Astell & Kern debut first Bluetooth speaker with 32-bit DAC and aptX HD and LDAC 24 support

Astell & Kern claim that the BE100’s 32-bit DAC will also preserve audio quality regardless of source.

Astell & Kern BE100

Credit: Astell & Kern

South Korean audio specialist Astell & Kern have revealed their first Bluetooth speaker, the Acro BE100, which it claims is the first Bluetooth speaker to support both the aptX HD and LDAC 24-bit codecs.

The BE100 is composed of a 55W class-D amp and custom made four-inch Kevlar woofer as well as two silk dome tweeters alongside its support for higher-end codecs. Astell & Kern claim that the BE100’s 32-bit DAC will also preserve audio quality regardless of source, which can be via Bluetooth or through the 3.5mm aux input jack attached to the speaker itself.

The speaker also comes with several more subtle features, like a Digital Crossover to prevent the mixing of different frequency ranges and dynamic range control that helps protect the speaker unit itself when used at maximum output. The Bluetooth chipset is also equipped with a 50 ps clock and DAC to undesired deviation in time from the transmitted signal.

The BE100 comes in black and white, and those interested can opt to include an FM radio in the speaker. Preorders open for the speaker open on February 25, with the final product set to ship on March 7. The Acro BE100 is currently listed to retail at $400 on Astell & Kern’s website, though no details are available on whether this is inclusive of shipping.