Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker

$399.00

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Wirelessly stream all your music from any Bluetooth®-enabled device. Audioengine’s B2 Bluetooth speaker sounds as good as it looks. It’s as simple as that. It plays loud, is simple yet attractive, and has some great touches that make it one of the best BT speakers going. You can send all your music wirelessly from your iDevice or tablet directly to the B2 Powered Speaker. Of course, your computer, iDevice or Android phone already has Bluetooth, so get more out of your music with the B2 wireless speaker. Experience award-winning Audioengine® stereo sound, including a hand-built wood cabinet, Bluetooth® aptX® and extended wireless range.

Product Description

Easy Setup

Setting up and the pairing of this speaker is easy and no special software is needed. Here’s how to connect B2 to your tablet, computer, or smartphone:

  • It’s easy to pair. It comes up as “Audioengine B2.
  • Unpack the B2 from its packaging and attach the Bluetooth antenna to the rear panel.
  • Next, connect the power cable to the B2 rear panel and plug the other end into an AC outlet.
  • Turn on the power switch and B2 will automatically go into pair mode.
  • Toggle the Bluetooth on your device, to enable it and select “Audioengine B2” to pair and connect.
  • The mini-stage is set; play your music and adjust the volume.

With this few steps, it is this easy to get B2 up and running!

Note – If it’s been a while since played (like an hour), you will have to go back into Preferences > Bluetooth and reconnect it; it will not automatically reconnect.

Versatility at its Peak

Audioengine, have made a name for themselves making well-built, great sounding beautiful speakers and audio gear. Bluetooth products often aren’t very inspiring and their limited range can be frustrating for audio quality. Interestingly, the B2 solves these problems by implementing the apt-X codec, which is a high-quality audio converter designed specifically for audio. The B2 is smaller than it looks in pictures, but it is definitely worth the money for a great Bluetooth audio experience.

Step Up Your Bluetooth Experience

Explore additional Bluetooth function on your tablet, computer or iDevice, get more out of the stunning audio experience with the Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker which includes aptX, extended range, a hand-built wood cabinet and custom speakers.

See and Hear the Difference

The hand-finished all-wood cabinet of the B2 is as solid as a rock, and it reflects traditional Audioengine design; the high-quality components and audio fidelity are typical of Audioengine’s commitment to great sound at affordable prices. It is evident that Audioengine B2 continues to close the gap between your computer music and home hi-fi. Even if you’re not an audio enthusiast, we guarantee your music will sound better!

Additional Information

Colour

Black Ash, Walnut, Zebrawood

Features

Streams audio from any Bluetooth®-enabled device
Easy setup, connects in seconds
No network setup, no passwords, no hassle
Superior sound and extended range
Custom Kevlar woofers and silk tweeters
Hand-built wood cabinet
Dual front port slots for extended bass
Acoustically isolated cabinet design with detachable magnetic grill
Aux audio input
Integrated power supply

What’s in the box

(1) B2 Bluetooth® Speaker
(1) Antenna
(1) Power cable
(1) Mini-jack audio cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)
(1) Microfiber speaker bag
(1) Quickstart guide

Works with

Any Bluetooth-enabled computer or other device
Any music system with an analog audio output

About Bluetooth® and aptX®

Our Bluetooth products easily connect to any of your devices that have Bluetooth, but to get the best sound possible we recommend using a device that supports Bluetooth aptX. Find out more about aptX here: csr.com/products/aptx

And if you’re looking for a new smartphone, tablet, or computer with aptX or want to look up your device and see if it supports aptX, go here to check out what’s available: aptx.com/products/browse/categories

And for iPad or iPhone users that don’t have aptX, don’t despair! MacOS (MacBook, iMac, Mac mini) include Bluetooth aptX, however if you use an iPhone or iPad, Apple generally uses the AAC codec and doesn’t support aptX. AAC sounds really good as well and you’ll also get the extra benefit of our upsampling 24-bit DAC, so you won’t be disappointed by the sound quality if you use an iOS device with any of our Bluetooth products.

Specifications

High-fidelity Bluetooth® with aptX® transmission and extended range
Supports all Bluetooth-enabled devices
Hand-built wood cabinet with magnetic speaker grills
Auxiliary analog mini-jack input
Built-in auto voltage switching power supply

Type

Powered Bluetooth speaker

Amplifier type

Dual class AB monolithic

Power output

60W peak total (15W RMS, 30W peak per channel), AES

Drivers

2.75” Kevlar woofers
3/4“ Silk dome tweeters

Inputs

Bluetooth, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack analog

Analog input impedance

10K ohms unbalanced

Frequency response

65Hz-22kHz (±2.0dB)

SNR

>95db (typical A-weighted)

THD+N

<0.05% at all power settings

Crosstalk

-50dB

Power filtering

3-stage redundant regulation

Input voltages

100-240V, 50/60Hz auto-switching

Protection

Output current limiting, thermal over-temperature, power on/off transient protection

Bluetooth receiver type

Bluetooth 4.0 audio

Supported Bluetooth codecs

SBC, aptx

Supported Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, AVRCP

Wireless operation range

up to 100ft (30m) typical

D/A converter

TI PCM5102A

Input bit depth

24-bit (upsampled)

Input data rate

Determined by Bluetooth

Wireless latency

~30 milliseconds (ms)

Product dimensions

4.25”(H) x 12.25”(W) x 5.50”(D)

Shipping weight

10lbs (4.6kg)

Shipping box dims

10.5” (H) x 16” (W) x 7.5” (D)

Environmental Requirements

Operating temperature: 24° to 105°F (0°C to 40°C)
Storage temperature: -4° to 115°F (-20°C to 46°C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Materials and Construction

18mm thick MDF cabinets with real wood veneer
3/4″ silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
2.75″ Kevlar woofers with advanced voice coils

Included accessories

Power cable
Antenna
Mini-jack audio cable, 1.5 meters (~5 feet)
Microfiber speaker bag
Quickstart guide

Digital-to-analog converter characteristics

The B2 Bluetooth speaker system utilizes the TI PCM5102A DAC, widely know for it’s low noise and high fidelity. Due to the PCM5102A’s high signal-to-noise specs, the fact that digital signal is converted (upsampled) to 24-bits and the added benefit of triple redundancy power source conversion and filtering, the B2 presents impressive low noise and low distortion characteristics with a noticeable improvement over other Bluetooth speakers.

Extended wireless range

Most Bluetooth speakers have very limited range, usually within just one room. But with careful signal management circuitry and antenna tuning, we offer a superior solution that will reach more than one room with no degradation in audio quality.

High quality Bluetooth audio

The B2 features aptX coding which is an advanced Bluetooth audio codec that provides much higher-quality sound than previous versions. The B2 is backwards-compatible with all previous Bluetooth implementations so you can wirelessly stream music from any device and still enjoy outstanding sound.

Custom-built audio components

Audioengine designs and manufactures our own tweeters, woofers, and many other critical components. In other words, these are not “box built” speakers with off-the-shelf parts but entirely designed to our specifications. What we do not fabricate directly in our factories we have custom-made to our specifications (parts such as toroidal transformers, magnets, and wiring harnesses, for example). The speaker cabinets, drivers, bass port designs, amplifiers, and crossovers are all painstakingly tuned together for each Audioengine model. This, in turn, makes for a much more efficient system that requires much less power than traditional AV stereo receivers and passive speakers.

Based on studio monitor designs

Studio monitor speakers are used by producers and engineers in recording and production studios. They are designed with a theoretical flat frequency response which allows the engineer to create a final mix in such a way that the recorded music will sound good on most other speakers. Although Audioengine speakers are not designed to be up-close “nearfield” studio monitors, we do carry over much of the same higher-end technology, components, and design philosophy for all Audioengine speaker systems.

Drivers

Audioengine uses audiophile-quality, ferro fluid cooled, silk dome tweeters with neodymium magnets. Silk tweeters hold up well under high power and the edge-driven design gives very smooth response. The custom woofers are Kevlar woven glass aramid composite with rubber surrounds. Kevlar is obviously very strong, which means that the woofer retains its shape when being driven at high levels. The speaker materials and construction are very robust, therefore speaker grills aren’t needed. In other words, we did our homework on the speaker drivers and they will sound and look great after many years of use.

Cabinet

To minimize unwanted resonances and distortion, Audioengine cabinets have thick high-resin MDF walls with extensive internal bracing. Heavy internal sound-damping material is also used to reduce unwanted sound reflections inside the cabinet. The B2 cabinet is a unique design in that it has dual sub-enclosures to prevent cross-interference, while each side contains its own tuned, front-port bass slot.

Power amplifier

The class A/B amplifiers in Audioengine speaker systems are very conservatively-rated analog designs. Each subsystem is tuned together for all models, providing a much more efficient system requiring less power than passive speakers and separate amplifiers. An auto-standby idle mode is also included to conserve power when you’re not playing music.

Shielding

Both drivers are magnetically-shielded which allows protection for CRT displays and hard-drive music players.

Warranty

All products we sell have a 1-year Limited Warranty on parts and labour from date of purchase, except for Audioengine products which have a 3-year Limited Warranty on parts and labour from date of purchase.

Your warranty is automatic, so there is no need to register.  

This Limited Warranty applies only to products purchased directly from NZ Audio in New Zealand.  

What is covered

All defective parts or faulty workmanship.

What is not covered

The NZ Audio Warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, neglect, excessive moisture, lightning, power surges, other acts of nature, unauthorized product modification or repairs, or failure to follow the instructions provided or available.

What we will do

We will repair or replace any defective parts, at our option, within a reasonable amount of time and free of charge any time during the warranty period. After service, we will be responsible for shipping the product back to you at our expense within New Zealand.

What we ask from you

You will be responsible for shipping or transportation charges directly to NZ Audio at your expense and for providing proof of purchase. We recommend that you keep your proof of purchase and the original shipping materials, as it is important that you package the product so that it will not be damaged during shipping. NZ Audio cannot be responsible for any damages incurred during shipping due to poor packing, so please pack well and insure your shipment.

How to obtain NZ Audio Warranty Service

If you have any questions about your warranty coverage or you think you may need service, please email us. We will do everything we can to answer your questions and resolve any issues as quickly as possible.

Exclusive Remedy

This Limited Warranty is fully transferable provided that the current owner furnishes the original proof of purchase and that the serial number on the product is intact. THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF NZ AUDIO SHALL NOT EXCEED THE ACTUAL PURCHASE PRICE PAID BY YOU FOR THE PRODUCT. IN NO EVENT SHALL NZ AUDIO BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES.

Highet Agencies Ltd trading as NZ Audio.

Christchurch, New Zealand.

August 2017.

Reviews

Sounstage Experience B2 Review

SOUNDSTAGE EXPERIENCE – B2 REVIEW, DECEMBER 2016

“Audioengine’s B2 is a lovely solution. Its efficiency and fitness to the task are alone enough to recommend it — and its sound is glorious.”
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HIFI ZINE – B2 REVIEW

“To sum up, at its price, the B2 is simply beyond reproach. It is the best bluetooth speaker I’ve heard…”
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JIMSREVIEWROOM – B2 REVIEW

Check out Jim’s Youtube review of the B2. 
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RUNAROUNDTECH – B2 REVIEW

“The B2 is everything I want in a modern day speaker: attractive design, truly great Bluetooth functionality, and a soundstage that bests it’s competitors.”
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APH NETWORKS – B2 REVIEW

“The Audioengine B2 is a powerful Bluetooth speaker built with some of the best hardware by some of the best people in the business.”
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SMALL SPACES AUDIO – B2 REVIEW

“The Audioengine B2 Wireless speaker takes Bluetooth listening to a new level.”
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PC ENTHUSIAST – B2 REVIEW

“If you are looking for an excellent Bluetooth speaker with great sound quality, you should definitely consider putting the Audioengine B2 in your list.”
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STARK INSIDER – B2 REVIEW

“A serious Bluetooth speaker for discerning listeners. The B2 really hits the sweet spot when it comes to price-performance.” 
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE – B2 REVIEW

“The B2’s sound, restrained and refined, ranks among the best under-$400 Bluetooth speakers. This speaker is a Bluetooth dynamo.” 
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POSITIVE FEEDBACK – B2 REVIEW

“With every aspect of the B2’s construction obviously so carefully considered, it’s no wonder that the small unit plays so seemingly far out of its league.” 
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TECH DISSECTED.COM – B2 REVIEW

“The Audioengine B2 is absolutely worth every penny of its $299 asking price.” 
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FRESH ARRIVAL – B2 REVIEW

“The B2 costs $299, and it’s well worth it.” 
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HIFI ZINE – B2 REVIEW

“Smooth and honest, with nice high frequency extension and no resonances poking out. For its price and size, Audioengine’s B2 is a stellar performer.” 
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MYMAC.COM – B2 REVIEW

Check out a Podcast review of the B2, which starts around the 47-minute mark. 
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PCMIKE.COM – B2 REVIEW

“…for its refined look of style, design and simple elegance – and focus on providing a more complete music experience you don’t want to spend a ton – Audioengine B2 is the way to go.” 
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HOME THEATER SHACK – B2 REVIEW

“More than once I noted the ability of the B2 to handle complex tracks and keep all aspects of the recording clear, separate, and balanced.” 
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GEEKSLIFE.COM – B2 REVIEW

“If you’re in the market for a new Bluetooth speaker and you have a few hundred bucks, this would be a GREAT one.”

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EXAMINER – B2 REVIEW

“Audioengine’s B2 Bluetooth Premium Speaker stands out: it’s designed for home use and so puts the quality of the audio first and foremost.”
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WIRED – B2 REVIEW

B2 makes Wired’s Favorite Gadgets of 2014!
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KATIE FLOYD – B2 REVIEW

“While you can buy many portable bluetooth speakers for half or a third of the price, this is one that you will be proud to make a permanent fixture in your room.” 
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THE GADGETEER – B2 REVIEW

“Yes, you can find lower priced Bluetooth speakers for your home, but good luck finding one that combines high-end looks with equally high-end sound quality.” 
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CPCR – B2 REVIEW

“I was actually hard-pressed to tell the difference between the phone connected via Bluetooth or connected via wire.” 
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TRULYNET – B2 REVIEW

“…among the best Bluetooth speakers we’ve heard this size.” 
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TWIT – EPISODE #151 – B2 REVIEW

“This bluetooth speaker has great range, looks elegant, and sounds fabulous.” 
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OVERCLOCK.NET – B2 REVIEW

“…the Audioengine B2 is a great little speaker. It is very easy to use, delivers room filling sound, looks great, and doesn’t sacrifice on quality.” 
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NEWRECORDDAY.COM – B2 REVIEW

“I can say with great confidence, (the B2) will clean the clock of anything you would find collecting dust at your local Best Buy.” 
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MAC EDITION RADIO – B2 REVIEW

“…a superb choice for the music lover who wants an affordable speaker system, capable of handing the nuances of music in a beautiful handcrafted package with a minimal footprint.” 
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IMORE – B2 REVIEW

“The B2 is easily one of the best-sounding speakers I’ve tested in this price range.” 
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MYMAC.COM – B2 REVIEW

“Audioengine’s B2 is the best single-cabinet AC powered speaker you have never heard, with the best Bluetooth range you have never experienced.” 
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ECOUSTICS – B2 REVIEW

“I have yet to hear another similarly sized Bluetooth speaker that sounds better for the price. High recommended.” 
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FORBES LIFE – B2 REVIEW

“Audioengine’s B2 Bluetooth speaker sounds as good as it looks. It’s as simple as that.” 
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TUAW – B2 REVIEW

“The Audioengine bettered all the little Bluetooth speakers I have traveled with, and while my Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speaker sounds very good, I thought the (B2) bested it…” 
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LAPTOP MEMO – B2 REVIEW

“(B2) is an excellent Bluetooth speaker that saves space on a desk or in a room’s night stand… totally worth it.” 
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