Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter - Bluetooth wireless audio receiver review: Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter - Bluetooth wireless audio receiver

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The Good The affordable Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter adds Bluetooth streaming capabilities to anything with an audio (auxiliary) input, or a pair of powered speakers. It includes an RCA-to-3.5mm cable.

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

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a relatively cheap way to add Bluetooth wireless audio streaming to a powered speaker or audio component with an audio input, the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter is a good solution.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 6
  • Performance 7

With all this talk of wireless audio streaming, you may have asked yourself how you might go about adding Bluetooth to an existing set of powered speakers or an iPod speaker dock for not too much money. Logitech's answer: the Wireless Speaker Adapter.

I can't say there's anything terribly fancy or thrilling about the product -- but it works.

The Wireless Adapter is about the size 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.

Around back you'll find 3.5mm and RCA outputs. The unit ships with an RCA-to-3.5mm cable and you can run it whichever direction you want depending on the device you're trying to link up with. Plug it into any stereo, boombox, 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 Logitech box instead of having to have it out in the open.

The Wireless Speaker Adapter offers both 3.5mm (left) and red/white RCA analog audio outputs, and a cable is included. Sarah Tew/CNET

The audio source in question can be any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry), most tablets (yes on iPad, no on Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire), later versions of the iPod Touch, or many PCs, Macs, and laptops.

Once you've connected the adapter to your stereo's input with the included cable, you then just have to pair the adapter with your Bluetooth-enabled device. A "connect" button on top of the unit puts the adapter into pairing mode, and I was able to pair an iPhone 4S as well as an Android tablet without any trouble.

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