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Aluratek - iStream Universal Bluetooth Audio Receiver - Black

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.
$29.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1681 out of 2019)

    Features


    Connect wirelessly from up to 33 feet away

    Pair this receiver with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled device, including laptops, desktops, cell phones and tablets.

    Wirelessly streams audio to a home or car stereo system or speaker dock

    With 3.5mm auxiliary or RCA connectivity, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes.

    Remembers up to 6 paired devices

    Making it easy to connect your Bluetooth-enabled device and begin listening quickly.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 2019 reviews

    83%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great adapter for car stereo

      Posted
      Christob
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy to use

      Posted
      Doc1310
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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. CONS 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Made Sony MDR-10R headphones wireless!

      Posted
      AK92
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this product with a slightly different use in mind. I have a pair of amazing Sony MDR10R Hi-Res headphones, but they are not bluetooth capable. When i bought this i wasn't sure if this would have the battery power to run these over ear high quality headphones and last a reasonable amount of time. When I bought it, I opened up the package and charged the device, and had to trim the plastic with a knife because the headphone jack in the headphones is slightly smaller. But with a steady hand, that was no problem. I plugged it in and connected the device to my phone via bluetooth and voila! It worked! it had then been uncharged and plugged in for two days and I connected it to my new Surface Pro 3, listened to half an hour of Spotify and watched 4 episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and after I was finished it was still not dead! I used sticky back velcro to hold it securely to my phones. You won't have quite the volume control, but for about 20 bucks this can make a great pair of over ear headphones into a pair of bluetooth wireless phones! And if it lasted that well on headphones, I'm sure it will last on another device. I highly recommend! My next step is to buy a transmitter and see if I can use my guitar headphone amps wirelessly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Cheap, Easy to use

      Posted
      rocket3500

      This receiver is very small, portable, and easy to hide. Sound quality through Bluetooth appears to be equal to a direct aux cable. I can't notice any loss in treble, bass or volume while using an LG G3 to stream Google Play music in car. Battery lasted close to 12 hours which can be a long time for such a small device. A chime will beep every minute or so when battery is about to quit. Pairing is a simple setup and only needs to be done once. For the most part if the adapter has recently been turned on and cellphone is in range AND has Bluetooth on standby, playing any music will connect devices automatically. If this doesn't happen, tapping the power button for 1 second will connect them. Rarely does one have to go into phone settings and re-select device. When phone leaves car for more than 10 minutes, receiver automatically powers down. Very helpful so one does not have to bother to turn off device. Downsides: It takes 5-6 seconds holding power button to turn on device; holding power button on for too long will enter pairing mode. Aux cable coming from bluetooth receiver is too short to allow for different placements in car. They should have made this receiver with an open 3.5mm jack so one can use a short or long cable depending on use. Consider that you must power on device before use which prevents it from being completely hidden or tucked away. Charging cable is not common. It appears to be a USB to "nokia style" round mini plug. It would be better if this had a micro-usb charger for more compatibility. Overall I would recommend if you have a good placement for it in your car.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy to go cordless

      Posted
      IndoorBikingRocks
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I teach indoor biking classes in my spare time and I have been accumulating tech accessories that make my job easier and provide a better experience for my participants. I initially used a 25' cord to connect my iPod Touch to the speaker. FYI, the speaker is in the back of the room, and the iPod is attached to the handlebars on my bike. The downside of that set up was making sure no one tripped over the wire or pulled the wire causing my iPod to become detached from its anchor (of which I was the worst offender). Plus, I was getting some static when the cable moved in certain directions. I had $10 in Best Buy reward certificates, so I went shopping to see if there was an alternative to the cord. I quickly found this and read that it works with iPods. Most people have iPhones, so this would work for them as well. I took it home and charged up the bluetooth receiver. I went to the gym where I work to test out the connection. Unfortunately, the speaker is older and did not have ports that worked with the cables provided. I went to Radio Shack and for $6.00, got a coupling that allowed me to connect to the speaker. The bluetooth receiver is easy to turn on and turn off (3-5 sec). It was incredible easy to pair with my iPod (6-7 sec). The sound is great, and works in the back of the room (which must be less than 33 feet away). Because this receiver pairs with 6 devices, I can get my money's worth and use it with other devices. With a 12 hour playback time, I won't need to recharge it after every use. I am very happy with this purchase and am looking to find other ways to use it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works well for use with home music system

      Posted
      Ryan
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this product for playing music on my new home stereo system, which requires a cable input. I didn't like being tied to the location of the sound system with my phone to select music to play. Also, at parties it was too easy for people to unplug my phone and play their own music if I wasn't standing right next to it. This product solved my problems. It works very well, allowing me to have my phone at my side, as well as making it difficult for people to change the music. The range is good enough for my house; my phone can reach from anywhere downstairs, but the signal gets spotty if I take my phone upstairs or out onto the porch. Connecting my phone was pretty easy. Charging takes a couple hours, and a full charge lasts for at least 5-7 hours of use. There is a tone that beeps every couple minutes when the battery gets low, but by the time it starts, the device dies after about 5-10 minutes, so it isn't really helpful, as I usually use this for at least an hour at a time. I have not had issues with the product, and it seems to be of good quality. It is small and compact, and an overall good product that fits my needs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Product and Great Customer Service

      Posted
      fuzzybrownbear

      I have a 2007 mini cooper and my stereo does not have Bluetooth, I stream a lot of music through the AUX audio jack in glove box. When my phone dies I charge it via a USB charger in the 12v cig. lighter, If I have my phone plugged into the AUX audio jack and the 12v charging port, it causes a very high pitched feedback loop (aka screeching). I looked into getting a new stereo installed through Best Buy but that was over $300+, while there I the Bluetooth streamers were recommend by the sale person. I got the iStream and it works great. The feedback loop is gone and and it lasts for a few days on a charge ( i don't always drive everyday so its good to know that it will last a few days without needing to be charged). When I get in my car, my phone pairs seamlessly and I have streaming right to my radio. I keep it plugged into the 12v so when i do drive it gets recharged. Recently my charging cord got stuck in the seat track and was damaged. After contacting customer service they were really nice and got me a great deal on a replacement one. I would definitely recommend this application to anyone who has the same kind of issue with their car stereo or any other feedback audio loop issue.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Works. Needs some upgrades

      Posted
      clos
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The basic idea of behind this product is great. And you can achieve it. You can stream music from a Bluetooth enabled device (I use my HTC One) wirelessly to any aux input (I use my car's aux jack). I get to enjoy the music on my phone over my car's stereo. The GPS can also be heard clearly. Here are the aspects I wish were a little better. It has an auto shut off feature, which will save you battery life, but I wish it had an auto on feature. You do have to press and hold the button down for about five seconds to power it on. Also, the connection seems to drop out every 40 mins or so. Not sure if it's the phone or the device losing paring. One last thing. The device starts making a beeping tone every 30 seconds when the battery is low. At first it made me freak out and think something was wrong with my car. When I realized it was the audio receiver, I had to turn it off because it was too distracting and annoying. So, it lasted about 8 hours on a charge, but the last leg of it will be spent beeping at you every 30 seconds. Easy enough to charge, though, just wish it didn't die so annoyingly that you can't even use it. Other than that, it does what you need it to do and for not too much money. If you are willing to spend more, it might be worth your while to look at other expensive ones that have the auto on feature or longer battery life.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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