@mediocrebot can't argue with the price. Last BT setup I bought years ago worked the same but I had to also buy a USB charger to use it in the house and the usb charger alone cost more than $3. Darn, now I have myself contemplating buying a few for Xmas gifts!!!!!
@ChadP Ha ha, you know damn well I see the product picture first , price second, speak my mind third, THEN go back later and actually read that mess of characters you guys stir up after drinking too much moonshine, jk
Apparently, the above posters didn't read the write-up which explains the bad reviews. I got one of these in my Fuku bag. I can't use it since we'ere already using our outlets to do some weird wireless thing with our security cameras, but I'm thinking of picking up some more for Christmas presents.
@foodog You know when you have this funny joke in head and then you write it on the internet and thing cant understand i mean people they dont know what was happening in your head it was like that i mean your comment is like that. Also PotatoSaladSin speaks in the third person too but only in run on sentences that should have ended earlier.
I wonder if this could be hacked to run off 12 volts. Would be awesome to add bluetooth to the car stereo is so. I can't imagine the actual circuit running on 120VAC, so there must be a step down transformer, I'm betting to 5 volts DC... hrmmm In for one to try! Hell maybe 2....
@corbanmailloux@narfcake@ardgedee Thanks, I actually got mine a few days ago and tore into one. I am pretty certain this will be an easy mod. It seems like the entire 120v side is isolated and has a small transformer stepping it down to 5v, as I assumed. I'll play some more and let you know what I find. Disassembly proved to be difficult. After much prying and pulling, I ended up having to grab it by the cable and bash it into the ground. The glue is really strong. If you stay shallow, you should be able to Dremel the seam and be OK. http://imgur.com/XcQPteFhttp://imgur.com/leBpqPBhttp://imgur.com/lt1zcfP
@corbanmailloux OK, so I have it working! Pretty simple really, removed the transformer and the leds to the board from it. Soldered a micro USB connector to the +5v pad, and GND pad. Works great! http://imgur.com/L3vzojF
@corbanmailloux It does, and it is a bit annoying. I just have to tell the phone to connect though, and it re-pairs, I don't have to put it in pairing mode, or even touch the BT Connect. I believe there are some apps out there, like tasker, that can connect, and start playing music automatically.
@TehMaliron Just thought I'd show you guys my "finished" product. I did a similar thing, but I just hardwired a USB onto it. I already have extra USB ports in my car, so this works well. http://imgur.com/a/wVq90
You guys are smarter than I give you credit for...*
My Fuku contained both this receiver and a Sony speakerdock. Until I read the usage suggestion in tonight's product description I never would have thought to use the two outmoded devices together to create one Frankensteinian modern marvel.
*Full Disclosure: the amount of credit I am giving you now is still very low...
@PurplePawprints Correct - as a guy who's complained about how much they shrink even line dried, I definitely didn't need something that started out "too short" already. That said, it's wasn't even a WL that I received. No, the shirt blank is a mutant - Anvil tagged, made in Haiti (not Nicaragua or Honduras), seamless body that's of proper width but shorter in length, and with much shorter sleeves angled more like a baby tee's cut. I took pics and will be posting a new thread at shirt.woot this weekend.
Any worries about using this with headphones? Would I just need to turn it down really low? I have a HTPC in my living room. I'm thinking about plugging this into the outlet behind the couch and using a female-to-female adapter with headphones. No unsightly 10-ft wire across the room for someone to inevitably trip on. Is this a good idea or will the 110W output wattage potentially blow up my headphones?
@narfcake The Amazon product page says "Output Wattage: 110 Watts". My assumption was line level, but I wanted to make sure. Line level would probably be loud enough for low-resistance headphones, right?
@narfcake OK now I'm lost. Mechanical I can understand - I did fix the portable dishwasher the other day, and I managed to turn two broken laptops from university surplus into one working one with only 3 screws left over by swapping parts out, but if it involves electricity then it involves magic… I thought plug this into the wall. Plug this into any ol' speaker (that also plus into a wall and plugs into your device), use something with bluetooth to send music and the magic happens. Apparently not always?
I was interested in this at first until I realized I need a Bluetooth adapter, not a receiver , for my laptop. It would work with my Brookstone speaker though, but I'd rather save those $3 in the event an adapter or those AA batteries show up again. For those reasons, I gotta vote meh.
@harbour I have seen mono items with the connectors like we see here so that sound comes out of each side. The question is "Is it stereo?" as in separate right and left channels? Most items that are true stereo will say it on the package or the description, and I don't see that.
@Kyser_Soze Exactly. You can make an old NES console have "Stereo" sound via an RCA splitter but it won't be genuine stereo. Can anyone confirm if the device outputs true separate left and right channel stereo sound?
@dougone611 Your car stereo has to have a 3.5mm auxiliary jack. If you are old school and have a tape deck I suppose you can get a tape adapter and plug the receiver in that way as well. You will need a 3.5mm coupler to connect the Tape Adapter to the Bluetooth receiver though...
@Guy767 That's me! I still have a cassette deck in my '92 Accord. I thought I was the only one. Afraid to replace it because bad stuff might start happening if I upset the automotive chi. Thanks for the info, I just have to figure out what a coupler is. Just yesterday, I bought an MP3 tape adapter - maybe that will work.
@KDemo A coupler will enable you to connect 2 male 3.5mm jacks together. You are probably going to need one to connect the mp3 tape adapter and the Bluetooth receiver together. The coupler/adapter is dirt cheap; here's a link for one http://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=7230&seq=1&format=2 You will also need a power source for the Bluetooth adapter a well. A cigarette light jack power adapter should get the job done.
@KDemo It's a 3.5mm female-to-female adapter. You'll also need a power inverter to get electricity from the cigarette lighter socket. I'd say just just plug the cassette-to-3.5mm adapter into your phone or music device unless you're getting horrible interference while charging your phone in your car.
@dougone611 Great idea! I am using one of those bluetooth speakers they sold (In Crimson Tide Red) as a bluetooth adapter for my truck, but this might look nicer! I already have a 110V outlet in the truck, and a short audio cable. Brilliant!
@caffeine_dude Yeah, got a couple of them.. Don't use 'em any more hopefully they'll turn into collectors items and I can get a big bang from eBay on them. About any new stuff, I was just jerking.. Referring to Soupy Sales and his puppet monsters..
@caffeine_dude You can use the tracking numbers to watch the packages in an amazing slow speed race to your house. I did that once, and the second package won the race by 3 days. SmartPost may not be fast, but it gives us something to talk about while we wait for our packages.
My first thought was a huge meh, mostly because of the need to plug into an outlet. BUT I realized that the Bluetooth in my car had stopped working, I had one of those little power inverters that you can plug into a lighter socket and now I don't have to rip the dash off to get at the bluetooth module. Of course I could just use the audio cable from my phone to the aux jack on my stereo, but it is worth the 3 bucks to see my wife's face when she sees all the cables when I over complicate things to this extent. Why you ask? because when I un-complicate things she will be grateful. How grateful? we will see..........
well this is something that i really don't need, but, the price is right and i am curious, and i have a lot of stuff i could use this with, so i went in for THREE. either this is gonna make me happy or just dumb for buying three. ;-)
I have no idea what I'll do with them, but I ordered 3. This seems like one of those items where I may figure out something clever (about a 1 in 17 chance of panning out, given my track record), but at $3ea, at least I'm not in for much!
This lil gem ROCKS! Took longer to unbox than set up. Plugged it in, inserted aux end to line-in on Onkyo AVR, pressed Bluetooth button until light came on, paired to LG G2 and started Poweramp. Incredible value and 2 lucky people will get rocking Xmas gifts. This one is for me. Awesome deal even if you have to pay $14.00. I got 3 for $15.00! Gracias, Mediocre Labs... I'll be back! 5 Stars.
@gmalon555, This is funny, That is exactly what I wanted to do with one of mine, but myOnkyo shot craps. No power at all. I wonder if they have a fuze that can be changed or Do I need to get a new reciever Which now is probibaly already equipt with bluetooth. Go figure.
I just got mine and I'm using it with an iPhone, and I'm getting the same problems mentioned in all the Amazon reviews (after 1 or 2 songs, phone still plays but no audio comes out). This is the problem that's supposedly fixed with the latest iOS, but I'm running iOS 8.02, so I doubt that's the problem. Anyone else seeing the same problems or do I just have a bum unit?
@adavidw I am having the same problems. I contacted customer service at Meh who told me to contact customer service at Xtreme Mac. So far I have not gotten a reply. I bought 3 and they do not work with my iPhone or iPad ios 8.0.2, even though Meh says it does
Plugged into the back of my Sherwood ... picks up my phone around house, didn't have to spend a stupid amount for the Sherwood dongle and now don't have to deal with cords! The only problem is now I need to find something to do with the second one I bought hmmm.
@akumax, @redsurfsnow AND @kadagan Since you three are getting your connects to work, what devices are you connecting to it? Androids, LG, etc or something else? I was hoping my Iphone would work but it seems like that may not be the case. Will it work with the hubbys Rugby smart (droid) or his Galaxy Player?
@silverqueen I'm using my iPhone 5. Sorry, I should have mentioned that. I haven't used it for music much (just a few songs to test it), so maybe that's the difference.. What I'm playing is one continuous audio file (hour long podcasts, which last my whole commute)
@akumax I was trying to use it with an iphone 4s ios 7 but it would not hold the connection. It was pointed out that MEH said it didn't work like that. I did not update because of problmes with the update. Oh ishould tag @capguncowboy also. I still hope that other devices willwork with it even if my phone won't.
@kadagan Well then I still may experiment with it. I don’t have the iphone 5. I am still using a 4s since I didn’t see any real benefit in upgrading but… Maybe it will still work on long playing things like your feeds I listen to books so it might not break the streaming connection. Do you all think that could be the problem? The switching/pause causes the loss?
@kadagan ; “adavidw said Mon, Oct 13th 2014 at 7:09pm eastern: I just got mine and I'm using it with an iPhone, and I'm getting the same problems mentioned in all the Amazon reviews (after 1 or 2 songs, phone still plays but no audio comes out).” And msdjpm said he/she had the same problem. I actually haven’t been able to play with mine since my receiver broke… but I could play with the speaker doc idea to test. Duh they are both sitting behind me right now!
@silverqueen Ok, I thought that was probably what you were talking about, but I saw it was someone else who posted the comment, so I wasn't sure. I'm not really sure what to suggest, mine has just worked. I'm have been using iOS 8.0.2, but I just updated to 8.1 last night and didnt try it yet.
@kadagan Well I just tried it with IOS 7.5(?) and it is pretty YUCK. It will connect for a song but if the song is switched it is lost. Then I tried it with a book and the pauses are pretty noticeable and ff or rw will lose the signal. I can't or won't update to IOS 8.1 until the access bugs are fixed for voice over. So I'll wait to see if the galaxy or droid can make use of it.
@silverqueen To be fair, the description on the main page said pretty clearly that it didn't work well with iOS 7.. hehe.. but hopefully they'll fix whatever issues you have in iOS 8 soon!! I just texted my sister (who is blind) to see if she got iOS 8 yet (she also uses an iPhone 4s now, but has an iPhone 6 ordered to come at the end of the month)
@kadagan I do recall that it did say that now that you mention it. So I will wait a couple of days to see how the accessibility is working with 8.1. Just read the release notes and looks hopeful! I’d update devices but I didn’t see much benefit in features but if it is that things will just work better than they currently do then…. It is worth considering. I hope your sister has success with it. If you have the inclination to do so keep me posted on how she likes it?
@silverqueen My sister got her new iPhone 6 with iOS 8 a few days ago, and she really likes it. She hasn't had any problems with the accessibility, and really likes that it has an on screen Braille keyboard too (which may not be a need for you). All the normal VoiceOver stuff hasn't been any issue for her.
@kadagan I don’t mind a bit. Not totally blind but very impaired. I have Cone Cell Dystrophy(a lot like Macular degenearation but cause is different same effect though). I am way past being able to read normal print, new places require cane travel for navigation. I rely heavily on high contrast situations, daylight sucks (OVER EXPOSURE) haha
Yeah, this is late in the thread, and nobody's gonna see it, but for what it's worth, I upgraded my iPhone 5 to OS 8.2 (from 8.1.3?) this afternoon, and finally, this receiver connects without me having to tell it to each time, just like it should. Yay!