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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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.
32 out of 36 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.
18 out of 18 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!
14 out of 14 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.
15 out of 16 found this review helpful.
This is a great device.
Posted by: ItsMeCLD from: Philadelphia, Pa. on
I brought this device because I hate connecting my iPhone5 to my car audio system with a wire that constantly gets in the way. It works flawlessly. I'm not too crazy about having to go into the settings on my phone to sync it, but that only takes about 20 seconds or so before I'm ready to enjoy my music. You'll love it.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Good for my use
Posted by: MAP0824 from: Greensboro NC on
This allowed me to stop using a cable from my phone to my AUX input on my car. It was very easy to pair. I had to return the 1st one. It would turn off after a few seconds of play. No problems so far with the replacement. I wish it was micro USB so I would not have to use an additional cable. The light does not stay on when charging or when charging is completed. I played Pandora without any issues for over an hour. I have a GS3 and the car has hands free. When a call came in it switched without any issues. When the call was over my music continued without any issues. Just what I wanted.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great adapter for car stereo
Posted by: Christob from: Arlington VA on
Just picked this up yesterday, for use in my car with iPhone5. Car has a mini-jack input inside the armrest, to play (wired) devices through stereo, and while that had worked well for a few years, by keeping my ancient iPod wired inside the armrest, it was a huge pain to always open the armrest to change songs, etc.
I'm hopeful the product will provide trouble-free use for a long time (some of the reviews have me nervous about that...) But so far, so good.
I'm powering it directly off the car's aux power jack (also located inside the armrest) so I haven't had a chance or reason to test battery life. Only drawback I see so far, is tied to the very compact design (which I actually like, but...) The attached cord to connect the 3.5mm jack to the input is only about 2-3 inches long. In my armrest, the input jack is located at the bottom of a kind of deep storage well. The connection cord is not long enough to allow me to place the device up in the "top tray" of the armrest cavity. So I have to leave it down in the bottom of the well---which isn't a huge problem, except that every time I enter the car, I have to press the tiny button located on the device, to get it to connect to my iPhone. (It connects automatically and quickly each time I press the button, but you have to press the button each time -- apparently it doesn't sit there waiting to "auto sense" that my iPhone has come into range, each time I enter the car.) So I have to open the armrest & remove the top tray, to reach the bottom of the well and the device. Not the end of the world, since I do it when I first enter the car... But a longer 3.5mm cord would give added placement flexibility.
It is SO much nicer/easier controlling song selection from the iPhone5 (kept in my shirt pocket, or sitting on the passenger seat, or anywhere else handy.) Audio quality has been great - the Bluetooth transmission seems to provide a louder max volume level, too, than when I directly-wire the iPhone5 into that same aux jack, which is a nice perk.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: NYC4Tech from: New York, NY on
I bought this to preserve a $1,800 investment in a Bose Acoustimass system. Like many, I'm living on bluetooth these days as Bluetooth have finally improved. Well done Aluratek - now my friends are asking about this little widget too, from a variety of global places I might add. The Aluratek provides immediate connection with a strong signal and my devices find it instantly. The built in battery stinks and we could all pay $5 more but why would we? It's great as is. Thanks for not being so proprietary and thanks for working better than expected. (note to file: Micrisoft and Apple)
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Loved it !!
Posted by: JoeCoach from: on
This product was awesome the last 3 months but just recently when I went to charge the device, I couldn't pair it with my iPhone. Called the company and they said it was defective... Returned to best buy today but no more in stock. Hopefully the next one I get isn't defective because I thought it worked well.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Plug and Play
Posted by: Centurion85 from: on
I purchased my iStream today and can only say great things about this bluetooth device. I have a 2008 VW GTI and finally got tired of always having to plug my phone (iphone5) in the aux port which is located in the glove box especially since I have a lifeproof case and if you are familiar with these then you know that you have to unscrew a little plug and also use an adapter that comes with it for your headphones or aux plug to fit. Thank goodness for the iStream. It was so seamless to pair to the phone. Now all I have to do is turn the device on and enjoy the music. Best of all NO wires :-)