With the Universal Bluetooth Optical Audio Receiver/Transmitter from Aluratek, you get an all-in-one wireless audio solution that can add Bluetooth functionality to devices and components that do not have it built in. Give your TV the ability to transmit audio wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Have speakers and audio systems play streaming audio from a Bluetooth mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
This receiver/transmitter hooks up to your device’s audio inputs and outputs via 3.5mm AUX, RCA, or optical S/PIDIF connections. Cables for each connector type are included, so you can be up and running right out of the box.
Jermain Toy (verified owner) –
I little cumbersome to use and set up, but works – look for videos on you tube. Rechargeable battery is nice.
Laney Cormier (verified owner) –
At times I buy what looks like a good idea and if it does not immediately work it sits on the bench until I have time to pay attention. That is what happened to this transmitter. My problem has always been walking away from a camera or the production bench and forgetting I am wearing wired headphones. I suspect my original problem was that it did not pair with whatever headphone I tried. It does not pair with everything. Check the specs on the bluetooth protocol of this and your targeted receiver. As noted in other reviews, some of my headphones would not pair. Others did instantly. I am not an expert but I did see that the Shure headphones did not support the protocol listed in the Aluratek manual. My Bose AE2W headphones paired instantly. I can now wander the studio at will monitoring various mics as I adjust them in the studio. I walked several rooms away, wearing a Sennheiser transmitter lav and the headset and did not lose connection for at least 50′ with multiple walls between me and the production bench. Good enough for what I do as in the real world I have line of sight in the studio. I have DIY switching gear upstream of the Aluratek. I can check the audio signal from multiple bench mounted Atomos and Zoom recorders, the mixer output, etc. At last, after a little effort, I can walk and talk for $70. That beats the $500 RF system I was getting ready to buy.
Marisa Rolfson (verified owner) –
I connected the unit properly following the simple instructions but it won’t pair. Waste of money.
Kathryn Borer (verified owner) –
Spoke to one of B & Hs super audio people that I wanted to use my surround sound system with my iPhone and Pandora. Recommended to bluetooth it from my phone and it worked perfectly. Aluratek Universal Bluetooth 5.0 Optical Audio Receiver/Transmitter worked like a charm.
Carolyne Morissette (verified owner) –
God help you if you ever lose the directions. If you have trouble pairing your phone to a rental car, I’d suggest you look at another model. You will find this too obtuse. Now if you are reasonably tech literate, you can get this to work, but there’s not a lot of feedback to let you know, for example, it’s paired. Once paired, however, its reasonably stable. Hint — I put some audio into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the aluratech and knew it was paired when I heard it on my headphones. I use with Bose Hearphones (yes HEARphones) which do not support any form of aptX, but it’s good quality sound. Not noticing any lip lag with the audio source coming from the Marantz (10 year old receiver). That is fed by the cable TV PVR box, so I now have Bluetooth cable TV. However, I can’t turn up the Marantz volume as BT lags the regular speakers too much. In this case I listen to the speakers thru the hearphones and bypass the aluratck. I think the claims of 100′ + distance are overblown, unless you live on a football field. but I can walk 30-40 feet between rooms (drywall with 2×4 studs) and not experience a lot of signal drops. Far better than any other BT device I’ve ever used. They got you coming and going on inputs and outputs which I really liked. I’d buy again. Sound quality is about as good as using a corded connector to your TV headphone jack. You need your own microUSB port from your TV, stereo or any old cellphone charger, 500ma is plenty, micro USB port will do.
Thora Dibbert (verified owner) –
Excellent option fora simple connection. Not for a professional sound environment.
Godfrey Kuhn (verified owner) –
The problem is a friend who is hard of hearing. When we watch movies in the LR it’s hard for her to hear the dialog. I thought coming out of my receiver amp from one of its many analog or SPDIF outputs would solve the problem. To begin with there is no separate amp stage on my receiver amp. You turn the volume up, the separate outputs go up. Down and they go down. You plug in headphones to the receiver amp, the speakers turn off. Even with the receiver amp turned up, the audio to the unit is not that loud. I put a small mixer in the line between the receiver amp and the unit input. That helped. But, since this unit also has to convert to Bluetooth, there’s delay. So she has to deal with hearing both the direct and the delayed audio. We did get the unit to send to two pair of Air Pods, though. That was sort of cool, but I like the sound of my speakers better. Just the wrong application for this problem. Range was good, but not 300 feet.
Jane Wilderman (verified owner) –
I am not sure where the problem is? with the Aluratek Transmitter or with the companion AudiopTechnica Wireless Head phones. Waiting for contach with B&H for technical help. Why do manufacturers insist on black plastic with 4 point gray type labels on the product? D they not have any grey plastic and white type? or is it that young designers with excellent eyesight don’t look at product users at all.