Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

The Good The affordable Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver adds Bluetooth streaming capabilities to anything with an audio (auxiliary) input, or a pair of powered speakers. It comes with both RCA-to-3.5mm and 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cables.

The Bad It's "wireless," but needs to be plugged into the audio component (and a wall outlet).

The Bottom Line The Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver is a cheap and easy way to add wireless audio streaming to any powered speaker system or audio component with a spare input.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

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 Wireless Speaker Adapter, while Belkin's is the Bluetooth Music Receiver (model F8Z492TTP) reviewed here.

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 Apple TV or Roku streaming media box (or, if you prefer, a hockey puck). It has to be plugged into a wall socket to get its power, and the AC adapter is actually bigger than the unit itself.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Belkin
  • CE Product Type Bluetooth wireless audio receiver
  • Compatible Mobile Devices Apple iPhone 3G, Apple iPhone 3GS, Apple iPhone 4
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