALs website?
From what we understand the devices listed on TIDAL’s website are network media servers with the TIDAL app already installed on their operating systems, that’s all. No difference in audio quality or anything else as compared to their downloadable app, just that TIDAL comes pre-installed on those devices. The only notable exception is that if you’re listening to TIDAL on a computer, the only web browser that supports the full audio quality is Google Chrome.

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 HD?
aptX® keeps an up to date list of supported device on their site. See here, for supported smartphones:
and here, for supported tablets:

What if my source doesn’t support aptX HD? 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 HD 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 HD.

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. Here’s an article we wrote about to set this up:


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.

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