Focal Universal Bluetooth® Receiver

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

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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.

Product 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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Focal Universal Wireless Receiver

Written By Jim H, Williamsburg, Virginia on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A very nice little Bluetooth unit that worked well but I had 2 problems. The unit plugs directly into the back of my Yamaha 2009 RX-V1065 receiver using the red & white analog AV receptacles, but protruds from the back of the receiver so far that I could not close the doors of the cabinet. A bit disappointing but easily overcome using the included red/white analog cable. When plugged into an AV channel, it initially played only over the left and right front speakers. Using the stereo button on the remote, it would play over all the speakers on my 5.1 system, but, as advertised, it is only an analog signal, and did not sound as good as digital music played through the iPod Dock. I believe a Bluetooth adapter with an optical output would sound better, and so I will exchange. Also the Focal box contained adapter plugs for Europe and the UK, which I would never use, but which probably accounts for part of the price. I guess this unit is sold worldwide, but would be less expensive if sold without the adapters and let the user purchase his/her own.

Pros: Works well as advertised Easy to install

Cons: A bit expensive for an adapter which does not accommodate a digital signal. Protrudes quite a bit from the back of the receiver if plugged in directly, This would not be a problem if the receiver were not in a cabinet. Analog only, Has no digital optical output. Includes adapter plugs for Europe and the UK, which adds to the price. White light is a bit bright in a dark room.

Bluetooth Upgrade

Written By Dee, Wheelersburg, Ohio on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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I had called Crutchfield for a radio to go in my truck when I asked if a product was made to upgrade a 70s stereo to accept Bluetooth. I was amazed when the answer was yes. The little unit plugs into any of the RCA input plug ins on the back of the amp or receiver. I can now play music and control the volume from my phone. What a great idea for bringing a great old unit back to life.

Pros: Very small and compact unit. Range is great maybe more than 35 feet as advertised if no wall is obstructing the signal. The unit can easily be moved from one unit to another. I am using it to play music from stero unit in the garage to speakers in the pool area. Being able to control the music and volume from the phone is great. The music will quit if the phone has an incoming call and calls aren't broadcasted over the speakers.

Cons: None

Performs as advertised

Written By Ben K, Tennessee on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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Easy hook up and use. Would order again.

Pros: Allows family members and guest to stream music into an audio system without passwords or fuss.

Cons: none

Focal Bluetooth Receiver

Written By JBJR, Missouri on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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so easy to install ,,,, who needs instructions,,,, excellent product,,,,, ask for advice from Crutchfield and the Focal Bluetooth Receiver was recommended ... no sales pitch,, no pressure to buy ,,, just good old fashion advice.... very satisfied .....

Pros: plug in and enjoy,,, hassle free,,, connects quickly.... great transfer....

Cons: N/A

Focal Universal Bluetooth® Receiver

Written By Doug, the Washington, DC Area on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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I wanted to be able to link my cell phone and play Pandora over my home stereo. I have a collection of older gear and this adapter allowed me to make a wireless connection to my receiver. It was very easy to set up and works very well. Sound quality is limited by Bluetooth but it's fine just to have music playing. I use other sources when I sit down to really listen to music.

Pros: very affordable way to get Pandora from phone to older stereo equipment.

Cons: none

Focal bluetooth

Written By Anonymous, New York on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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Excellent receiver. Hooked it up to my creek amp and wow amazing !

Pros: First connection

Cons: Rca cables are a little short.

An Elegant Bluetooth Receiver

Written By James, Omaha, NE on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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This receiver made my old Logitech Bluetooth adapter sound like it was underwater. Pairing is simple, and the ability is to connect it directly to the stereo without interconnects is genius - very discreet. Sadly, Apple devices still don't support aptX on their devices at this time.

Pros: Great sound and no RCA interconnects needed!

Cons: None.

Focal Bluetooth Receiver

Written By VinceA, Roseau,MN on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Does exactly what i needed it to do. Will keep my receiver another year or years no need for a receiver with built in Bluetooth.

Pros: Easy to plug in and on.

Cons: None yet

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Cons: None so farI

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What's in the box?

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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

Product Research


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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