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Need recommendations for a Bluetooth audio receiver with optical out

post #1 of 11
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Hey guys,

 

I'm looking to buy a bluetooth audio receiver that has digital coaxial or optical out so I can plug in to my DAC in my living room so friends can easily send music to it from their phones.

I'd want it to support aptX or whatever the best streaming codecs are, but not cost an arm and a leg.

 

 

http://estore.nuforce.com/nuforce-btr-100-high-fidelity-bluetooth-with-aptx-aac-digital-receiver/ looks good but isn't available yet.

The Geek Blue also looks but it's on the steep end.

 

Anyone been using anything good?

post #2 of 11

I use a Yamaha YBA-11 Wireless Bluetooth Adapter. It needs a 5V power supply however, which is via a USB socket. I use a mobile phone back up battery charger with a USB adapter to power the YBA-11.

post #3 of 11
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That looks pretty good. Cheers.

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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by RonaldDumsfeld View Post
 

http://www.belkin.com/uk/p/P-G3A2000/

I've had a look at that, but I've seen some user reviews who complain about stability/connectivity. I can't seem to find any specs regarding codecs and whatnot for it either. I assume it uses aptX though :o

 

I can get it for a fair bit less than the Yamaha though which is nice, if the issues are not widespread :o

post #6 of 11

Works ok for me provided you accept that range doesn't usually extend beyond the room it is in and those adjacent.

 

There is a difference depending on environment though. In the country mine will serve an entire 3 storey house and even into the garden. In the city the same device only works reliably over half the house.

 

Since the walls are more solid in the country I've always assumed it's down to conflict with other nearby transmitters or whatever but I really don't know for sure. That's just a guess.

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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by RonaldDumsfeld View Post
 

Works ok for me provided you accept that range doesn't usually extend beyond the room it is in and those adjacent.

 

There is a difference depending on environment though. In the country mine will serve an entire 3 storey house and even into the garden. In the city the same device only works reliably over half the house.

 

Since the walls are more solid in the country I've always assumed it's down to conflict with other nearby transmitters or whatever but I really don't know for sure. That's just a guess.

Indeed, much higher noise floor due to other devices in the city.

 

Do you know if the Belkin does aptx?

post #9 of 11
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I use this 1 http://www.crystalaudiovideo.com/ProductDetails/Blu-DAC-UK.aspx

Looks, will see if I can get it locally.

post #10 of 11

The spec of the Belkin HD is pretty nebulous.

 

It talks about 'High Definition' and 'near CD quality' etc but there is no mention of AptX. Or anything else specific come to think of it. In fact there is no indication as to exactly how or why it is HD and the old model isn't. So I'd have to say 'no aptx' although my Sennheisser BTD 500 USB BT transmitter does do aptx but doesn't actually say so on the tin. So who knows for sure? If you find out please let us know.

 

I don't ever use it for critical listening. To be honest I expected it it be crap and was delighted to discover it wasn't. In fact it's very good. More than good enough for the job anyway, Which is usually letting mates connect their 'phones easily and quickly to the big system. Also for when feeling particularly lazy and lying on the couch flipping through my collection on the netbook.

 

I also have one of the original non HD versions. With that one I'd formed the, totally speculative, impression it worked better with mp3 than with losslesss. As if the input was already efficiently compressed if didn't have to do so much work and risk getting it wrong. However, you know how easy it is with audio to make things up and then find your ears agree with your expectations? The new one seems the same with lossy or lossless. So far anyway.

 

I previously posted my experience with inexpensive BT gear here. Post # 7.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/700157/wireless-audio-from-pc-to-amp

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by RonaldDumsfeld View Post
 

The spec of the Belkin HD is pretty nebulous.

 

It talks about 'High Definition' and 'near CD quality' etc but there is no mention of AptX. Or anything else specific come to think of it. In fact there is no indication as to exactly how or why it is HD and the old model isn't. So I'd have to say 'no aptx' although my Sennheisser BTD 500 USB BT transmitter does do aptx but doesn't actually say so on the tin. So who knows for sure? If you find out please let us know.

 

I don't ever use it for critical listening. To be honest I expected it it be crap and was delighted to discover it wasn't. In fact it's very good. More than good enough for the job anyway, Which is usually letting mates connect their 'phones easily and quickly to the big system. Also for when feeling particularly lazy and lying on the couch flipping through my collection on the netbook.

 

I also have one of the original non HD versions. With that one I'd formed the, totally speculative, impression it worked better with mp3 than with losslesss. As if the input was already efficiently compressed if didn't have to do so much work and risk getting it wrong. However, you know how easy it is with audio to make things up and then find your ears agree with your expectations? The new one seems the same with lossy or lossless. So far anyway.

 

I previously posted my experience with inexpensive BT gear here. Post # 7.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/700157/wireless-audio-from-pc-to-amp

Cool, thanks.

 

I wonder if there's any diagnostic app you can run on your phone to see its current bluetooth audio output?

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