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I came across this product when looking for a cheap alternative to the apple airport express. I was a tad wary at first but purchased it from amazon for about £11. I unboxed it and plugged it in and from then on it has been one of my best purchases to date. My current set up is having this plugged into the back of my lance tower speaker via AUX cable. This means I can then connect my iPhone to it via bluetooth and wirelessly play my music through my speaker. I found the quality of music via this method even better than having my iPhone plugged into the dock on the speaker. It is easy to connect to and very reliable, very rarely getting interference from things such as the phone being in my pocket. It is very quick and easy to connect to, although my one complaint would be that it does not auto connect to devices when they come in range, which would make this product absolutely perfect. But other than that, a superb device.
-- What does it do? --
The Belkin BT receiver does exactly what the name suggests. It allows you to stream audio to it over a bluetooth connection, enabling you to play music to your stereo, or whatever speaker system you have in the house from your phone, laptop, PC etc, allowing total freedom.
Essentially allowing you to give any stereo, speak system bluetooth capabilities to function as a bluetooth speaker.
-- How do I connect it? --
The receiver simply has a 3.5 audio jack in the back for output to your speaker system. In the box there are two cables to choose from, a 3.5--3.5 cable, so you can plug it into any 3.5 input socket. Or there is a 3.5--phono cable [red and white connectors], so you can plug it into a phono aux input.
-- Power? --
The unit also requires power, but is not battery powered, it needs to be plugged into the mains to work. Which brings me to the units one downside, in my opinion. Belkin are a European company, I bought this from Amazon.co.uk, but it came with a 2 pin Euro plug, easily usable with an adaptor but a regular 3 pin UK plug would have been much better.
-- Our experiences --
I had been looking round for a wireless speaker solution, but the technology just didn't seem to be up-to scratch, so when I stumbled across this I jumped at it, and actually pre-ordered it from Amazon. My intention was to plug it into one of the many inputs I had on my AV receiver [Surround sound amplifier], allowing me to play music from anywhere in the flat.
I hooked the receiver up, which was a very simple process, made a connection over BT from my phone [iPhone 3Gs], a nice blue light lit up on the top to show a connection has been established, and i started to play music. It work exactly as I had planned.
We now use this very regularly, to play music and easily control it without having to get up, or go to 'that room'.
-- Sound Quality --
I was pleasantly surprised by the audio quality that this produced, now i'm no audiophile so my definition of 'good quality' may be different to others, but it's in no way tinny or reduced from a normal mp3, while having a full sound with no need for EQ tweaks.
I pre-ordered mine from amazon.co.uk in March 2010 for around £17, and proven to be a very welcome addition to my audio, home cinema setup.