Audioquest’s new Beetle is a small portable Bluetooth DAC that also has an optical digital input and a USB input.

‘Audioquest designed the Beetle as a multi-purpose DAC for today’s many different lifestyles,’ said Adrienne Pearson for Amber Technology, which distributes Audioquest in Australia. ‘The obvious application is to use the Beetle’s USB input to enjoy clean, clear, naturally beautiful sound from any laptop or computer, but thanks to the Beetle’s asynchronous Bluetooth technology, you can wirelessly stream music from your mobile device, while surfing the web, checking Facebook updates, or sending email.

Pearson told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine that the Audioquest Beetle was also ideal for upgrading the sound quality of TVs with optical audio outputs. ‘Often the only audio output provided on modern HDTVs is an optical one,’ she said, ‘but you could also use the Beetle to provide a major sonic upgrade for media players and gaming consoles.’ Available now, the Audioquest Beetle retails for $349.

Audioquest Beetle Technical Specifications & Details

Optical Input: 24-bit/96kHz
Bluetooth Version: 4.0 A2DP 2.6 (Software upgradable)
Asynchronous USB input: 24-bit/96kHz
Analog output: 3.5mm
Chipset: ESS 9010
Volume Control: 64-bit/bit-perfect digital (USB/Bluetooth only)
Output Voltage: 1.35V
Price: $349

For further information, please contact Amber Technology