As I browsed through DealExtreme new arrivals, I found a type of device I had not noticed in the past: a Bluetooth Audio transmitter and receiver that come with optical SPDIF input and output, as well as 3.5mm AUX port, and sells for $31.99 shipped on DX.
- Audio In & Out – 3.5mm AUX port, SPDIF IN, SPDIF OUT
- Buttons – Tx/Rx mode selection, SPDIF/AUX selection, multifunction button
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.1 with 10 meters range; use aptX low latency audio
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
- Battery – 350mAh rechargeable battery good for 15 hours on a charge; Charging time: 2 hours
- Dimensions – 6 cm x 6 cm x 1.84 cm
The little device ships with a micro USB Cable for charging, a 3.5mm AUX cable, an optical TOSLINK cable, an RCA Cable, and a user manual.
TX mode allows you to connect your devices without Bluetooth such as older TVs, computers without Bluetooth, MP3 players, etc… to Bluetooth speakers using one of the three provided cables.
There aren’t any reviews on DX yet, but the product is also sold on Amazon US, with users’ reviews generally positive, except one person complaining that
Description states “continuous use” with cable and directions state “Do not leave charging cable connected “
So you can’t leave the micro USB cable attached all the time, which can be a pain. However, another reviewer claims that “it also supports working while charging; you can plug in or unplug the external USB power charger any time you want“, so go figure.
If you only care about a specific use case, there are cheaper options. For example, I’ve been using a Bluetooth FM transmitter in my car, which I bought for about $10 in order to listen music from a micro SD card or my smartphone. I’ve been using for several months, and it works well enough provided you are happy with “FM radio” audio quality.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.