Want to stream music on a budget but without a diversion into Raspberry Pi territory? Audioengine has announced the immediate availability of a new plug-and-play network streamer that will sell for US$189 via their website.
Their B-Fi is a palm-sized unit whose 802.11a/b Wi-Fi aerial and internal ARM processor enables Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay (hello Roon) and UPnP/DLNA streams. For the latter, we reach for the accompanying Audioengine Control app (iOS/Android) that brings Napster, Qobuz and Tidal into play.
All incoming music streams can be handed off to an external DAC via the B-Fi’s TOSLINK output or to an integrated amplifier – or pair of powered loudspeakers – via twin RCA outputs. An ESS 9023 chip executes internal D/A conversion – up to 24bit/192kHz PCM – and power comes from a 5V micro USB socket.
All up, a natty addition to the entry-level network streaming space.
Further information. Audioengine USA