Crystal Acoustics launches BluDAC Bluetooth receiver and DAC for £60

Now this looks like a bit of a bargain, on paper at least. The Crystal Acoustics BluDAC combines a Bluetooth receiver and digital-to-analogue converter in a compact box for £60 – undercutting Arcam's rBlink by £100.

Plug it into your existing hi-fi and you can stream music from your smartphone or tablet via aptX Bluetooth to your main audio system. Connection is made using either stereo analogue or optical digital cables.

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Inside the compact casework (7.5x6.5x2cm) is a high-quality Wolfson DAC. The BluDAC can remember up to eight paired devices, and has a maximum range of 10 metres. It goes on sale this month for £60 and is sold directly from the Crystal Acoustics website.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.