Astell&Kern Acro BE100 is brand’s first Bluetooth speaker

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(Pocket-lint) – High-end audiophile brand Astell&Kern has announced its first wireless, Bluetooth speaker. The Astell&Kern Acro BE100 is a stereo speaker with a dedicated 32-bit DAC and support for hi-res music streaming up to 24-bit.

It contains two 1.5-inch silk dome tweeters and a 4-inch Kevlar woofer for bass levels. Its on-board Class D amplifier is capable of a total power output of 55W. Frequency response is 50Hz to 20kHz.

The speaker supports Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX HD for 24-bit 48kHz high resolution audio streaming (albeit a touch lossy as the codec isn’t truly bit-for-bit). Other codecs supported include LDAC and AAC.

There is also a 3.5mm audio input to plug-in an external source directly, that way you can play true lossless music through the BE100.

Its design is simple and clean, with a volume dial on the top.

The Astell&Kern Acro BE100 will be available from December in black or white. It will be priced at £449 in the UK, €529 in Central Europe from the Astell&Kern website. We’ve queried a quoted US price as it is claimed to be $380 in the materials we have seen.

If true, that will make a US purchase a relative bargain in comparison. We’ll update when we find out more.

An alternative version of the speaker, which includes an FM radio will be available in selected countries.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on .





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