Got a car stereo with a spare auxiliary or RCA input? How about a powered speaker system at home with the same? Cobra's AirWave music receiver offers an effective, no-frills way to play music from your phone or other Bluetooth enabled device. This pocket-sized device lets you stream your tunes to nearly any audio component with a minijack or RCA input, whether it's in your home or car.
The concept is simple: the AirWave receives music — including streaming apps — from your phone or tablet through Bluetooth, then sends it via a cable to your audio component. At home, this can include a stereo receiver, powered speaker system, or another piece of gear offering wired connections but no built-in Bluetooth compatibility.
For drivers, the AirWave presents an alternative to a time-consuming permanent installation, and it'll also let you enjoy streaming music in different vehicles. Once you pair the AirWave with your phone, it'll automatically remember your phone for future journeys (pairing may be required if multiple active Bluetooth devices are present). The AirWave can tuck away in your glove compartment or console and you don't have to worry about retrieving your phone from a mess of wires when you get an incoming call, which is great for business travelers or errand-running parents. And because it's portable, it can work nearly anywhere as long as it's charged, which should be easy with the included USB power cable.
Compact, elegant design
The Cobra AirWave measures just 2.2 inches square, so it can fit in the palm of your hand. It features a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 15 hours of continuous usage time, or up to 30 hours of standby power. A 3.5mm audio output, on/off switch, reset button, and mini-USB charging port line the sides of the AirWave, and the blue indicator lights on top let you know when the device is pairing or connected with your phone or tablet. It's got an effective range of 33 feet, so you can control music playback from far away. Cobra includes a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cord and a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable to let you take advantage of the AirWave's versatility.