Add music streaming to nearly any stereo

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.

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth music receiver
  • 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable, 3.5mm-to-RCA cable, and USB-to-mini USB charging cable included
  • built-in rechargeable battery with up to 15 hours of use, or 30 hours of standby power
  • receives music over Bluetooth from compatible devices, then transmits via cable to your audio component
  • works with nearly any audio component with auxiliary or RCA audio inputs
  • blue lights indicate Bluetooth pairing and connection
  • effective range: 33 feet
  • 2-1/4"W x 3/4"H x 2-1/4"D
  • weight: 1.1 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Airwave Review

Written By db, Annapolis, Md on Monday, October 20, 2014

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Simple to set up and works well when your in the same room.

Cons: Much shorter range than my Bluetooth Plantronics headset. I can barely be more than 15 ft.

Very impressed

Written By GrayB, Memphis, TN on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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This product performs exactly as advertised. I had it up and running in under 5 minutes. I use it to connect MacBook and iPhone to my home stereo.

Pros: Good sound, easy connection, simple to operate. Great price.

Cons: None

Great sound, simple installation

Written By James D, Houston Texas on Friday, October 03, 2014

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Great product and priced right. Does exactly what is says it will do. The sound is great, use is intuitive, and the built in battery is defitiely a plus.

Pros: Great sound, connects quickly, small, built in battery, good battery life, power / control light easily accessible for on-off operations.

Cons: Corded solution isn't ideal, Power on-off switch is located on the side of the unit making it difficult to access if you have the cord wrapped

Cobra AirWave CWA BT150

Written By jfm, Alabama on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Works just as expected and came with all necessary cables. Quick and easy setup. Let me keep using my old receiver!


Written By Tom, Cincinnati on Saturday, August 09, 2014

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Small, light with good range. Easy set up with lots of options. Using with my older Bose docking station and boat receiver. You'll love not leaving your seat and listening to the perfect tune for the moment.

Pros: Size, cost, options and easy set.

Cons: none

Bluetooth on vintage audio!

Written By Mr. C., Ann Arbor Mi on Thursday, August 07, 2014

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Bluetooth through my '72 Pioneer stereo is a wonderful thing!

Pros: Easy breezy setup, stable connections, discreet form factor.

Cons: None

Portable and powerful

Written By Jonathan, Kennesaw, GA on Sunday, August 03, 2014

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Initial review of this product is great. I've only had it one day and love its size and range. It has great sound and one of the best features of this product is its portability. You get all of the necessary connections and the sound quality is pretty good. It would be perfect if it had and Optical out.

Pros: Battery life Size-Its very discrete Range Good sound quality

Cons: Only can pair one device at at time-This is normal for most blue tooth devices No Optical out-This is the best connection for sound quality to be at its maximum.

Perfect for what I needed

Written By alandw, Trumbull, CT on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Needed a simple BT adapter for Alpine headunit - OEM was discontinued. Streaming Music only - not for phone calls (and phone calls do not work with this device). Wanted something plug in as well so it can occasionally move to another vehicle. Its battery really does last days - charges from included micro-usb cable. it works perfect - sound quality is absolutely fine. Paired up initially exactly as instructions said - pairs right up every time the phone BT is on.

Pros: Simple - Inexpensive - Battery operated - not hard wired.

Cons: None

Works great on my Kenwood excelon deck

Written By JeffH, San Diego CA on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Great little product. Wanted a BT receiver but didn't want to have to get rid of my nice sounding Kenwood Excelon unit. So, just plug this into the AUX and USB and now every time i get into my car i just tap the button and within a few seconds my music from my phone is playing on my car stereo via bluetooth!

Cobra Air Wave

Written By Eric, Trotwood, Ohio on Thursday, July 24, 2014

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The Cobra Air Wave works great!

Perfect addition

Written By PRF, CT. on Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Great addition to my Denon receiver. Easy way to play my music through my phone or iPad.

Pros: Easy sync to my receiver.

Cons: NA

Wireless Receiver

Written By Cobra AirWave CWA BT150, Wilmington NC on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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My intended use is to supplement my iPad in presentations where I use sound files from iTunes. This device is small, portable, easy to use, and compatible with the sound equipment in each of the rooms where I lecture.

Pros: Portability and ease of use.

Cons: Small, so may be easy to lose or get stolen, so I plan to be careful.

Great product

Written By Mike, Malakoff, Texas on Sunday, May 18, 2014

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This works very well with home receiver and vehicle. Set up is a snap.

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: None

Awesome Product

Written By David, Mooreville MS on Sunday, May 04, 2014

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I was looking for quality bluetooth product to not have my iphone hooked with a cable now I dont have to unplug my iphone to receive a call.

Pros: The audio quality is excellent no interference so I'am very impressed,no more cables to the iphone.

Cons: I havent found any.

Not with a Hyundai Vera Cruz

Written By sparky, Frisco, TX on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Product seems well made and comes with multiple adapters for most applications. When I used it with the USB and mini RCA plugs on the console of my 2011 Vera Cruz, I had feedback and RFI noise in the speaker system. Seems like the problem may be in my car's wiring. ( HTC one cell phone and factory radio & speakers)

Pros: Well made. Good instructions and adapter cables included.

Cons: Like many blue tooth accessories, trial and error is the only way to confirm it will work with any particular application.


Written By Greg, Hampton, VA on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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This works perfectly and the sound quality is just as good as plugging in the music directly. We mainly use this for the car and we have had no issues so far.

As Good As It Gets

Written By Bob, Phila. PA on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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simple, simple, simple. performs perfectly. Price is a real bargain.

Reliable, small, convenient

Written By David A, Holden, MA on Friday, February 07, 2014

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I purchased this item so as to conveniently listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks and general smartphone messages from my Android phone. It works fine.

Pros: Conveniently listen music, audio books, etc. while driving.

Cons: Not sure why, but at least in my case, it doesn't transmit phone conversations over the bluetooth connect.

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Written By Ed D., Chadds Ford, PA on Friday, January 17, 2014

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The Cobra AirWave is a great way to add Blue Tooth to any stereo system. I installed it on my home stereo on About 5 minutes.

Pros: Simple and easy to install and set up.

Cons: None!

Cobra AirWave CWA BT150

Written By PLC, Tequesta Florida on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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I needed a way to make my boat and older home stereo available by bluetooth to receive the music from my iPhone. The device works very well, is small, portable and the sound quality is excellent. I'm not sure how long a charge lasts but it would be nice if this device had a battery and or a way to plug it in. For very little money, you can make your car, boat home stereo into a blue tooth device!

Pros: light, portable, easy to recognize and add devices

Cons: its rechargeable but doesn't have a plug.


Written By Fernando B, Fort Worth, TX on Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Amazing product!!! Use it in my 2009 Volkswagen Touareg and it's easy to operate just play the button and it starts playing. It stays charged for a good amount of time. I keep an extra USB charger in my car and charge it while I'm driving.

Cons: Phone calls not transmitted only music.

Great Tool to Add Bluetooth Functionality

Written By MG, New York, NY on Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Love this little item. It was easy to set up with my receiver (Onkyo TX-8020), easy to pair, and it's worked beautifully since day one. The streaming connection is great - very clear sound and I've never had any issues with weak or dropped signals. The only slight issue I've had is a kind of popping sound when music isn't playing. It's very minor - I'd still give this 5 stars and highly recommend it if you want to add a streaming bluetooth connection for your receiver.

Pros: Very clear, high quality sound Easy to set up and use

Cons: slight popping noise when sound is off but Bluetooth connection is on.

Cobra AirWave CWA BT150

Written By L.A., Los Angeles on Saturday, December 21, 2013

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EXCELENT product ,works really well easy set up

Cons: None

Not Perfect But Pretty Close

Written By Chas, Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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This unit works perfectly in my setup. I am using it with my stereo receiver to stream music from my iPhone to my surround system. When the actual bluetooth signal is received and music is streaming the sound is crystal clear. If there is any signal loss it is extremely minimal. Here is where the system is not perfect. When the receiver is on and the bluetooth connection is made but before you hit the play icon to start the music, the unit emits a buzzing sound from the speakers. This also happens when you hit the pause button. However when the music is playing there is no buzzing and the sound is very clear. There are ways to avoid the buzzing such as establishing the bluetooth connection, start the music on your device and lastly, turn on the receiver. None of this is bothersome enough for me to not use the system. In fact I bought two more units for my two other receivers. They all work in the same manner. Since the unit does produce a quality bluetooth signal I would not let this minor annoyance stop me from using it. I do like the units and can recommend them. After using the unit you will learn how to get around any buzzing or popping before your music begins and when you stop the music. If it was not for this one issue it would be getting a five star. However the music is produces is a five star.

Pros: Very easy to set up, pairs in a snap. Produces crystal clear music signal.

Cons: Just the slight buzzing sound when in pause mode.

Cobra Airwave for motorcycle.

Written By Fanarkin, Salt Lake City,UT on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Easy install on motorcycle fairing. I just plugged it in to the 1/8 input on the front of the stereo and mounted it with velcro to the inside of the fairing. I can recharge it with the cigarette lighter. I can now stream music without connecting any wires.

Pros: Small and easy to set up.

Cons: USB connection inside of unit seems to be a little weak.

Cobra AirWave

Written By Shari, Phoenix AZ on Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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Works great, easy to set up.

Pros: easy to set up and use

Cons: none

Cobra Air Wave Rave

Written By Ken P, Vero Beach Florida on Sunday, November 24, 2013

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I found the device perfect for adding Bluetooth capability to my Bose surround sound system. The Bose store would have you trade in your "legacy" system for their latest version but for small money output I can take advantage of my iPad, iPod and iPhone wire free connections.

Pros: Small, easy to connect, sound quality, priced right

Cons: None thus far

Very happy

Written By Macfast, Baton Rouge LA on Monday, November 18, 2013

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Very good sound quality. This replaced a BlueTooth receiver from my cellular provider. Was never quite happy with that one. The music always sounded like a low bit rate MP3 recording (the MP3's on my phone are all at 256 kbps). I'm guessing the D/A converter on this Cobra unit is much better, as the sound quality is now actually better than when I plug directly into the headphone jack on my phone (which says the D/A in the Cobra is also better than the one in the phone.)

I also like the battery operation. Now I just plug it into the radio aux in and put it in the console. Don't have to mess with a usb power line from the cig lighter. I use it for about an hour each day, going to and from work. The battery lasts 2 weeks+ before it needs charging. I turn it off when I get out of the car. My only concern is that the on/off slide switch will eventually wear out from being actuated 4x/day. Great device for the money and Crutchfield service excellent as always.

Pros: Very good sound. Battery operation makes it very convenient.

Cons: There's some buzz if you try to use it while plugged in to a USB cable for power. My other one did this also. May be noise from the USB transformer I plug into the cig lighter.

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Written By United States, NewWindsor on Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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Work's great. I have been pleased with all cobra products. I ran one of there cb for 20 years.

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Written By Kris, San Francisco, CA on Monday, October 28, 2013

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Excellent product, very easy to set up, battery charging lasts for longer period

Pros: 1. Very easy to set up 2. Adds blutooth function to any equipment with Aux RCA or audio i/p 3. Compact size 4. Comes up with all necessary cables

Cons: No text display to indicate connection or battery status

Neat Little Box

Written By Adam, NC on Monday, October 21, 2013

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Works Great! Exactly what I expected. Just be careful with the aux cable, if it moves a lot it can induce static.

Pros: Small, Long Battery Life, Same charging port as my android phone

Cons: None yet.

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What's in the box?

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  • AirWave wireless receiver
  • 40" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
  • 59" 3.5mm-to-RCA cable
  • 40" 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Registration card

Product Research


Overview: The Cobra AirWave (CWA BT150) is a wireless receiver that allows you to play music from your Bluetooth-enabled media device through your car or home stereo. It comes with a USB charging cable and two audio patch cables (3.5mm-to-3.5mm and 3.5mm-to-RCA).

Bluetooth Technology: The AirWave has built-in Bluetooth 2.0 with a range of approximately 33 feet (10 meters).

Rechargeable Battery: The AirWave is equipped with a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery can be charged via the supplied Micro USB cable, or you can operate the AirWave while it is plugged into your computer or other 5V USB Type A charging port. A fully-charged battery will provide enough power for approximately 12 to 15 hours of playback time.

Cord-Wrap Design: The AirWave's innovative Cord-Wrap Design allows you to take the needed cables with you by wrapping them around the unit.

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