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Focal Universal Bluetooth® Receiver

Wireless receiver with apt-X® high-fidelity audio streaming

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  • Focal Universal Bluetooth® Receiver

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Looking for an easy to way to stream music to almost any stereo system? Add Bluetooth to your A/V receiver, integrated amp, or preamp with the Focal universal wireless receiver. Just plug this tiny unit into a free set of RCA inputs on your stereo system and stream high-quality audio from Bluetooth devices like smartphones, tablets, or computers — no separate dongles or adapters required. The Focal wireless receiver features apt-X compatibility, allowing for near-CD quality streaming with an apt-X compatible source.

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Highlights:

  • adds wireless streaming capability to home audio systems for use with Bluetooth devices
  • compact plug-in design
  • works with any receiver or amplifier with RCA inputs
  • apt-X compatible for near-CD quality streaming audio
  • wireless range: up to 33 feet (unobstructed)
  • includes RCA extension cable and power cable
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth receiver
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/EU/UK)
  • 12" Stereo female RCA-to-male RCA extension cable
  • User Manual

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Features

Universal Wireless Receiver: The Focal Universal Wireless Receiver enables wireless connection of your Bluetooth-enabled devices (such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or laptop/computer) to your home entertainment system. Now, you will be able to listen to music files and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled devices on your home stereo system (your home system must have a free stereo RCA audio input).

Bluetooth A2DP Technology: The Focal Universal Wireless Receiver features Bluetooth A2DP technology, which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled device to your home entertainment system. You will continue to control your music and view song/artist information from your Bluetooth-enabled device.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Focal Universal Wireless Receiver.

Apt-X Compatible: Apt-X audio coding, which is featured on a growing number of Android mobile devices as well as MacBooks and Apple desktop computers, allows audio to be broadcast wirelessly in significantly higher quality than over standard Bluetooth. The apt-X codec achieves a 4:1 compression ratio, allowing for near-CD quality listening  (16-bit/44.1kHz). You'll instantly notice more extensive dynamic range, deeper bass, and crystal-clear top end.

Stereo RCA Outputs: The Focal Universal Wireless Receiver is fitted with a set of male stereo RCA connectors and includes a stereo RCA extension cable to plug into your home receiver or powered speakers.

LED Indicators: The Focal Universal Wireless Receiver features a single LED to indicate operation status. If the LED is not lit, the receiver is off (plug the included AC power supply into a power outlet). If the LED is blinking, the receiver is powered on with no source associated to it (you can now associate a new device). If the LED is continuously blinking, the receiver is powered on and one device is already associated to it.

Power Requirements: The Focal Universal Wireless Receiver operates off of standard household current using the included external AC power supply.

  • Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz, 150mA
  • Output: 5.0V - 500mA
 
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5 out of 5

Focal Universal Bluetooth Receiver

Written By Donna S., Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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very easy to use and so far has worked like a charm. Thinking of getting another for the outdoor system.
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3 out of 5

Bluetooth receiver

Written By Larry, Bend , Oregon on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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The product works good, but I am looking for a product that I can hook up to my receiver and drive my blue tooth speaker with
Pros:
Works good
Cons:
Still looking for what I need
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5 out of 5

Focal or how to get music from iPad to your amplifier

Written By Billtil, Keswick,VA on Sunday, August 18, 2013
 
Works right the first time. Easy directions, took longer to open package than to get it working. Excellent technical help before leaving store. Precise clear sound.
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5 out of 5

Works perfect.

Written By David, Austin, Texas on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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Connects and stays connected to one device at a time. Just forget the association if you want a different. I've used it with the iPhone 5 as well as an older iPhone, 3 or 3G, I'm not sure.
Pros:
Works great
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great alternative to a new receiver

Written By Jim, Severna Park, MD on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Was looking to add Pandora to my A/V receiver but given it's age had no bluetooth. Was looking to replace entire receiver when a friend told me about the Bluetooth adapter. Easy install, works great and saved me $800!
Pros:
easy install, easy pairing with iPad
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Bluetooth receiver

Written By Daniel I, Garden Grove California on Saturday, March 09, 2013
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It is the best Bluetooth receiver I ever but, I am very happy with it because it syncs with my phone with no problems, I highly recommended to all my friends, it's very easy to use it syncs with any device that I plug into.
Pros:
It's very easy to use it syncs with any device that I plug into
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None so farI
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1 question already asked

What input on the receiver is recommended for use with this device? I have a Marantz SR 6003 receiver. [ Chris  Feb 22, 2014 ]
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  • Any input that's an RCA connection will do. I have it on the last pair of 4 RCA input pairs on a preamp in my secondary stereo system and it works perfectly. If your RCA jacks are spaced widely apart like on some audiophile preamps you'll need to run the RCA extension adapter cables that come with the unit. All the above applies to receivers too as a receiver includes a preamp (or preamps) and amplifiers. If you have a relatively modern receiver that includes the option to connect physically via HDMI or RCA on some are all inputs, you might need to go into your receiver's settings and assign the input to use either RCA if the input doesn't auto-sense what connector is being used. In other words some receivers might default to HDMI even though you've connected via RCA. [ ALVESTER C   Feb 24, 2014 ]
  • Any extra/unused imput will work. ie: if you are not using a turntable that jack can be used. Just remember to set the receiver accordingly. Hope this helps [ MARK   Feb 24, 2014 ]
  • On my Yamaha receiver I use line in, cd, or aux in for the receiver. All of them work good without distortions. [ Mike   Feb 23, 2014 ]
  • Chris, my receiver is a Yamaha R S500, but probably has a similar set-up on back panel. I was advised to plug the "focal" unit into the power source then insert the lead into line-3 in the area marked for In-put lines. I think we were told it could go into 1, 2 or 3, but 3 worked just fine. Good sound quality, works really well. Find the "In-put" on the back and use one. [ THOMAS D   Feb 23, 2014 ]
  • Aux [ BILL J   Feb 23, 2014 ]
  • Have used the aux input in my receiver with satisfactory results. This equipment is good and reliable. However, it's internal D/A is at average. Unfortunately, there is no way to connect to an external D/A. Music is received without interruption and clear, but with a lack of resolution and details. [ DERWIN   Feb 23, 2014 ]

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