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Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Transmitter - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 2015 reviews

72%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good transmitter, small issues

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

    It works, for the most part. One problem I've had is that sometimes it won't connect to my previously connected headphones. The solution I've found whenever this happens is to reset the receiving device (look in the manual for your receiving device) because there doesn't seem to be a simple way to reset the transmitter. The second problem I've found, is when I do attempt to reset the transmitter (by holding down the button for several seconds), the light turned purple, and then refused to connect to anything. The solution I've found to this is to hold down the button for several seconds, and while pressing the button, simultaneously plug device into a charger cable. If the light turns from purple to red, then it's been successfully reset. As long as I remember these two things, I've been able to use my transmitter without problems. However, I would not recommend this, because I've read that the company has released new versions of the product that don't have so many problems.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Adds bluetooth to everything!

    Posted
    JayDubsFL
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Ever had an item with a headphone jack but didn't have bluetooth built into it? Wish that you could add it? This device does it for you! I tested it with my Uniden SDS100 radio scanner and my Marshall Stockwell II speaker. Pairing was super simple - put the speaker into pairing mode, put the Aluratek transmitter into pairing mode and bingo - they found each other and now anything coming out of my scanner was playing on the Marshall speaker! I did note that to get full volume, I had to set the volume coming out of my scanner to high and then adjust the volume on the speaker. What a super-great device! Now the only dilemma - how many more do I buy? LOL!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The two devices can fall out of sync...

    Posted
    MurphyR
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a nice little transmitter! I’ve never used Bluetooth to connect a speaker/headphones to anything other than a phone or tablet, so this was a new experience. It was very easy. All you do is plug this transmitter in, push the pair button, and turn on whatever you want to pair to it. If you only have one connection to it, you can do it again to add a second speaker or pair of headphones. In using this, I found that the speakers I connected fell out of sync regularly. If you want to set up speakers for a surround-sound effect, you may have difficulty. However, I cannot confirm if this was due to my specific speakers (different models may work differently). For only $30, you can add Bluetooth to anything. Nice. Here are my thoughts in video form and hopefully you can hear what I mean with being “out of sync”: https://youtu.be/mJ_Qh2iZXg8

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally a COMPACT Bluetooth Dongle for 2.5mm

    Posted
    GadgetGuy1981
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    This little guy is really useful on a few fronts... We have several scenarios (my wife helps coach a cheer team, I'm a gadget nerd) where we need access to wireless speakers from an analog device that doesn't have Bluetooth (CD players, etc)... Finally there's a device that isn't HUGE that lets us carry it with the player or to games at stadiums/arenas where hauling a bulky adapter is less convenient. This BT dongle has been so useful to us! The best part for my wife, in situations where a phone can't dual-pair to multiple BT speakers at once, this little guy gets charged the night before, and works for several hours of streaming to pairs of wireless speakers, and even comes with RCA stereo analog for those odd stereo hookups at certain venues. Awesome little device that almost no one realizes they might need!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use and works great

    Posted
    TechandFood1

    I bought this bluetooth transmitter and a set of bluetooth headphones to watch movies at night with better sound quality and without disturbing anyone. It took a couple of tries to get them to pair, but that was because I didn't read the instructions. After reading the instructions it was easy to pair the transmitter and headphones. The sound was great, but I noticed a slight delay that caused the speaking to be slightly out of sync. I returned the headphones because they were too heavy. I bought a cheap pair of Jam Transits because they are smaller and lighter. After pairing the Jam Transits I noticed that the audio delay was gone. The picture and sound were exactly in sync and when I watch a person talking on the tv the sound is exactly in sync with the person talking. So I think the other headphones must have caused the audio delay and not the transmitter. I am very happy with the purchase and now enjoying movies at night with a full rich theater sound that is perfectly in sync with the picture.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't Use with TV headphones

    Posted
    Disappointed

    Purchased this device and two Bose wireless headsets upon the recommendation of salesperson. I wanted to use two Bose wireless headsets while my wife and I are watching TV. The device was easy to install and sync with the headsets. Here's the problem: You CANNOT use two headsets at the same time. One links fine but when you turn the other headset on, you get the message: "cannot find the bluetooth link." I specifically asked the sales person if you could use both headsets with one transmitter and the answer was affirmative. The other big problem is that there is a delay between the audio and video signals with the video lagging a fraction of a second behind. In other words, the sound you hear and the person's lips on the TV are not in synchronization. This was driving us crazy so I'm bringing the transmitter along with the two Bose headsets to Best Buy tomorrow. Having spent over $500 for the three items, I am quite disappointed. I had so much confidence in the salesman's recommendation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    junk

    Posted
    carrottop
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    bought this transmitter to pair with my Sony wh-1000xm2 headphones. did not work.the staff at Bangor helpfully replaced first set with another.that didn't work . took that back in the evening. again,staff very helpfully told me,"those almost never work," here is what you need. a MEE Audio wireless transmitter. cost twice as much but by this time i just want to watch the football playoff games. I could pair this transmitter to the head set but no sound would be transmitted to the headset. After hearing all this, bangor store sends a Geek Squad rep. to troubleshoot the problem. No Charge ! after a long time between the two of them got sound to those headphones. Then proceeded to tell me that that the $350.00 headphones were not meant for use with a tv. which by the way was was exactly what they sold them to my wife to do. Oh, i'm sorry the review was supposed to be about the Aluratek transmitter. answer : junk

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Only bluetooth transmitter at local Best Buy

    Posted
    ITscout
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I am using the Aluratek - Bluetooth Audio Transmitter so that I can watch TV at night without bothering my spouse. I attached it using the RCA plugs to the back of my Xfinity X1 cable box. I connected the USB to the cable box too so the transmitter is always being charged. The biggest problem is that the device emits a strong blue blinking light when connected. I needed to place the device inside a suede jewelry sack that I got with a watch. The blinking light was so bright that I needed to wrap the device first with a screen cleaning cloth and then placing the wrapped device in the jewelry sack. The good news is that this is a great way to listen to my TV using wireless headphones. My cheap bluetooth headphone didn't work very well. After a short while the sound would break up and then disconnect. I purchased a Plantronics BackBeat FIT set of headphones and they are working well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Basic Bluetooth transmitter that misses the mark

    Posted
    GeekatHeart
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this transmitter because my rear seat DVD entertainment system could not play through the factory infotainment system clearly via the FM interface. I didn't want to use an audio patch cable so this was a good wireless solution. It does transmit Bluetooth signals, but only A2DP and any receiver that requires a password to pair will not work with this. You have to buy the matching receiver. However, when it is paired with the receiver, the sound is really, really clear and the volume is so much louder than the standard headphone out volume. Interestingly, the battery life is shorter than the matching receiver, but the USB charging is quick and efficient. The only reason for missing out on 5 stars is the inability to pair with car radios that require a passcode verification.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    add bluetooth to anything with a headphone jack

    Posted
    DHCrocks
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    my first impression was not so good I had trouble paring my airpods, took several frustrating attempts before I finally got it to work. Once I got it paired it worked flawlessly. Range is not bad, I can get around 25-30 feet from the transmitter before it falls out. sound quality is very good, clear with no distortion. I use this on my computer and using the PCs USB jack for power some of the ports give static to the sound but others do not. just need to try different ones to get the best sound. its really easy to use. if my airpods are paired to my phone and I want to use it on the computer, i just turn on the adapter and it automatically switches. super easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works well, when you get it to work

    Posted
    dsjjfgrn
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have no major complaints about this Aluratek Bluetooth transmitter. Its range is typical for Bluetooth devices, and as such, only drops out when the range is exceeded. It is pretty unremarkable, except that getting it paired the first time was frustrating at best. Once that was accomplished, it was quick to re-connect and perform well. Its small size and light weight keep it from being an annoyance. The two LEDs (red and blue) reveal a lot, but some of what it tells (connection type, for example) is not explained, and required a online search for explanation. The answers ended up meaning nothing to a consumer who isn’t interested in this very esoteric information.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Expected more

    Posted
    SoCalChristine
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    We bought this to attach to our bedroom tv. The thought was to connect a small Bluetooth speaker up to it so my husband could watch TV while I’m sleeping and the sound wouldn’t wake me up. The device has to be charged nightly, which we sometimes forget to do, which means it only gets used half the time. We have to pair it up to the speaker each time we want to use it. And in the middle of the night, after the tv timer has turned the tv off and everyone is asleep, the darn think starts flashing a very bright blue light. I’m not sure if it’s because the tv is off or the battery is wearing down. Either way, I still have to get out of bed and power the device down, which negates the whole reason for buying it - me being able to sleep! I’ll give it 3 stars because it has worked for our needs some nights, which is better than none.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Junk - Worked for one use.

    Posted
    KUJayhawk69

    Bought to retrofit a TV for Bluetooth. I tested it with a small iHome portable speaker and it worked fine. Came back the next day with the Harman Kardon speakers I really wanted and I couldn't get the transmitter to turn off to pair. Unplugged everything, held the button repeatedly, and nothing - both the red and blue lights just stayed on. Called customer support and was told it needed to be reset and there was no way to do that and I needed to return it. Looked online and found that it will reset once it runs out of power, but since it's just sitting in its box, it is going to take awhile. I might try it again if it runs out of juice by tomorrow, but I will definitely be returning it. An absolute on/off switch is needed, not just a single button that does everything.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work after getting discharged

    Posted
    Ariel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    After making it work with a Bluetooth Bose Soundlink mini wireless speaker, once it got discharged and charged it again, it wasn't connecting to the speaker anymore. When I tried to charge it the first time, it wasn't charging. Found out later that the charging cable was wrong bec when I used another charging cable for istream universal Bluetooth audio receiver, it was charging. With the wrong charging cable, the plug on the Bluetooth device side can't be inserted completely. Once fully charged, I tried pairing it again with the wireless speaker but to no avail. Did all instructions for the speaker as well as this device but didn't work anymore. Bestbuy didn't replace it despite being a few days only over their 14 day return policy. Called Aluratek tech support and was asked to email receipt for purchase and wait for further instruction. Let's see if they'll replace this and how long.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for music

    Posted
    Chad
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Need to broadcast music to a Bluetooth enabled speaker or sound system from a non Bluetooth device? This is your guy. Music on an old iPod or laptop that didn't have a Bluetooth out can be channeled through this and straight into your big boy speakers. I wouldn't recommend it for anything video related like movies or video games. There is a lag that won't allow the picture and audio to line up, so even the latest marvel movie will look dubbed. Your sound system had an audio delay feature you say? Good for you. It won't do anything to fix this problem, because the audio needs to be advanced, not delayed. Great for music, not for anything involving a video feed. Range is something like 30' and battery lasts for a number of hours, or just leave it plugged into a USB port and forget about the battery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Subpar Bluetooth Transmitter

    Posted
    Vidman31
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    I bought a new TV for a workout room. At times the new machine we bought can get a little loud when you're really pushing yourself which makes the TV hard to hear. My wife and I both have bluetooth headphones so I wanted to get a transmitter to allow us to workout and watch TV while still being able to hear our shows. Though the item worked it was too hit or miss and inconsistent with it's connection. I sometimes spent what felt like more time trying to get my devices connected than actually working out. And when it was connected the audio/visual sync was sometimes too far off. I returned this item and went with a Taotronics bluetooth transmitter on Amazon that was double the cost. It's still not flawless, but leaps and bounds better than device with a much more stable and reliable bluetooth connection and minimal to no audio/visual sync/lag issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works OK for the Price!

    Posted
    CeCe
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I purchased this product to use with my Apple AirPods and Sony Smart TV that is located in our dining room which is open to our kitchen and about 25' away from the TV. I've only used it a couple of times so far but I found that it only works as long as you stay within a 20' range. When I try to go further, I lose sound or it disconnects altogether and I have to pair it again. However, I can use it with both live TV and programs recorded on my DVR. My husband watches programs on another TV close by and by having this device on my TV I can actually hear my programs over his. It would be even better if it worked at the 33' range it says it does so I could listen while working in my kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great with both Sony & Insignia TV's

    Posted
    Donna
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    working great after several failed and frustrating attempts while learning to use it. Hope this review helps others! Pair transmitter according to directions with bluetooth headphones or ear pods (I used Skullcandy Link'd Wireless ear pods) before connecting to TV. 2 TV's Sony Bravia and Insignia. Insignia was easier. Just plug fully charged transmitter's 3.5 cable into TV headphone jack. In TV settings under audio, you can leave the TV speakers on and just press the mute button on TV remote. This way you can adjust and use both TV speakers and headphones at same time. For SONY BRAVIA TV, you must go to TV menu and select audio settings and change from HEADPHONES to AUDIO OUT before connecting the transmitter to the headphone jack. After following these steps it worked !!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No issues with connection! Works Great!

    Posted
    LittleMissWorker
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I wear hearing protection safety ear muffs with bluetooth for my job. This little transmitter connects without any issues. Sound is good and there is no loss of connection. Very happy with my purchase. I've been using this for over a month. Last week I stopped to get pizza after work and the transmitter fell out of my pocket in the parking lot. I didn't realize it until the next morning. I went back to the parking lot and found that it had been run over by a tire. The case was busted but the crazy thing still worked! Ordering a few more as backup just in case I lose it again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It works

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

    I purchased the device because I am deaf in one ear and it is getting harder to hear the TV. I had to go thru a few bluetooth headphones but I found two that work. My LG bluetooth 3.0 headphones did not connect. The beats headphones did not connect - they are geared towards Apple products. The skull candy 4.1 bluetooth headphones did not work - the instructions were VERY crude & basic. The LG bluetooth 4.0 headphones worked. They had enough user interface to get the bluetooth CONNECTION to happen. You have to know that you have battery power & you have to know when you are connected. The Aluratek is very basic and does not provide feedback but it works. The other headphones that worked was an old beats bluetooth headphones (before apple bought them).

    I would recommend this to a friend