Vintage receivers lack some of the features found in the latest products, such as Bluetooth capabilities. Luckily, you can extend the functionality of your vintage receiver with a simple upgrade.
The Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver adds high-quality wireless audio to any home theatre system. Connecting the device to your receiver allows you to stream music and control audio from your phone, tablet, or computer.
Keep reading to find out why a Bluetooth receiver for home stereo systems is the best upgrade for your vintage receiver.
What Is the Audioengine B1?
The B1 from Audioengine is a Bluetooth music receiver. It eliminates the need to buy a whole new receiver to enjoy the advantages of Bluetooth.
The Audioengine B1 includes an antenna for receiving audio signals from connected Bluetooth devices. After receiving audio, the device outputs the signal through the stereo RCA or digital optical output.
You can control playback from your phone or tablet, essentially turning your vintage receiver into a modern audio system. With the Audioengine B1, you can stream music from streaming services or play audio files stored on your phone or tablet.
Along with phones and tablets, some computers and laptops include Bluetooth functionality. With the B1 receiver, you can stream audio while watching a TV show or movie on your laptop or computer.
How Do You Connect the Audioengine B1 to a Vintage Receiver?
You do not need a special mobile app or computer software to use the device. You simply connect the output from the Audioengine B1 to a stereo input channel on your receiver.
The back of the device has a set of analog RCA outputs. It also has a digital optical output for those with optical inputs on their receivers. The Audioengine B1 is powered by a 5V DC micro-USB charger, which is the same standard charger used for many electronics.
After connecting the device and turning it on, it automatically becomes available for pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices. The B1 receiver should appear under the Bluetooth menu on your Bluetooth-enabled device.
The front of the B1 receiver includes a pairing button. After the initial connection, your devices can automatically pair with the B1 receiver. For example, your phone or tablet can automatically pair with the receiver every time that you walk within range.
Connected devices, such as your phone or tablet, can instantly stream audio to Audioengine B1. The B1 Bluetooth receiver supports all Bluetooth-enabled devices, including Bluetooth transmitters.
Advantages of the Audioengine B1
The Audioengine B1 is not the only Bluetooth receiver for home stereo systems. However, it includes several features that help make it the top choice for adding Bluetooth functionality to a vintage receiver.
Some of the main advantages include:
● Uses Bluetooth 5.0
● Offers exceptional range
● Includes a high-quality DAC
The Audioengine B1 also has a compact design, making it easier to find a spot for the device on your audio shelf. The B1 receiver measures just 3.54 x 2.95 x 0.98 inches.
Bluetooth 5.0 for Faster Transfer Speeds
The Audioengine B1 uses Bluetooth 5.0, which was the first major update from Bluetooth 4.2. Compared to older versions of Bluetooth, the 5.0 version provides faster transfer speeds.
Bluetooth 5.0 doubles the data transfer speeds, which reduces lag. Instead of a slight delay between your phone and the receiver, you should hear music instantaneously. Eliminating lag is useful when streaming audio from a video source, such as watching a movie on your TV while streaming the audio to your receiver.
Exceptional Range and Stable Connections
Using Bluetooth 5.0 increases the range of communication compared to Bluetooth 4.2. Instead of a maximum range of 200 feet, Bluetooth 5.0 allows devices to communicate up to 800 feet apart. However, the quality of the connection decreases as you reach the upper limits of the maximum range.
The Audioengine B1 works best at ranges of 100 feet or less. Comparable devices typically start to drop connections at 50 feet. With a 100 feet range, you should have no problem maintaining a good connection anywhere in your home.
High-Quality DAC for Superior Audio
The quality of the sound is what matters most to audiophiles. Along with eliminating lag and maintaining a stable connection, the Audioengine B1 delivers high-definition sound.
The device includes a built-in AKM4396 digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC supports 24-bit playback and includes the latest audio codecs, including aptX HD.
You do not need to give up your vintage receiver to enjoy the latest technologies. The Audioengine B1 enhances the functionality of your receiver by adding Bluetooth. Bluetooth-enabled devices, including most phones and tablets, can send audio to your receiver through the Audioengine B1. You could even add a Bluetooth transmitter to other non-Bluetooth devices, such as your TV, for a wireless connection to your receiver.
Compared to other Bluetooth receivers, the Audioengine B1 stands out for its high-quality DAC and exceptional range. It also uses the latest Bluetooth technology, ensuring many years of use.
Do you have any questions about the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver, or how to upgrade your vintage receiver? Please contact us or leave a comment below, we are happy to help!