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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Disassembly Required, April 21, 2011
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This review is from: Belkin F8Z492ttP Bluetooth Music Receiver (Electronics)
THIS REVIEW APPLIES ONLY TO F8Z492 A2DP RECEIVER, NOT BELKIN'S NEW HD BT RECEIVER.

This device has great audio quality and terrible range (not what is claimed), but if you've already bought it you're in luck! There is a quick modification that can restore this device to the advertised range.

Modification Instructions (you'll need a small flat head screwdriver and a hot glue gun):
Pop the top off of it with the screwdriver starting at the ports.
Pull out the circuit board and you'll see a large piece of metal. This metal is entirely unnecessary and serves only to satisfy customers who innately feel that heavier is more valuable.
The piece of metal is held in place with double sided tape, so just pop it out.
Put the circuit board back in place (it should sort of snap in).
Put hot glue around the edge of the enclosure and put the top back in place.
Now this device conforms to all the specifications that Belkin specifies.

I hope this helps everyone out! Belkin's support department has chosen to ignore my inquiries.
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Initial post: Jun 2, 2011 8:09:17 AM PDT
Did this fix improve the audio quality?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2011 8:11:22 AM PDT
W. Moore says:
With this fix, the audio does not pop or cut out unless you go a LONG way away.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 7:49:06 AM PDT
any suggestions on audio quality? mine seems to have a weird chorus effect. its like the left and right audio are not lined up correctly. But even if i pull the left rca off the amp with the audio only coming out of 1 speaker it still sounds almost digitized. I have a set of bluetooth headphones and they sound great. im not sure if i have a bad one or are they all like this?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2011 7:51:36 AM PDT
W. Moore says:
I haven't had any problems with audio that I could describe as "digitized" or quantization errors with the two units I have.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 1:45:11 AM PDT
Jose says:
Thanks for this Fix , taking the metal piece out really improved the range ( 300% percent ). I have noticed that the audio quality is way better when using a a cellphone , iphone , ipod , ipad rather than a mac. When using my mac the sound is pretty noise and there's a lot of chorus.
Again thanks for the help.

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 9:39:17 AM PDT
James L says:
Wow! thanks for the mod instruction! It really helped with the range!

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 7:58:04 AM PDT
Jay says:
This is a fantastic modification....easy to do - just take your time popping off the top so you don't break the plastic. Using my Samsung Charge, my reliable audio range has increased from 10 to 30 ft!

Thanks for sharing this tip!

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 4:53:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2011 4:55:32 AM PDT
Used my fingernail to pop off the top--just run it around the seam. I doubled my range from 10 to 20ft.

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 8:42:09 AM PDT
Pears says:
Thanks a lot! This really helped and was super simple. :)

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 5:37:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2011 5:37:56 PM PDT
W. Thieu says:
This mod did the trick. Thanks for the tip, I used to not be able to use this device if my laptop was sitting flush on a laptop cooler. After the mod, it definitely increased the range.
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