Bluetooth Receiver

As Bluetooth technology becomes even further ingrained into our everyday lives, we use that technology to perform an ever increasing percentage of our tasks. From talking on the phone, to listening to music, to sending GPS maps, Bluetooth technology is being used on a growing number of devices. However, most of our everyday appliances are not able to receive a Bluetooth signal. This can happen because the device is too old, its developers decided against adding the feature to save costs, or simply because that device has no need to receive a Bluetooth signal. Whatever the reason, a Bluetooth receiver is a valuable things for those of us who use Bluetooth on a daily basis.

Bluetooth technology has become nearly ubiquitous in industrialized nations, so almost all of us know what it is – a way to send information wirelessly over short distances. However, not as many of us really know how it works. Bluetooth technology is based on sending out short-length radio waves over several frequencies, up to 72 at a time. Together, these frequencies can transmit up to 1 Mb per second of information. Other methods of transmitting information wirelessly, like Wi-Fi, can transmit information much faster (Wi-Fi can transmit up to 54 Mb/s), but Bluetooth technology is much more convenient for non-residential devices, and does not require nearly as much hardware or configuration as Wi-Fi does.

The main problem with Bluetooth is that, because of its relative newness, its full range of capabilities is only beginning to be realized. That isn’t an obstacle for cell phones, which are replaced by most users within a few years. However, other devices with which Bluetooth technology would be very convenient are not replaced so often. For instance, it is very easy, and convenient, to use a Bluetooth signal with a stereo system. The device with the songs can simply send them to a speaker wirelessly, and it will play them without any hitch or sound degradation.

However, as convenient as that would be, it probably isn’t worth buying a brand new set of speakers for, and it almost definitely isn’t worth buying more than one set. In that case, a Bluetooth receiver can be a lifesaver. Now, there aren’t many universal Bluetooth receivers, and so it’s important to know exactly what you’ll be using the receiver for so that you can buy the right kind. To go back to the stereo example, you’ll need to buy a Bluetooth speaker that is specifically designed to convert audio signals to get a non-Bluetooth stereo to work correctly.

Bluetooth receivers, however, can work for more devices than just stereos. They are most commonly used for computers that don’t have Bluetooth capability, where they can plug into the computer’s USB port. This is less expensive than buying a USB cord for every Bluetooth device you own, if you own more than one. Other devices that can use Bluetooth receivers include iPods, GPS systems, and car in-dash faces. Universal Bluetooth receivers are hard to find, because they cost a lot of money, and need to have different outputs for every device they connect to.

Bluetooth receivers typically cost between $50 and $100, which is fairly expensive for a connecting device. Whether that price is worth it will usually depend on how often you use it and how many devices your use it for. With a stereo, it might not be worth the price. But for a computer, it might be, because you can connect any Bluetooth device to it through the receiver. A computer Bluetooth receiver will also usually be a little cheaper, because they have been produced on a more massive scale, and you can find these starting at $20.

This Bluetooth Receiver Review is Written/Updated on Jun 11th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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