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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just needs two things to be perfect.

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    BillFromKC
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    (I received this product in return for my fair and unbiased review.) TL;DR - The Twelve South Airfly Bluetooth audio transmitter is better suited for transmitting audio from your TV, stereo, computer, or other device that either lacks Bluetooth connectivity or has poor Bluetooth connectivity for audio. Audio is crisp and clear - especially with AptX-enabled headphones, earbuds, and speakers - and lacks perceivable auidio lag as compared to many smartphones. While audio quality with lossless formats (CD audio, DVD audio, SuperCD, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD) isn't as clear as with a wired connection, the audio quality with lossy formats (MP3, AAC, and streaming music formats) is indistinguishable between a direct connection to your device and a Bluetooth connection using the Airfly. The lack of audio lag makes this a good option for connecting to your TV so you don't bother others while watching at higher volumes or playing games. The only negatives are you manually need to turn the device on and off when you want to use it and finish using it and I feel like Twelve South is missing out on a bigger niche market to go after than just the crowd wanting to add Bluetooth to portable audio devices lacking Bluetooth. Packaging, pack-in goodies, and initial feel: The device is packaged nicely and comes with a 3" micro USB cable. 3" headphone jack to headphone jack cable, and a velour cinch sack to carry the device with you. The unit isn't very heavy at all and its size matches up nicely with small MP3 players (Apple iPod Nano, Sandisk Sansa, Microsoft Zune, and the various other small players available over the years. Note that while the cinch sack will fit a small (iPod Mini, iPod Nano, Sandisk Sanza) or micro (iPod Shuffle) MP3 player, it won't fit a standard-sized player (iPod Classic, Zune). Performance: Pairing headphones and speakers is easy - just press and hold the power button until it starts flashing at you, then put your device you want to listen to audio on into pairing mode. I paired mine with both a pair of JBL Everest 310s and a Bose Soundwear personal speaker. Worked great with both devices. I attached the Airfly to my iPhone 6s and played several games where audio sync can make a difference on how you play. It worked great at everything I threw at it, just like if it were played through headphones either connected via the headphone port or Bluetooth. I followed this up with attaching it to a Digiland Android tablet. It performend like it should, no audio lag in games. My next test was with a Windows 10 computer. In the various games I play, I had no issues with auidio lag caused by the Airfly. Even playing Guitar Hero in the Dolphin Emulator was a treat, as the game worked perfectly and sounded perfect. Finally, I attached it to the headphone dongle for my Nintendo GameBoy SP. The longtime dream for GameBoy owners who want wireless headphones is achieved with this device. Again, flawless performance. No matter the audio source, it all sounded great. While lossless wasn't as good as a wired pair of headphones would be, you still get AptX-quality audio. Now for my gripes: First, this works better as a way to attach headphones to your TV set, computer, or home audio system. It's not as convenient to carry around with a MP3 player or other portable audio device, though it's small size does help. Second, what would be neat is if this thing could be plugged into a TV's USB port and set to power up and power down autiomatically with a device like a TV or computer. Instead, you have to manually power it up and down when you want to use it, and I could n't get it to charge and operate at the same time. Otherwise, I like the Airfly. Twelve South got almost everything right in my book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New Life for Old Devices

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    pillboy
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    I have amassed a few Bluetooth ear buds, headphones and speakers over the past few years, however I still have some media devices that do not have wireless capability such as a couple iPods, a two-channel stereo system and flat screen televisions. The AirFly is designed to give these source devices the ability to communicate wirelessly for a very reasonable price. It is also designed to provide this same functionality in airplanes (I seldom fly so I can’t really comment on its performance in that environment). The AirFly device measures about 1.25” by 1.75” by 3/8”. It has one button and two jacks on its exterior. One jack is a micro-USB for charging it and the other is a 3.5mm mini-phone jack to connect it to the media device. It comes with a small cloth carrying bag and two cables, one to charge it from a USB port and the other is a short mini-phone plug to mini-phone plug cable to transfer audio information. The single button is surrounded by a status LED that communicates in two colors, white and amber. A small instruction booklet is also included which does a good job of outlining how to use the AirFly. Everything will fit into the carrying bag (including the instructions) for travel convenience. I found pairing the device easier to do than with some other Bluetooth devices I have used in the past. Sound quality was not affected by the AirFly. If the source file was high quality, the sound passed to the ear buds / speaker sounded excellent which was my experience when using it with the old iPods. Range was excellent as I could move throughout my house and the signal would very rarely drop, unlike another similar device I own that would drop the signal once I moved about 12 feet away from it. Using the AirFly with a TV was a little different experience. While the audio quality was excellent, the audio lagged behind the video producing a lip sync issue. While noticeable, I could live with the effect if I was captive in an environment needing entertainment like on a plane flight. The AirFly is a Bluetooth transmitter only, meaning it connects to the source device to send a signal to a wireless headphone or speaker. It cannot be used to turn a wired headphone into a wireless one so it can be used with a Bluetooth source such as a smartphone - it is not a Bluetooth receiver. The AirFly works as advertised and in my opinion is a great value for the price-point. It is well thought out, easy to use and seems well made.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Compact and Convenient but Mediocre Sound

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    gadgeTT
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    Pros: * Compact size and light weight. * Easy to use. * Long battery life. Cons: * Sound quality is average and volume is very low. * Single-button control is a bit tricky. This product fills a particular need where you have Bluetooth headphones but want to listen to something that only has a wired headphone jack. Some examples are a Nintendo Switch console, an airplane’s in-flight entertainment system or the audio on a cardio machine at a gym. Unless your Bluetooth headphones have a wired input jack (most don’t), you’re out of luck. That’s where the AirFly comes in. You pair your BT headphones to it and plug it into the headphone jack of the thing you want to listen to. The AirFly has a built-in battery and converts the analog audio from the headphone jack to Bluetooth for your wireless headphones or speaker. It has a single button to turn it on or off and put it in pairing mode to pair with your headphones and a multi-color LED to indicate status. While it’s a tad tricky to use the single button for all that; it generally works well enough. My only real complaint is that the volume of the transmitted audio is quite low. I paired my new AirPods to the AirFly and first tried it with my Nintendo Switch. The Switch’s volume was at max but the sound in my AirPods was just normal (mid-sounding). I next tried it on my Mac which has both a headphone jack and Bluetooth. I plugged the AirFly into my Mac’s headphone jack and started some music. The sound in my AirPods was barely audible until I maxed out the Mac’s volume. With the AirFly still connected to the Mac’s headphone jack, I told the Mac to connect to the same AirPods via Bluetooth. The sound level instantly jumped by a LOT. I’m sure that on a plane, the sound level would not be enough to overcome the engine noise and thus render the AirFly useless. While this could be a limitation of transforming analog audio to Bluetooth audio, it still means that the AirFly doesn’t work well in a lot of situations where you might need to use it. In short- the AirFly works as advertised, but is only suitable when listening in a quiet environment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Problem solved! Thank you 12 South!

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    EagleCroft
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    It's been about 5 weeks that I've owned the AirFly, and I am now ready to give it a qualified review. The reason for me wanting this little Bluetooth gadget might not be the reason most people will buy one. But I can assure you that for me it has solved a problem I've been challenged with for some time. I have a TV in my master bedroom that is wall-mounted. It is approximately 15 feet away from where I sit or lay in bed. The TV I have is modern, but does not have bluetooth. I have to turn up the volume while in bed in order to be able to hear well enough. This disturbs others, and being the concientious person that I am - I've been looking for a solution. I have tried a lot of wireless headphones, all have been RF type (radio frequency). None of them worked well, I would get distortion, static interferance, subpar audio quality and short battery life. Every wireless headset I have purchased I ultimately returned. I actually considered spending the money and buying a new TV to replace the current one just so that I could have bluetooth, and use my good headphones in the bedroom. Thankfully I discovered this marvelous device, which while not cheap - was much less expensive than replacing an entire TV. This isn't the first device I bought that transmits a bluetooth signal from a mini-jack, I've bought a couple of others. But in those cases I spent half the money, and ended up with garbage electronics that I threw away ultimately. The old addage "you get what you pay for", is very true here. Yes the AirFly is expensive for such a tiny device, but it's a bargain when you consider that it just works and it is made to last. I installed the AirFly on the back of my bedroom TV, plugging into the headphone jack and plugging into an adjacent USB connector. I've read other reviews that have mocked the manufacturer for including such small cables. But honestly I am thankful that they provided cables designed for this device. The length of the audio cable and the USB cable are perfect in my application. For my usage it's a perfect design. Pairing to my Parrot wireless headphones was as easy as could be. First try though I got a connection and the pairing completed without a hitch. The signal quality was strong and never dropped. While in the bedroom I'm able to walk around with headphones on and the audio was also connected and sounded great! In fact I can walk into adjacent rooms and only after about 25 feet do I start getting disconnects. I love being able to lie in bed and listen to my bluetooth headphones without disturbing others who may be around me. Another really cool application that I found was using my Bose bluetooth speaker that is next to my bedstand as the audio output. This allows me to have very directional sound close to where I lie down, but without have to wear headphones. I can keep the volume at a reasonable level since the distance between the speaker and my ears is very small. The quality of the sound I get is far superior as well. This is how I'm using the AirFly and its performance is stellar! I absolutely recommend it! I realize that most people will use these on an airplane to connect their wireless headphones to the onboard entertainment system. That's great and I'm sure it works well. But now you know there are other uses for this great little transceiever. It's very well made, well engineered, and I get the impression it will not fall apart like the no-name junk I've purchased before. This one is a keeper! Yes, the price is a bit steep - but like I pointed out earlier - you do get what you pay for. Spend the money on a good piece of engineering and you won't regret it later. Five stars and two thumbs up from me!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A good idea hampered by Bluetooth

    Posted
    Keyan
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    Airfly, in concept, is pretty simple – take a device that only has a wired output, and convert it to Bluetooth so you can send the audio to headphones, or speakers, or other devices that can receive Bluetooth. Switch gamers looking for a wireless option, gym goers who want to use Bluetooth headphones to connect to equipment, or people who want to send audio from say a projector to a Bluetooth speaker may be in the market for something like this. The transmitter itself is nice – a single button with an LED backlight is in the front, and the top has the mini jack connector and a micro usb (no USB C, sad) port for charging. The quality of the included mini jack cable, micro USB cable, and the transmitter seem good – the Airfly is not cheap brittle feeling plastic, and as a bonus there is a pouch to carry it all in. Charge it up and you are ready to go. The Airfly lasts about 8 hours before needing to be charged, which is long enough for most uses, and it is nice and compact. Pairing is something of an interesting affair. Since Bluetooth was really designed for the transmitter to be a “smart” source device with a screen, you kind of have to guess what is really going on between your receiving device, such as headphones, and Airfly. Press the front button down for 10 seconds and it goes into pairing mode, flashing amber and white, and then put your device into pairing mode…and with a little luck, the two pair up. I found that doing this around other devices in my home made the Airfly not sure what to pick up, for example, my TV kept asking if I wanted to send audio to the Airfly, while my headphones were out in the cold. My suggestion, pair the Airfly and your receiving device as far away from other devices as possible so the Airfly doesn’t grab the wrong thing. Once paired and plugged in to your source device…it works. Sound quality is good. But you will find that your experience will vary depending on the capability if your receiving device and what you are using it for. With the exception of AptX low latency, Bluetooth audio has a noticeable lag between when the sound is generated and when it is processed and outputted by the receiving device, such as headphones. For music and casual gaming (I found Zelda Breath of the Wild to have a tolerable amount of latency) it works fine. But for video, more intense gaming, and other time sensitive uses, the lag is noticeable and maddening. Lips are out of sync, action sequences have hits that land late, and it’s just a mess of late sounds. Airfly does support AptX low latency, which largely addresses this, but you need a receiving device that also supports it, and those are harder to find. Additionally, since there is possibly no display on either device, you may not know which mode it is in or have a way to change the connection to AptX LL. AptX LL is also more lossy, so sound quality takes a hit. Over all, the Airfly does what it is advertised to do, but the limits of Bluetooth limit the device. If you feel that how you will use it won’t be affected by the latency, then this is a good quality transmitter once it gets paired to your receiving device. Just be aware that uses involving video or where audio timing is important the limits of Bluetooth really hold back the potential of this device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good--some headsets may not be compatible

    Posted
    Bjm24
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    This is my review for the AirFly Transmitter for Wireless Headphones from Twelve South. The purpose of this product is to add a Bluetooth transmitter onto any device with a line out jack, so that you can use your wireless headphones to listen to audio. The package indicates uses like airline monitors or treadmills. The Airfly eliminates the need to be connected with corded headphones, with Bluetooth giving you a 30-foot line of sight range free of tether. The Airfly is a white rectangular wafer with a Bluetooth button that you press and hold, until it lights up with a blinking indicator. Then, you go to your headphones and activate pairing mode. Once paired with the Airfly, you plug in a short audio cable into the Airfly, and then plug the other end into the audio cable on your music device. The Airfly includes a short power cable for you to plug into a USB slot for recharging the Airfly. I tried out the Airfly using two different sets of headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35’s and the Bose Soundsport Free’s. In my tests I was using a laptop. The QC35’s locked on easily. The QC35 liked the audio levels provided by the laptop; I could really pump out good audio levels from the laptop, through the audio cable and then Airfly Bluetooth, to the QC35’s. I didn’t notice much dropoff. When I tried to use the Soundsport Free’s, I had difficulty connecting with the Airfly. I had to clear my prior connections with other Bluetooth devices, and I really had a struggle, such that I had given up. After doing other things, I came back to the Soundsports and tried again, and this time after waiting a few long moments the Soundsport Free’s locked on to the Airfly. I plugged in to the laptop, and played the same music from earlier. I noticed reduced audio levels, but nothing that would stop me from using the Airfly in a pinch. The frustrating thing about the Soundsport Free’s is that after I cleared the Bluetooth connection, and tried again to reconnect, I had the same original trouble—this time I could not connect again. It’s very frustrating. Based on this experience, you should consider that some headphones will have more success than others in connecting to the Airfly. The box specifically indicates Airpods in the instructions, so I would expect Airpods should have no trouble. One reason I had considered getting Airfly, is that I have a PC video game which for some reason would not put out audio through a set of Bluetooth headphones. Audio will come out of the audio out port, and through wired headphones. So I tested the Bose QC35’s with Airfly to work around the issue. I am successfully able to hear audio properly through my Bose QC35’s using Airfly for the Bluetooth connection while connected to the laptop’s headphone jack. So that is definitely another good reason to have the AirFly in my arsenal. For the reasonable price, the Airfly is a pretty good Bluetooth transmitter. This will enable you to get audio out of devices that have an audio out jack, and not have to be connected with a wire. I would give a 4 out of 5 stars, mainly due to the compatibility issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Just As Advertised. Quick & Easy To Use.

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    Wraith
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    The best review I can leave for a product is that it works just as intended with no hang ups. The AirFly is just such a product. I intended to use it on my flight out to see my parents, because while my noise cancelling headphones have a cord for just such a purpose, I hate having to disconnect or have the other person do acrobatics to get over the cord if they have to go to the bathroom. The problem I ran into though was that neither of my two flights had in-seat entertainment screens! Both served up in-flight entertainment through a personal device. As an aside, I love how the airlines try to sell this as a benefit for us, when really it is more of a benefit for them. I did find my perfect use for it though by accident (even though I later saw that it was a highlighted use on their site), the gym. I can't tell you how many times I've had my wired headphones yanked out of my ears by either my arm or falling behind on the treadmill. Now I don't have to worry about that. It was super easy to pair up with my headphones, I held down the button on the AirFly until it turned on and flashed and then put my headphones in pairing mode. It took less than 5 seconds for them to link and I was ready to go. The second way I found to use it was at my parent's house watching TV. My mom likes that place like a museum, quiet and clean. I wanted to watch a show but she was reading so I plugged the AirPlay into her TV and synced up my larger Sony headphones and watched away. The sound and connection were both great, though I found it was better to turn up the volume on the headphone rather than the device (elliptical machine or TV). The battery on the AirFly lasted through three hour long sessions at the gym and a couple hours of TV so I would say 12 South's claim of 8 hours of battery life is probably correct. So while I'm assuming the AirFly will work just as well on an airplane, I never got to use it for that purpose, but I did find the other uses were just as helpful if not more. I don't fly that often but I do go to the gym more often and there are always times where it will be nice to plug this into the TV while the wife is working or trying to sleep. All-in-all I'm pretty happy with the AirFly. Small, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive for all of its potential uses. Might be a little much if you are only going to use it a couple of times a year, but I'll be using this at least a couple of times a week so I consider it a deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Solution for Non-Wireless Audio Sources

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    abl001
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    The Twelve South AirFly Transmitter does exactly what it says it is supposed to do without any frills. This is kind of nice in a day when so many things throw in bells and whistles that are not executed well and sometimes you wonder why a company decided to include a 'feature' at all. The AirFly Transmitter comes nicely packaged and the transmitter around the size of a key fob for your car. It is made of a quality hard plastic shell and comes with a soft fabric carrying pouch that will hold the transmitter, the micro USB cable, and the aux audio cable. It's small size and carrying pouch make it ideal to carry with me while traveling. In fact, it will fit inside my Sony WH-1000XM2 carrying case so that's one less thing I have to worry about accidentally leaving behind. Even though these headphones have the ability to connect directly via wires, it can get cumbersome when you have a tray table with food/drink, blanket, cell phone charging cable, etc. and you are trying to not accidentally yank cables out of their ports. There were no lag issues that I noticed while on the plane. Volume was also fine on the two flights that I tested this on. However, I think this will also depend on the specific plane and In Flight Entertainment setup/equipment being used. When I tested this on my work desktop running Windows 10, it performed just as expected which allowed me to listen to YouTube videos or TV in the background while continuing my productivity. I found the audio quality to be fine, but I wasn't listening to anything of substantially high quality. I don't really think that is the purpose of this product. Battery life is approximately 8 hour which gets me through most of my flying days and work days. The AirFly is easily and pretty quickly charged via the micro USB cable. One thing that may cause some issues... Since the AirFly Transmitter has no screen which would allow you to select a specific device to pair to, trying to pair in an environment with lots of Bluetooth devices jockeying for attention may prove difficult. Think of an airplane with 2-300 other passengers all trying to connect to their various devices... This could prove especially difficult if the AirFly favors one device over another and you don't have the ability to turn that device off. If you're at home, you can determine which device is causing the problem and eliminate it from the equation. Other than that obvious potential problem, I think the AirFly Transmitter solves a real problem and at a pretty reasonable price and I would recommend it for anyone looking to eliminate a set of wires from their audio listening experience. -Pros: *Price *Size *Simplicity *Build Quality -Cons: *Possible connection difficulty in crowded Bluetooth environment

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bye bye wires.

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    Luis
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    Yes, I am sure that you have been thinking in get rid of the old cable headphones and definitively replace them by your new Bluetooth headphones with the advantages of not being limited by the wire, there is however, a couple of places where those old cable headphones can still save your life: in an airplane, in the gym with treadmill or stationary bike or in your old audiovisuals where a jack is your only source of sound. Airfly headphone accessory is the technical solution to your concerns and basically makes every single device with a conventional sound jack to convert into a Bluetooth device. Just connect to the jack, pair with your Bluetooth headphones and you are ready for listening to your music. Pairing es quite easy and the two headphones that I used connected very fast. Now I see the new world of options, a flight where you don’t need to stop your movie because your neighbor is going to the bathroom and you need to clear your wire from his way. One single pair of headphones when travel that serves also for the gym no matter how old the equipment is. Finally, my favorite, watching the TV in the room from the bed while you are listening the playoffs, just because the sound goes directly from the TV (see picture) to the headphones with no wires. I can not confirm how long the battery could keep without charge, my use has been sporadic, and I normally charge the device (you do it through USB) each use but the specs are talking about 8 hours It’s probably a small detail but I think that the modern and compact design and the small and attractive transport bag are also a enjoyable detail and attention to details from manufacturer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Too little, too late

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    RonH
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    The Twelve South AirFly Transmitter is a simple Bluetooth transmitter that plugs into any headphone jack allowing you to connect non-Bluetooth devices like airplane entertainment systems to your Bluetooth headphones. I’ll start by saying it does what it’s designed to do and it does it well and seems to be a well built device. Pairing the AirFly turned out to be a bit more difficult than I expected due to a sound bar recognizing the device and auto-switching to it every time I tried. Moving out of the soundbar range, pairing and repairing was effortless and only took a few seconds. The AirFly recognizes the last paired device and connects when you power it on. Once the transmitter is powered on, there is no flashing light to indicate it is operating (but you are listening to the music) the light will flash for two different standby modes but neither are explained. The sound transmitted was as expected and no different than listening to my iPhone via Bluetooth with the caveat that you cannot control the volume or change tracks via Bluetooth. I hooked the AirFly up to my iPod classic and put the volume to full and there was no hiss or crackle in my headphones or paired speakers, both of which their own volume control. The AirFly comes packaged with a USB charging cord, a short 3.5mm headphone patch cord and a drawstring carry pouch. A full charge is rated to last for 8 hours. The multi-function power light will flash amber three times when the battery gets low. Like the title says, I think the AirFly is way late to the game. Inexpensive transmitters have been available for a long time and the airline I fly no longer uses headphone jacks in the arm rests for entertainment. That said, thinking outside the box, there are several things I can see myself using this transmitter for. I love my iPod Classic and can load up practically my whole collection on it. With the AirFly I can use it to transmit to speakers at camp, the pool, playground or my sound bar. Another use might be for watching television in bed. Hook this up to your TV set and use your own headphones from across the room. I like the AirFly transmitter only because I have several uses for it with my iPod and would recommend it to anyone who also has a specific need for it, or frequent travelers whose airlines haven’t upgraded their technology. Unfortunately, I don’t see a long lifespan. I give it 4 stars because it doesn't pass volume or track control to my iPod which accepts these commands via the headset jack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plug In, Pair And You’re Ready To Go

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    LindaCT
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    Included: This device comes with a carrying/storage pouch, micro USB (short) charging cable, and 3.5mm aux cable. If you want to use your wireless headphones/ear-buds with any device that does not have Bluetooth technology and has the 3.5mm aux jack, this is the device for you! No Complaints: I see people complain about latency with the sound, but I have absolutely no problem whatsoever. I don’t know if it is because I use top brand name ear buds and over-head earphones or what their problem is. I tried it both with Roku and with just direct cable. Description: This device is very small and lightweight. I love that it comes in a nice little pouch that can easily fit into a carry-on bag or purse so you won’t lose anything. Its use is only good for approximately 20 feet away from the transmitter before it disconnects, so don’t expect to walk into another room and still listen to your show. It works really well when I pair it with my Sony noise-cancelling wireless ear buds or my over-ear wireless headphones and it charges quickly. The sound quality is excellent. I'm so excited that I can use it every night watching TV without worry about keeping anyone else awake. Roku – I learned that if you use Roku for streaming on your TVs as I do, you cannot hook this up directly to the back of the TV and expect it to work. However, if you have the Roku remote (the model with the ear phone jack included on the side), it will work by plugging the Airfly into the remote itself. I didn’t care for the Roku ear buds and get excellent sound out of my wireless Sonys. I am using it every night with the TV in my bedroom, so it is not just used for a flight but something you can use in your everyday life if you so chose. It is much more than just converting an airplane aux jack for use with your wireless ear devices. This can be used with your PC, in a gym, on your home treadmill or any exercise device that has the 3.5mm aux jack, TVs, airplane flights, etc. Recommendation: I highly recommend this device. Sound is excellent. It is about the size of a cigarette lighter and weighs almost nothing. Plug it in, pair and you are ready to go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple, Effective Single function accessory

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    dnottingham4
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    The twelve south AirFly is an extremely simple but effective single-function device that I highly recommend frequently travelers or gym rats to consider. This device’s single purpose is to convert audio from a 3.5 mm headphone jack to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. The typical uses for this are in the gym – while you are using the treadmill or other cardio machines TVs - and Airplane entertainment systems. The device is extremely simple but also very effective. The device is rated for up to 8 hours of battery life but can be charged while in use which would be effective on longer flights. Knowing that battery life ratings typically are inflated I would expect this device to last 4 – 5 hours. The sound is good, but a little on the tinny side and there is a slight delay due to the analog to digital conversion and transmission time but not so long that it makes watching tv difficult. The AirFly supports Bluetooth 4.1 One can see the entire content of the box in the picture accompanying this review. The carrying case is a nice touch and will help keep the device together in your bag. Technical specs are as follows: Height: 1.8 inches (46 mm) Width: 1.3 inches (33 mm) Depth: .39 inches (10 mm) Weight: .55 ounces (15.6 g) Bluetooth Version: 4.1 Maximum Audio Range: 10 meters / 33 feet Audio Codecs/Formats Supported: aptX Low Latency, aptX, SBC Pros: does the job it was intended to do. Cons: the $39.99 retail price seems a little high, would be better at $29.99 or a steal at $24.99.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great but limited use

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    MnstrMike
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    It works extremely well for what it was designed to do...however, it was designed to only do, what it is advertised as, so it use is extremely limited. I will admit, this product is a bit lost on my needs as my TV's are Roku equipped and I can listen to the audio via the Roku App on my phone, plus control the player. I was secretly hoping that this would connect to my laptop that has bluetooth and then transmit the audio to a pair of klipsch desktop speakers, giving me a wireless experience via bluetooth for my office, but the signal transfer is one way only. There are devices that do this already, but they are way bigger and at least if it worked would be multi-functional. My Lenovo Yoga could not recognize it, nor could my Galaxy S10e. Pairing was super quick with my Plantronics 2100 Series headphones; just make sure bluetooth on your phone is off or your bluetooth headset will connect to that first. I did notice when I tested with a Roku TV that my headphones would not control the volume, I had to use the Volume control from the TV remote. Trying it on my Lenovo laptop, my volume controls where restored to the headphones. Dunno, either way I was able to still control the volume. I cannot fault it for what it is, does a great job, the battery life while I have not reached its limits yet should yield what it estimates. There is no way to know the level of the battery exactly, however the guide does say what the blinking lights mean. There is a PDF on the website if you like keeping the instructions handy; it takes a few clicks to find though. Have to go to Support in footer of page, AirPlay, scroll to bottom of FAQ's and select Owner's Manual, then Owner's Manual again on next screen. A PDF is displayed. A few too many steps for that if you ask me. I don't fault the device for that, but could be easier. One HUGE plus for this, it will transmit audio and charge at the same time!! I can recommend it, just know this is a niche device and so if this is all you need it to do, then I highly recommend it. Even though I mention I play audio through the Roku App on my phone and either use bluetooth or wired headset for that, the audio is not as good as using this AirPlay device so that is a huge plus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    There are other similar products out there

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    msumulong
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    Twelve South products are known to produce Apple-centric accessories. The Twelve South AirFly Bluetooth transmitter is no exception. And while Bluetooth transmitters have been around for some years now, we will see if AirFly’s Bluetooth are better than current offerings. Like most Apple-centric products, the AirFly comes in pristine white. It is made of plastic and not metal yet it still provides a sense of being premium. Also, the included USB charging cable and male-to-male come in white. And to further give it a premium look, it also comes with a small gray draw-string pouch to carry the AirFly and also the included cables. The AirFly’s battery is rated at eight hours and it seems to last thereabouts. Pairing the AirFly is pretty much straightforward by simply pressing the sole button and setting your headset also in pairing mode. And while Twelve South touts the AirFly specifically to Apple Airpods or Beats headphones, I had no problem connecting the AirFly to my non-Apple Bluetooth headphones. I have then connected the Airfly to an old MP3 player and works as advertised. There seems to be a slight degradation in the sound output but this is no dealbreaker. I then connected the AirFly to my Windows 10 desktop and watched YouTube and Netflix videos. Audio output is decent and it was pleasant that bout YouTube and Netflix did not have any lag. I have tried other Bluetooth headsets and found that most had a lag. This seems to be a good niche product which you can use while on a short to medium flight or using your TV or simply using an old MP3 player. But the main drawback for me is the range of the AirFly. When I was roughly fifteen feet away from the AirFly, I always get disconnected. This is quite a disappointment from the usual 33 foot range of Bluetooth devices. With the short range and not so fantastic sound and factor in the premium pricing as the brand is Apple-centric, it is quite difficult to give this a high rating. And though it works, there are numerous options out there that give the same if not better performance for a much lower price. Had the Bluetooth range have been better, then the premium positioning of the product may be more worthwhile.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does what it Does Well but highly niche

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    elitegangsta
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    I'll start off by mentioning this is a very specific device for a very specific purpose. You must own a pair of Apple AirPods and you must use this with a receiver device that supports 35mm male plug you wish to use your AirPods with. If you own AirPods and wish you could use them on an audio receiver, Aux port in your car, Aux port on an airplane, etc... this if the device for you. There is nothing to the setup. Simply plug the AirFly into the device, press the sync button (twelve south logo) to pair your AirPods to them, and that's pretty much it. This product comes with a nice carrying case, USB (convenient to power the AirFly to something like a TV with aux port not powerful enough to power, though my TV powered it just fine. Overall, I don't have a whole lot of use cases for this device personally, I tend to use my AirPods with iPhone, iPad, etc... so I don't see much need for this day to day. Where this does shine however, is on a plane! If you want to enjoy in-flight TV or movie, and you don't want to use the crappy headphones the airline provides, or, you don't have wired headphones available, just plug this guy into the headphone port and you can use you much nicer, and wireless AirPods. Even hand the second to a friend so both can watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great way to extend the life of older devices

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    BobinVA
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    I have more than my fair share of bluetooth headphones of many different types, but not all of my devices are equipped with bluetooth. The new AirFly from twelvesouth allows you to use your favorite bluetooth headphones with any device that outputs sound through a standard headphone jack. My favorite MP3 player was created before bluetooth had taken hold, and the trusty MP3 player is still going strong, so I have no intention of upgrading until I have to. The AirFly lets me use my old audio player with newer headphones, and it really works well! The AirFly features a single button, cleverly disguised as a light-up logo. Holding it down a few seconds puts the device in pairing mode. Simply put your headphones in pairing mode as well, and the two will find each other. Sound quality was surprisingly good. I expected a big drop-off in quality, but I really didn’t experience that. Like all bluetooth headsets, those used with the AirFly will not be able to be as loud as those that are directly plugged in, but they were actually quite good, and much louder than if I were using them with my iPhone. Aside from loudness, the tonal quality was quite good as well, with clean lows and crisp high notes. Keep in mind that you’re still subject to the capabilities of whatever headphones you’re using, since the AirFly is not a signal booster or processor, it merely passes the music on to your headphones. It’s nice to find a product that does one thing and does it well. As far as functionality goes, I’ve already described what it can do. It’s up to you to find applications for those capabilities: airplane entertainment systems, older TVs, older music devices. This is a handy thing to have around, and I’m glad I picked one up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

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    Poocher917
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    The Airfly comes in a nice package with the Airfly Bluetooth transmitter, AUX (3.5 mm) to USB and USB to micro-USB cords. There is also a nice soft pouch included to store all the pieces. All components appear to be well made. I do not have any travel planned so cannot comment on the usage in an airplane. However, using this connected to the AUX outlet of any device should yield the same results. In my case I have an old MP3 player I have used for a long time that has all my songs and playlists on. I was excited to be able to use cordless headphones with this device for my morning run and any other times I wanted to use the MP3 player. It is rated to hold a charge for 8 hours. I have used it for about 5 hours so far and no charge is needed so far. I connected the airplay to a set of in-ear and over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones. In each case, I found it took several attempts to pair the Airplay to the headphones. I was able to pair them to each set of headphones successfully. Once paired, wonderful clear music from my old MP3 player streamed to my headphones. It worked perfectly. I would expect the same experience connecting the Airplay to any AUX output. I have used to Conclusion: I rate this product 4 out of 5 stars. I am removing one star as it took several attempts to successfully pair the device to each set of Bluetooth headphones. Once paired, it works perfectly at streaming the content from the device connected to the Airplay using the provided AUX cord to the Bluetooth headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must have for traveling

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    studio421
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    First off I am techie, so I know somethings do not work exactly like advertised all the time. So here is my review: 1. got coffee, unpacked the airfly and got ready to finish the coffee while I waited for said device to work. 2. sipped the coffee and before I could put the cup down, the Airfly was connected to my bluetooth headset and I heard music (angels singing Hallelujah, or something like that). Now on to the reason you are reading this. 1. unit is small and very portable. which I like 2. it recharges quickly and comes with need cables ( you must supply your own "phone" brick) 3. easy to understand directions and pictures about setting it up. 4. once connected, I got as good or better audio than I get from my laptop or phone. 5. comes with carry pouch (velvety) 2 cables (audio, charging) and or course the Airfly unit. All in all I was impressed with the size, charging, connection, audio and portability of this. I have not tried yet, but I assume it is a one connection at a time situation and can not be shared (headphones) with another person. I highly recommend this to anyone that travels a lot and wants to watch movies/programs on the plane via bluetooth headphones. The uses are limited to only planes, trains and automobiles. You can subjectively connect any audio source with a 3.5mm audio out plug to this and go on your wire-free way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the gym!

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    Katie
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    First and very important note to mention is be sure you do not get this product expecting it to be a wireless transmitter in the opposite use it is made for. For example, do not expect to plug this into a stereo or anything else via aux cord that does not have bluetooth, and stream via bluetooth to that stereo from a phone or other device. That is not this device’s purpose and I feel that the mistake can be easily made. With that being said, when using this device for its intended purpose, it is great. I know a very good example of use for this device is on a airplane and plugging it into the onboard media that is playing, however I have been unable to use it on a plane yet. However, I have found an excellent use for it is at the gym. I have always hated working out with wired headphones, but when wanting to watch and listen to something on one of the many tv’s at the gym, I’d have to switch from my usual wireless headphones to traditional wired headphones. This device solved that inconvenience so easily. It worked great! It has held a charge for way longer than expected. And it connects to my bluetooth headphones so easily, it is literally effortless. Also very nice that it comes with its own storage pouch and cables, everything can stay neat. Overall a great item if that is the type of use you are looking for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the frequent traveler

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    Marine778
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    Have you even been on a flight and wanted to watch a movie, but you don’t want to spend $5-10 for some cheap garbage headphones or earbuds that will only work on the plane? The Airfly transmitter is the answer to that simple problem. It’s a simple device that allows you use any Bluetooth enabled headphones on the plane or on anything that has a standard size jack for headphones. You simply connect the transmitter to the device you want and you connect the headphones of your choice to the transmitter. It all works via Bluetooth. Connecting everything had a small learning curve to it, but once it’s done you are golden. You can almost any wireless headphones to your. Ive used Bose mostly and a few other brand. Either way, it didn’t seem to distort the sounds any when using it. This is a very specific device targeting a small number of people. If you are a frequent traveler this may be a consideration. Personally, I travel a lot and this is always in my carry on. Flying can be boring as heck, and there are a ton of noises all around you. You want to drown those out, so this lets you use their entertainment system with your favorite headphones. Best of both worlds. I highly recommend those to a frequent flyer or for use is some gyms. It’s a simple and effective way to listen get the entertainment you want on your own terms.

    I would recommend this to a friend