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JL Audio MBT-RX

Marine-rated Bluetooth® adapter

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JL Audio's MBT-RX adapter is the simplest way to add Bluetooth audio streaming capability to almost any stereo system.

JL Audio's MBT-RX adapter is the simplest way to add Bluetooth audio streaming capability to almost any stereo system.

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Bluetooth® for the great outdoors

JL Audio's MBT-RX adapter is the simplest way to add Bluetooth audio streaming capability to almost any stereo system. Compact, tough, and weatherproof, it's ideal for boats, motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and more.

Bluetooth® for the great outdoors

JL Audio's MBT-RX adapter is the simplest way to add Bluetooth audio streaming capability to almost any stereo system. Compact, tough, and weatherproof, it's ideal for boats, motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and more.

Once you install this adapter, you'll be able to control audio directly from your Bluetooth device. Pairing is quick and easy, and after that initial pairing, the MBT-RX will automatically reconnect to your smartphone. It connects to any amplifier with line-level inputs or to any source unit with an auxiliary input, so it works with a wide variety of systems. A 5' RCA cable is included.

With a 35-foot operating range, this water-resistant adapter will add the convenience of Bluetooth audio streaming to your boat or powersports vehicle without a lot of muss or fuss.

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Product highlights:

  • marine-rated Bluetooth® adapter
  • add Bluetooth audio streaming capability to almost any audio system
  • IPX6 water-resistant
  • includes 5-foot RCA cable
  • ideal for boats and powersports vehicles
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 91126

What's in the box:

  • Marine Bluetooth audio receiver (attached 14" power/ground wires and 5' stereo RCA cable)
  • Instructions on packaging

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Great way to add bluetooth

Crutchfield customer from Council Bluffs, IA on 8/23/2019

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Works flawlessly

Pros: Bluetooth

Cons: So far none

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Crutchfield customer from Lexington, SC on 8/4/2019

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Crutchfield tech chat recommended this product as an "easy" addition, compatible with my marine stereo. He was 100% accurate - (and I like easy!) 10 minute installation time. The unit connects quickly and maintains a strong bluetooth signal that never drops. Love it!

Pros: Easy installation, Bluetooth connects quickly and never drops a signal.

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Sandwich, IL on 7/30/2019

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Works as advertised. Crisp clean sound.

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Awesome

Crutchfield customer from Greensburg, PA on 7/23/2019

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Reconnects every time

Pros: Easy install reconnects every time

Cons: none

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Love It

Crutchfield customer from Fairfax Sta, VA on 7/4/2019

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Very nice - Fast connection and range for my installation was about 50 feet. Installed to add bluetooth connectivity to my existing boat head unit without changing it out because no new head units would work with my wired remotes and newer remotes would not fit/fill the existing cutouts in dash ect. and I did NOT want to lose the helm control -most importantly the volume control. For me the MBT-RX was the PERFECT fix.Super simple install, reliable and instant bluetooth connection to iPhones (which was my only need) and before I secured it under the dash a thunderstorm soaked it and it is fine.

Pros: It performed exactly as advertised and added exactly the functionality I needed.Fast bluetooth connect - and simple.

Cons: None I can think of.

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Crutchfield customer from Suwanee, GA on 7/3/2019

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Painless. Worked perfectly.

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Crutchfield customer from Swansea, IL on 6/11/2019

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Very easy to install. Synced instantly to my iPhone 10. Customer service was fantastic. Walked me through the entire process including tips on installing. Stopped me from purchasing something that wasn't going to work for me

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Crutchfield customer from Staten Island, NY on 5/26/2019

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Excellent product and a very simple setup. Range is about 25ft in my application on a boat.

Pros: Ease of installation Ease of setup

Cons: Lack of range

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Perfect

Crutchfield customer from Statesville, NC on 5/6/2019

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Works perfect, 5 mins to install.

Pros: Easy, quick install

Cons: None that I can tell.

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Bluetooth upgrade

Crutchfield customer from Pilot Hill, CA on 5/4/2019

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Big bang for the buck.

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Crutchfield customer from Rockford, IL on 4/29/2019

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Excellent product extremely fast shipping an one happy customer thanks crutchfield.

Pros: The shipping was super fast

Cons: None

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Easy, if you are know what you are doing

Peter from Shrewsbury, MA on 4/11/2019

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It is easy to install and easy to use. I like the little fuse holder and the cinch- connection.

Pros: nice and easy to stream music, It is able to connect to more then one source. The firs source who starts streaming will be streaming

Cons: it is not a con, but I wanted to mention, a microphone plug would be beautiful, because then you could receive and answer phone calls.

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Crutchfield customer from San Mateo, CA on 4/1/2019

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Works like a chrm.

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Crutchfield customer from Chico, CA on 3/18/2019

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Just got it installed. Pairs up and plays nice loud and clear signal. Used a ground loop isolator and that was 10 bucks well spent. No connection for calls, but I suppose that requires a microphone so that's no biggie.

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Crutchfield customer from Flowery Branch, GA on 2/5/2019

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Easy to install. Worked first time. Sounds great. No downside

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David from Hilo, HI on 1/12/2019

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Easy install on my portable stereo project. Everyone can buy anything from amazon etc nowadays but for audio I always choose Crutchfield because I buy the seller in this arena. Top notch in every aspect!

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Easy Install, will save you time and money!

Patrick from New Bern, NC on 12/22/2018

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Exceptionally easy to install on my boat. I had an older gen. Jensen radio in my 08 Key West, without bluetooth capability. Install took about 5 mins and I no longer need a pesky aux. chord flapping around my console and I can control the volume and tracks from any position in the boat. I would highly recommend this product, saved me hours of time and frustration, and hundreds of dollars buying a new unit.

Pros: Easy to install, modernizes your older unit without the cost or time of rewiring your entire system.

Cons: None

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Great BT Receiver!

Nick from Clarkston, MI on 11/18/2018

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Love this thing! Used it to replace a different brand I was using in my Pontiac G8 and this works better. Now I bought a 2nd one to retrofit my wife's 2011 Malibu with too! Highly recommend!

Pros: Auto-connects, easy to install, no background humming or hissing, blinking blue light when waiting for a connection & solid blue when connected. There is a sound when device pairs, but it's quiet/subtle.

Cons: Been using for a few weeks, and no cons yet!

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Edward from Antelope, CA on 11/13/2018

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Hooked this thing up to my receiver with a 12v. DC adapter and it works great! Great range as well!

Pros: Great reception distance!

Cons: None.

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Crutchfield customer from Gold Beach, OR on 10/22/2018

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Perfect, East install Works as it should, No Noise.. Just Easy!

Pros: Works like it should

Cons: I should have installed it sooner

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Allen from Blackshear, GA on 9/20/2018

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Installed 2 of these in boat audio systems and they are great additions to older systems ...

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Joe from Mount Pleasant, SC on 9/19/2018

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Using MBT-RX in an antique jukebox application. Spliced power leads to a AC / DC 12 volt adapter. Plugged RCA connectors into Aux. port on amplifier. Mounted MBT-RX to back of jukebox cabinet. Great reception no interference from jukebox cabinet structure. Connects quickly to laptop computer and stays connected. Excellent!!!!!

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It works

John from Tuscola, IL on 7/16/2018

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I installed it under the dash of my 21' boat and it works perfectly from anywhere on the boat.

Pros: Made an old Clarion useful

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Riverview, MI on 7/16/2018

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Works great easy to install.

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 7/12/2018

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Easy to install Has the best distance (up to 35 ft)

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Crutchfield customer from Watertown, MA on 7/1/2018

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Easy to install... great connectivity range.

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Andrew from Oak Lawn, IL on 6/14/2018

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Connects quickly every time and easy to wire up with just power and ground and rcas

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Excellent, would buy again.

Crutchfield customer from Mound, MN on 5/27/2018

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Works perfectly. Very long range, I can control it from several boats away. Never looses connection, and sounds great. It goes into auto-pair mode when you've been disconnected for awhile, so you do need to select it in your bluetooth each time. It connects immediately. It would be nice if it could be triggered by the remote power out of the head unit, but it draws very little power.

Pros: Easy install, quick BT connection, good quality.

Cons: No remote turn-on.

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Daniel from Austin, TX on 5/8/2018

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Worked better than I expected, small little guy works great in this hot rod and syncs up easy. keeps it simple

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Beats Competition

RednecKreations from West, TX on 5/7/2018

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Great signal receiptability. Clear. Was using Dual's much more expensive unit but BT kept dropping. Two thumbs up!

Pros: Easy & quick connectivity.

Cons: Maybe future versions could have a remote wire out for amp turn on.

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Christopher from Washington on 4/22/2018

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Used this for a portable speaker system, it works great.

Pros: Small compact design.

Cons: There is only a sticker on the back, no cover.

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Easy to give life to a old stereo

Mark from Lima, OH on 4/10/2018

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I have a old Kenwood 7120 nav. Receiver in the RV I just bought and I wanted to be able to use my phone for the Pandora and Sirius app. I hook it up to the Video input on the receiver and it works great.

Pros: Easy hook up, Connects easily, small and can be placed out of sight.

Cons: If I had 1 thing about this unit , it would be it does not have a wire that would make it a remote turn on. On a car you could easily hook up to ign. On. But with the RV you have 2 power sources 1 from the chassis battery and 1 from the House batteries, so I put a toggle switch to turn on and off.

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Ryan from Summerfield, NC on 4/8/2018

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THe jl audio Bluetooth receiver works great on my rzr side by side if I'm sitting still but as soon as I put it into drive and start moving it cuts in and out or just totally cuts off for some reason. Very unhappy with product.

Pros: Receiver picks up phone from a good 100 yards away

Cons: Only works if not moving. As soon as vehicle starts moving it no longer works.

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Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Ryan to help him further. We'll either help him get the bluetooth adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Just what I was looking for...and right priced!

Darren from Chesterfield, VA on 4/3/2018

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This device was exactly what I was looking for to upgrade my few-years old Jensen marine head unit. I was using a 3.5mm plug into the AUX in ports on the head unit but wanted bluetooth. In my searches for a new head unit I found this JL Audio unit that was super easy to wire in to 12V supply and then plug into the Aux In RCA jacks on my head unit. It grabbed my iPhone instantly and every time I boot the unit up. Great for Pandora while out on the boat. Controls for forward, like, and skip remain on the phone but that is fine with me. Of note, I ordered one of these Open Box and it didn't play the left channel at all. One call to Crutchfield and a replacement unit was sent out next day and received the day after. Although the open box item didn't work for me, the customer service and ease of return (including prepaid return sticker) made up for the slight inconvenience. Highly recommend this product if you want to add bluetooth to your boat and I would imagine that as long as you could get 12V supply and have RCA inputs on your auto stereo system you could add bluetooth there as well if you wanted.

Pros: Ease of installation. Instant pairing with phone. Right price.

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Kenneth from New Hampshire on 4/3/2018

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Easy to install works great

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Can't think of any

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Crutchfield customer from Captain Cook, HI on 4/1/2018

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Used this dongle to add Bluetooth useability to an older quality stereo. Now we can use it to stream online music from Pandora and Spotify to our speaker system instead of a small (by comparison) portable BT speaker. It was pretty easy to accomplish thanks to a you tuber.

Pros: ease of installation

Cons: only 1 device can be connected at a time.

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Crutchfield customer from San Jose, CA on 3/27/2018

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Works great

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Awesome way to add wireless music

Jon from Scottsdale, AZ on 3/14/2018

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I wanted to add Bluetooth audio to my '72 Bronco without replacing the head unit I installed a couple years ago. This thing works great. Easy to wire and pairs up instantly when powered on. Cheap and effective way to add wireless music.

Pros: Cheap Easy install Effective

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Tampa, FL on 1/15/2018

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Great product! This little device hooked right up to the old Clarion XMD3 stereo in my center console boat. I used the existing blue/white wire for power and it worked great on the Aux setting. Now I can easily connect to my ipod or iPhone for music when off shore.

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JD from Olympia, WA on 1/8/2018

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This is s great product to help transition older equipment into today's Bluetooth world. When I bought my IPhone 8 I couldn't plug in any longer to listen the Spotify or Podcasts I so enjoy in my pickup. I wanted a good clean signal without the hassle of charging something or using FM. This fit the bill. It took 10 minutes to connect the wires and works great. It is out of sight under the dash and no more messy wires. Great product!

Pros: Easy to hook up and low signal noise. No charging.

Cons: I haven't figured out how to pair automatically yet. May be me;)

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Great bluetooth adapter

Dominic from Youngstown, OH on 12/8/2017

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The JL Audio MBT-RX was great for adding perfectly clear audio through Bluetooth to me cars receiver that did not have Bluetooth originally. Reliable product with durable cords.

Pros: Compact and hidden discretely. Functions outside of vehicle up to 40 feet away.

Cons: Does not automatically re connect with a paired device, when turning car from off to on, as it does not have memory (only 12V switched power source; no cons. 12V)

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Crutchfield customer from Miami, FL on 11/21/2017

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Good sound quality, does exactly what i needed it to.

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Nice Clean Sound

Nicholas from FL on 10/19/2017

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Best receiver I have had. Worth paying a little more for quality. Nice clean sound and auto connects after initial connection.

Pros: high quality clean sound easy to install auto connection no signal loss from at least its rated range

Cons: No cons so far

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Perfect for the purpose

Chris from Seattle, WA on 9/13/2017

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Works great. My devices associated with it right away. Simple installation.

Pros: Easy to install. Draws minimal current so works off my amplifier remote power from the deck, no need for a relay.

Cons: None so far.

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Brian from Louisville, Ky on 9/3/2017

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Reliable and connects quickly. Going to purchase another for my other vehicle.

Pros: Connects quickly Great sound quality

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Crutchfield customer from Raleigh, NC on 8/14/2017

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This is a great product. Replaced a bluetooth device that plugged into cigarette lighter. The JL Audio unit has great sound quality! Very pleased

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Great

Lenin from Miami on 7/12/2017

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Very well

Pros: fine perfomance

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Charleston, sc on 6/26/2017

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Works great!! Connects as soon as I turn on my car. Wired this to my stock stereo and I couldn't be happier.

Pros: Quick connect No buttons No batteries

Cons: RCA jacks Had to convert to 3.5 so tend to get some static with certain sounds

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Nice and easy

David from Chicago on 6/22/2017

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Great product with an easy install. I connected this device to my clarion cmv1 head unit in my boat it works great and has great range.

Pros: Easy install Small unit good range Great price

Cons: None that I can think of

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Billy from Lexington, KY on 6/22/2017

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I like this, and would buy it again. However, I am disappointed with the range. Perhaps my application is a little different, as I don't have it installed in a vehicle/boat. It is attached to an amplifier on my house deck. Therefore, I will often be walking around, and it tends to get choppy with any movement or distance over about 10 feet.

Pros: Easy to install Seems to be good quality Easily visible to other bluetooth devices

Cons: Not the greatest range Simple interference causes choppy connection

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Great BT source!

Robert from Lake Saint Louis, MO on 6/21/2017

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I now have two of these. One in the boat feeding an Exile ZLD and one in the TR8 feeding an Audiocontrol Overdrive Plus. BT connects instantly. Nice strong clean source signal.

Pros: Instantly connects Clean strong output

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Crutchfield customer from Stokesdale, NC on 5/14/2017

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Great product. Works as advertised. Sync's right up each time after pairing.

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Great receiver

Dan from St Louis, MO on 5/9/2017

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This is the second Bluetooth receiver I've installed. The first one came from my local big box electronics store and was really noisy. After being beyond annoyed with it I decided to try the JL out. 0 noise, always connects, and sound great. I fully recommend this product.

Pros: No noise!!!

Cons: None

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John from Ft Worth, TX on 5/3/2017

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I have two of these installed in both of my Jeeps. They connect to my phone in less than 3 seconds. The sound quality is perfect, and the hookup couldn't be easier! Awesome product!

Pros: Connects lightning fast, small and easy to conceal, great range!

Cons: None!

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Donterion from Brenham TX on 5/1/2017

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Love this item

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Glad I bought 2

Brad from Baudette, MN on 5/1/2017

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This works great! Good range and fast to pair.

Pros: Works amazing

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Deer Park, TX on 4/30/2017

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Works great!!

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Crutchfield customer from Clarksburg, NJ on 4/24/2017

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super value just what I was looking for

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Crutchfield customer from Philadelphia on 4/17/2017

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What's not to like? Good stuff. Easy install.

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Awesomd

James from Conroe, TX on 4/11/2017

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Works great. Connect everyone with no problem.

Pros: Easy set up and flawless connection

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Crutchfield customer from Williamsburg, VA on 3/23/2017

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Great product. Used it for a small set up in a classic car. The connection sound is a small tone which is very nice. The audio sound is much louder and the quality is better.

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Crutchfield customer from Vista, CA on 3/3/2017

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Straight forward as can be. Used for stereo bluetooth on my old stereo and telephone with a 12V power cord

Pros: compact and reasonable

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Crutchfield customer from Minneapolis, MN on 2/19/2017

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Installed in classic truck to maintain factory look. Installs in minutes. Sounds great.

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Scott from AR on 2/5/2017

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Product works well great signal. Has very little white noise. Compared to other blutooths.

Pros: Small and easy set up take Little time.

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Crutchfield customer from Sanford, FL on 1/15/2017

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A great way to add Bluetooth Audio to your old car or boat. Works perfect. Sound is great. It was very easy to add to the car. I did need to find a switched power lead to tap into but other that that it's easy to install. I'll probably get one for the boat.

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Crutchfield customer from Suffolk, VA on 1/2/2017

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Works great.

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Simple for installation, good quality product

Yani from CA on 11/27/2016

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Very easy to install. I do't use cassettes anymore and I stuffed it into the cassette player slot of my stereo. Works like charm. Sound is clean and balanced.

Pros: easy to install compact simple

Cons: none

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Good addition.

Oscar from Arlington, TX on 10/30/2016

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This a good addition to your sound system, the connection goes automatically (at least on my iPhone whitch is the one that I use), fidelity is good, the only issue that I found is that I heard a little white noise, very subtle, but I heard it, that's why one star less, I did different tests and it shows that it is from it, I will recommend it to my friends (I already did and they liked it), as I said it's a good addition without hassle to how to connected.

Pros: Automatic connection, good fidelity.

Cons: A subtle white noise.

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Edgar T from Cabo Rojo, PR on 10/13/2016

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Amazing product just great

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Storm from Atlanta, Ga on 10/7/2016

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This product is great connects of the first try and sound really good. I had another bluetooth and it wasn't that great.

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Installed on a motorcycle

Rudd O from Delray Beach, FL on 9/27/2016

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Simple install, once paired with my phone it connects instantly when powered.

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Great product!

Bryan from Missouri on 9/24/2016

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Love it. installed it in my car and Works so well I put one in my boat.

Pros: Easy to use. Has great range. So easy to install you don't need instructions

Cons: Only con is this isn't standard in every car already.

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Carlos H from Miramar , FL on 9/13/2016

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Very easy to install with great sound. Also it sincs easily on any phone. The only thing I did was put an on- off Marine toggle switch on it because I had no other way of keeping it off when not in use.

Pros: Easy to install and use.

Cons: None

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Rbl from Kapolei, hi on 9/8/2016

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It's compact size makes it easy to install in minutes. Works better than advertised. Range is awesome. Sounds great. Can't beat the price. Thanks

Pros: Size, sound, price

Cons: None

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Love it!

Derrick from Chesnee sc on 9/5/2016

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I used this to control the audio on my motorcycle. I am very pleased with its performance.

Pros: Easy to install. Small enough to mount about anywhere.

Cons: None.

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Crutchfield customer from Little Rock, Arkansas on 8/26/2016

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Installed it in the boat with ease and it works like a champ. It is exactly as advertised.

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Typical JL Audio quality

Patrick from St Louis, MO on 8/17/2016

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Simple to install and works great. Typical JL Audio quality.

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Easy Set Up, Sounds Great!

Sailonbye from North Branch, MN on 8/17/2016

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This is the easiest piece of audio equipment I have ever installed! It also worked flawlessly right from the beginning. Synced up to my iPhone almost instantly and sounds fantastic. We have a MB Quart Nautic Audio system installed on our sailboat which has RCA inputs making the hookup easy as pie.

Pros: Super easy set up Sounds great

Cons: None

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Great Bluetooth add on

Matt from Rochester,ny on 7/19/2016

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Install was a breeze. Power, ground and rca's. I connected the power to the remote turn on of my amp as well as the ground. When the amp goes off I know the Bluetooth will too.

Pros: Good connection to my phone Easy install

Cons: None

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Bluetooth for the boat

Mike C from West Chester, PA on 7/4/2016

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Quick and easy installation with a great price equals endless music for the boat

Pros: Neat and clean with great sound

Cons: None

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Boat stereo

Mike from Lake Ozark, MO on 6/16/2016

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Easy to install. Easy to connect. Great sound.

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Crutchfield customer from California on 6/1/2016

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Simple to install and works great! I installed it on my boat to use without a head unit and works flawlessly.

Pros: Simple plug and play

Cons: None that I can see

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Boat Install

MacGyverdude from Winter Garden, FL on 5/31/2016

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Installed this unit on my boat and it works great. Replaced my head unit with a cup holder and now we use our phones to stream music to the boat stereo, the kids love it as they can play their music from their playlists when they are out and not have to listen to classic rock all of the time.

Pros: East install and setup. Small unit which was easy to place in a hidden location.

Cons: RCA chord was longer than i needed but not a problem.

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Charlie G from Port Deposit, MD on 5/20/2016

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Great Bluetooth adapter, this is my second one. The first worked great for a year and a half in my boat, then it wouldn't allow full volume through my phone yet everyone else's worked fine. After hours of troubleshooting I bit the bullet and just replaced it with a new one which works perfectly with my phone. Chalked it up to maybe my phone updated software that may not have worked with the old adapter, not sure but that's why I only give 4 stars. Diehard JL Audio fan and love all their products

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

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Bluetooth for boat

Zach from Minneapolis, MN on 5/18/2016

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Great product! Very simple to install. Range is great (possible better than advertised).

Pros: Simple installation, marine rated, easy to pair to

Cons: None.

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JL Audio & Crutchfield Fan, BUT . . .

Brett from Minneapolis, MN on 5/10/2016

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First I have to say that I am a JL Audio Fan as well as a Crutchfield Fan. I have added JL Audio subs and speakers to my BMW, and my Boat, as well as my Harley, I LOVE their products. I have also bought a number of products from Crutchfield and have had both great recommendations from the Crutchfield gang and have been extremely satisfied with their products. ULTIMATELY I love this MBT-RX receiver as I have one in both my Harley and my BMW, my problem is that 2 times I was sent faulty products and had to send them back once the new one arrived. Both times the first unit came to me and wouldn't power up, I can understand it happening once in a great while, but it certainly shouldn't happen 2 times on the same product. On top of Crutchfield sending out bad products (which looked like they may have been refurbished, I was told by technical support at Crutchfield that I was probably having issues with the units because of faulty electrical issues with the vehicle it was being installed on. Funny that he never bothered to ask me any information on my vehicle, how I was working through the install process, or my level of experience with things like this. That being said, once i did get good products installed I absolutely love the sound quality I get from this unit. Like others have said, you still get some Bluetooth nose once in a while, BUT the overall connection is fast and solid with very good sound clarity.

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Great for marine stereo upgrade

Alec from Chesterfield, VA on 5/9/2016

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Used this to upgrade a Mastercraft Wakeboard Boat stereo to Bluetooth. Very simple install to aux in RCA jacks , add power and ready to go. Sounds fantastic!

Pros: Easy install Great sound

Cons: None

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Awesome

JLyons from Milwaukee WI on 4/25/2016

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GREAT product. Total plug and play. Super easy to install. Plugs right into Amp to run iPHONE via this bluetooth.

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Easy install, great sound quality.

plralston from Little Rock, AR on 4/5/2016

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After some hesitation on my part (and some excellent q&a with the Crutchfield customer service associate), I bought this unit. It was easy to install (my older factory receiver required a $5 RCA-to-mini adapter), and the short wire challenges were only on my end, not the product's. Spliced into the cig lighter for power, grounded to chassis, tucked the unit behind the panel, and it paired with my iPhone 6 plus instantly. Sound is clear and effective range is a good 15', which is more than enough for my FJ.

Pros: Easy install for anyone with a basic knowledge of auto wiring. Plenty of wire for most installs. Talk to Crutchfield team about any adapters you might need.

Cons: None.

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Awesome Bluetooth

Jeff from linn, MO on 2/7/2016

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Bought this bluetooth device to integrate an ASUS tablet in my 2007 Chrysler Aspen. Easy to install, connects Bluetooth quickly, version 4.0 and APTX codec (amazing sound as opposed to aux or by 3.0). Great price from Crutchfield, fast shipping.... Exactly what I expected and needed.

Pros: 4.0 APTX Ease of installation Build quality Connectivity

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Bluetooth adapter

Jim from cape coral, FL on 1/31/2016

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Doesn't get any simpler to install and use

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Great bluethoot

CARLOS from leominster, MA on 1/23/2016

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nice and clear sound

Pros: easy and nice sound

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Works great in the car as well

Jeff T from Middletown, CT on 1/12/2016

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Installed this in my Lexus LS600hL. The small profile allowed me to hide the installation extremely well. Sound quality is noticably better than the BlackBerry gateway I was previously using. The gain level is also much higher which is fantastic. I still notice some bluetooth "noise" when no audio is playing and the volume is turned up high, but it is far less than my previous adapter. Would highly recommend!

Pros: Good sound quality Easy to install Auto connect on power on

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Fantastic - easy pairing/great sound

Crutchfield customer from Arizona on 1/6/2016

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I love this device. Sounds much better & louder than others tried... and it actually pairs every time, without fail! Use it on my H-D Road King

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Crutchfield customer from Cali on 12/22/2015

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Very easy to hook up, took me maybe 15 min. It's pretty seemless and just works, I have this hooked directly to my amplifier in my vintage car and so don't have a head unit, having bluetooth eliminates the wires and is pretty convenient. It pairs as soon as I turn it on through a kill switch so it's super convenient. Pretty cheap for what you get, considering the other options out there.

Pros: Simple Well made Just works Pretty cheap Good instructions

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J M from California on 11/19/2015

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Plug and play. If you install it near the amps then the leads are plenty long. It auto syncs every time i get into the car so no fussing with setting it up each time. sound is louder then the previous wired set up I had. It is in my trunk and I have no connection issues.

Pros: Ease of install and use

Cons: none

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Easy to add steaming music

Missed Approach MN from Minnesota on 11/18/2015

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Paired to a mid-90's CM148 Blaupunkt Arizona Cassette Deck (which has AUX IN on the back for a CD changer). Very easy to install, simply used a BLAU/8-RCA Auxiliary Input Cable to get an RCA join. Recognizes my Phone automatically, no need to pair up every time. A great way to add Bluetooth streaming!

Pros: Easy install, sounds great!

Cons: None

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Exactly What I Wanted

Mr. T from Tennessee on 11/18/2015

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Despite being advertised for "marine" use, I installed this in a vintage car for use with my iPhone (specifically, it's located within an access panel about as far away from my phone as possible). It's simple, reasonably-priced, syncs to my iPhone quickly, and sounds great. For my installation, I did need to install a noise filter to eliminate a whining noise, but after that it sounded great.

Pros: Simple, reasonably-priced, syncs to my iPhone quickly, and sounds great

Cons: None.

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JohnK from Missouri on 10/15/2015

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I had just bought my wife a new Ipad and she discovered all the music albums available on YouTube.com. I had purchased a small Bluetooth speaker but the sound was pretty anemic. I decided to look for a receiver for our home stereo. The JL Audio MBT was a great choice. I had a pile of old power packs and located one that produced 12 volts DC. I just pulled out the stereo receiver from the cabinet, hooked the JL Audio MBT to an unused input, plugged the power pack to a switched outlet on the back of the stereo and was ready to go. Pairing was simple and the fact that it will auto connect with the Ipad or my Galaxy4S phone (one at a time) is great. The YouTube music sounds awesome through the stereo. She loves it.

Pros: Price is right. Auto connects once set up.

Cons: Would love to have an internal power but that is not the original intent of this unit. Most with internal power cost at least twice as much as this unit and if you already have a 12 volt brick as I did you are good to go.

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Robbie S. from Surprise, AZ on 10/4/2015

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This is an outstanding piece of equipment. I installed this Bluetooth receiver in my classic car to allow modern sound without damaging or modifying the vehicle. The price is very good also. Pairing with my iPod and Android phone was very easy, although you can only pair to one device at a time. The only negative points I have are appearance and mounting hardware. The units label was frayed at the edges and it kind of looked used. This does not affect function at all, but is more of a subjective observation as this is mounted in a hidden location. There is 3M mounting tape to mount the unit. It also has mounting ears to use screws, but they are very delicate, the holes are very tiny and no hardware is supplied. The unit is very robust and heavy for its size and being designed for marine use the wires are sealed well. I had no hesitation mounting this in the trunk where humidity and temperature are not controlled.

Pros: Excellent function small size, easy installation, easy to pair to Bluetooth, robust construction.

Cons: Appearance and lack of mechanical fastening hardware.

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Crutchfield customer from California on 9/21/2015

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Very good Bluetooth adapter

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Owner CAR AUDIO OF FRESNO

Car Audio of Fresno from California on 9/20/2015

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It is my new go to for 12V Blutooth streaming.

Pros: This unit rocks on all levels!

Cons: There are none!: )

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Great Bluetooth Adapter

WBardin from New Jersey on 9/13/2015

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If you have an auxiliary input in your car you can easily convert it to Bluetooth with the JL Audio MBT-RX. I had installed a Bluetooth device in my Jeep Wrangler but was never happy with it. I had to pair the device with my phone every time I wanted to use it. With this device, pairing is automatic after the initial set up. It's so much better than having to pair each time! I bought a second one for a VW Jetta. It has an auxiliary input in the glove box. I bought an RCA-F to mini adapter cable. The unit is mounted behind the glove box with the adapter cable poking through the top. It is plugged into the factory adapter but can be unplugged to allow normal auxiliary cables to be plugged in if I'm using somebody else's iPod and don't want to link them to the Bluetooth .

Pros: Retains link after initial setup. Automatically links each time you turn the car on.

Cons: None

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Great Prduct

TimS from Missouri on 9/1/2015

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I installed the JL Audio MBT-RX Marine-rated Bluetooth® adapter to a Sony Marine Stereo two weeks ago. First thing I did was contact Sony tech support to request information on how to add Bluetooth. Sony said "regrettably this is not possible". After checking my Sony manual for RCA inputs, I decided so give is product a try. The install was simple. Small size makes it easy to find a spot to mount. Bluetooth pairing and streaming from my iPhone 6 was simple and the streaming has been flawless.

Pros: Size, simplicity

Cons: Nothing thus far

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Worked great for me

MisterMonkey from Indiana on 8/12/2015

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I have this connected to an aux input in the trunk of my car. I mounted it on the side panel of the trunk. I have had no reception problems, and the device seems to reconnect with my phone well upon powering up the car.

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Works great, not durable

KyleG from Kentucky on 8/9/2015

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The BT works great... however, when used in a UTV, it is fragile. The first unit broke. Once you "protect" it all the way around, it's a fantastic product all around!!

Pros: Long range, "plugNplay" and just what I needed

Cons: Needs reinforcement to be indestructible. It would only add a few pennies to the cost if it came from the factory this way.

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Works really well

Cstan from Florida on 7/24/2015

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I have a hot tub with an older ipod dock and I dont have a phone that fits it. I checked the head and it had an available RCA input connection. This was the perfect solution. It was easy to install. I picked up a small rocker switch locally that glows blue when on. It looks like it belongs and works great. I can get 20-25 feet away before it starts to loose connection. The switch is necessary or your phone will stay connected all the time. I have other bluetooth devices I connect to often so it works well to switch off this unit when Im done. When you switch it back on, my phone connects almost instantly and automatically.

Pros: Small, waterproof, easy to install, works great

Cons: leads are short but were able reach my connections.

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Excellent Product

Chris from Mississippi on 6/10/2015

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Hooked this up to an older marine CD player in the boat by use of RCA inputs on the rear of the CD player. Installation was super easy. The unit can be mounted with screws or it can be adhered to something as there is 3M tape on the back. I attached it to the inside of the t-top's electronics box. We were at the island listening to music for 5 hours and it never cut out or gave any problems. Very pleased.

Pros: Small, easy to install, and blue led light lets you know it is working.

Cons: Only con is I wish the wire leads were a bit longer.

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Boothtooth for Boat

Mark H. from Florida on 4/28/2015

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Product works as advertized, seems to reach about 20', I mounted it under the Fly Bridge on the boat and can control it from any where on the boat!, Great product!

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Features

Marine Bluetooth Receiver: Designed for marine and powersports applications, the JL Audio MBT-RX Bluetooth Receiver lets you wirelessly connect your Bluetooth equipped devices (like iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and more) to your audio system.

Bluetooth Music Streaming: The JL Audio MBT-RX Bluetooth Receiver is Bluetooth version 4.0 certified and supports Bluetooth profile A2DP for wireless music streaming. With the MBT-RX Bluetooth Receiver you'll be able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to your audio system. Music navigation and song/artist information will still be handled by your Bluetooth-enabled device.

Note: The JL Audio MBT-RX Bluetooth Audio Receiver does not support wireless hands-free phone communication.

aptX Compatible: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the JL Audio MBT-RX offers support of the aptX  codec for higher quality audio streaming from select Android devices. aptX audio coding technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality streaming for compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.

Multi-Device Pairing: Multiple devices can be paired with the MBT-RX Bluetooth Receiver, but only one can be used at a time. Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible. 

IPX6 Water Resistance: With an IPX6 water resistance rating, the JL Audio MBT-RX Bluetooth Audio Receiver is engineered to be water resistance with an IPX6 rating.

Stereo RCA Outputs: Use the JL Audio MBT-RX Bluetooth Audio Receiver's stereo pair of RCA outputs to connect to any amplifier or source unit with line-level/auxiliary inputs.

Power/Ground: The MBT-RX Bluetooth Receiver will require a hard-wired power and ground connection.

Mounting: The MBT-RX Bluetooth Receiver includes a self-adhesive backing to mount the device or you can use two screws (not included) to mount the unit.

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Installed this in a 2004 Boat that has a great receiver and amp but simply lacked Bluetooth as it was from pre Bluetooth designs. Now my boat is as great as a 2019 Works Great ! [ Dennis  Jun 30, 2019 ]
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My son is currently using a wire to connect his phone to the amplifiers in the car because his preference is to forgo having an actual head unit in the car. This will give him greater freedom of use in the car i.e. no more interference due to having the power and audio wires connected to his phone at the same time. [ Erik  Jun 23, 2019 ]
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Gus recommendation on this product was good enough for me [ daniel  Jun 18, 2019 ]
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So I don't have to run an air cord on my motorcycle audio system [ James  Jun 04, 2019 ]
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It was recommended by your helpful experts. [ Roger  Jun 01, 2019 ]
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You're the best [ Paul  May 27, 2019 ]
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recommended by a friend [ frank  May 01, 2019 ]
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IT'S JL!! [ CAROL  Apr 05, 2019 ]
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I own 2 of these units and they are very reliable and stream very high quality sound via bluetooth. [ Steven  Apr 01, 2019 ]
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excellent ratings. [ Packard  Mar 04, 2019 ]
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I saw it on a Youtube being used on an older a/v receiver to make it blue tooth capable. [ CHRIS D  Feb 15, 2019 ]
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Bought an FM transmitter for my picupk truck and it was awful. Have one of these in a boat and works great. [ Danilo  Feb 06, 2019 ]
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recommendation [ Ronald  Feb 01, 2019 ]
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very good reviews on youtube [ A  Dec 15, 2018 ]
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Best ratings for this type of receiver. [ David  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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I have a 1994 BMW 318 convertible with a Alpine non-Bluetooth radio. Bought this adapter to bring the radio into today's digital world. [ Donald  Oct 06, 2018 ]
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JL Audio is high quality. Crutchfield has for same price as Amazon, and has in stock. [ Eric  Aug 29, 2018 ]
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No wires! [ Jamie  Jul 09, 2018 ]
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Has the best Bluetooth range [ MIKE LORING  Jun 28, 2018 ]
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Easy to install in other devices [ Christopher  Jun 18, 2018 ]
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I bought this to use with a high end sound quality headunit that has minimal features. I'm hoping that it will give me a clear, quality signal so I can stream Pandora thru the Aux-in on my Headunit. I'll leave a review after it has been tested. [ Stephen  Jun 07, 2018 ]
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Great product, I already own one. [ Abass  May 23, 2018 ]
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My husband ordered this for my Can Am Spyder so that I can have bluetooth capability with my audio system & it is also water resistant [ VERONICA  May 18, 2018 ]
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it works great on all my motorcycles.. don't have room for radio just amp speaker pods and cell phone ... open road I'm good [ tyrone  Feb 02, 2018 ]
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New Bluetooth technology works with my older sat nav double din. Should have a noted volume increase, and with the RCA inputs, should be seamless. [ I  Dec 24, 2017 ]
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I trust the JL Audio name. This is going on a Polaris rzr and need extreme durability. [ John  Dec 23, 2017 ]
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Awesome way to convert my Kenwood car receiver to enable Bluetooth capability without FM transmitters. [ Dominic  Nov 25, 2017 ]
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JL products have always performed very well for me. [ WILLIAM  Oct 15, 2017 ]
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Looked better than others [ K  Sep 10, 2017 ]
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Perfect fix! [ Geologix,  Aug 23, 2017 ]
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JL audio is overall a great company so this will do great in my jetski im sure of it [ john  Aug 12, 2017 ]
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Best BT reciever I've found. Instantaneous connection, good strong source signal. [ ROBERT  Aug 10, 2017 ]
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Same brand as my marine speakers. [ Steve  Aug 01, 2017 ]
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works well [ hector  Jul 10, 2017 ]
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Item had great reviews, great price with free fast shipping. [ 2 wheel rider lady  Jul 09, 2017 ]
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Perfect blue tooth adapter [ Brian  Jul 06, 2017 ]
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Wanted to add Bluetooth to a non Bluetooth radio. Works perfect [ CHRIS  Jun 30, 2017 ]
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Needed to update older marine stereo to bluetooth capability. Easiest and least expensive way to accomplish. [ Jennifer  Jun 09, 2017 ]
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Trusted brand for top quality [ Jerame  Jun 04, 2017 ]
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JL Audio is big into car stereo and I think this will work for my car. [ Pete  May 31, 2017 ]
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Great product [ William  May 29, 2017 ]
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To eliminate the factory radio and amp in my 2009 BMW 335I xdrive sedan. My car came with the navigation system and the factory radio is impossible to replace. My local tech told me to get this Bluetooth adapter and plug it directly into my JL Audio HD600/4 amp. I was told that would allow me to play music from my android phone. [ Shawn  May 17, 2017 ]
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To add bluetooth capabilities to a factory head unit in my old Jeep. ROCK ON !!! [ luc  Apr 30, 2017 ]
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Motorcycle [ Donterion  Apr 18, 2017 ]
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I like to stay updat [ Jose  Apr 17, 2017 ]
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Needed Blue Tooth. [ Decio  Apr 03, 2017 ]
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Sounds good. Would like to give it a try. [ donald  Mar 20, 2017 ]
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Convert my 2008 tahoe to bluetooth [ Robb  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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The way it hooks up. [ Richard  Mar 11, 2017 ]
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According to the reviews and customer comments, i selected the JL Audio MBT-RX. I hope I'm not disappointed. [ udell  Feb 22, 2017 ]
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Want to add bluetooth to my vehicle [ Abass  Feb 17, 2017 ]
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a perfect addition to my MasterCraft X-Star [ Patrick  Feb 15, 2017 ]
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Brand name [ Phlash  Feb 11, 2017 ]
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Heard it was a good quality product. [ Rodrick  Feb 01, 2017 ]
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This item is chosen to update my Bose boat stereo system with a Bluetooth interface. Very straight forward installation and seemingly ruggedized. Looking forward to installing it! [ James  Jan 22, 2017 ]
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Because my infinit doesn't have bluetooth [ Kevin  Dec 29, 2016 ]
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I installed a stereo on my golf cart and wanted to be able to stream music from my phone by bluetooth. It worked perfectly! Great product! [ MATTHEW  Dec 19, 2016 ]
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Plan to update my "Old School" Alpine CDA-7845 head unit to include a bluetooth connection, so I can then use it without running any cables to either my Android and/or iPod devices. [ JESUS  Dec 05, 2016 ]
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Gift my son wanted for Christmas. [ Edna  Dec 04, 2016 ]
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Work the best [ Nelson.  Oct 11, 2016 ]
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My car audio system it's the same brand. [ Oscar  Oct 10, 2016 ]
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JL Audio reputation! [ Carlos  Aug 31, 2016 ]
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ratings and look tough for marine purposes [ John  Aug 28, 2016 ]
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It's JL audio. I was tempted to buy a 24$ NO NAME one off amazon. But for a few bucks more I'll put my faith in crutchfield and JL [ brian  Aug 16, 2016 ]
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Boat has radio Searay with no bluetooth [ steven  Aug 15, 2016 ]
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JL Audio is Awesome!!! [ Chad  Aug 01, 2016 ]
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Top pick [ Ellen  Jul 26, 2016 ]
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Adding bluetooth to my 2006 BMW 325Ci. [ Gregory  Jul 24, 2016 ]
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Just got new Harley Davidson hard bags with speakers and amp but don't want to have a head unit installed. Will be using my phone as audio source. After researching different setups and devices this was the best choice for ease of use and instalation. [ Willy  Jul 10, 2016 ]
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This is SOOOOO awesome and so easy to install! We installed in our 2009 Super Air Nautique. Life is much better without an auxiliary cord! :) [ Michele  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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This Bluetooth receiver works great in my boat. Everyone on the boat can use it and it has a great range. Still able to connect clearly at 50 feet...AWESOME. [ Mitchell  Jun 26, 2016 ]
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Great price, and a good fit, exactly what I was looking for [ Brandon  May 28, 2016 ]
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Trust in JL audio quality. I hope they don't let me down and work out of the box. [ Vinh  May 24, 2016 ]
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i have an old car with ancient navi system that intergrate hvac on the screen needed a way to get music from my phone into my car without the use of a tape deck adapter lol [ adrian  May 20, 2016 ]
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I chose this to add high quality apt-X Bluetooth streaming to the PIE auxiliary input audio converter that gives me 2 RCA inputs to use with the aux button on my factory deck. [ Joseph  May 16, 2016 ]
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friend referall [ Dennis C.  Apr 28, 2016 ]
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To have Bluetooth capability on older head unit for my boat. [ Michael  Apr 27, 2016 ]
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Wanted a simple way of by passing the need for a headunit and just play music directly from my smartphone. [ Angel  Apr 20, 2016 ]
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Auto connect the last connected device when returning to the car. Makes connecting to music enjoyable and not a chore. [ Jonathan  Apr 05, 2016 ]
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to convert my clarion to blue tooth [ Robert  Mar 30, 2016 ]
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For instalation into 2012 Nissan Rogue SL [ Andre  Mar 25, 2016 ]
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Very good unit works far [ anthony  Mar 23, 2016 ]
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JL Audio is good stuff.. We'll see how it works! [ Craig  Mar 21, 2016 ]
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Small, weather resistant, good reviews & company tech referred product in conjunction with motorcycle application. [ xxx  Mar 10, 2016 ]
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Good quality products and marine capable [ brent  Mar 08, 2016 ]
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JL performance and user reviews [ Brian  Dec 29, 2015 ]
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23 questions already asked

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I have a head unit that does not have Bluetooth, could I use this to effectively add Bluetooth to my head unit?
[ Jake F  Aug 23, 2019 ]
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Yes, as long as your head unit has an aux rca input. This has been a very reliable Bluetooth source for me. It sounds great, music is loud and clear.
[ Brian  Aug 23, 2019 ]
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Yes, I hook this unit to any old stereo receiver I had , in Garage, backyard, home theater system and have blue tooth to connect to my smartphone
[ Paul  Aug 23, 2019 ]
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Absolutely!! I used it for home use, but you can use it for you aftermarket radio as long as it has RCA input. If it doesn't have RCA audio input but it does have an AUX you could use an RCA to AUX cable and use the AUX input to make it work. It works really well and for a far range. It auto connects to your phone after it's been hooked up. Just make sure you fuse it to the proper fuse size and don't connect it to direct battery. Daisy chain the power off your ignition on wire so it doesn't draw power all the time and kill your battery slowly. Reply with any questions!
[ Garrett  Aug 23, 2019 ]
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What is the operating range?
[ Steve  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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If I had to guess I would say the standard 30 ft. By the time I get in the car it has already connected. I use on the cars headunit. Works great except it doesn't have the capability to use it for hands free talk it only has media capabilities.
[ jenna  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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I use in my boat and it works from a device on the dock. I can confirm at least fifteen foot range with it mounted in the dash.
[ Michael  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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50 ft., more or less
[ hector  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BLUETOOTH ADAPTER AS IT DOESN'T WORK WHEN THE OUTSIDE TEMP IS BELOW 32 DEGREES
[ Keith  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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I connected my mtbrx to a digital full range DS18 candy amp 4 channel and only one channel( speaker) played. Do you have any suggestions how to get all fir channels playing without spending a lot money?
[ Rowan  May 05, 2018 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Krissy  May 16, 2018 ]  Staff
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Would i be downgrading much if at all using this instead of the HRT istreamer i'm currently using?
[ Markous  Jan 19, 2018 ]
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It may be a downgrade in audio quality. I use mine to send the music signal from an iPad to the cars central located Equalizer. From there to the amplifiers. The Bluetooth 4.0 and aptx coding on the jl work nicely with devices of similar Bluetooth bandwidths (4.0, aptX) it important to note the main objective of this receiver is to be discreet and seamless while working with a decent Bluetooth bandwidth 4.0 as opposed to a lesser bandwidth of 3.0 or 2 version of Bluetooth.. for that task, this product works great
[ Jeff  Jan 19, 2018 ]
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Can you use this devise by wiring straight to speakers bypassing any head component or amplifier?
[ Andrew  Dec 01, 2017 ]
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There is no power from this unit you will have to hook it to an amplifier or auxiliary input
[ Randy  Dec 01, 2017 ]
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No. The speakers need their own power supply (head unit or amp) to drive them. This will only send a signal to those processors from your Bluetooth source (phone or tablet)
[ Jeff  Dec 01, 2017 ]
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No. If the speaker you are trying to connect to is a passive speaker this wont work. Your idea will only work on a active speaker(amplifier built into the speaker cabinet) if the said speaker has an audio input. You will also need a 8-28 volt power supply to power this device.
[ JOHN  Dec 01, 2017 ]
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No you cannot. There is no power(volume) to the speakers from the bluetooth
[ Kevin  Dec 01, 2017 ]
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Will this work for my Sony home stereo system? Have problems with rca aux cords with them shorting out...would I have to open the stereo to hook it up?
[ Cody  Nov 01, 2017 ]
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You could use the RCA cords on this to connect to your stereo. However, it's going to require some additional work & cost. The MBT-RX needs a 12V power source. So, you could buy a 12V Lithium Ion Battery pack with a built in switch and connect the red positive & black negative wires of the MBT-RX to the red positive and black negative wire of the battery pack. This would require some splicing and soldering (or just splice using black electrical tape vs soldering) but fairly simple to do. Once that's done, just connect the RCA's to your stereo & flip on the switch from the battery pack. The MBT-RX will then enter into pairing mode for whatever Bluetooth device you are using. The MBT-RX is a great Bluetooth receiver, I've used 5 of them in various suitcase boombox projects.
[ Rick  Nov 01, 2017 ]
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It would work if you have a 12 volt power supply. It requires 12 volts and will not work on 120v residential elelctric.!
[ derek  Nov 01, 2017 ]
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Does this work to add a Bluetooth speaker to a Home stereo system? I have a Soundwall Bluetooth speaker mounted behind my couch, and want to add it to my current (wired) speakers to receive output from my home theater system. Will this allow me to connect a Bluetooth speaker and feed it into the mix?
[ Richwoo  Sep 04, 2017 ]
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Quick answer is no. However, I'm not sure I totally understand your question so I'll give it a shot at explaining. If you're considering this for a home audio source, keep in mind it was designed for 12 volt systems. In other words, you would need a 12 volt power source such as a lithium ion battery pack with a switch on it. These battery packs normally come with a cable, but one end of that cable would need cut and hard wired to the red and black wires of the JL Audio Receiver as this is how you power the device. Even if you did go this route, and plugged the RCA cables to the back of your stereo, the JL Audio Receiver would just play through your existing "wired" speakers hooked up to your stereo. The Sound Wall appears to be a standalone Bluetooth Speaker with no way (outputs that is) to connect it as an "additional speaker" to your stereo. I'm not a Bluetooth expert but I don't think you can pair your phone to two separate Bluetooth receivers (JL Audio & Soundwall) at the same time either.
[ Rick  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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This is not a Bluetooth speaker. It provides a Bluetooth input signal via the RCA cables. Theoretically, you can add this to a home stereo, but you would need a 12V power source. Depending on your existing stereo, you might need to add a switch to the power (red) wire. Your stereo would also need RCA input.
[ Doug  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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Does it have a connection sound, and if so how loud is it? I tend to leave my stereo turned up and the current bluetooth receiver has a beep at nearly 100% volume upon connection. Can be very jarring.
[ Joseph  Aug 25, 2017 ]
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It does have a sound and is relatively loud. I do not see it as a problem though.
[ Doug  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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It has no connection sound that I'm aware of
[ derek  Aug 27, 2017 ]
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Yes it does have a beep, most if the time it's fairly soft but if you leave your volume cranked up it's gonna be annoying
[ Eric  Aug 25, 2017 ]
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does this work device with the Sony CDX-M60UI's BUS AUDIO IN RCA Inputs?
[ aspain  Jul 04, 2017 ]
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Curious if you've actually tried this. I have the exact same head unit on my boat and would like to add Bluetooth.
[ Doug  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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Yes
[ darrel  Jul 06, 2017 ]
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It should, assuming it's an audio in plug on the Sony. If not, you can buy an adapter that converts into a 3.5mm plug and use it that way.
[ John  Jul 04, 2017 ]
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i want to use this without a head unit and wire directly to 4 channel amp. Will I get proper 4 speaker output from the single pair of rca outputs from this unit?
[ Chuck  Apr 04, 2017 ]
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Well that all depends on if your 4)channel amp can be switched into using one pair of RCA's for both front and rear channels. If not you will have to use 2)male - 1)female y adaptors.
[ Ryan  Apr 05, 2017 ]
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mbt-rx will give you 1 pair of rca outputs. So, it depends on your amp. If it can except 1 rca in , and output 4 speakers, then yes.
[ Robert  Apr 04, 2017 ]
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WHAT IS THE DISTANCE RANGE FOR THIS? WANT TO USE IT FOR MY RV RADIO
[ Harvey  Mar 06, 2017 ]
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I have no idea of the ultimate range, I use mine in a 40 foot Trawler and have been as far as 50' from the boat and still connected (of course over water) the unit is mounted inside a cabinet near the head unit. Works great in a cruising boat so should work fine in an RV
[ SCOTT  Mar 06, 2017 ]
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I have mine on a 29 ft center console boat Works great on the boat and when out of the boat I have a range of about 25/30 ft.
[ Stephen  Mar 06, 2017 ]
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does it works for my marine clarion CMV1 stereo?
[ MARCO  Feb 23, 2017 ]
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The JL Audio MBT-RX works with any radio that has a Aux-in. If your stereo has any kind of auxiliary input then it will work.
[ Joey  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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Worked for my Jensen marine radio, if you have the inputs on the back of your radio it should work!
[ FRED  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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Will work with any radio as long as you have RCA aux input
[ Michael  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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Can I use the power and inputs on my CD changer (2005 Yukon)?
[ Paul  Dec 05, 2016 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  Dec 06, 2016 ]  Staff
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Can I wire this to plug into a 3.5mm headphone jack? I want to be able to unplug it and use the aux input for a wired 3.5mm to 3.5mm connection for my old iPod. Thanks!
[ Matthew  Aug 05, 2016 ]
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Yes should not be a problem as long as it's done correctly
[ Car Audio Of  Aug 06, 2016 ]
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Sure can. I did exactly that in my Jetta. You will need an RCA to 3.5mm adapter which shouldn't be hard to find. Mine sits above the glove box with a cable running to the AUX input in the glove box. Enjoy, works very well for me.
[ Bill  Aug 06, 2016 ]
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Sure, just get an adapter for stereo RCA to 3.5 MM headphone jack.
[ SCOTT  Aug 05, 2016 ]
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How do I access it on a 2005 Range Rover and get it to show up so I can play my music via Bluetooth?
[ Mikal  Jul 23, 2016 ]
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I installed mine on a boat, but it should be similar. Not familiar with your vehicle but you just need 12 volts for power and an audio input or aux input. I also installed a button under my dash to turn mine on and off.
[ Jason  Jul 24, 2016 ]
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Can i power this by wiring directly to the JL amplifier on a marine application? Also I have multiple JL amps powering 8 JL speakers and two subs. what RCA input is best for the audio to connect to so it plays the bluetooth on all speakers? does it matter? (I use a Clarion CMD8 headunit and lack additional RCA inputs.)
[ Dominik  Jun 19, 2016 ]
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I would only use a switched power source, either the red power wore to the main radio harness or the blue remote turn on lead for the amplifiers. As for what I know that radio only has one aux in resource so you might have to get a set of marine grade y-adapters. To allow bout aux resources to be connected just not used at the same time. These are what I used for one of my customers they are JL Marine XMD-WHTAICY-1M2F
[ Ryan  Jun 20, 2016 ]
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Does this device enter some kind of low power mode once a device is not connected? I am worried about this device draining the car's battery.
[ Yangorang  May 08, 2016 ]
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Wire it to ignition or radio on power and there won't be any current draw when your vehicle is off. Don't wire directly to the battery...
[ Hugo  May 09, 2016 ]
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Yes it will drain your battery, it should be wired to the switch, your phone will remember everything you need, great product, hope this helps!
[ Mark  May 09, 2016 ]
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I am not sure. I installed a switch in line to power the device on and off. I just ran it to a discreet location. So I turn mine off when not in use. I love this device, I have it installed on my boat and it works great!
[ Jason  May 09, 2016 ]
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You should be wiring it to a power supply that turns off with the car.
[ Jack  May 09, 2016 ]
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This should be connected to switched power source, from the after market radio or the typical red wire in a after market harness.
[ Ryan  May 09, 2016 ]
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Has anyone tried making phone calls using this? I know this doesnt have a mic, Im just wondering if it turns into a nightmarish echo chamber or if it just doesnt work at all. I want to get rid of my head unit and right now it seems I may need to get an parrot product just to make hands free phone calls.
[ Bryan  Apr 25, 2016 ]
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The phone call audio will broadcast over the sound system unless you switch to the phone on your audio settings.
[ Kevin  Jun 28, 2016 ]
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It can't be used for the phone calls. It just mutes your music and you still talk on your phone as you normally would. It doesn't make it a hands free call.. It only works for music
[ Michael  Apr 25, 2016 ]
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anyone else have connectivity issues with IOS 9.3 iPhone?
[ Tom  Apr 02, 2016 ]
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It works fine for me.
[ Hugo  May 09, 2016 ]
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Ok did some troubleshooting over the weekend- this will likely occur if you connect with a IO9.2 device, then upgrade the device to 9.3. Merely "forgetting" the MBT using the Iphone seemly does not remove the 9.2 profile from the MBT device. My workaround takes advantage of the fact that the MBT device only remembers 4 device profiles - get 4 other devices and connect each one in turn (be sure to disable blue tooth on your original IOS 9.3 device). The 4th device will displace your old "9.2 profile". Now re-enable BT on your IOS 9.3 device and connect to the MBT. Operation should be back to normal.
[ Tom  Apr 20, 2016 ]
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I haven't had any problems. I have this installed in my 1972 corvette. Let me know if I can help in any way. Dean
[ dean  Apr 03, 2016 ]
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Once paired with a bluetooth source does this automatically connect after every power on off cycle? Specifically I am planning to use this in my car to connect to my mobile and some of the other receivers i had don't auto-connect when you start up your car. You have to manually turn on the device for it to connect.
[ siva.p  Feb 11, 2016 ]
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no, once you set-up your phone/device to see this Bluetooth device it will appear every time you are near it as long as the device has power on. (just the same as your wifi connection works, once set-up it's ready to use)
[ Mark  Feb 12, 2016 ]
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I use this in conjunction with an JL Marine amp in my 1982 Jeep CJ7. I use it with my cell phone and no head unit and it pairs every time I start it up. I put it on a switched power source so that I can turn it off to allow my daughter to pair and play her music.
[ Ryan  Feb 12, 2016 ]
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It auto connects to the last paired device when turned on.
[ Jack  Feb 12, 2016 ]
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I use it in my Cadillac Escalade. You must reconnect to Bluetooth every time you restart the car. It connects very fast and has not been an issue for my wife and kids! I'm getting another for my Nissan Murano!
[ Robert  Feb 12, 2016 ]
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Yes for me it did. I use it with an iPhone. However I think this is going to depend on your device you connect to...
[ Hugo  Feb 12, 2016 ]
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