Bluetooth Aux Adapter for Music Streaming
On the heels of yesterday’s product review for a solution I’ve been using for bluetooth music streaming with an older head unit, I thought I’d review a product I’ve recently used for streaming to stereos that still aren’t quite Bluetooth ready, but offer an AUX (aux, or “auxiliary”) input. Prior to Bluetooth built into car stereos, you either had to connect your device to a 30-pin iPod connector, or connect a cable from your headphone jack on your device to an AUX IN port on your vehicle, or directly to your car stereo. But what if you wanted to go Bluetooth wireless here, too?
I’ve got great news for you, and it will cost under $15. It’s called the Mpow Bluetooth Receiver, and it not only works for car stereos, but pretty much anything else that will accept an auxiliary input. So, it will work with your home stereo, or any device with a headphone jack… yes, that means you can plug your wired headphones into it and stream music to your ears, wirelessly! I’ve tried it in an older vehicle for testing, but currently am using it in my shop, connected to an older home stereo.
While it does include a small battery that lasts up to 10 hours (needs 1.5 hours to fully charge), it does have a micro-USB port so you can constantly supply it with power (USB cable included). Once you connect it via Bluetooth, it will automatically reconnect each time thereafter. It comes in black, blue, red, purple, green, and is really tiny.
Easy and cheap fix for those stereos which are a little older and still don’t offer wireless Bluetooth music streaming.