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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2015
Update March 15:
I recently purchased another set of speakers and instead of the Homespot/Amphony combo which I am reviewing below I decided to go with the Amphony 300 which integrates the Bluetooth receiver and power amplifier into a single tiny unit. Gets rid of a lot of cable clutter. Both the Homespot setup and Amphony work great.

My original review:
I have been debating whether to buy a pair of cordless speakers for my patio. There is a flood of models on the market and after testing a few of those I instead opted for the Homespot NFC Bluetooth receiver which I have connected to an Amphony 200 mini amp and a pair of Klipsch bookshelf speakers. Here is why:

1) The sound quality of almost all Bluetooth speakers that I tested does not compare to the sound of my bookshelf speakers - not even by a longshot.

2) The sound quality coming from my Homespot NFC and my Amphony 200 is excellent. Obviously it is only as good as the source material. Most of the music that I stream is compressed in some fashion. Depending on the bitrate and compression format, it sounds either very good or less decent. However, this wireless combination rocks.

3) The range that I can get is a lot better than the range of some of these Bluetooth speakers. I can get around 50 feet of range depending on what I use as the transmitter. My Samsung Galaxy phone has the highest range. I also have a Bluetooth USB dongle which on the other hand has horrible range (less than 15 feet).

4) This receiver along with the amp is really inexpensive.

5) Both the receiver and the mini amp are small. I actually have the receiver stacked on the amp itself so it stores away nicely.

6) I can use any speaker to connect to the amp plus my mini amps pumps out really loud volume, a lot more than any of the Bluetooth speakers that I have tried without distorting.

So thumbs up for the Homespot NFC.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
This is a great idea and I was thrilled to find out that these kind of things existed, so I ordered one that day. It is a very nice little gadget except it doesn't really have any range. I live in an apartment and I had a tough time getting music to play from more than 15-20 feet. I don't know if that's just my piece, or if these things don't have much range to begin with. But it's a cool product if you plan on using it in a small area, like an office or something.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
This has been a perfect little device. Amazingly well done.

The range is outstanding - well beyond similar devices and well beyond the claimed range. I wanted to hook it into a whole-house audio system that has wall plates in a bunch of rooms that allow you to select from multiple sources, so range was very important. I get around 100 feet before the connection between the phone (iPhone 4S) and the HomeSpot starts to drop out and that is through several walls (drywall). I did optimize that by sitting it on top of the amp in the AV closet (not the best place for it - a lot of metal around) and walking off with the phone until the connection started to drop. After that I left the phone where it was and moved the HomeSpot around until it was getting the best signal and not dropping out. That position turned out to be velcro'd to the wall inside the AV closet about 5.5' high (a short but important distance away from the amp). You do, however, want to make sure that is also somewhere you can very easily access if you're going to want to pair it with multiple devices.

Pairing is simple. There's a small button you press on the HomeSpot to put it in "discoverable" mode and then (with an iPhone) you simply choose it from the list of Bluetooth devices. If your phone has NFC then it should just be a matter of touching the devices together. If you are using multiple devices then the last device to pair is the one that has the connection. To get the HomeSpot to drop an active connection and go into "discoverable" mode so you can connect it to another device you just use the button again. It also goes into "discoverable" mode whenever power is turned on to it, which is helpful if you decide to use a switched outlet on the back of your audio equipment, or if you use it in the car. There are no codes or other messing about to do to get it to pair.

On the subject of cars, I tested it there and ordered another one because it works so well. As long as you can get USB power (through a cigarette lighter adapter or otherwise) to the HomeSpot and can get audio into your stereo via a 3.5mm jack then this will work great for you. With an iPhone you need to select the HomeSpot via your Bluetooth settings every time you start the car, but that only takes a few seconds.

In the package are the unit itself, a USB power cord with a separate wall plug adapter (similar to what devices like iPhones and Kindles have), two audio cables to choose between (one ends with a 3.5mm jack and the other with phono plugs), and an instruction booklet. Simple.

UPDATE: If you have a number of these and find selecting them confusing because they are all named the same, Mogeeks (very responsive) customer service can customize the name or pairing ID of the device if it is ordered from them. There is no charge for the service, but it works out more expensive than buying through Amazon.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2015
Had serious stuttering and cutting out issues, and computer was only 12 feet away. If someone walked through the line of sight, sound would cut out, and then, even when nobody was blocking line of sight, stuttering would continue intermittently. Bought a different receiver and I have no problems at all. I'm not sure why this HomeSpot receiver has so many great reviews...
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72 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2013
This unit is tiny. You can see my picture, holding it in my hand to see how small.

It is easy to use straight out of the package and does exactly what it is supposed to. It receives a blue tooth signal and spits it out to an aux port. It comes with cables for both aux connections and RCA. I tried both with no noticeable difference. I tested my other bluetooth devices using the same bluetooth device to send the signal and the range was basically the same.

I'm using it to play music from my phone and computer to my outdoor speakers. I hooked up the output from the bluetooth receiver to a small amplifier (from Amazon of course, the Lepai mini amplifier) and from there to my outdoor speakers (also from Amazon, Yamaha AW150 outdoor speakers.) The sound is great for my purposes. I'm definately not an audiophile, but I don't hear any distortion or crackling.

In the end, the tiny bluetooth receiver does exactly what it is supposed to and includes the cables you'll need no matter what your setup.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
My friend and I purchased this product and for both of us it would rarely connect automatically with our iPhones. Not a big deal. Go into bluetooth settings and connect manually. What I didn't like is the audio output suddenly died on me after 2 months. The device would power on and connect to my phone but no sound. Worked fine while it lasted though.
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Update: Seller replaced my unit free of charge so +1 star for that, but I experienced the same issue shortly after receiving it. I feel as though the circuitry is getting damaged. I was running it in my car and both times it seemed to die when I plugged the usb cable into my car adapter. Maybe it can't handle spikes in the input current or just has faulty hardware.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2014
After reading some of the negative reviews, I almost didn't purchase this. Just got it delivered today and hooked it up to a vintage Luxman receiver and it sounds great. I am completely satisfied. I have quite a few vintage systems and will be ordering a few more.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2015
Received without the usb cable. Had an extra or two around the house so I did not need to return it, but in today's world of e-commerce and the resulting difficulty of returning items, better quality control at the factory is demanded. Device works fine and setup was easy but future buyers should be aware they might not get all that they should in the package.
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407 of 512 people found the following review helpful
Overall: Before I purchased this item I thought long and hard about my setup; rather to use Bluetooth or Airplay. After considering cost and equipment, Bluetooth became my standard of choice. After reading the reviews I decided that the HomeSpot Bluetooth Audio Receiver would be my receiver of choice. This was not an easy decision since I am a brand loyalist. The Logitech receiver also has rave reviews, but it cost $12 more. With money being an issue, I purchased the HomeSpot. Let¡¦s just say, I could not be happier. This receiver paired with the Leipai 2020A+ Mini Stereo Receiver and a pair of Bose 301 Series IV bookshelf speakers (that I have owned for 10 years) are a knock out combination. I was instantly blown away by the performance.
Sound quality: It rocks! I am no audiophile, but this sounds great. I only notice a slight bump in quality with direct aux in. However the versatility of Bluetooth makes this setup ideal. It¡¦s great in situations where music is secondary to the action (i.e. offices, parties, barbershops, and BBQs)
Range: I become more impressed as I purposely and accidentally push this product to its limit with better than expected returns. This product is easily worth 3x the price; here's why. This device cost $26; I often wonder why Bose charges $100 for their BT receivers. I own several BT devices that do not equal the range of the HomeSpot. Namely, Jawbone¡¦s Jambox and the Bose Soundlink. These speakers are good in their own right, but the Jawbone Jambox requires direct line of sight in order to work. It often loses connection when I walk across the room with my phone in my pocket. The Soundlink has the tendency to crackle when paired with my Macbook Pro. However, the HomeSpot has phenomenal range. I accidentally left the office with my phone in pocket to go across the hall. When I returned to my office to look for my phone... I was shocked when I realized it was in my pocket the whole time while the music continuously played. Wow! This thing transmits through concrete walls. While at lunch, I give my phone to a coworker located in the office next door, divided by a half wall. He controls the music and volume with ease. No interference! Simply amazing!
Devices: This device easily paired to all of my Android and iDevices. I have a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, iPod Touch 4G, and iPod Nano 7G. With the Nexi the NFC pairing worked flawlessly out of the box (touch and go) just that easy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2015
Piece of junk. Bought 2 of them to run on receivers that didn't have built in bluetooth capability. I can't be more than 2 feet away from bluetooth receiver box without music cutting out like crazy! Don't waste your money.
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