Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver: Best Design With All Digital Outs
Recently Belkin gives 2 versions of Bluetooth music receiver: F8Z492TTP Bluetooth Music Receiver and a higher HD Model. The later one has an outstanding design with a variety of audio outputs: digital coaxial, digital optical, and a traditional 3.5 millimeter-to-RCA for older stereos. Which is the only one who owns all digital outputs compared with similar products at time we review it. Also it has the best quality accessory cables within the package. This Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver also has integrated NFC chips to make it easier to work with those Android devices, iPhone has no this feature right now. We can see that the engineers of Belkin really want an excellent product.
The Main Features of Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver
- Compatible with all devices with Bluetooth, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android phones and tablets
- Provide high quality wireless transmitted music from mobile devices to home stereos and sound system
- Multiple connections including digital outputs for perfect audio quality
- Ability to pair and store settings for up to eight different devices at the same time
- NFC tap-and-play capability available on NFC phones with Android OS 4.1 or higher
- Wireless range for Bluetooth or NFC connectivity is up to 30 feet.
Included within the box are:
Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver, 3.5mm-to-RCA Cable, Digital Coaxial HD Audio Cable ,Power adapter and Quick Install Guide.
This HD model is built to work with a larger stereo system rather than PC speakers, they have no optical and coaxial digital connectors as usual. Digital Outputs in the form of optical and coaxial, this would instantly give your home stereo/theater unit high quality sound via Bluetooth.
The 3.5 plug also allows you connect it with older stereo units via RCA adapter cable, or other speakers. The Belkin HD Bluetooth music receiver appears to be somewhat unique in its support of digital outputs presently. I tried both the optical digital out and the digital coaxial out connections. Both were excellent and on my system they are treated identically in the amplifier/etc.
Better than through analog output,the sound quality will vary depending on your audio components. The difference mostly will depend on precisely how and where the digital to analog conversion is occurring and how it treats different inputs. I have a fairly good audio system and the sound quality is almost imperceptible from the direct iPod USB input.
It remembers the settings of up to 8 devices has ever been paired with it, but connection is maintained with one of them at one time. Pairing is quick and requires no passwords. It works well with all my devices no matter what system is running on. The connection is mostly trouble free and reliable.
I compared the music quality through my 5.1 surround sound setup with the Belkin unit and the resident feature on my Onkyo TX-NR626 receiver with Jazz, Classical, Rock and R&B. While it is generally wonderful music transmission via Bluetooth. Limited to the technique itself Bluetooth device will generally be of lesser quality than Wi-Fi. It’s definitely not the same as a wired connection, but I don’t need to imagine that I have a full 80 piece orchestra in the room with me. I just want pretty good sound and I get it with Belkin Bluetooth HD receiver.
The range on this connection with my phone is pretty impressive. Bluetooth connections are supposed to be no more than 30 feet. In fact the range is enough for me because the main usage of it is with a DENON desk Hi-Fi system in my office through my phone, and notice that the music continues I get halfway down the hall to the coffee shop. Maybe 20 feet with a wall in between the music remains well. Impressive.
The Belkin Bluetooth HD Music Receiver has a good design, looks good, connects quite simply and reproduces music quite capably. In someway, I wish the device connected automatically to my phone without manual intervention. but none of these products can do that ,so it don’t bother me. If you have a stereo system, and want to play your music from your smartphones wirelessly, then you want to seriously consider this product from Belkin. A very nice product.
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