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Bluetooth® Music Receiver
This Bluetooth® Music Receiver connects to the Line-In or Aux input on your home audio system. You can then stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled cell phone or mp3 player to your home audio system. Enjoy the convenience of having your music source in the palm of your hand and listening to it through your home stereo.
- Connects to Aux input on home audio system
- Bluetooth support for all Bluetooth equipment with A2DP audio streaming
- USB A female port for powering the receiver from any USB power source
- Will work with iOS® 4.2.1 or later
- Compatible with all Bluetooth devices that support media audio, including iPad® and iPad 2
- User's Manual (Mar 30, 2010)
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|Frequency Response||70 Hz ~ 20 kHz ±3dB|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||>95dB|
|Input Power||90 ~ 240 VAC, 25mA|
|Bluetooth Profiles||A2DP, AVRCP|
|RF-Class||Class 2 (10m)|
|Bluetooth Range||up to 32 feet (10 meters)|
Included in the Box:
- 1x BlueTooth music receiver
- 1x USA / EU standard plug
- 1x RCA to 3.5 mm stereo audio cable
- 1x User's manual
Note that the included manual erroneously indicates that this receiver comes with two audio cables, one RCA to RCA and the other 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm. In fact, this unit comes with only the single RCA to 3.5 mm audio cable. We apologize for this error and are working on correcting the discrepancy in the documentation as soon as possible.
PROS: Great sound quality. Simple to configure. Can be powered via USB 5V source using a USB A-A cable.
CONS: Internal Power PCB has fragile pads/traces with stress on solder joints to the Bluetooth PCB. Missing a e.g. mini usb power input. Not documented that it can be powered via USB 5V source using a USB A-A cable.
However, the audio range of this unit leaves a lot to be desired. Please note the specifications which say the units' -3db point is 70Hz. This is very apparent the first time you listen to music and might even be more like -3db @ 100Hz , based on my ear. The low-end bass performance of this box is terrible for most uses. And there's a lot in today's music that provides the lowest octaves in music from 35Hz to 100Hz. So - if you're listening to mostly audiobooks, jazz, etc. this might not be an issue for you. But if you listen to Pop, Rock, R&B, etc. the bottom octave is basically missing.
I hope that MonoPrice can have the design modified to correct this problem, but for the moment, my recommendation is to go with the BlackBerry Bluetooth Stereo Gateway until this unit can cover 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 3db.
PROS: Ease of Use
CONS: Audio Range (low end -3db @ 70Hz is unacceptable for today's music)
TIP: For ANDROID, download 'Bluetooth Profile Widget' for free from app store. Add widget to home screen. Now you can pair/unpair to it with A SINGLE TOUCH. Free. With the app, the pairing issue is painless and convenient.
Buying a second one. Works great in car too.
PROS: Wireless audio, simple setup
CONS: Weird volume bug
PROS: Works as it should. Audio quality is not diminished like I expected.
CONS: I can't automatically connect, but that's probably due to my iPhone, not the device. Blue blinking light kind of annoying (easily fixable with a piece of electrical tape). Doesn't include male-male USB cable, must be bought separately.
Firstly, I find the male USB A port an odd choice for powering the unit as it requires the purchase of a special cable I've never seen before. Luckily Monoprice has those cables available for cheap, so that wasn't a huge deal. I'm just lucky I knew that ahead of time to add it to my order. The unit installed okay, powered fine from the USB charger in my car, and paired with my iPhone just fine.
My first impression was that the audio quality was not very good. It sounded a little tinny and overly bass-sounding at the same time. I adjusted my EQ to bring the treble and bass down a few notches each and that seemed to help out a bit. It's definitely not the same audio quality as the analog headphone jack though. I'm not sure how it's compressing the audio to send over Bluetooth, but it's not the greatest. This may be an issue with all Bluetooth products. I'm not sure as this is my first Bluetooth audio product, and I tend to have a really picky ear when it comes to audio quality. It's not unlistenable, just not as good as what I had before.
The other issue I noticed with regard to audio quality is that there was a stutter every couple minutes in the audio. Sometimes they'd be 30 seconds apart, sometimes four minutes, but they happened on average once or twice a song. Again, this could be my picky ear. I asked my wife if she heard the stutters and she didn't notice most of them, unless it was a part of a song with a prominent sustained note when the stutter happened.
My final disappointment is that the Bluetooth connection had to be manually re-connected every time it was disconnected. I understand the reasoning for this, in that primarily this will be used in the home and you don't want your phone always connected to your stereo when you're home, but in my car it might be nice. It's too bad this isn't a setting you can switch on or off.
Overall, it's a decent product for the price. It works for the most part but I think I may discontinue using it soon because of the poorer sound quality. People with a less discerning ear might not be bothered by the sound quality (I'm probably the pickiest person I know when it comes to sound quality that I'll tolerate) but for me it's right on the edge of what I'm okay with.
PROS: Cheap way to set up Bluetooth audio streaming
Small and compact
Can be powered by USB
CONS: Audio quality is not as good as analog audio cable
Audio skips/stutters every couple minutes
PROS: size, convienience, price
PROS: -Can be powered by standard usb
-Works from anywhere within my car
-Starts up (becomes connectable) quickly when starting my car
CONS: -Hard to force autoconnect
First time it connected there was tons of static, even when the phone wasn't playing. I tried different wires and eventually tired my Belkin USB charger. Once I connected it with the Belkin charger all static virtually disappeared. The only other downside is that I wish it would auto-connect, so I just jump in my car and start playing the music..
PROS: +Fairly small
+Good sound quality, though the straight Line In cable is still better
+Works great & no static when powered by a QUALITY USB car charger.
+Pairing is super quick and easy
CONS: -Sound quality greatly degrades and it buzzes like crazy when using the cheapo car chargers.
-Does not auto connect to iPhone (remains paired, but you must manually select "connect" each time you use it or get into the car)
Just before I was going to return I saw new Apple update available. A feature on the update called "AirPlay " as shown here:
provides improvements on the audio streaming to different devices. I saw this and decided to try the iSpeaker again for the heck of it. Sure enough this time it worked after downloading and installing the iOS 4.2.1.
Now I can stream my music with no problem! Great devise to purchase and would recommend to friends. Oh and if your thinking why don't I just use the free app to change my itunes you can but it won't let you control Pandora or other features on your iPhone/iTouch (maybe even iPad).
PROS: -Works all around inside my house through walls and everything.
-Can adjust all my songs and volume level straight from my iPhone 3GS
-Great for house parties or tailgating parties to have flexibility to walk around without having to constantly go back to A/V receiver or car to adjust song track
CONS: -Was a bit tricky to set up, needed latest iOS 4.2.1 Apple update for iPhone 3GS, older versions won't work with iSpeaker