If you have an older stereo system or speaker dock lying around that doesn't offer wireless streaming, a few companies make adapters that enable you to add Bluetooth to an existing set of powered speakers or an iPod speaker dock for not too much money. Logitech's version is the
The truth is there isn't much difference between the two in terms of what they do. But the Belkin is significantly smaller, about half the size, largely because it doesn't have a composite audio connection (red/white) built into it; it just has a 3.5mm minijack. And while the Logitech comes with a single 3.5mm-to-RCA cable, the Belkin includes that plus a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable. In other words, both of them can be connected to either type of audio input.
The Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver looks like a shrunken-down version of an
As mentioned, the included cables offer maximum flexibility for connecting just about any powered audio device. You can plug the Belkin into any stereo, boom box, AV receiver, TV, or even an old pair of PC speakers -- anything with a free input. Because Bluetooth doesn't need line-of-sight with the audio source, you can even hide the Belkin box instead of having to keep it out in the open.
The audio source in question can be any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry), most tablets (yes on
Once you've connected the little box to your stereo's input with the included cable, you then just have to pair it with your Bluetooth-enabled device. While the Logitech adpater has a "connect" button that puts it into pairing mode, the Belkin simply makes itself available for pairing as soon as you plug it in. I was able to pair an iPhone 4S as well as an Android tablet without any trouble.