Australian Hi-Fi



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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