Look Ma, No Wires!
I spend a lot of time in my car and I’m always listening to something on the radio or the iPhone. Since I bought my Toyota I’ve been using the AUX-IN jack to connect my phone (for iTunes, Pandora, etc.) to the JBL Sound System. I was starting to pickup static and noise on my 3rd audio cable so I thought I’d look for a wireless alternative.
After shopping around online and only finding “hand free” units that will accept music but also act as a bluetooth speakerphone I was getting a little discouraged. I already have Bluetooth phone capabilities built into the car and I rarely ever use it. It’s fine for around town but at highway speeds it does not work well due to road/wind noise.
Last night I finally found the solution. The Aluratek model AIS01F iStream Universal Bluetooth Audio Receiver is exactly what I’ve been looking for and it only cost $30.
- Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
- Transmits up to 33 feet away
- Remembers up to six paired devices
- Works with any phone or device capable of transmitting the Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) protocol
- Up to 12 hours playback using internal Lithium-ion battery
- Limited 1 Year Warranty
The Bluetooth connection sounds just as good as the wired connection and the phone automatically connects itself when I get into the car. I do have some concerns about how well the pigtail will hold up if I were to unplug/plug it in a few times (which I don’t plan on doing). There’s also the need for the unit to be charged every 10-12 hours of use. It comes with a USB cable that plugs into a small, round, power input socket on the side of the unit. When the unit is charging there is a detectable hiss from the charging circuit. It’s the same hiss I get when I charge the iPhone in the car while hardwired into the stereo, so I’m used to that.