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Audioengine’s B-Fi is a $189 wireless network streamer

  • 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

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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