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on February 5, 2014
Products tested:
Philips AEA2000/37 Bluetooth Hi-Fi Adapter ($24)
Harman Kardon BTA-10 External Bluetooth Adapter ($60)
HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Sound System ($28)
Black Rx Bluetooth Receiver Conversion Wires ($20)

First they are all very similar to me. I have a home stereo Harman Kardon amplifier and 2 JBL column speakers. My system cost me $1800, so it's not professional grade but it's not junk either. Also I'm 35 and still have good hearing capabilities :) My fiancee and I couldn't tell the difference between all of the receivers in term of sound quality. We tested them for 1h~2h with different music on and the difference wasn't flagrant.

I kept the philips. Why? here are the reasons:

The range was the best with the Philips, but not by a lot! I think this is because these devices must fit the bluetooth norms. In other words if you're looking for a 100 yard range bluetooth device you shouldn't be able to find it. I went upstairs, in the basement, all the way to the end of the garage with my phone in my pocket. They all behaved pretty much the same EXCEPT the cheapest one that had a terrible range (5 yards) and keep breaking up (could be a bad unit...).

They all behaved in a very similar way here too. All 4 easy to install and hook up to my phone or my computer. No problem with this.

Once the sound quality, the connectivity and the range were tested there were still 3 candidates left. I chose the philips for the price, the look and the brand name. I would have picked the Harman Kardon for their reputation with the quality of their product but I prefer to save $35 for another device that works exactly the same. Also with the philips, after a while, you do need to push the button to activate it then your phone will hook up to it right away. You may not have to do that with the HomeSpot or the Harman Kardon but I forgot to verify this.

Hope that helps!
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on March 5, 2014
The sound quality is fine. To my ear, it sounds no different than when we used to use a headphone jack to RCA cable on the same stereo system. The distance is much farther than I had expected. I can leave the room and never lose connection. The unit itself feels like decent quality, especially at this price point. I have no complaints what-so-ever. It exceeds my expectations.
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on March 4, 2014
I like this model specifically for the combination of mini jacks AND RCA jacks available on the rear of the device. I prefer using the RCA jack for better connection and sound going into my receiver. I wish it came with the option for battery, I would mount it to my bike.
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on July 28, 2015
Just as well that it has been discontinued. It took me a while to find out why this device was not working correctly when I tried to play FLAC formatted ripped CD's, i.e. Redbook CD's, which are 16 bit, 44.1 kHz. When I tried to play them from my PC computer whose sound card and the media player (foobar) support WASAPI, I would get an error that 44.1 kHz 16 bit was not supported. What? That seemed crazy. Well, I finally looked at specs that Bluetooth devices are supposed to follow that I found on the web (A2DP_spec_v10.pdf). On page 20 of that document it says that the Bluetooth receiver, the "SNK" is supposed to support 48 AND 44.1 kHz. The PhillipsBT is the SNK. All it took to prove this device does not support 44.1 kHz was to set foobar to re-sample the signal, i.e. convert it from 44.1 to 48 kHz. Bingo, then it worked. The problem is that the computer I devote to AV is an older netbook and the overhead needed to do the conversion was too much for it, causing the music to stutter, i.e. not play smoothly. Why WASAPI? With it you can dedicate a Bluetooth device to the music and any other sounds the computer makes can be played through the default audio device. In my case I have the built-in Realtek High Def Audio device that I set as default and the PhillipsBT device that foobar sends to it.
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on April 19, 2014
I decided to purchase the Philips AEA2000/37 solely because of the price. I am familiar with Philips products and I know they are well made. The AEA2000/37 is no exception. After unpacking the receiver, I simply plugged it into my vintage Onkyo A-7022 integrated amplifier via the supplied RCA cable. After plugging the power adapter into an available outlet on my receiver, I simply synced it with my phone and was listening to music through Bluetooth within a few seconds. The sound quality is excellent in my listening room. I played a few FLAC files and was quite satisfied with the sound. It sounded quite better than my wired PC connection. This unit is small and unobtrusive. It simply just works! I will be purchasing a couple more of these units for my other listening areas in my home. This unit is a great value and a great performer. I would buy now as this unit has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
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on April 8, 2014
It was very easy to set up and sound is good. I used in my room, 5 mts range with no problems.
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on March 14, 2014
altho Amazon pictures this device with a Y-cable in the "Frequently Bought Together" section... you don't need to buy an additional cable. It comes with all you need.

Where have I been all my life not having bluetooth connectivity to my home stereo? I have all my music content in my phone, so the phone naturally becomes the controller (song & volume) for my music at home.

Why was this model discontinued ? Maybe changed to Bluetooth 3.0, but this works just fine and cheaper than state-of-the-art. Very happy with this product !!
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on January 12, 2014
This does exactly what I hoped it would and it really works excellent! I was going to buy a competing product for 2-3 times the price but am glad that I went with this instead. I'm very, very happy with the sound quality. I've had no trouble pairing this with my laptop, iPhone 5S, BlackBerry Z10, and first generation iPad. I play it through a Bose L1 Compact amplifier and use a FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Portable Headphone Amplifier that I plug into the L1 since it enhances the sound, but it's certainly great without it!

If using this with a PC, please note that you will have to have your manufacturer's Bluetooth drivers installed so that it can communicate with Bluetooth devices, and that you have Bluetooth enabled. I had to add this as a Bluetooth device for my PC, where it shows up as a Philips BT Stereo Audio device (Stereo Headphones). When I want to use it, I simply go to my Bluetooth settings and connect to it under the Audio device menu. I then choose this as the default playback device so that the PC knows where to send the audio signal. Perhaps your system will be easier to configure, but it works great for me.

The unit itself is a bit smaller than a hockey puck and measures about 2-3/4" across and about 3/4" high. It includes the power adapter and short cables to connect to your speaker. Unfortunately, the power connection is not USB, but the adapter is small. It's pretty compact and takes up hardly any room. I recommend giving this a try and hope that you'll be as satisfied as I am!
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on September 18, 2014
The adapter works very well. It took me a little bit of time to figure out how to get it to work. However it is very simple to connect. There are 2 ways. Both set of connectors are included. Connect the 3mm jack to the line out & the other ends are 2 RCA jacks. Connect the Red one to the right channel & the white one to the left channel. I have a Mac PC & use ITunes. Turn on your blue tooth connection on your PC. Then set your stereo receiver to aux. Plug in the adapter. I started playing my ITunes on my pc speakers. Next, either press on the blue light or just let it blink. Once it connects with your PC, it will beep. You can now look on your pc blue tooth connection. It should say the adapter is identified. Click connect to the adapter. Your PC speakers will disconnect & your music will now be coming from your stereo. I did not connect the adapter using the other connector but I am sure it is just as easy. When I am done listening, I shut the blue tooth connection off on my PC. I unplug my adapter hooked up to the stereo. When reconnecting just plug in the adapter & turn on your blue tooth connection on the PC However, do not press on the blue light on the adapter. If you do, you will loose the connection & will have to reconnect the device. I think it was worth the price. I also tried it on another surround system I have & it worked fine.
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on April 29, 2014
I was using my 20-year old Onkyo receiver's CD input to play online music from my phone but ended up giving it to my son to use with his turntable and speakers. I decided to do a little research and find an inexpensive way to power my bookshelf speakers without investing in another receiver or powered speaker system.

I found the LP-2020A+ Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier ( and this Phillips Bluetooth adapter for about $20 each on Amazon, hooked them up together with my existing bookshelf speakers, and had myself a nice little Bluetooth speaker system.

The setup and use are very easy... plugged it in and it showed up on my phone right away and it has decent range. I'd love a way to configure the name of the device or set a password - but there is not one that I can find. Since I only have one (so far) it is not an issue and so far I have not heard someone else trying to play their music or phone calls through my speakers ;-)
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