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JL Audio MBT-CRXv2

Marine-rated Bluetooth® adapter

Item # 13691369

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats,...

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats,...

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Bluetooth® control for your boat or powersports vehicle

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats, motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and more. Connect it to a receiver using the line-level/auxiliary inputs or connect it directly to a marine amplifier and use it as a stand-alone receiver. With a 35-foot operating range, this IPX67 water-resistant adapter will add Bluetooth aptX audio streaming to your boat or powersports vehicle. With a compatible device, you'll get CD-quality sound without cables or hassles.

Bluetooth® control for your boat or powersports vehicle

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats, motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and more. Connect it to a receiver using the line-level/auxiliary inputs or connect it directly to a marine amplifier and use it as a stand-alone receiver. With a 35-foot operating range, this IPX67 water-resistant adapter will add Bluetooth aptX audio streaming to your boat or powersports vehicle. With a compatible device, you'll get CD-quality sound without cables or hassles.

Ready to rock your next adventure

The MBT-CRX lets you control your Bluetooth® device while it's tucked safely away in a pocket or storage cubby. Use the big, backlit LED buttons to find the track you want, turn the volume up or down, play/pause, and turn the device on or off. Pairing takes about 20 seconds for Apple® or Android® phones, and reconnection is easy and reliable. This compact controller 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 marine- and outdoor-ready systems.

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Product highlights:

  • marine-rated Bluetooth® controller/receiver
  • add Bluetooth audio streaming capability to almost any audio system
  • IPX67 water-resistant
  • ideal for boats, golf carts, and powersports vehicles
  • 2-3/16" diameter x 2-3/8" depth
  • adapter plate included
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 91369

What's in the box:

  • Marine Bluetooth audio controller/receiver (attached 22" power/ground wires w/inline 2A mini-ATC fuse and 11" stereo RCA cable)
  • Threaded-collar (pre-installed)
  • Thick gasket (pre-installed)
  • Thin gasket
  • Adapter plate
  • Adapter gasket
  • Four 15mm Phillips-head screws
  • User Manual

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Crutchfield customer from Orland, CA on 6/4/2019

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JL audio receiver best in the market solid made well waterproof and it light up nice I love it. Installed it on my side by side and it looks great. Gave it a very clean look.

Pros: Very well made product

Cons: Could improve it by selling it in a package deal with marine amp and also tower speakers wiring included would make it easier.

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Crutchfield customer from Batesburg, SC on 5/17/2019

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Works great. Easy to install and operate. Installed on a waverunner so i would not drop my phone in the water when i wanted to change songs. Recommend this product.

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Crutchfield customer from Dumas ,TX on 9/18/2018

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Put this in my classic car along with Focal speakers and JL amp works great! The nice thing was no cutting or modifications required . Just ordered another for my 1958 Buick Caballero wagon . Thanks Ray

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AJ from Monticello, GA on 8/14/2018

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I put this on my boat. Retro fitted to my aux inputs. Works great. Easy to use. My only complaint is the delay between hitting the buttons and the response. Great quality sound. Great price

Pros: Easy install. Great quality sound. Bluetooth hooks up very easy. Looks great

Cons: Delay of response after button pushing. About 2 second delay

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Dana from Kissimmee, FL on 7/30/2018

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I bought this for a speaker system for my Seadoo. It connects easily to my bluetooth phone. I created my playlist so I can jam out on the water. Great product

Pros: Everything, easy connection

Cons: None

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Wyatt from Seneca, SC on 7/1/2018

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Outstanding product at a great price. This was super easy to install and paired quickly to my iPhone. I used mine to hook up to the receiver I have in my boat and it works flawlessly. I installed into an existing 12v socket hole I removed and allowed it to be right beside my cockpit. Perfect for what I wanted.

Pros: Easy to install, fast pairing and quick communication to my iPhone

Cons: A little slow in controlling volume. Not an issue for me since I also have a remote for radio

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Features

Marine Bluetooth Receiver: Designed for marine and powersports applications, the JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver lets you wirelessly connect your Bluetooth equipped devices (like iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, and more) to your audio system.

Bluetooth Music Streaming: The JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver is Bluetooth version 4.0 certified with support of Bluetooth profiles A2DP & AVRCP for wireless music streaming and control. With the MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Receiver you'll be able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to your audio system. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Volume Up/Down. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be handled by your Bluetooth-enabled device.

Note: The JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Audio Controller/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-CRXv2 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-like quality streaming from compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.

Multi-Device Pairing: Multiple devices can be paired with the MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver, but only one can be used at a time. Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible.

IPX67 Water Resistance: The JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Audio Controller/Receiver is engineered to be water resistant with an IPX67 rating, making it ideal for small watercraft, motorcycles, ATVs and other utility vehicles.

Stereo RCA Outputs: Use the JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Audio Controller/Receiver's stereo pair of RCA outputs to connect to any amplifier or source unit with line-level/auxiliary inputs.

Power/Ground: The MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver will require a hard-wired power (red) and ground (black) connection. It also features a remote turn-on (blue/white) for your head unit and remote output (blue) for your amplifier. Note: If the blue/white remote in is hooked to your head unit, the Controller/Receiver will power on/off with the head unit and NOT with the power button.

Mounting: The MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver requires just a single 1.125" (diameter) hole for installation. Its easy-to-install threaded-collar mounting system can accommodate installations in flat surfaces up to 1.75" thick. A front-mounted adaptor plate is included for installations in panels exceeding 1.75" thick, or where rear access is limited or not possible.

Specifications:

  • Bluetooth Profile: A2DP
  • Bluetooth Core Specification: Version 4.0 with aptX
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 18 kHz (+/- 1 dB)
  • Output: One stereo pair low-level RCA plugs
  • Output Voltage: 2V RMS
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 93 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
  • Input Operating Voltage: 8 - 28 VDC
  • Current Draw: 48mA (at idle), 64mA (at full output)
  • Remote Turn-On Output: 350 mA (max)
  • Fuse: 2A Mini ATC
  • Connection Range: Up to 35 ft.

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Customer Q&A

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I chose the JL Bluetooth controller for my pontoon boat so the iphone can remain out of the weather elements and an auxillary input cable no longer needs to be plugged into the phone. [ Marc  Jul 11, 2018 ]

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If this is connected directly to an amp can you tune the system or does it only control the volume?
[ JASON  Jun 02, 2019 ]
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I didn't install it. Only the volume, but you can do minor adjustments through the amp I believe. My amp is hidden though
[ Martin  Jun 17, 2019 ]
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By "tune the system," I assume you mean use as an equalizer??? If so, then no. It has no options directly for that. I used it to piggy back on my head unit as a remote for my boat and an input for blue tooth. I.E. I still have equalizer options on my head unit.
[ Andrew  Jun 15, 2019 ]
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Yes it connects straight to the amp and only controls volume. Any audio adjustments you would want to make would be adjusted on the amp or on the bluetooth device you are using.
[ Mauro  Jun 14, 2019 ]
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The low level output (RCA cables) connects to the AMP and it connects to your device (iphone or other) via Bluetooth. It controls the volume and also skips tracks forward or backwards. If you mean tune as in AM/FM radio, I'm not sure, I've never used a radio with it. I've used Amazon music, Pandora, and a playlist on my iphone and I can skip songs forward or backwards.
[ Julio  Jun 14, 2019 ]
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If you run this directly to a amplifier, can you control your volume and such without a head unit?... Basically just sending signal from phone?
[ Brian  Dec 09, 2018 ]
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Yes. I just bought this, an amp and speakers. And use my phone as the source. Works great.
[ TIM  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Yes as long as you have a Bluetooth amplifier .
[ Herbert  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Yes that is the setup I have
[ brandon  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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You can connect it to either your amplifier or your head unit. Though what is more important to know is that this device controls the source's audio volume (for example your smartphone). This means that whenever you press the «+» or «-» button, it will be the same if you press your smartphone's «+» or «-» button. The same goes for the rest of the buttons, except for the on/off button which turns on or off the JL controller.
[ Christofili  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Yes you can essentially use it as a head unit. It does have volume buttons on it. Great for ATVs and small vehicles
[ brendan  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Yes you can, this is a simple mini head unit. You can control the volume right from the buttons or your phone. It has a remote in and out, so you can turn on your amp when you turn this on or turn everything on with ignition switch.
[ Mauro  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Yes you can. It does need a 12v power source but it can be be directly linked to an amp
[ Andrew  Dec 14, 2018 ]
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Are the RCA cable ends female?
[ Michaelh  Jul 08, 2018 ]
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Yes. You will need a standard RCA cable to match the length needed for your project.
[ Wyatt  Jul 08, 2018 ]

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