I continue to look for a more convenient and reliable way of connecting my many devices to my Macs and iOS devices. I’m still on a quest to get shorter cables and more versatile bluetooth connectivity.
Avantronics (www.avantree.com) has again come to my rescue with another really cool and handy device that improves my portability and functionality. They have a hugh collection of products to choose from (over 4 dozen from their 29-page catalog). This one is an upgrade of the Avantalk BTTC-200 Bluetooth Audio Transceiver that I previously reviewed.
The Avantree BTTC-200X Bluetooth Audio Transceiver with aptX Tech can both transmit and receive at the flip of switch. It handles stereo HD quality audio with a standard 3.5mm audio jack, providing plug-and-play with no additional software required. This clean design is very simple to use and allows your audio devices to send or receive stereo audio via Bluetooth wireless up to 30 feet away. It can turn my iPod, iPhone, iPad, TV, Bose and other amplified speaker systems into Bluetooth enabled audio devices. This includes sound from Bluetooth A2DP enabled mobile phones and all other A2DP enabled audio devices.
After charging it for the first couple hours with the included USB cable, I plugged the transceiver into my Apple iPod 4G nano (on wristband), turned the switch to transmit mode, and paired it to my Avantalk Jogger bluetooth headphones (pairing each to the other was simple without any codes or hesitation). The sound was crisp and clear, reliable up to over 30 feet away. After that, I plugged the transceiver into several other audio sources via the 1/8” standard cable (also included) with excellent results. Then, I switched it to receive mode, plugged the unit into my over-the-ear Pro Koss headphones, paired it to my iPhone 4S, and listened to great music with accurate depth and separation. It worked the same when I plugged the transceiver into my Bose surround-sound system . . . wonderful sound, simple one-button operation (on/off, pairing), plus the TX/RX switch.
The big advantage over the earlier model is the aptX Tech feature for great Bluetooth sound quality. It is advanced digital audio data reduction (compression) technology to enables the sound on the device to achieve CD quality during transmission and reception.
The price of this unit is $39.99 for the Avantree Saturn Bluetooth Audio Converter AdapterTransceiver at http://www.amazon.com/Avantree®-Bluetooth-Converter-Adapter-Transceiver/dp/B0085HOM4K. The full Avantree online store will be available soon at (http://www.avantree.com/onlinestore/).