BrightPlay Home Bluetooth 4.0 HD Music Receiver Review
I am a pragmatic audiophile.The bluetooth receiver is not a new toy for me. Before this BrightPlay receiver, I tried some Bluetooth music receivers of old generations like Belkin Bluetooth HD music receiver and Logitech Bluetooth music adapter. I must be honest the sound is not satisfied enough. It’s probably fine for all but not me. If I were critic "Unlistenable" would be the word I had chosen for those receivers. It is not the fault of products or their manufacturers. Let us just blame the lower transmission bitrates of old Bluetooth SBC(Subband Coding) codec. Things have changed after apt-x entered the consumer market. As a codec widely used among cinemas and commercial radio broadcasters, in fact thousands of DTS cinema theatres choose Apt-X for 5.1 channel playback,apt-x has higher broadcast bitrates and, as a consequence, the ability of high quality sound over Bluetooth.
|SBC(Subband Coding) codec||Most smart devices with Bluetooth||128Kbit|
Old Android phones
|aptX||New Android phones |
USB Dongles released by Creative and Sennheiser
What’s apt-X can offer:
- Excellent near CD-quality sound via Bluetooth
- Low sound decoding delay.
- Non destructive broadcasting
- When aptX is not available in target device, Automatically switch into SBC mode
What’s in box:
- Brightway bluetooth HD music receiver
- 3.5mm stereo male set to RCAs
- 1/8" 3.5mm stereo cable
- Warranty and quick manual
Connection and Pair
BrightPlay has no power button or pair button like other receivers. To initiate the pair process you need to plug the receiver into the AC power output and then attach stereo cable to the output interface. 20 seconds later the led sparks to indicate it is ready for pairing. I had some little trouble at the beginning but it finally "got through". Once paired I get a pretty solid connection with no dropout from my aptX-capable Android devices. My laptop can’t use aptX(iMac pro after 2011 has apt-X). The connection is good, but without the supporting of higher codec, the sound quality drops into unlistenable level again. When I walk in the room, it connects with my phone, and the music is ready to go. The most I ever have to do is select the music source and push play on the phone.
As mentioned above apt-x offers a higher broadcast bitrates and improves sound quality over Bluetooth. It preserves more sonic details via the BrightPlay. The BrightPlay with apt-x sounds much better than any of those I tried. Scale and bass are good. Sense of space and positional feeling are evident, no audio drop-outs. It doesn’t sound Bluetooth. It gives not all same details on high compared with the direct wired connection. Because so far, it’s not. On the whole, the BrightPlay sounds way, way better than others.It is a most pleasant experience for all BT receivers I’ve personally tried,
BrightPlay Home HD Music Receiver is a new member of Bluetooth music receiver. It has apt-x codec and it means it can give you the same high quality sound as SONY BM10, GDI-BTAR502 and Mass Fidelity Relay can offer. Unlike receiver with a separate AC power, BrightPlay music receiver has built-in volt converter so it can be plugged directly into the Power Outlet. This design cut at least one wire of your home sound system.As a low-end device BrightPlay Bluetooth 4.0 Music Receiver definitely has some quirks, it really does seem to work pretty solidly much of the time and sounds pretty good. You’ll instantly experience significantly improved wireless sound for an affordable price.
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