Australian HIFI - - SOUND BITES -

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

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