Best Bluetooth receivers for music. Audioengine B1 review vs BluDento BLT-2 clone ish…?

Best Bluetooth receivers for music. Audioengine B1 review vs BluDento BLT-2 clone ish…?

Audioengine B1:
BlueDento BLT-2: eBay is cheaper but Amazon also has it.

***DISCLAIMER: Bluetooth tech is still evolving, based on the codec your experience may vary. Below is a list of the current bit-rates available:

SBC: 345 kbit/s
AAC: 245 kbit/s
AptX: 352 kbit/s
AptX HD: 576 kbit/s
LDAC: 990 kbit/s

Keep in mind you have to have compatible gear to achieve these bitrates which is why i said you’re pretty much capped at (320kb). And if you’re using standard versions of streaming services you’re capped around 256-320 kbit/s anyway. If you’re on the hunt for a high bitrate just use a network streamer instead like the Bluesound Node 2i.

I’ve used both of these bluetooth adapters on expensive and cheaper systems as well as for TV duty, they get the job done and are convenient as hell. Your experience may vary based on the codec you use and your system. Associated equipment is not that important here so I will not be listing it.


  1. Ray Wilson on May 4, 2021 at 5:47 am

    The BluDento has one BIG Fault – There is no On/Off Switch! That means a flashing blue light unless you disconnect the power cable ! A simple on/off switch would have saved this annoying feature.

  2. Stephen O'Sullivan on May 4, 2021 at 5:49 am

    How you like the Kinki??

  3. diman75 on May 4, 2021 at 5:50 am

    They are clones but they are different….hmmm…

  4. steven moulsher on May 4, 2021 at 5:51 am

    Great video – I want to get the best sound possible from an iPad Pro to my vintage naim system – I realise Bluetooth will cap quality, so I’m thinking of connecting an external Dac. The other issue is my iPad will be 20ft away from my amplifier (no digital inputs) so I guess I need to have the DAC close to iPad and run long RCA cables? Can you recommend a good setup/DAC?

  5. Rhoods Kevin on May 4, 2021 at 5:52 am

    Which one is the best: bluDento BLT-2 vs BLT-HD?

  6. champer slimmerthannone on May 4, 2021 at 5:53 am

    I had the Auris Blume 5.0 and sold it and got ifi Zen Blue 5.0 cause it uses coax instead of optical. it sounds really clear and detailed, I use it all the time on my desk top rig on my work desk. also use it on my little rig I use on the go. still isn’t good as Bluesound node 2i.. ( safe and sound audio) has the older Bluesound Node 2 for $395.00 & the 2i for $449 refurbished

  7. AJ Zepp on May 4, 2021 at 5:56 am

    Nemo…got some Buchardts arriving today. Going to see if they can unseat my 11 year old Magnepans. Kind of ready for a change. Youre the main reason I pulled the trigger, so hoping I love them as much as you do. Your rig is looking great 👍

  8. Chris Francis on May 4, 2021 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been using the bludento for phone streaming duty. Since I can stram anyy content from my phone via bluetooth.

    I want to ask if you know of a similar functionality dac that is a step up from both?

  9. scjw1 on May 4, 2021 at 5:57 am

    What is a streamer?

  10. Bagsey34 on May 4, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Is it worth upgrading the interconnect for this device?

  11. E. on May 4, 2021 at 5:59 am

    What is the reason the bluetooth wont sounds as good as a network streamer ad long as it had the same quality DAC chip? Thank you

  12. Antonio on May 4, 2021 at 6:05 am

    I stopped watching the video when you said "I am iPhone until I die".. even if you love music and you know that for bluetooth transmission quality the iPhone sucks.. It looks like you are not that open minded.. so I don’t trust such people advices. Bye bye

  13. M. on May 4, 2021 at 6:11 am

    Which piece you got under those streamers. Looks mad expensive though.

  14. Cornelius Thompson on May 4, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Drop iPhone. Go for LDAC which is as good as CD quality if not better. Go for DAC that supports LDAC.

  15. K Solo on May 4, 2021 at 6:19 am

    Out at iphag

  16. tigerbalm on May 4, 2021 at 6:23 am

    320kbps is all you need…you won’t even notice difference as many audiophiles hav convinced themselves! These old farts can’t even hear all the frequencies they think they can….in their imaginary world. BlueDento would be my choice but I already ordered a 1Mii Bo3pro for $60 and it has a decent ESS DAC.

  17. Gavin Caswell on May 4, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Thanks for straight shooting honest review, seems to be getting harder to find on the tube .

  18. Joseph Tongret on May 4, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Super tweeter review coming?

  19. shay nakash on May 4, 2021 at 6:28 am

    hey bro well you should listen to xduoo xq 50 pro . it uses ldac technology wich is 990 kbs.and soubnds better than most cd transports. you cant use it with iphones …they dont use aptx hd or ldac.thats a shame…..

  20. M DRUMMOND on May 4, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Agreed, been using one for a few years, sounds amazing, zero issues.

  21. Rob Coombes on May 4, 2021 at 6:33 am

    One word of caution on Bluesound Node 2i – i have this and am here watching this video for a bluetooth alternative because the latency on the Node 2i via both airplay and bluetooth makes videos on youtube / netflix etc unwatchable (or at least a very poor watching experience!)

  22. Suntah Sumarah on May 4, 2021 at 6:38 am

    Please also see smsl B1 for bluetooth receiver .

  23. Dee Cee on May 4, 2021 at 6:38 am

    It’s great to have honest reviews, rather than the shills out there pushing most of what they review for $$$. I agree with you 100%. I’d go as far as telling the budget crowd (I am a member) not to drop big $$$ on bluetooth. I’m waiting for APTX Adaptive to become more available & mainstream. It’s supposedly closer to HiFi than APTX HD.

  24. ¿Junior ?! on May 4, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Fiio BTR3. Thoughts?