Aluratek iStream Universal Bluetooth Audio Receiver: Easily add Bluetooth capability to your existing stereo system or speaker dock using this receiver, which lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled device from up to 33 feet away and remembers up to 6 paired devices.
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Aluratek - iStream Universal Bluetooth Receiver
Posted by: Typs2000 from: on
My daughter purchased a speaker system for my birthday for me to connect to my smart TV; but the speaker system was for a computer. She said I could return the speakers, and get something else and she would not be upset if I did; but it was her present to me and I didn't want to return them. She put so much thought into her choice of a present for me and I didn't want to disappoint her or make her feel as though she made a bad choice. Needless to say we went to our local Best Buy store and one of the reps suggested this item. I purchased it, took it home and connected it to the speaker system, and my Smart TV was able to connect wirelessly to the speakers by way of this device. Now I'm able to listen to the shows on my Smart TV through the speaker system that my daughter purchased for my birthday.
We were both pleased with the outcome of this product, it worked for the purpose of which I purchased it for.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Great Inexpensive Bluetooth For My Car Stereo
Posted by: warduke from: Alexandria, LA on
Super small, good sound. It connected to my iPhone 5 with no hassels whatsoever. I can't really tell a difference in sound between this and my aux cord I used. Also, you can use it while it's on charge, if you have it on and then plug the charger in it may shut off, just push the button to turn it back on and it's good to go. Only bad things I think are the fact it doesnt charge by a standard micro or mini usb cable, but by it's own round one, so don't lose your charge cord! The aux cable leaving the device is kind of thin also, so don't be rough with it. I plan on using some velcro to keep it near the car radios aux input so I shouldn't have to worry about the cord wearing out from the units weight pulling down on it. Highly recommend for somebody looking for an inexpensive way to stream music over bluetooth to their cars aux input. This will tide me over until I decide to change out my head unit to one that has built-in bluetooth.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Gotta give it 5 stars to boost the overall rating
Posted by: Howifeel from: Modesto on
I agree. The pairing issue is a pain, but let's get serious here. I have turned my already nice car stereo into a bluetooth receiving device without having to upgrade to a newer model. All that for thirty bucks. I'm happy, The pairing is agreeably an annoyance, but only adds about 20 seconds to having wireless music. Quality is great, and I am picky about music quality, as I am both a musician and have a home recording studio. No loss in frequencies ranging from 20Hzish to 20kHz IMO. Best Buy associate stated it is not really good enough quality for a home stereo. I paired it with my Onkyo Receiver and Cerwin Vega 12" speakers, and it slapped the beats! (that's a good thing. Shook the house). For the uses I stated, I would suggest you get it. Battery life is about 4 hours. Proprietary charging unit is scary. Don't lose it or you're out of luck.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Easy to use
Posted by: Doc1310 from: on
This is so easy to use. Charge it, plug it into your aux port for your car radio, turn it on, see the blue light? Long hold on the device on button, the light will now flash red and white, turn on phone Bluetooth , pair phone and device, play your music.
I have my device plugged in to the lighter port so it charges while driving.
I play my music through my phone. It sounds great, but when you get a phone call, it doesn't come through the radio speaker, just the phone speaker. The music will fad out. You answer the phone, hang up and then press play again. More steps to go through but this device is only for music, it's not a Bluetooth speaker phone.
Also when you leave your car for several hours or the night, you must shut it off unless your power outlet stays on all the time. This device has a battery for 5 hours I believe, so when you go to work the next morning, it will be drained and have to charge for a bit before it will play or pick up your Bluetooth. If I'm just going to the store for an hour, I'll leave it on, run my errands and when I come back my phone will sync right up and I can start my music...but the red charging light will come on because it was still using power while you where gone.
Also, if your playing music on your phone and using Google maps, the turn voice will not come through the radio speakers , just the phone speakers. I don't know why.
But, it's a great an easy to use Bluetooth device for your phones music or some other type of Bluetooth music player. It has limitations. For the price, it's a good and cheap add on for a older car audio system.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Wireless Headphones for TV
Posted by: DavidD from: on
Just bought this and plugged it into my tv to connect my Bluetooth wireless headphones I already had(JBL Synchros). Works great. Took me a couple minutes to figure out the right way to connect, wasn't pressing power button long enough to get the flashing blue and red alternately. Needed this to listen to tv when my wife wants it quiet studying for school, since we are living in a studio and I didn't want a cable from my headphones all the way to tv. I even went upstairs about 30 or more feet and still had a signal. Not sure why this isn't more popular, Best Buy only had one option, our Walmart didn't stock any, and Target doesn't sell it at all. There are cheaper brands sold on Internet, but if you've bought poor electronics products from Amazon like me, just get it this one from Best Buy and you'll be set.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great bluetooth receiver for the price
Posted by: cags from: on
This product does exactly as advertised. This device is a bluetooth audio receiver, that has good batter life, and will transmit any music from any bluetooth device (computer, phone, etc) to your home speaker system, car, etc. I have witnessed no diminished quality in the music coming from my phone or computer when compared to connecting those devices directly by audio cord. The range is good enough for use in a living room. The only downside is that it shuts itself off automatically when not in use, but that is hardly a bother. It never shuts off while benig used. All one needs to do is walk over and turn it on before using and just sit back and enjoy.
26 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Awesome product & Sound / Easy to Use
Posted by: RockedReview from: Jacksonville, FL on
This generic brand Bluetooth receiver is AWESOME & works perfectly with no issues whatsoever! It stays in my arm rest where it's constantly plugged in via it's car charger AND also has it's red & white audio wires constantly plugged in which are also in the arm rest of my car. The sound quality is perfect and I know it works even if your phone is quite a distance away because I've taken my phone out of my car and walked away and it was still connected 20-30 ft away. The only issue is your have to hit the power button every time you want to use it which is a 4-5 second hold time to power it on. Not really a big deal though. I'd definitely recommend this Bluetooth receive if you want something reliable with great sound quality!
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Good product with some quirks
Posted by: ldc686 from: on
Purchased this in store after previous product I had died. It's really straight forward in setup -pair bluetooth to your device. It has an internal battery for on the go/ if you lose power. This is a nice feature but also a problematic one for me. I keep it in the car to connect my music when traveling. Once connected everything works great. It's the pairing/ re-connecting that causes some issues. At times it re-connects properly while other times I have to manually connect it by holding down the power button for about 10 seconds. Another quirk is that since it has a battery, the device will randomly connect to my phone when the vehicle is not on. So my phone is trying to stream music from the house to the car that's in the drive way. That causes issues when I'm trying to pair to something else in the house. Internal battery on a device like this has it's pros/cons. I think if they had opted for an off/on trigger switch, many of these issues may have been avoided. Having to constantly hold the power button for different functions gives an undesired feeling.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Poor Design and Function
Posted by: ClemualB from: on
I bought this bluetooth receiver in store because it was the only one available. The salesman assured me it was great for what I needed and that he'd used it for years.
I needed a receiver to run bluetooth music to a whole house stereo system. There are three problems with it.
- First it is always on and hijacks your bluetooth signal from other devices. For instance if I am using my bluetooth headphones and get within range of this device my headphones disconnect and the receiver takes over my bluetooth.
- Second, it has very poor reception. If I am using it and I pick up my phone the signal cuts out momentarily. Also happens when someone walks between my phone and the receiver. These both happen within 10 feet of the receiver.
-Third, if you try and correct problem 1 by getting it to actually turn off, then you have to manually press the power switch to get it to synch again.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
great alternative to confusing pairing BT radios
Posted by: PurpleTiger from: on
On my bus radio, BT device-pairing is too hard. This is EASY!!
When transporting groups, people want to listen to the music on their devices, not the ads and talk that take up so much of the airwaves on radio. This device makes it simple, especially when I am driving. They can also control volume by lowering the volume on their own devices instead of my having to constantly be distracted while driving.
The pass-through signal (from to source to radio) has no noticeable distortion of the original signal.
There are only a couple of cons to all the pros about this little gem:
1. A tad bit expensive, but worth the price.
2. Your radio has to have access to external device either mini stereo plug or USB.