While full-stream Hi-Res audio over Bluetooth is still a way off, audio artist Astell&Kern claims that its making the world’s first Bluetooth speaker that supports both LDAC and aptX HD codecs for CD-quality wireless streaming.
The Acro BE100, which is part of the company’s ACRO line of speakers, is designed in tandem with a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC and a 55W class-D amplifier.
Although there is currently no way to do this, you will still hear lossless, uncompressed audio over Bluetooth, as long as youre pairing the speaker with a codec, like a Google Pixel phone.
Another caveat is that the Acro BE100 isnt cheap because it is based on Bluetooth devices, which makes it possible to select models for a fraction of the price. The Sonos Roam, which is currently available for $179 / 159 / AU$279, is about half the price of what the Acro BE100 will cost when it drops on March 7.
Analysis: A Bluetooth speaker designed for audiophiles
With the Drop + Sennheiser HD 8XX and MassDrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX, weve been talking a lot about audiophile equipment recently, but it’s not often that you hear the words ’audiophile’ and ’Bluetooth speaker’ in the same sentence. This is simply because wireless audio will always be compressed.
If you want to run your music without having to go from a digital audio player or PC, Astell&Kern is offering a variety of options, but you may also stream it to the speaker using one of the two CD-quality codecs.
The Acro BE100 is equipped with a 4-inch Kevlar woofer for smooth bass reproduction and two silk dome tweeters. This should also be noticeable difference in sound quality compared to other Bluetooth speakers. It also helps to justify the cost which, once more, assists the audience.
It will be revealed that the player can live up to that high bar, but considering that the player has nearly unintentionally kept the digital audio player alive for the past few years, anything may be possible here.
- Looking for some cheaper options? Check out our guide to the best portable Bluetooth speakers