Kyocera Music Gateway review: Kyocera Music Gateway

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3.5 stars Very good
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The Good The Kyocera Wireless Music Gateway is a compact and lightweight device that lets you stream music from your stereo Bluetooth cell phone to your home stereo. It also lets you stream music from your home stereo to a stereo Bluetooth headset.

The Bad You need to press the multifunction button of the Kyocera Wireless Music Gateway to switch between modes.

The Bottom Line The Kyocera Wireless Music Gateway is a handy portable device that lets you stream music to and from your home stereo. While we wish it was easier to set up, once you get it going, it works great.

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With stereo Bluetooth becoming more commonplace in cell phones, it's refreshing to see so many companies developing innovative new devices to take advantage of the technology. The most obvious so far has been the stereo Bluetooth headset, which can receive streaming music wirelessly from both a cell phone and a digital audio player, as long as they both have stereo Bluetooth capabilities. Kyocera Wireless, however, has decided to push the envelope further with what it's calling the Kyocera Wireless Music Gateway. This simple black box can be used to transmit music from a stereo Bluetooth phone and broadcast the tunes via your home stereo. It even comes bundled with a Bluetooth adapter that can be connected to a music player like an iPod so you can broadcast your iPod's tunes via the Music Gateway as well. Similarly, you can also use the Music Gateway to receive music from your home stereo and broadcast it to a stereo Bluetooth headset. It'll also work with your computer and a pair of speakers if you don't have a home stereo. Though it does take a little time and fiddling to get working, the Kyocera Wireless Music Gateway really does work, and it's an easy way to fill your home with music. The whole Wireless Music Gateway kit is available for $99. To find more accessories like this, plus tips on how to use them, please check out our cell phone accessories help page.

The Wireless Music Gateway is a slim and compact device that won't get a lot of attention, which is a good thing in our book. Its metallic black chassis matches most home stereo systems, and it is lightweight enough that you can carry it around without a problem. On its front spine are a Bluetooth pairing button and three LED lights that are the Receive Mode Indicator light, Transmit Mode Indicator light, and Bypass Mode Indicator light respectively. The multifunction power switch is on the top, while the audio and charger jacks are on the back. Finally, on the bottom of the device are two plastic feet that swivel out if you want to position the Music Gateway vertically instead of horizontally.

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Kyocera Music Gateway

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  • CE Product Type Bluetooth wireless audio transmitter/receiver
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Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.