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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 1902 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Minimal range, slight delay in what's being heard

    Posted
    daisysunny
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    If you're looking for an inexpensive "plug in & never have to bother with" blue-tooth transmitter and you sit within 6-8 feet of the TV into which this transmitter is plugged, then this Aluratek may fit the bill for you & is the least expensive available at BestBuy. I used it for 6 months with 2 different headsets paired to it in its memory (so I could be charging one headset while listening to the other). I never had any problems with its connecting to my headsets when desired after they'd been paired. My biggest disappointment (& why it did not "fit the bill" for me) was I can't move around anywhere in my room; as soon as I move 2' from my chair (in which I sit while watching the small TV in my room, mostly when I'm sick or suffering), reception is very poor (totally gone within another couple feet). There is a slight delay since it is plugged into the TV's headphones input (not so when given other options as with the MEE 2 headphone BT Transmitter, which is what I use now...twice as expensive but worth it to me in my use of the transmitter), but I wasn't even aware of the slight delay until I'd bought the different, better BT transmitter. The Aluratek comes with a USB power cord for charging. I have so many USB plugs from prior cell phones & other Android devices, that I used one with the cord & kept it plugged in 24/7 so that I never had to worry about running out of charge at a most inopportune time during a movie. I much prefer the MEE audio dual headphone BT transmitter & recommend it instead of this device if you ever might want 2 sets of BT headphones plugged in or prefer to have no delay (comes with TOSLINK digital optical SPDIF audio cable [best latency for least delay between video & audio], 3.5mm audio cable [worst latency], 3.5mm to RCA adapter, all 3 of which come with each MEE transmitter...so know what inputs you have on your TV & consider every situation in which you are likely to be listening to your TV via BT before buying a transmitter to make the best informed decision. The MEE costs about twice as much but is even easier to reconnect headsets (quite automatic) and offers the significantly better latency & range (I can now move freely about my room without diminished quality of sound, even down the hall a good 50+' from the transmitter before the reception gets bad or is lost) over the Aluratek Bluetooth Audio Transmitter [ The MEE BT Transmitter can be found at https://www.bestbuy.com/site/mee-audio-connect-universal-dual-headphone-bluetooth-audio-transmitter-for-tv-black/5471900.p?skuId=5471900 ]

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product with some minor issues

    Posted
    dajjer
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    Once you have a Bluetooth transmitter, you will be hooked. My prior transmitter died on me due to a broken wire from the device to the RCA jack. I made the mistake of taking it with me on vacation instead of leaving it hooked into the television where it worked for almost 3 years. I needed a substitute immediately and could not wait to order online so I went straight to Best Buy. The clerk said there were none in the store but the web site said there was. When I found it and reported back to the clerk, he said he wasn't counting that because it got a lot of returns. Being familiar with the product in general, I knew it was an easy bet to buy the product. Purchased. So the product works fine. A little less costly than my prior devise. But strangely it has better audio. The instructions say to turn on my headphones first and the Bluetooth transmitter second. But thus far it has turned on both ways. I don't feel confident leaving it plugged in continuously like my prior transmitter because it seems to turn itself on when plugged in, with the light blinking red/blue. The devise works fine and still syncs but I'm guessing it probably won't last over 2 years like my prior transmitter. As far as the superior audio. That was not the case in the beginning. I was running the transmitter while it was plugged in. There was some noticeable but ignorable white noise in the background. When I unplugged the devise the interference stopped and the audio was clear with no lag. However with some of my marathon TV viewing sessions, I just might have to put up with the white noise to avoid running out of power. And while the audio tops my prior devise, the range does not. If I go to the doorway to do pullups (don't judge) , the devise cuts out. My prior devise would not cut out even if I went to the bathroom . . . and closed the door . . . One other thing, the RCA cord is short, and because this devise was turning on by itself when plugged in, I decided to get and extension. Now the devise hangs just below the TV and I can see what's what. I'm more a functionality guy an not an esthetics guy, so no issues. Bottom line, I am happy customer, I love listening to TV with my wireless headphones and the house is a much quieter place. Everyone wins.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Nope. Nope. A Whole Lotta Nope.

    Posted
    MattMc
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    It's a great idea - in theory. In actuality, there's something called latency that makes this transmitter all but useless. When transmitting audio over bluetooth (or WiFi, or HDMI) you experience a certain amount of audible lag, compared to its visual counterpart. This is the nature of the beast...most of the time, your brain automatically syncs up the audio to video, or it doesn't bother you enough to notice. However, the latency is so bad with this transmitter that it was VERY noticeable and VERY distracting. It was a good second behind the video. Listening to audio only was fine; it did what it was supposed to do; there's no video to compare the audio to. So, bottom line: if you're using this transmitter solely for wireless transmission of audio, it's OK. If you want to watch TV in bed and not bother your spouse, that's not going to happen; they'll suddenly be roused from their restful, angelic slumber by the sound of you cursing this transmitter. You've been warned.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, range, and battery life

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    Moviefan
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    Bought this to use with a projector for an outdoor movie night and was very impressed with the fidelity, range, and battery life this item gives but it does have some short falls. The first night our speaker was a little lacking volume wise for outdoor use as the aluratek does not have an independent volume adjustment. Loudness or softness was achieved through the projector's volume control and even with the older soundfreaq bluetooth speaker at near max it was not adequate for outdoor use. So, for the next evening we upgraded to a jbl charge speaker for louder volume. However, then the versions of bluetooth on the aluratek and the jbl were not compatable and therefore was not able to get the transmitter to link up with the new speaker. We then had to return this bluetooth transmitter and exchange it for the aluratek model that transmits, receives, and has volume adjustment on the device itself, as that model has a compatable bluetooth version for the jbl charge, success at last. I would consider battery life to be excellent for both models as they lasted through two movies each night and seemed to be still going strong. In conclusion, if the device you are using to supply signal to the transmitter has sufficent power for louder volumes and your speaker will link up, this is a great little device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple Transmitter, works as advertised.

    Posted
    dirk1907
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    Product works as advertised, I did have some trouble getting it connected to my bluetooth headset. The transmitter doesn't have a screen, so you simply need to hold down the button while your headset is also looking to be paired with another device. As far as I can tell, you can only have one bluetooth device connected at a time. I keep it plugged in most of the time, however, once it had been plugged in for about a day, I was able to transport it and it functioned properly. I have seen some other users complain that there was a bit of delay with the sound, I did not experience that. I have this device connected to my TV. I have worn it to watch sporting events, TVshows, movies, and play video games. It works great in allowing me to wear comfortable headphones while not disturbing anyone else in my home. I gave it 4 stars because of the process in getting the headphones and the transmitter to pair up, it took more than 5 minutes for the devices to find each other. Once they did find each other, they worked great

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good transmitter, small issues

    Posted
    Shelley
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    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: 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
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    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

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    ITscout
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    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

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    GeekatHeart
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Expected more

    Posted
    SoCalChristine
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for music

    Posted
    Chad
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    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work after getting discharged

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    Ariel
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works OK for the Price!

    Posted
    CeCe
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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Subpar Bluetooth Transmitter

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great with both Sony & Insignia TV's

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    Donna
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    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible product

    Posted
    Tamela

    $30 product failed in less than 2 months time. Best Buy gives you 15 days to return a lemon product. Best Buy does not offer customer service to their customers via phone, so I called the company in California and the employee said we could "begin the warranty process". I would need to ship it out there at my expense. The product failed the way many cheaply made electronic components fail, it can no longer be charged and, based on previous experiences with this with other products, I would guess it's possibly because of their using the cheapest, thinnest wires or cheap solder. Aluratek and Best Buy got $30 in exchange for nothing this time, but they won't again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It works

    Posted
    Pearl
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    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