B1 Bluetooth Receiver / 24-bit DAC FAQs
How do I power off my B1?
B1 automatically powers-down and mutes the output after about 10 minutes. The BT input, however, is still active so you can just pair to it again without pressing the front panel button. B1 will remain on if a device is paired with it and turned on though.
Will my music have a delay if I’m watching a movie or music video?
B1 has a delay of about 30ms (milliseconds) so you can watch videos from Youtube, for example, and stream out the audio through B1 to your stereo system without any noticeable lag between the video and audio.
Will B1 interfere with my network and slow it down?
The B1 uses Bluetooth, which operates on the same 2.4GHz band as most Wi-Fi Routers. There's always a possibility for interference with wireless technology on the same frequency, but in our testing this was very uncommon.
If B1 is connected, do I need to do anything else to play music from my computer using iTunes or Amarra?
Once your B1 is paired and connected then any app (iTunes, etc.) or online players (such as Youtube) will automatically play your music through Bluetooth.
Does B1 work with any stereo, music system, or powered speakers?
Yes, any audio product with a standard analog audio input can connect to B1 with the included RCAs. B1 also includes a digital output so you also can connect via optical (TOSLINK).
Does B1 transmit a stereo signal?
Yes, the B1 transmits 16-bit stereo audio.
Is the B1 compatible with TIDAL music streaming service?
The short answer is yes! You can use TIDAL on any compatible source device (PC, Mac, iPhone Android, etc.). The B1 is compatible with most all of these devices as well since they almost universally also include Bluetooth.
OK, so If I can use the B1 with TIDAL, how come you're not listed on TIDALs website?
From what we understand the devices listed on TIDAL’s website are network media servers with the TIDAL app already installed on their operating systems, that’s all. No difference in audio quality or anything else as compared to their downloadable app, just that TIDAL comes pre-installed on those devices. The only notable exception is that if you're listening to TIDAL on a computer, the only web browser that supports the full audio quality is Google Chrome.
What does the LED indicator light on the B1 mean?
If it's on and solid - This means the B1 is powered on, and currently connected to a Bluetooth enabled device.
If it's on and blinking - This means the B1 is powered on, but not currently connected to a device
If it's off (and plugged into power) - This means the B1 is powered off (standby) and not connected to a device. The B1 is however still visible to Bluetooth enabled devices in this state. So simply connect to the B1 using your device, and it will automatically wake up.
Do I need to install any special drivers for the B1?
No extra software or drivers are needed. The B1 is compatible with any device that supports Bluetooth, and the A2DP profile for streaming stereo audio. This includes most all Smartphones, Tablets, and Laptop Computers.
How can I tell if my device supports aptX®?
What if my source doesn't support aptX®? Can I still use B1 and if so, how will it sound?
You can absolutely still use the B1, and it will sound great. aptX® is a high quality Bluetooth audio codec that works really well. With that said, in addition to mandatory support for SBC, Bluetooth also includes optional support for many other codecs, like MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and AAC, all of which have their own advantages, and some of which sound very close to aptX®.
Will the B1’s range work between more than one room?
The overall range you can expect will vary depending on the device you use with the B1. We tested using mostly a variety of smartphones though, and found 100 FT to be a realistic expectation, and that's through one wall.
Can I use my computer speakers and the B1 at the same time?
If you have a Mac running snow leopard or later, you can create a multiple output device to accomplish this. See the link below for how-to instructions on Apples site:
I have multiple B1s, can I change the name of the devices in my Bluetooth settings?
We've found that Android will allow you to assign nicknames of specific bluetooth devices; this means you can name it whatever you want (Living Room, B1 (2), etc.). If you are using an Apple computer with OS X, then you can rename bluetooth devices in the bluetooth settings; however, iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) do not support this feature.
What makes Audioengine Bluetooth products better than other Bluetooth systems?
The features that we feel make our system better than most wireless products currently on the market are the overall ease of setup, fixed low latency, audio quality, lack of dropouts, and high interference tolerance - all the good stuff that's important for a wireless product to be of any real use. The B1 features higher signal-to-noise ratio due to the inclusion of a 24-bit high-performance DAC, as well as better range than most Bluetooth receivers.