For a while now I’ve been looking at ways to get my spotify account to play over my B&W Zeppelin wirelessly, after discounting a Sonos system I looked at Apple’s Airport Express but found the setup not ultimately straightforward.
After Apple announced the inclusion of airplay with iOS 4.2 I discovered the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver, but is it any good?
Well to be honest, yes. Setup is very straightforward, plug the power adapter and audio output cable into the puck shaped unit and connect to your speaker dock or stereo system. The iPhone finds the Belkin unit straight away and doesn’t even need pairing, contrary to the instruction manual which I found strange. Once connected a small blue LED illuminates to show an active bluetooth connection with the iPhone.
Sound quality is very good and Belkin state that the unit is able to operate with a range of 30ft, although I’d qualify that by adding “line of sight”. I have experienced very brief dropouts when moving the iPhone behind a wall into another room, although it recovers very quickly and continues playing.
The Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver can be picked up for around £17 delivered, add to that the fact it will work with almost any stereo system which accepts external inputs and stream any audio source (Spotify, iPod, Last.fm, Tunein Radio) from an iOS device. It allows remote volume control from within Airplay so no looking round for another remote control. Overall it’s a very capable product and does everything expected of it well. 9/10