Add audio streaming with IOGEAR’s TuneTap Wireless Audio Receiver
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IOGEAR TuneTap Wireless Audio Receiver
We’ve all grown used to have music on our phones, but playing it at home, be it the living room or backyard takes a bit more effort than plugging in a pair of earbuds does. That’s why A/V receivers and portable speakers all now have Bluetooth integrated in their systems — so that music can bridge the distance wirelessly and with barely any effort. Only problem is that not every setup has Bluetooth “inside” — as an example, a legacy high-end amplifier or stereo receiver in a home theater isn’t going to be changed out every 2-3 years, but used for 7-10 or even longer on the average. As a result there are plenty of homes with sound systems bereft of Bluetooth-enabled amps, with no desire to change that one bit. So give up and hum or whistle instead? No — spend a paltry $49.99 and get IOGEAR’s TuneTap Wireless Audio Receiver.
TuneTap is a Bluetooth receiver that has the expected bits: it quickly pairs with a phone (or tablet), has a USB power supply output (which can go into a USB port on the device it’s attached to on into an AC adapter) and uses A2DP profile for improved audio resolution over the miserable BT audio transmission quality of the past. If that seems to much trouble, and the mobile device has NFC, just tap the two and pairing is taken care of.
But unlike those other BT devices that use RCA analog stereo cable outputs, TuneTap sends its audio signal out via optical digital. This not only enables it to be physically smaller but also transmit a stronger and stable audio signal. But just to be safe, there’s also a 3.5mm audio out for connecting to the line in of any speaker, etc., through a mini-jack.
How does it sound? As good as any BT device can be — it isn’t high-resolution audio but then again no BT transmitter is doing that right now anyway. But from a practical standpoint it works better than most and sounds better than most (courtesy of that optical link). It definitely doesn’t embarrass and also is an inexpensive way to add Bluetooth to your BT-less system. That’s definitely a thumbs-up in my book.