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Rocketfish™ - Bluetooth Music Receiver - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1219 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great but with limited range.

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    MailmanE
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    I have four of these connected to older stereo receivers that do not have Bluetooth capability. They work great for transmitting sound from your device to the Rocketfish Bluetooth receiver. The only issues I have with this device are as follows: Range. The stated range is 30 ft but that is unobstructed line of sight. I have even been able to stay connected between 30-40 feet with no obstacles in the way. But, close a door or step around a corner and the range drops significantly, say more like 15-20 foot range. Next, phone connectivity; if you are connected to this from a cell phone or any other device that accepts calls, texts or emails, whenever said calls etc. come through, the sound drops out and you here the tone noise for whatever notifications you just received. It takes a couple of seconds for the original sound(s) you were listening to to return. On some devices turning the ringer off will solve that problem, but not all devices. Lastly, identification. As I said earlier, I have four of these things. They all show up on my device with the same designation: Music Receiver. It would be great if you could somehow rename them to designate which is which. As it is right now I leave them all powered off until I’m ready to use it then turn on the one I want to use and my device connects to it. Not so bad but inconvenient nonetheless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Turn any old stereo into a Bluetooth sound system

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    BurningChrome
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    I have to admit that I was skeptical at first in trying out this item, but considering the alternative of purchasing a brand new stereo system for several hundred if not thousands of dollars this was a no brainer. For a meager $50 you too can turn any old stereo, like the bookshelf system in my bedroom, or even just a pair of computer speakers into a Bluetooth capable sound system. Measuring in at a mere 4 x 3 inches this tiny Bluetooth receiver isn't very impressive until you plug it in and actually use it. Pairing with my iPhone 6s was a breeze. The receiver is highly responsive with no lag whatsoever and delivers crystal clear sound to the speakers of your choice. It is powered by an AC adapter provided in the box, and also features a 3.5 jack for speaker output. This receiver even has a fiber optic cable output if you decide to connect to your speakers via that route. Over all, you can't beat this little device especially with its $50 price tag. As a matter of fact, soon as I get a chance I'm getting one for the old stereo in my living room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for complete home speaker systems!

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    scotter32
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    When I moved into my new home, the pervious owner put in a complete home speaker system using a receiver and a source that connects to that amplifier. I didn't want to have to go back and forth into the shelf where it was located to change the music, rather be able to use a tablet or my phone away from the system to control what is playing. Enter this product.... It plus directly into one of the optical outlets in your receiver as well as into the wall giving it power. Once turned on, the option was available within my Bluetooth choices on my iPad. I connected to it and have had no connectivity issues at all.....as long as you stay about 15-20 ft away from it. That's the only down side. I have a deck outside that is only about 25 ft from where this is installed and it's connection is lacking at best. Although it does a great job with doing what it says it will do in playing music, it is still not able to go the 30 ft that it suggested. It's a minor problem since the main purpose for getting this was covered and I can still use the Bluetooth enabled device to play music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everyone should have one!

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    CBug
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    Being a long time and even old fashioned perhaps hi-fi buff, I always view these types of "solutions" with much skepticism. Experience has been that the result is usually far less than satisfying. This is not the case with the Rocketfish! When I am most satisfied, my immediate thought is that "everyone should have one of these!" It doesn't happen often, so it is very clear to me when it does. This is a must have device that would please all but the most discriminating audiophiles. It works perfectly; easy setup and surprisingly excellent sound quality. For around $50, you can't beat it. I'd put it up against units costing twice as much. The unit itself is small and compact for placement almost anywhere and it is a snap to hookup; power cord and RCA plugs to your output source. As others have noted there are no admin type functions allowing to change the SSID, but this is a minor shortcoming IMO esp. at this price point. So since everyone should have one, what are you waiting for!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performance

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    HomeTheaterCT1
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    Product is easy to set up and use. The unit performs well and ranks good in the sound quality department. I use the 3.5 mm connection into my receiver for a stereo listening application (kitchen and outdoor speakers - A+B setup). As an audiophile I was pleased with the sound quality from this setup with the expectations that the system provide music fill at moderate listening levels. The small size of the unit and the more than adequate wiring provides for versatile application, see further comments below. The unit does stay connected to one device, that being the last one connected to the unit. This can be a nuisance if the unit is left powered on after you are done listening. An easy way to combat this matter is by using a "green" power strip (which I was already using) and plugging the unit in one of the energy saving slots so it shuts down when the receiver is powered off, thus disconnecting from the device when done listening. The range on the unit is sufficient. When making a purchase of this product be mindful of walls, doors and other obstacles. Again I have combated this by relocating the unit when required with the excess wiring provided. Overall it is a cost effective way to make a legacy receiver more functional with today's music streaming devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worth $20... maybe

    Posted
    Kyle

    This device is plugged into a quality Yamaha receiver with home speakers. System works perfectly with other inputs. This device is used to wirelessly connect computer, phones, and other Bluetooth audio devices to Yamaha receiver. Connecting is easy and straightforward. Unfortunately, that's where any quality ends. The audio (this device's only job) skips out ALL the time. Worst part is, it doesn't just quit. It keeps skipping like it's trying to play it. So, you get this super annoying, off beat music throughout the whole house. I haven't had trouble with range and the problem is present within any range. Sometimes, I'll leave my phone sitting RIGHT beside the Bluetooth receiver (which is on top of my audio cabinet, waist height) to help with signal. This doesn't help. Poor quality, look for something else, maybe something that doesn't have fish in the name, because this is a flop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound but Auto connect is Anoying

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    Daldude
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    It seems to have good sound but sometimes I think the music sounds flat and lacks depth and seems kind of muddy but also seems to lack Bass but maybe it is the MP3 file or the device I'm using or because I'm tired. I don't notice any hiss when the music is stopped or at a quite part. The one really Annoying Thing is the Auto Connect feature, if I disconnect any device from it by selecting drop connection or disconnect on my Bluetooth device the Rocketfish it's self will automatically reconnect to the device making it impossible to connect another device, the only way to prevent this is to turn off the Bluetooth on my device and then connect another device. I have several Bluetooth Speakers and 2 other Bluetooth Receivers and non of them have this problem, they will only connect if I manually reconnect to them from what ever device I want to connect to it from. Also it takes several tries to get it to connect to my devices. I only paid 23.59 for it because it was open box so for the price it's a good deal but for the full price of 50 it's Not worth it, better of getting the Belkin Songstream HD that has coaxial and optical and analog audio out.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Product

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    jlutgring
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    Easy to hookup and use. The sound quality is great considering I'm using this with a high end Meridian system that resolves very minute detail. Yes, the Rocketfish product does not have the same sound quality as, say, a high quality source like a SACD player but it's not supposed to. I purchased this product because I've turned into as tightwad as I've aged. Considering the source is an iPhone, I could hardly expect more. It sounds very open, clear and the soundstage is resolved nicely. Terrific product and I'm delighted with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    for the price, not worth it

    Posted
    saiteron

    I've had nothing but problems with this device. it chops off the first few seconds of every track/every audio connection, drops signal if you get more than about 15 feet away, lags behind on occasion & won't make any attempt to catch up, and interrupts other Bluetooth connections elsewhere in my home to attempt to connect to my phone and other devices, only to fail to play back music. it's also made of plastic and has no weight to speak of, so you better anchor it and the cables attached to it or it will easily fall. NFC is the only thing about this device that worked exactly as expected, allowing me to pair seconds after plugging it in. audio quality (when it works) is actually quite good, but i still would not recommend this to anyone; there are cheaper things on the market that are more reliable and consistent. go with something, ANYTHING else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product for what I needed

    Posted
    TGun715
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    This is an inexpensive route if you want to stream music with older components. I have been looking at Sonos Speakers and the wireless 'Connect' receiver. I didn't have the $350 to spend on the Sonos Connect plus more for the speakers, so I opted for this Rocketfish for $50. With the Sonos, you connect via WiFi so your sound isn't compromised. The Rocketfish is blue tooth, so since the signal is compressed, you will notice a difference in the sound quality. I have an older system that 20yrs+ old, but wanted to stream music thru it. So for this application it works fine. You plug in the RCA connection to your receiver, and you're good to go. If you're looking for more upper end quality, look at the Sonos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great with 10 yr old Yamaha A/V Reciever

    Posted
    Valdog

    Was looking for a way to play smartphone music through my Yamaha RX-V1500 Audio/Video receiver. The Rocketfish works great. I'm using both outputs at the same time, the 3.5 mm analog output and the Optical Digital Audio output. I connected the 3.5 mm (through the provided RCA splitter) to the CD RCA analog inputs on the back of the receiver. This allows the smartphone music to be heard through the Zone 2 speakers since Zone 2 only supports analog input. I connected the Optical Digital Audio cable to the CD Optical input on the back of the receiver (had to purchase a separate Optical Digital Audio cable since none is provided). This allows the music to be hard through the Zone 1 speakers which supports 7 Channel Stereo mode (front, center, back speakers) which sounds awesome. As noted above when I want to listen to my smartphone (music stored on it or Pandora, or whatever) I just select CD as the source on the Yamaha unit. The bluetooth pairing is a piece of cake. Paired it to two phones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound. Not great for multiple devices.

    Posted
    Kensai
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    This unit is small, well built and offers not only decent sound from its own DAC over analog miniplug out, but optical digital out to allow my own, higher end equipment to act as DAC for sound originating from a phone or a tablet. Bluetooth is not an audiophile interface, but its easy and ubiqitous, so its nice to be able to push the tech to its utmost quality. Only real drawback is that it has to be re linked to a device that isn't the last one used. I keep it linked to my wife's phone, as that is generally where music in that setting originates. But what if she wants to use the big sound system for a Youtube video from her iPad Mini, or, heaven forbid, I wanted to send sound from any of the other devices we have in the house. I may eventually go looking for some tech that will let me manage multiple more readily, but for now, under normal circumstances, we get very good sound quality through this device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the optical digital output

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    3Dguy
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    I've got an older Pioneer Elite receiver with optional Bluetooth. If you can even find a Pioneer Bluetooth Adaptor the price generally runs well over $100. I bought an Amazon Echo dot to connect to the receiver through the audio cable connection but the sound had an annoyingly brittle quality. I picked up this and connected it to the receiver using the optical audio output. Then I use the Echo Dot to send it the signal streaming from my Amazon music storage account of my own uploaded highest quality MP3 rips. The resulting audio quality is almost indistinguishable from the the sound played back from the the original CD. I imagine it's helped along a bit by the processing done by the receiver as well. For non-critical listening I find it quite satisfying for daily background music. I'm amazed at how clean the sound is for bluetooth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rocketfish Bluetooth ROCKS

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    RonniB
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    I own a JVC stereo system that is 23 years old and works perfectly attached to my 23 year old JBL solid oak cabinet speakers. I wanted to bring it all into the new day and age of Bluetooth and was very surprised to find this little palm sized box did just that ! Easy to install & pair up with my iPhone or iPad within minutes. I absolutely love being able to listen to my favorite playlist through my JBL’s !! In previous reviews someone commented about making sure the volume on your portable device should be set to one bar and then control the volume through your stereo system.... make sure you do this or the sound you’ll hear is gonna scare you pretty bad...lol , it did me ! Best investment I’ve made in a very long time , well worth the $25 !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, but be noted.

    Posted
    MScotty

    I discovered this devise when I was looking for something to hook up my TV that has a optical output to a receiver that I have that does not have an optical input. (no longer using the old DVD player which had been hooked up to the receiver and had just purchased a smart tv adapter and wanted to listen to music from it.) So figured with all the Bluetooth devises we have I'd give this a try and still make use of the receiver/speakers I have. So anyway it works great, clear sound. But be noted, when I first hooked it up I used the "Phono" inputs on my receiver (ones that would have been used for a turntable) and the sound was horrible (not clear/static), so I switched them over to "Tape In" inputs and it was fine. So if at first it does work, try switching it around before you return it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well, but bluetooth is limited.

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    HE90
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    If you absolutely must have a wireless setup, this receiver is one option. It can take bluetooth audio from a phone or other bluetooth enabled source and connect to a music system (via cable). Some companies make units that also can transmit via bluetooth. This isn't one of them. The receiver uses Apt-X, which in theory makes for a higher fidelity bluetooth signal. The reality is that it's not bad. However, it's also not a substitute for a decent cable, which will increase the speed and dynamics of an audio signal. I don't think that this is an issue with this particular brand, as I've used several bluetooth receivers now and have come to the same conclusion each time. Good for casual listening, but if you're an audiophile,you're going to want to stick with cabling.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works, but not consitently

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    pdsman
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    Our old receiver doesn't have Bluetooth built in, so we got this to allow us to push music from our computer nearby to the stereo. It works, but every so often it drops the signal from the computer or starts stuttering badly. We can't seem to pin down the cause. It might work fine for an entire day, and then all of a sudden start stuttering for no apparent reason. Restarting the unit seems to fix things, and then it might work fine again for hours, or do the same thing again 10 minutes later. Eventually I'll get a new receiver with the Bluetooth built in, but I'm disappointed that this doesn't work more consistently.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    Posted
    BabyDaddy

    I have a 19 year old Aiwa stereo system relegated to my garage. It's old but it's decent with a Pioneer subwoofer attached. But because it's so old there's no way to play my iPad / iPod through it. I came on to BestBuy's website to look for a cheap receiver that had Bluetooth and stumbled on this Rocketfish Bluetooth Music Receiver. Wow. Just what I needed. Much better solution than getting a new receiver. Plugged this in via the provided RCA cable and paired it with my iPod. Immediately recognized it and I was in business. I mounted it with screws under the shelf where the receiver sits so it's really perfect for what I needed in my garage. And the unit is much smaller than I thought - fits in the palm of my hand. So glad I found this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great to be able to bluetooth from my phone.

    Posted
    Shannon
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    I have an old stereo receiver in my house hooked up to ceiling speakers through the hous and bought this to be able to Bluetooth music from my phone (pandora, etc) through the house speakers. It works great and kept me from having to purchase a new receiver with Bluetooth capability. My only complaint is that I don't get as much volume as I like. Not sure if it's a limitation of this product or something else but I get good volume when playing the radio through the same receiver, rather than bluetoothing from the phone. That's the only reason for not giving it a 5th star.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor sound quality using RCA jacks.

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    NikonGuy79
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    The unit pairs easily with I Phone 6. Range within the family room works flawlessly. The issue is with the sound quality. It's terrible. Am using coupled to RCA input on an older 80's Sony 100 watt 5.1 surround receiver. My best guess is that the sound quality may be vastly improved if plugged into a single pin jack input on a newer receiver. In short is your planning on using the RCA plugs supplied with this unit with a receiver or amp that does not have the single pin input plug, don,t purchase this type of blue tooth device. You will be wasting your money if it's purpose is to play music. However if you just want to listen to audio books from your phone or tablet it's ok. Just terrible for music. Sound quality for music is worse than AM Radio.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend