Avantree Saturn mini apt-x Bluetooth Receiver and Transmitter 2-in-1 Review
Avantree Saturn is unique member in Bluetooth receiver family. It is also a Bluetooth transmitter with the new apt-x codec for both transmission and receiving. In means that with the help of this little device you can turn an iPhone into apt-x compatible if you like. The sound quality under apt-x will improve much better than that via AAC standard. The other convenience you get from this amazing gadget is some old portable hifi players without Bluetooth chip as iPod classic or Rio Karma can take advantage of new wireless tech with it. The elegant compact design gives Saturn a very tiny size 1.5 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches and a very light weight of 0.3 ounces. 0.3 ounces also includes a long lasting rechargeable internal lithium battery. Very impressive!.
If you want it acts as a Bluetooth music receiver then it is just like any other bluetooth receiver.It has a selection switch for changing modes between transmitting and receiving. Slide the switcher into Rx. You connect it with your home audio system, headphone, headset, car system or what ever playback device you want. Next you pair and play. Just routine steps to move forward. To turn off the Saturn press and hold the MFB button for about 3-4 seconds until you see the RED LED light is on for about 1 second, and then goes off. After that, we can move to the next step.
Before you start double check two things 1.Check that the Saturn is fully charged 2.Make sure all devices bluetooth off. Turn the Saturn to Tx mode. Next press and hold the MFB button on the Saturn for a few seconds until the blue LED light is blinking quickly, it means entering the pairing mode. Saturn will search for nearby bluetooth devices. Saturn’s blue LED light will blink twice every four seconds to indicate pairing is complete. Plug in your device’s analog audio output to Saturn and then turn the device on, it should work.
Double Avantree Saturn
I bought two Saturn in order to stream with apt-x. One Avantree Saturn as a transmitter is set up and hooked into analog output on an old stereo. The other Avantree Saturn is set as a receiver, so I can use any old wired headphones as a new wireless to playback, and keep the Bluetooth Radio away from my head. It connects automatically to the last paired device. You just have to turn the Avantree Saturn on. The disadvantage is that it cannot be recharged while connected. So you cannot use it while charging the battery.
Long Lasting Battery
Manual states that for TX mode the battery life is about 10 hours and for RX mode is about 9hours. It is reasonable transmitting will utilize considerably more power. It only takes 2 hours to be fully charged. I have never used mine until fully discharged for mainly used as a transmitter. I have used it for music play 5 or 6 hours continuously without issue. I have had periods of over 6 weeks of no use, and charge was still sufficient for about 2 – 3 hour playing. And When utilized as a receiver it provided me more than 9 hours wireless music, not continuously, during my travel in Germany. It is quite enough for a high demanding music fan.
Apt-x offers a higher broadcast bitrates and improves sound quality. It preserves more sonic details via Bluetooth than before. Saturn mini apt-x Bluetooth receiver sounds much better both in TX and RX mode. Sense of space and positional feeling are vident, no audio drop-outs. Scale and bass are also good.The sound quality is as good as can be expected from Bluetooth. I’m sure the aptX codec assists in this regard.
|SBC(Subband Coding) codec||Most smart devices with Bluetooth||128Kbit|
Old Android phones
|aptX||New Android phones |
USB Dongles released by Creative and Sennheiser
Avantree has done a good job to bring us this amazing transmitter receiver 2 in 1 gadget with fantastic sound, excellent range and long battery life. It is so tiny you can use it anywhere you like. It is so powerful you can use it anyway you like. Recommend Saturn to anyone looking to pair an older stereo/portable CD player/etc.
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