European pro audio manufacturer Heritage Audio is proud to announce availability of BT-500 v2.0 as an updated version of its 500-Series Bluetooth streaming module.

Heritage Audio BT 500 v2.0 400pxIt is fair to say that no product — be it a 500-Series module or otherwise — from any other manufacturer matches the features of Heritage Audio’s BT-500 v2.0 500-Series Bluetooth streaming module, which simply solves the connectivity problem previously present when using mobile devices in a professional studio environment. Simply say goodbye to using unwieldy mini-jack to XLR adapter cables connected to questionable consumer device-designed DACs (Digital-to-Analogue Convertors) — clearly not an elegant or effective solution since the limitations of iOS or Android mobile devices’ analogue signal paths are always audibly apparent — and wave hello to keeping things simple since the BT-500 v2.0 readily recognises the best codecs available to ensure that any audio received over Bluetooth is at the highest quality possible while guaranteeing seamless integration with iOS or Android mobile devices.

Duly offering AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) — an audio coding standard for lossy digital compression that is designed as a successor to the MP3 format, generally achieving higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same rate; APTX® — a fixed compression ratio ensuring consistency from 20Hz to 20kHz; APTX LL® — a low-delay, robust solution for consistent 16-bit audio, recommended for gaming or when performing lip syncing as it provides the lowest latency; APTX HD® — allowing for high-definition 24-bit audio, engineered for better signal-to-noise ratio with lower THD (Total Harmonic Distortion); and SBC (Sub-Band Coding) — an audio codec designed to accommodate Bluetooth bandwidth limitations and processing power to obtain a reasonably good audio quality at medium bit rates with low computational complexity, the BT-500 v2.0 effectively ensures there is now no excuse for not doing a quick reference check with favoured audio from online streaming and download platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube. Accessing a file from an e-mail is, likewise, not a problem.

Put it this way: when using the BT-500 v2.0, users are actually substituting their mobile device’s analogue circuitry with a state-of-the-art, fully-differential Burr Brown balanced output stage duly delivering a full 0dBfs = 22dBu output that is able to drive a 600Ω load to allow direct level comparisons with online streaming platform-originating or mobile-stored reference mixes when mixing or mastering.

Mobile phone, tablet, or smartwatch… with the BT-500 v2.0 providing a quick, trouble-free solution to accessing streamed audio over Bluetooth and guaranteeing the highest possible quality, it really has never been easier to access an iOS or Android device whenever needed in the studio. Indeed, its uncluttered design keeps things simple and also makes for an attractive addition to any 500-Series powered enclosure, such as Heritage Audio’s recently released OST 6 v2.0, while solving a commonplace problem with minimum investment involved in doing so.

BT-500 v2.0 is shipping and available via Heritage Audio’s growing global network of dealers with an SSP  of €249.00 EUR in the EU and a MAP of $229.00 USD.

For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated BT-500 v2.0 webpage here: https://heritageaudio.net/catalogue/bt-500v2-0/.

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