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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 2342 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter for car stereo

    Posted
    Christob
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    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
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    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
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    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

    Easy to go cordless

    Posted
    IndoorBikingRocks
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    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: 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 set up, works very well

    Posted
    Dan292
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    This device works very well for what it does, and it certainly brings some unusual capabilities to your audio componentry. With this device, bluetooth audio can played through an audio device that does not itself have bluetooth capability so long as the device has audio input jacks of some kind. So you could, for example, play the audio from your smartphone's playlist through the speakers of your vintage audio receiver. This Aluratek receiver connects either with RCA jacks or a 3.5 mm mini-plug to the audio input of the audio receiver, and the audio can be heard through the receiver's speakers. I've listened to youtube audio streaming by bluetooth from my smartphone to this receiver which was connected to the Marantz receiver I bought in 1979 which was in turn connected to Advent speakers I bought in 1974. All-in-all, it worked very well, and I like being able to keep using my vintage audio equipment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well for use with home music system

    Posted
    Ryan
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works. Needs some upgrades

    Posted
    clos
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    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

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Inexpensive Bluetooth For My Car Stereo

    Posted
    warduke
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gotta give it 5 stars to boost the overall rating

    Posted
    Howifeel
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect addition to an older receiver!

    Posted
    Chris
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    I purchased this to add to my in-dash double DIN DVD receiver. My receiver has everything else BUT Bluetooth connectivity so I purchased this, plugged the 3.5mm jack into my AUX port, plugged the charging cable into the USB port on the back (that is normally used to play music from a flash drive) and after I turned the unit on and it paired, I haven't had to do anything else. Every time I get in my car, my phone automatically connects again and I can listen to my music or audio books. This is much more convenient than plugging in a headphone jack with a cable, especially since most phones do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack anymore. My Pixel 3a XL has one, but the cable I was using started losing connection on the left side so I decided to go the Bluetooth route. Glad I did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Does the job but lots of noise.

    Posted
    Andrew
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    The product seems to be functionally adequate upon plugging it into my car stereo. The problem I saw initially is the flimsy AUX cable attached to the device. I don't see it lasting very long. The underlying issue I have with the device is the sound quality is rather poor. The signal to noise ratio seems to be very high on the noise side. The music I usually use to tune up a new system sounded somewhat tinny but of course with only bass, mid & high to adjust its almost impossible to remove the noise. I did sort of find a sweet spot with less noise by pulling back the volume on my iPhone to about 75% and increasing the volume on my car stereo. But there is still a lot of background noise and a slight hiss. Overall, a decently convenient product for $30 and for someone who wouldn't be able to catch the noise with their ears and needs to connect their phone to a stereo without cables. Update: As I'm writing this review I'm also noticing some "skipping" in my music. A brief cutout, upon playback, is no longer there. This leads me to believe it is another issue with the device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good product with some quirks

    Posted
    ldc686
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    ups and downs then BOOM

    Posted
    billj5625
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Owned mine for right at a year or close to it. When just streaming music through it to my factory truck stereo in my 2013 GMC Sierra pickup, it performed as it should with decent quality sound. Battery had a decent life to it. Never monitored exactly how long but never had a concern with battery life. BUT this thing would wreck phone calls if I had it connected to my phone and someone called in and I answered through my truck. So much terrible interference. Again, for music streaming to my truck from my phone, it performed as decent as I expect for $30. But after about a year of owner ship my battery blew the case apart today and now I'm afraid to even try to use it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So EASY to setup, sound quality is great!

    Posted
    GaryI
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    After months of having problems at our store due to an audio patch cord being run across the floor, I decided to go wireless. This bluetooth audio receiver and a bluetooth adapter were purchased to meet this need. Well, the picture doesn't really show how tiny the device really is. It's really small, like the size of a quarter (a little larger) and it's very thin, so it fits just about everywhere. The added PLUS is it includes the RCA adapter so I can patch directly into the amplifier without purchase of clumsy adapters and cords. The ONLY problem for me is it did not include a USB wall charger, or power adapter, just the USB micro adapter cord. I purchased a USB wall adapter separately, hooked everything up, and sound viola over the amplifier and quality speakers. Astounding quality, and no messy wires across the floor!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad

    Posted
    Nick
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    I used this product in my GTI with the aux cable and it works great dont get me wrong but there was a little ringing noise im obsessed with good sound so it somewhat bugged me but when i got use to it. It wasn't bad at all. The bluetooth is very easy to connect too and is a great way to spend less money instead of getting a new head unit with Bluetooth. Plus its a 3.5 mm so you can plug it into anything! The sound is amazing but it seemed like i lost the bass in my system but it still sounded great. I do recommend this product. The only down side is that you have to charge the battery. I got tired of charging it and forgot too. So i just hooked it up with my home theater system so i can play my music from my iPhone. It is awesome. I just leave the USB charger in it and left it alone and it works awesome! I recommend buying it and trying it and seeing if you like it and if you dont just return it. But make sure you do in the 14 days policy or 30 for the elite rewards program.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product & Sound / Easy to Use

    Posted
    RockedReview
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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Aluratek - iStream Universal Bluetooth Receiver

    Posted
    Typs2000
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It works, buuuuut...

    Posted
    BillFromKCMO
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    I bought this specifically to add Bluetooth audio streaming to my wife's car. It was on Deal of the Day, so I at least didn't burn all that much on it. But I'm slightly disappointed. Aluratek advertises this as a Bluetooth audio receiver. To me, that means this only deals with Bluetooth's audio profiles, and not Bluetooth's hands-free profiles. I don't need HFP and its related things because the wife's car already has hands-free phone capabilities. This device connects with hands-free along with audio streaming. I missed the return window, but I've found another use for this device since I have speakers with aux-in capabilities but no Bluetooth. I'm still disappointed about it being misrepresented as a receiver.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend