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Worth the extra cost compared to similar devices! One of the few with RCA outputs...
on September 5, 2014
UPDATE: It would appear that my review was based on the device I tested it with, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Other devices appear to auto-connect and auto-play, which would annoy the living snot out of me...
I'm changing my review to three stars to reflect it as such, please ignore the comments about Auto-connect & Auto-play. I'm leaving them in for historical sake & completeness of the original review.
TL;DR: Fantastic bluetooth adapter for non-bluetooth powered speakers or receivers.
I'm a very picky person when it comes to technology. (Some might call me a technology snob and I would not disagree with them...) This also means I'm very demanding of the electronics purchases I make. For me to give out a five star review for a piece of electronics, it mean's it's pretty darn good.
Setup - Dead simple. Plug in the power cord (about approximately 4 feet of wire on the adapter) and plug in the included cable (a RCA to 3.5mm cable).
Pairing - Pairing the phone is easy and intuitive. Press the button on the top of the adapter and you'll hear a beep over the speakers and the blue light on the bottom of the adapter will blink. On you device, use the bluetooth settings to find and pair to the adapter. It shows up as "Logitech BT Adapter" in your list. Once paired, you'll get a quick beep-beep to indicate successful pairing.
Sound - It's Bluetooth 3.0. You're probably streaming some 192kbps stream from one of the many available sources on the interwebs... It's not going to sound "amazing", but it's very clear and there is no tinny noise that can accompany poor bluetooth protocol implementations. Most people will consider the sound "amazing", but I'm definitely too much of an audio-snob to classify it as such. We'll call it "very good". ;o)
Bluetooth Range: I have this setup in the living room and kitchen area on my house. Line of sight is probably about 30-35 feet if I stand as far away as possible. With line of sight, you'll get perfect sound. Stick it in your pocket or let things get between you and the receiver once you go beyond 20 feet and you're asking for trouble. Now, be aware that this is usually due to the device you are TRANSMITTING from, and not the receiver. Modern phones do have strong bluetooth strength since they expect to be transmitting to close by devices (headset, car stereo, etc.) I tested this with a Note 3.
Features Not Mentioned: NO AUTO-CONNECT!!! Thank you Logitech! Now, this is personal preference, but I DO NOT want my phone to connect with the adapter every time I am in range. I like that I need to select it from the Bluetooth menu to get it to reconnect. It lets ME control the connection. Don't try to figure out what I want... let me decide.
NO AUTO PLAY: Now, this may be specific to my phone & the adapter, but I REALLY like that even once i connect to the adapter, it doesn't try to auto-play the last paused track or audiobook I was listening to. It allows me to start it when I'm ready. This is personal preference and I do not know how this works with iOS devices, as it may have different behavior. At least on Android, it meets my preferred implementation.
RCA outputs: Many of the bluetooth adapters you'll find on Amazon are only 3.5mm output to whatever device (speakers or receiver) you are connecting to. Logitech gives you a choice, either RCA or 3.5mm. This is a big detail and worth the extra cost in my opinion. For many it will not matter, but if you're connecting to a receiver, this is the preferred way to go. I make my own RCA cables, so I used that to connect it to an input on the Onkyo TX-NR616 receiver.