AUDIOQUEST BEETLE BLUETOOTH DAC
Audioquest’s new Beetle is a small portable Bluetooth DAC that also has an optical digital input and a USB input. ‘ Audioquest designed the Beetle as a multi-purpose DAC for today’s many different lifestyles,’ said Richard Neale of Amber Technology, which distributes Audioquest in Australia. ‘ The obvious application is to use the Beetle’s USB input to enjoy clean, clear, naturally beautiful sound from any laptop or computer, but thanks to the Beetle’s asynchronous Bluetooth technology, you can wirelessly stream music from your mobile device, while surfing the web, checking Facebook updates, or sending email.’
The Beetle’s optical and USB inputs can handle bit-rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP 2.6 which can be upgraded via software provided by Audioquest. If you’re making use of the Beetle’s USB or Bluetooth functionality, you can control the voltage of the analogue output via a 64-bit/bit perfect digital volume controller.
Neale said the Audioquest Beetle was also ideal for upgrading the sound quality of TVs with optical audio outputs. ‘ Often the only audio output provided on modern HDTVs is an optical one,’ he said, ‘ but you could also use the Beetle to provide a major sonic upgrade for media players and gaming consoles.’ Available now, the Audioquest Beetle retails for $349. For further information, please contact Amber Technology on 1800 251 367 or visit the website at www.ambertech.com.au