Bluetooth receiver is becoming a trend when most new phones are now launching without 3.5mm port, then Audioengine has brought audio streaming technology over WiFi to users with the new B-Fi music streamer. Audioengine B-Fi capable of streaming music via WiFi with Multiroom support and comes in an extremely compact size.
Audioengine B-Fi uses the 802.11a/b (2.4GHz) Wi-Fi standard with AP8064 ARM CPU chip to be able to process wireless audio signals from WiFi. You can connect using common wireless standards like Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, and UPnP/DLNA.
Audio engine B-Fi uses an app called Audioengine Control app (iOS / Android) to integrate the ability to set up multiroom to 12 different regions and music streaming services Spotify, TIDAL, Qobuz, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Napster. B-Fi is easy to set up, simple to control and features digital and analog outputs for high-resolution audio.
The audio processing part of B-Fi uses an ESS9023 DAC chip capable of decoding up to 24bit/192kHz. The output port includes an RCA port to output an analog audio signal or output a digital signal through the Optical port for another DAC to process. Of course, when using WiFi, the sound quality will be High-res lossless without lossy compressions like Bluetooth, as well as the factors of flicker and latency are also better. The product will use a separate 5V micro-USB power port and will have a charger attached.
Price and availability
Audioengine B-Fi music streamer is now available to buy via the Bhphotovideo.com store for $189.
For premium audiophiles, Astell & Kern has announced the world’s first Multi DAC A&Futura SE200 hi-res audio player using two sets of DAC chips from the world’s two largest DAC brands, AKM and ESS. The AK SE200 is the second-generation model of the high-end A&Futura series that is only inferior to the Flagship A&Ultima series.