“Hi-Res” Bluetooth And A Whole Lot More…
Shanling, a company known here in the U.S. for its portable “head-fi” offerings, entered the desktop side of hi-fi today with its new $169 BA1 Desktop Hi-Fi Bluetooth Receiver. While it’s billed as a Bluetooth DAC of sorts, a quick reading of the features paints it as much more than that.
This compact device is primarily sold as an elegant way to bring Bluetooth music streams into your hi-fi rig, which it does via Bluetooth 5.0 combined with high-bandwidth codecs like LDAC. If your BT device is compatible, LDAC is capable of bit rates slightly better than CD-Quality, and if you believe Sony, who created it, LDAC sounds just as good as hi-res audio.
But the BA1 is much more than a glorified Bluetooth dongle. It’s also able to leverage it’s ESS es9218p mobile DAC/Amp chip to power a front headphone jack, which makes it a headphone amp. It also has a USB input (unfortunately limited to 16/48), which makes it a USB DAC.
Other noteworthy features include a front display screen, digital optical output, and a companion app capable of setting EQ, BT Codec, plus Digital Filters. That last one is really impressive considering the price.
The BA1 will be available later this month. For more info see below:
The Following Press Release is Courtesy of Shanling:
Introducing Shanling BA1
Desktop Hi-Fi Bluetooth Receiver
Easiest way to add wireless audio into your Hi-Fi system
Many audiophiles already discovered practicality and freedom of the wireless connectivity through the world of portable audio. Yet implementing it into their home set-ups can be often too expensive, or lacking in connection and sound quality.
At Shanling Audio, we decided to take our vast experience in designing and manufacturing both the high-end Hi-Fi and portable Bluetooth products, combining it all into one machine for the home audio. Offering one simple device, that will add the convenience of wireless audio into your headphone, desktop or stereo speaker set-ups. Providing you with top-quality Bluetooth connectivity and great sound, all at affordable price.
Availability: November 2020
MSRP: 169 USD / Euro
Introducing Shanling BA1
Hi-Fi Sound By using dedicated Hi-Fi ESS Sabre ES9218P DAC and amplifier, BA1 offers an impressive sound quality and will be an equal partner for your speaker or headphone rig.
Ultimate Bluetooth Connectivity Combining the Bluetooth 5.0 with the support of high-quality Bluetooth codecs, BA1 utilizes current wireless audio to its fullest potential.
Wireless Hi-Res Thanks to the support of LDAC and LHDC codecs, BA1 is capable of a Hi-Res playback over Bluetooth, supporting resolution up to 24 bit / 96 kHz.
Great with Speakers BA1 easily fits into any stereo speaker set-up, simply connect BA1 to your amplifiers or active monitors with a pair of RCA cables.
At ease with Headphones BA1 offers a dedicated headphone output, designed for use both with full-size headphones and sensitive earphones.
Digital Output With the digital optical output, BA1 can be used as a pure digital source for your current Hi-Fi DAC or receiver.
USB DAC BA1 can be connected to any computer to serve as a high-quality external sound card. And thanks to the plug-n-play design, setting it up is simple and instantaneous.
Companion App Available for Android and iOS, giving you total control over all settings.
Bluetooth Chip: Qualcomm CSR8675, Bluetooth 5.0
Supports: LDAC, LHDC, aptX HD, aptX LL, aptX, AAC, SBC
Hi-Res: Up to 24 bit / 96 kHz with LDAC & LHDC
DAC/AMP: ESS Sabre ES9218P
Outputs: 3.5mm Headphone jack, RCA Line-out, Digital Optical Out
Output power: Headphone jack – 1.41V / RCA Line-Out – 2.0V
SNR: – 115 dB
Channel separation: 73dB
USB DAC: Plug-n-play setup, up to 16/48
Power supply: USB powered, 5V/1A. Power supply not included in packaging.
Dimensions: 120 x 100 x 26 mm
About Shanling Audio
Founded in 1988, Shanling Audio is designing and manufacturing range of Hi-Fi products for over 30 years. From affordable amplifiers to true high-end CD players, being well known for their tube based products, Shanling Audio has a long history in the Hi-Fi market and is still popular among audiophiles around the World.
Shanling Audio expanded into the portable audio market in 2014 with Shanling M3, their first Hi-Res portable music player. Nowadays, Shanling Audio offers wide range of portable products, from portable players, over earphones, to different Bluetooth devices.
Shanling Audio is distributed internationally by network of dedicated distributors.
Shanling Audio is based in China, with main offices in Shenzhen and factory in Dongguang.
I’m an audio writer who started as a young audio salesman/consumer electronics professional back in the late 90s. That’s where I discovered the magic of 2-Channel sound. My thirst for great sound has led me on a delightful music quest that continues today.