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Bluetooth connectivity for MDAC+

Jul 10, 2016
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Hi all,

Looking for suggestions for the best way to add bluetooth connectivity to my hifi setup (Macbook Pro, MDAC+, Rega Elicit-R, KEF LS50). From my research it seems i'll need to buy a bluetooth DAC with a digital output which i'd connect to my MDAC+ (effectively bypassing the DAC element of the bluetooth DAC and just using the bluetooth receiver).

I have looked at the Audioengine B1, QED uPlay, Crystal Audio Blu-DAC and Arcam r-blink amongst others. I wonder whether it is worth spending out for a high quality product here (given i will be bypassing the receivers onboard DAC anyhow) or whether a cheap receiver would achieve the same quality?

Are there any other options for achieving bluetooth connectivity for my MDAC+ without having to buy another DAC?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Best

Oliver
 

muljao

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I have a Jonga, it's model is in my signature. It has an optical out and it sounds great as a Bluetooth receiver, giving the extra of having a great radio app over wi-fi. They were 100 pounds, now 20 on Amazon

It is very difficult to set up but quite good once set up. I would however recommend ignoring Bluetooth if you want real hifi sound. It has its benefits, but has limits also
 

tino

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The Pure Jongo A2 mentioned above supports Bluetooth and wireless streaming via the Pure application. It is excellent value now at around £15-20. However the Bluetooth does not feature the aptX codec which does improve quality a bit assuming that you have some way of transmitting audio from a source that uses aptX e.g. a computer with an aptX dongle or a mobile phone/tablet that supports it (some Android, Microsoft and BlackBerry phones)

An alternative Bluetooth receiver that you may also be interested in is the Yamaha YBA-11 which has a digital coaxial output and supports the aptX codec. You can find these for abour £40-£50 pounds.
 

tino

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By the way ... I think that Apple Macbook Pro supports Bluetooth aptX (the mobile iOS devices do not however)

This article ... clicky ... should explain it.
 

Brokenflame

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I use a QED uPlay plus over optical out to the M-DAC+

it works okay but I prefer the optical out on the MacBook (it's part of the headphone jack)
 

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