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Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver for iPhone 3G/3GS / iPhone 4 / iPod touch 2nd Gen (F8Z492-P)

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The Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver lets you play your iPod Touch or iPhone music through your home stereo or stand-alone speakers wirelessly. Select your favorite song, turn up the volume on your iPod Touch or iPhone, and enjoy the high-quality stereo sound on your couch.

 

 

  • newegg Play Your Music through Your Home Stereo—Wirelessly Now you can play your iPod touch or iPhone music through your home stereo or stand-alone speakers—wirelessly up to 33 feet away. You’ll get stereo sound and the ability to control your playlist directly from your device from the comfort of your couch.
  • newegg Sit Back and Listen The Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver connects simply to your stereo and pairs wirelessly with your iPod or iPhone via Bluetooth v2.1 for reliable, high-quality sound.


Learn more about the Belkin F8Z492ttP

Model

Brand
Belkin
Model
F8Z492ttP

Spec

Type
Bluetooth Portable Speaker
Operating Range
33 Feet
Bluetooth Version
2.1
Bluetooth Profile
A2DP
Compatibility
iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPod touch 2nd generation

Features

Features
Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR for superior wireless performance

Transmits up to 33 feet away

Remembers up to six paired devices

Cables included: 3.5mm-to-RCA & 3.5mm-to-3.5mm

Compatible with all devices enabled with A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Andrew L.
  • 5/25/2014 12:33:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice toy

Pros: This thing is quite small and works quite well, BT works great i can be pretty far away i didnt have to customize it like some have.

Cons: none

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  • Matthew B.
  • 11/1/2013 8:13:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPurchased 2 of these

Pros: I have purchased two of these. One for my garage and one for family. They work so well for quickly streaming your music from a larger stereo. 8/10 sound quality.

Cons: Range is not that great but as long as you are in the same room you are fine. I have had to power cycle the unit maybe once a month due to lockup but I am ok with this. Only reason I docked an egg.

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  • Steven T.
  • 8/4/2013 8:43:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Good

Pros: --Good sound.
--Paired with my Lenova Laptop, Ipad mini, Ipod touch, not problem.
--Not so big. Easily portable.
--Loud enough.

Cons: --Does not charge from a USB port.

Other Thoughts: I wanted a blue tooth speaker that I could carry around the apartment with me. This fits the bill. Good sounding, but not high fidelity.

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  • jose v.
  • 7/20/2013 7:44:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA+++++

Pros: small and powerful, can use around the home with no problems at all.

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: my kids and family love this little marvel

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  • Hernan A.
  • 6/26/2013 9:24:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsBuy at your own risk

Pros: Pairs quickly. Easy to operate.

Cons: Audio quality. Source NEEDS to be in line of sight.

Other Thoughts: In spite o attempting EVERY recommendation found online, I still could not make mine work without having to be right in front of it. Even if I turned I lost connectivity or got intermittent audio. To me that is a useless audio "cordless" device. Might as well be wired to it, at least I'd be able to turn.

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  • Peter W.
  • 6/26/2013 8:54:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAbout the audio quality...

Pros: It will connect.

Cons: Abysmal audio quality. This is the only con that matters.

Other Thoughts: The audio on this thing is horrible. The theory that it's the transmitting device which is the problem is bogus, not because it might not be the case, but rather because other Bluetooth audio receivers work properly.

With an iPhone, EVO 4G, Samsung G III, and multiple laptops connected to this Belkin I got universally wretched, compressed audio. These same devices streaming through the equivalent Logitech device work perfectly (and the range of the Logitech was also vastly superior, even after removing the weight plate from the Belkin). Note my audio setup is B&K Pro preamp -> Marchand electronic crossover, feeding an Adcom multi-channel amp driving bi-amped home-built Dynaudio speakers.

These same sources also work perfectly with my Etymotic Bluetooth headphones (not counting the annoying ever-present amp noise in the Etymotics). It is NOT your device, it is the Belkin - I suspect it just doesn't have sufficient resources to encode at high bit rates, but that's just a WAG.

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  • Robert M.
  • 6/26/2013 6:09:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsAd tayloring

Pros: It works.

Cons: Usual Bluetooth limitations.

Other Thoughts: WORKS WITH ALMOST ANY BLUETOOTH DEVICE!!! WHY DON'T YOU PUT THAT IN YOUR DESCRIPTION!?!?! NOT JUST APPLE PRODUCTS!!!!! MAYBE YOU WOULD SELL MORE.

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  • Daniel P.
  • 6/21/2013 1:15:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHorrible quality

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Horrible sound quality. Not worth it unless you really want wireless speakers and don't care for sound quality.

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  • Kriston R.
  • 6/18/2013 6:18:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSound quality varies but not its fault

Pros: Very tiny.
Comes with two high-quality Belkin audio cables, 1/8 to 1/8 and 1/8 to dual RCA jacks.
Power supply is tiny.
Has a blue light.
Sounds great if your device can send the correct audio data to it.

Cons: This device has varied sound quality, but this appears to be the fault of BlueTooth and not the fault of this device.
Talk radio has a weird reverb. Connecting my headphones directly to my phone does not have the reverb but using this BlueTooth device does have it.

Other Thoughts: While BlueTooth EDR should theoretically handle high-quality sound, and this device should theoretically handle it, chances are pretty good that your phone does not transmit high quality sound over BlueTooth to begin with. I have a Galaxy S III which does not provide good sound. I don't know if this is a BlueTooth limitation or a phone limitation.

**UPDATE** I have tested this device on a high-end stereo and with several different devices.
I have found that the Nook HD+ and Samsung Galaxy S3 send low-quality sound that swishes and flanges.
The Kindle Fire HD sends high-quality sound which is nearly as good as local headphones.

BlueTooth is unreliable and not implemented well in the real world. This could be good device if your device could send high-quality EDR to the receiver, but more often this isn't happening and it sounds like a low-bitrate MP3.

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  • Andre J.
  • 6/18/2013 5:57:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat device!...if you have a known good source device.

Pros: A couple of notes to start:
I am an EggXpert reviewer, but this item was not part of that promotion. This was a fully personal purchase.
Second, depending on what people's expectations are and what device they are pairing with this unit, the Pros and Cons could go either way. So I'm just going to write this review top down, using the 3000 character allotment of each section.

First, the size of this unit was quite a bit smaller than anticipated. It measures 1.75" square and just over 3/4" high. For you metric people, that's 4.5cm square and 2cm tall.
It comes with two separate audio cables: a standard 1/8" stereo Male/Male and a 1/8" male stereo to L/R RCA male. And the power adapter ("wall wart") is small, but depending on the orientation of the electrical socket, it may pose a problem. Plugging it into a standard stacked wall socket, it sticks out to the side without blocking the remaining outlet. However, if it's going into a powerstrip with all the outlets perpendicular to the strip, then you're going to covering up the next socket or you're plugging it in on the end so it can extend beyond the strip.

My testing for this unit comprised of a full range home stereo with an existing line-in already run for my iPhone 3G that nows just serves as an iPod. (I used my iPhone 4S in place of the 3G for intial testing.) I then created another line-in with the same type cable (1/8" stereo <-> RCA males) from the Belkin package. This allows me to be plugged into the headphone jack as well as have a BT connection. All I need to do is switch between the two outputs on the iPhone and select the other input on the reciever. This allows for nearly instant switches (Left hand selecting output, right hand selecting input source) for judging audio quality.
Right off the bat, the output signal on the Belkin is a few decibels less than the iPhone headphone jack. With the iPhone, it remembers the selected volume level for each output, so I kicked up the iPhone volume two clicks for the BT connection so it was as close to the same level as the headphone output when I would do the live switch. Besides listening to a variety of music (Jazz, EDM, Classical, Pop), I also used a tone generator. At the same volume level, the is NO appreciable difference in audio quality. I'll explain later why people say they hear a difference (Hint: it's their source device's BT chipset, not the Belkin.)

Cons: The next question on everyone's mind... Distances! How far can you go?
This unit is very much "line of sight" oriented. With a clear line of sight, I was able to achieve consistently solid audio connection at 37ft. At 38ft, I'd start to get occasional dropouts or full dropout if someone is standing in that line of sight. I'm impressed because the manual says the max distance is 30ft, but I got 37 out of it (with direct "line of sight"). If obstructions are in the way (humans, walls, upstairs/downstairs), the distance drops off dramatically to just a 14ft radius. To test the upstairs/downstairs part, I put the device on my window sill and walked upstairs to the window directly above. No signal loss. As soon as I started out of the room towards the stairs, there was occasional signal drop until I got back within the 14ft radius or back into "line of sight" again.
Also to note, I tested "line of sight" from all sides of the Belkin. There was no discernible difference whether it was flat on a surface or stood up so the either the top or bottom was facing me. There's talk of people increasing range by removing the metal weight or something in the device. I don't think it's going to make any difference since the unit's signal, while still "line of sight" preferred, appears to be omnidirectional.

"Why are some people complaining about the audio quality when connected to the Belkin?" To check this, I performed the exact same tests using my iPhone 3G, iPhone 5, and a Samsung Galaxy 3S. The usable distances never changed, but there was significant difference in audio reproduction between the 3G and the iPhone 4S, 5, and Galaxy S3. As noted above, the 4S (and iP5 & S3) had no quality difference between headphone jack and BT output, whereas the iPhone 3G was very much compressed sounding. It sounded like it was going through a digitizer, giving it a buzzy, tinny sound. I disconnected/reconnected multiple times from various distances and it didn't make any difference. So I firmly believe that when people hook this up to a quality audio system, if your BT audio doesn't sound good, it's likely your device.

Other tidbits... The manual says this device can handle up to 8 devices AND has a passcode. My device only allows one device at a time and did NOT ever prompt for a passcode from ANY device. When a device is connected, there's an unobtrusive blue LED on top that lights up. Also, when there's an active connection, it will not show up as discoverable.

Other Thoughts: So with all that being said, what's the bottom line? NewEgg had this on sale for $30 - $5 promo code, taking it down to $25. On top of that, there was a $15 NewEgg gift card mail-in offer effectively making this unit $10. (Since I'm always buying from NewEgg, I'll certainly be using the $15 gift card on something else.) For $10, I think this is a solid buy and I'll be very happy with it!
However, it's caveat emptor ("buyer beware") if you are using any other phone, as I can only comment on the exellent audio reproduction of the iPhone 4S & 5 and Galaxy S3.
Since I'm very much a music person and can't stand listening to noticeably deteriorated audio, I don't know if I'd buy it to use with my iPhone 3G, even at a $10 sale price. So for that, I'm going to knock off an egg. What remains is a solid 4-egg unit as long as you go in knowing the limitations.

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