The Good The RIM BlackBerry Music Gateway offers a simple and affordable way to push smartphone audio to older home entertainment products. Setting up the device is a snap and even easier with an NFC-enabled BlackBerry. It's also compatible with other Bluetooth phones and tablets.
The Bad Streaming video to the Music Gateway is not an option. NFC compatibility with non-RIM handsets isn't guaranteed.
The Bottom Line RIM's BlackBerry Music Gateway makes it dead simple to enjoy smartphone audio in the living room.
BlackBerry Music Gateway
Pushing audio content, whether it's music, podcasts, or Internet radio, from mobile phones to devices in the living room has never been easy. This is especially true if you're saddled with old audiovisual equipment that lacks Bluetooth or even HDMI ports. Research In Motion has created an elegant solution to the problem in its $49.99 BlackBerry Music Gateway.
This compact gizmo serves one simple purpose but does it well. It connects to legacy home theater gear and streams audio wirelessly from not only BlackBerrys but practically any product with a Bluetooth radio.
Tiny and lightweight, the miniscule BlackBerry Music Gateway is crafted to be inconspicuous. The black, rectangular device gives no outward clue of its purpose or capabilities. Only the recessed Pairing button sporting a BlackBerry logo indicates this is a RIM product. Measuring just 0.4 inch tall by 2.4 inches wide by 1.5 inches deep and barely tipping the scales at 0.8 ounce, the Music Gateway is dwarfed by standard-size home entertainment gear such as Blu-ray players, AV receivers, and cable boxes.
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