Beautiful Sound From Smartphones, Tablets, Computers, TVs, Game Consoles, Etc.!
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The Audioquest Beetle Optical, Bluetooth & USB Digital-to-Analog Converter optimizes smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, gaming consoles, media streamers, and more!
Once, playing music meant a turntable feeding an AM/FM receiver. Then the Cd was added to the mix, but all still had analog outputs feeding analog inputs. Once, TV audio meant the sound coming out of the TV. That evolved to the sound coming from the analog outputs of a TV, VCR or DVD player feeding the analog inputs of an A/V receiver. then the world started to get digitally complicated, with information being passed from one component to another in digital form:
Toslink Optical is more important than ever. Toslink is often the best way to transfer audio from: a TV, media streamer (such as Apple TV or Sonos), laptop computer (often the 3.5mm headphone output is also a 3.5 mm Toslink output), or game console
USB Audio has become prevalent for playing audio from a computer, media streamer, or smartphone
Bluetooth wireless is used to transmit audio from smartphones, computers, game consoles, and TVs
HDMI is used to transmit audio + video to a TV, or only video to a projector, or only audio to a soundbar
FireWire is mostly on the way out. Thunderbolt is the premium transfer standard in some applications. Wifi wireless is used for networks, as is the much superior Ethernet cable system.
None of these systems are perfect. Noise and signal degradation exist in the transmitting electronics, the cable, and the Digital-to-Analog converter (DAC) used to turn these digital signals back into the analog sound we listen to.
Higher-performance transmitting electronics, cables, and digital decoding circuitry, are all opportunities to do less damage, and to therefore provide a more articulate, compelling and engaging audio experience.
AudioQuest's Beetle Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) accepts digital audio over Toslink Optical, USB and Bluetooth. Beetle then puts the digital data through one of the highest-performance digital controllers, into one of the most capable DACs, and finally into an amazingly beautiful-sounding analog output stage.
The 3.5mm analog output feeds all that audio magic directly to headphones, or to a soundbar, amplifier, or powered speakers.
Beetle's Toslink Optical capability proves that the Toslink system deserves serious respect. Combined with a good low-dispersion Optical cable, Beetle provides unprecedented sound quality for a reasonable price.
Beetle's asynchronous USB interface ensures digital timing integrity, enabling more natural, beautiful sound from MP3s to Hi-Res audio.
Beetle's asynchronous Bluetooth input, featuring proprietary wireless communication technology, cannot turn Bluetooth audio into 24/96 Hi-Res audio, but it comes close enough to astonish a lot of people. Instead of buying headphones whose only real claim is that they include Bluetooth, consider using Beetle in combination with headphones chosen for their sound quality.
Optical Audio Optimizes TV, Games, Set Top Media Streamers
Asynchronous Bluetooth for Unprecedented Sound Quality
Asynchronous USB for Maximum Audio Performance and Computers and Mobile Devices
Superior Linear (Analog, Not digital) Power Supply Included
Dimensions: 59mm x 59mm x 19mm (2.33" x 2.33' x 0.73")
Apple - OS X (10.6.8 and newer) & iOS (5.0 and newer)
Windows - 7, 8.1, and 10
Android - 4.1 and newer, with any Android hardware device that supports USB Host Mode
Apple - OS X and iOS
Widows - 7.8, 1, and 10
Android - Android 1.5 and newer
Products To Enhance Beetle's Performance:
JitterBug USB Filter (AQ-USBFJB)
DragonTail USB Extender Cable (AQ-DACUDT)
DragonTail USB Adaptor for Android Devices (AQ-DACUDTA)