HiFi Bluetooth Music receivers reviews
Not a long time ago Bluetooth had been tightly connected with poor sound quality. Some audiophile has never come to the idea to add any Bluetooth component to their systems. They considered that would be a totally waste of time and money. If that happened five years ago I don’t have any reason to argue with them because they told the truth about previous Bluetooth music. But if they still hold their position against Bluetooth Hi-Fi product. Now I have plenty of practical even excellent Bluetooth receivers to show how wrong and stubborn they are.
Most Bluetooth music receiver cost less than 50 bucks but not these we present in this post. They are more expensive, of course come with more pleasant music experience, and definitely different in many respects compared with cheap ones.
They are expensive for:
- These high end bluetooth devices have elegant making craft often included with a solid metal box, usually this box are more pricy than an ordinary Bluetooth music receiver, with smooth surface and some thoughtful details such as round corner.
- In order to give better sound a high priced DAC chip has been a necessity of all hifi bluetooth music receivers. These DACs can be also found in other high end music products like AV receivers or home theater amplifiers.
- They have more than one type of inputs or outputs to make themselves more flexible. Beside AUX output they also has digital coaxial or optical output to ensure you can get truly Hi-Fi music.
- An outside antenna can be always seen with a high end bluetooth receiver aiming to improve the coverage area and enhance the stability of connection.
- apt-X codec are also considered as a signature of an pricy Bluetooth device. With it you can get more clear voice than A2DP protocol.
Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver
Audioengine B1 will add wireless playback ability to your music system like any Bluetooth receivers. The difference is it does that in a more HiFi way than others. The B1 Bluetooth Receiver utilizes a AKM AK4396A DAC, widely known for its low noise and high fidelity, which is essentially for this upsampling 24-bit Bluetooth DAC. And it will pad all bit depths internally to 24-bits, thus achieving a higher signal-to-noise ratio.
The signal it natively outputs is 48Khz 24 bits. You can connect it with your amp through analog way or digital optical output. Like mentioned above it has an antenna attached to a whole solid aluminum box like Relay does, although the case is not so smooth like the former one. The working range is great with this design.
The component itself is housed in this solid aluminum case at the size of a standard deck of cards. There is a bright blue “Pair” LED light on the front. In back, you have the micro USB power input jack, an SPDIF digital out and an analog output via high quality, gold-plated RCA’s. That’s all there is to it.
Set up is as simple as you can get. Connect the analog outs to an available input on your preamp, amp or powered speakers. Or you could bypass the internal DAC and connect the optical out to an optical input on your DAC or receiver. It also comes complete with everything you need – a USB power supply, stereo RCA interconnects and a microfiber carry bag.
Arcam rBlink Wireless Bluetooth Music receiver
As a Hi-Fi product Arcam rBlink has a costly TI Burr-Brown PCM5102 DAC chip on mainboard like Mass Fidelity Relay does. Contributing to this PCM5102, the THD (Total Harmonic Distortion Noise) of rBlink receiver is just 0.002%. rBlink has apt-X, an improved profile, for sending audio signal over Bluetooth. The Arcam rBlink works well with apt-X Bluetooth devices such as MacBook or Sony Xperia Z. It provides us a well balanced sound with extreme details, big scale and deep bass. Sense of space and positional feeling are so clear, so it doesn’t sound like Bluetooth at all. See our detailed review here.
Arcam MINIBLINK Audiophile Bluetooth Music Converter/Streamer
Arcam has also brought a minimized pocket sized bluetooth receiver called miniBlink. The company focus on high-end amps and CD-players and other audiophile level DACs. These two Bluetooth audio receiver share some crucial components like the costly Burr Brown PCM 5102 DAC chip. With this powerful heart and apt-X tech Arcam miniBlink can also guarantee you the real crystal clear sound at audiophile level. It can stream music straight from any Bluetooth compatible device to HiFi speaker system with quick and simple setting procedures. See our detailed review here.
Mass Fidelity Relay Hi-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Receiver
The Mass Fidelity Relay has a combination of advanced hardware and firmware. It preserves all the musical detail, dynamic range and full bandwidth response. This Hi-Fi Bluetooth wireless receiver works great and will stream high quality audio to your existing stereo system, so you can walk around without docking or wiring anything. Enjoy all your digital music on your favorite sound system, whether it’s stored locally or streaming from the cloud.
This beautiful and powerful device is helpful to eliminate the prejudice of bluetooth wireless music, It is not merely a collection of low quality sound any more. The emotion-packed artistic expression can be used to describe the wireless sound quality from now on. Overall, I really like this little aluminum box. If you don’t want for only half of your music’s performance and have a desire for True HiFi sound. This is something you cannot afford to miss!. Our detailed review is here.
Auris bluMe True Hi-Fi Bluetooth Music Receiver
Much higher quality sound and better range are expected when we look for a better bluetooth receiver. bluMe True Hi-Fi Bluetooth Music Receiver includes a 24-bit high-performance DAC and apt-X low latency, the lasted version of apt-X codec, coding to get a higher signal-to-noise ratio to improve the audio quality. To overcome the most frustrating limited range issue bluMe introduces a real big antenna to reach 100ft, that is 3X the normal Bluetooth range.
If you want a simple and reliable way to broadcast contents on your phone or computer to a home audio system this bluMe ensures a remarkable range and a solid connection. All these distinguish it from the majority rests on the market. Not to mention it comes with high quality gold plated cable. And it gets power from a standard USB power adapter, which is not in the box. But not a big issue, we have plenty of them eating dust in the basement.
Other good hifi bluetooth receivers
- NAD Electronics D 7050 Direct Digital Network Amplifier (Black)
- NAD D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier/DAC with 24/96 Asynchronous USB Input
- Teac AI-301DA-SV Pre-Main Amplifier with Bluetooth USB and DAC (Silver)
- Monoprice Home Theater Music Receiver NFC and APTX Codec Support (110248)
- Grace Digital GDI-BTAR512 100-Watt Digital Integrated Stereo Amplifier with Built-In AptX Bluetooth Wireless Receiver (Black)
- HopCentury Bluetooth Music Receiver SBC / APTX Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Adaptor Converter with Optical Coaxial Analog 3.5mm Output Ports
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