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HOSA IBT 402 Drive

Universal Bluetooth interface kit

Item # 979IBT402

Nowadays almost everyone uses their smartphone to stream music, podcasts, and other audio.

Nowadays almost everyone uses their smartphone to stream music, podcasts, and other audio.

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About the HOSA IBT 402 Drive

Stream to your other devices

Nowadays almost everyone uses their smartphone to stream music, podcasts, and other audio. But it's a drag to have to use a cord to connect your phone when you're accustomed to the freedom of wireless. Hosa's IBT-402 Drive Bluetooth® interface gives you the connectivity you need, whether you're connecting a Bluetooth source to a non-Bluetooth system, or vice versa.

Stream to your other devices

Nowadays almost everyone uses their smartphone to stream music, podcasts, and other audio. But it's a drag to have to use a cord to connect your phone when you're accustomed to the freedom of wireless. Hosa's IBT-402 Drive Bluetooth® interface gives you the connectivity you need, whether you're connecting a Bluetooth source to a non-Bluetooth system, or vice versa.

Multiple modes for multiple uses

The Drive offers two modes of operation, Receiver Mode and Transmitter Mode.

  • Receiver Mode: the interface plugs into the input on your non-Bluetooth car stereo, pro audio mixer, or home audio system, and accepts audio from your phone or other Bluetooth device.
  • Transmitter Mode: lets you broadcast sound from a non-Bluetooth source to your Bluetooth-capable car stereo, headphones, or speakers.

Take it along

The IBT-402 runs on a built-in battery with up to 8 hours of life, so you don't have to worry about finding a power source when you use it. Charging is simple with the included USB cable, and the Drive can charge while in use. Now you can solve your connectivity problems with a simple, inexpensive universal solution.


Product highlights:

  • stream audio to your car stereo or other audio systems with a 3.5 mm mini-jack input
  • two operating modes:
    • receiver (sends audio from your Bluetooth device into your car or home system)
    • transmitter (sends audio from a non-Bluetooth device to your Bluetooth car, office, or home system)
  • two cables included for plugging into your source's output or your audio system's input:
    • minijack male to minijack male cable plugs into your source's output or your audio system's input
    • stereo cable (3.5mm TRS to 2 x RCA)
  • built-in battery charges via USB (cable included)
  • battery life: 8 hours
  • max operating distance: 10 meters
  • compatible with Apple and Android Bluetooth devices
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # IBT-402

What's in the box:

  • Bluetooth interface
  • 38" USB Charging cable (2.0 / type-A to micro-B)
  • 11" 3.5mm audio cable
  • 12" 3.5mm (female) - stereo RCA (male) cable
  • Instruction manual

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Overview: The Hosa IBT-402 Bluetooth Interface lets you add Bluetooth wireless capability to most any audio device that doesn't feature built-in Bluetooth, such as an analog audio mixer, turntable, or analog stereo receiver.

Bluetooth: Featuring Bluetooth version 4.2, the IBT-402 supports APTX, A2DP, and AVRCP, for CD-like audio quality as well as Bluetooth control. For added flexibility, a 2-way slide-switch on the IBT-402 allows it to act as either a Bluetooth Transmitter (TX) or Receiver (RX). This also determines the function of the 3.5mm stereo audio jack, allowing it to work as either an audio Input or an audio Output. Pressing and holding the Multi-function (Power) button will put the unit into pairing mode, with the transmitting or receiving unit searching for the IBT-402. No security PIN is required for pairing. Bluetooth range is approximately 33 feet in open spaces.

Battery: The IBT-402 includes a built-in rechargeable battery, giving it up to 8 hours of operating time in Transmit mode and up to 6 hours in Receive mode. Charging is done using the provided USB cable (2.0, type-A to micro-B) and takes approximately 2 hours to fully recharge. The IBT-402 can be charged while in use.

Controls and Ports:

  • Multi-Function Button (Power): Used to power the interface on/off, pressing and holding puts unit in pairing mode. Also contains the LED indicator. This will flash during pairing, alternating between red and blue, then switch to blue, blinking slowly, when pairing is complete.
  • TX/RX: This 2-way slide-switch determines if the unit will be operating in either Transmit or Receive mode.
  • Aux In/Out: A 3.5mm stereo audio jack is used for either transmitting or playing back audio.
  • USB: The micro-B USB jack is strictly for charging the Bluetooth interface.


  • Bluetooth Version: 4.2
  • Frequency Range: 2402 MHz - 2480 MHz
  • Supports: APTX, A2DP, AVRCP
  • Operating Distance: Up to 33 ft. (open space)
  • Internal Battery: 200 mAh
  • Operating Time: Up to 8 hrs. in TX mode, 6 hrs. in RX mode
  • Charging Time: Approximately 2 hrs.
  • Input Voltage: 5 VDC
  • Ports: 3.5mm TRS (audio), micro-B USB (charging)

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12 questions already asked

will this make my clarion XMD3 marine device bluetooth compatible with my iPhone 10?
[ john  Sep 04, 2021 ]
2 answers
If your deck has an auxiliary input this device will let Bluetooth devices find it. I've found it works well with everything I've tried it with. The usb cord it comes with isn't very high quality and gave me some noise. So I use a better cord and it helps a lot.
[ Victor  Sep 04, 2021 ]
Yes it would
[ MICHAEL  Sep 04, 2021 ]
Will this fit my 92 lexus sc400?
[ Jerry  Jul 24, 2021 ]
1 answer
Hi Jerry, Thanks for your question. This item is not vehicle specific. As long as you have a 3.5 mm mini-jack input to connect to then should be good to go. Hope this helps.
[ Kenny  Jul 24, 2021 ]  Staff
I have a Dodge Journey, 2017, that is NOT Bluetooth enabled. I'd like to use my Android phone to make/take hands free calls and voice comes through car speakers?.
[ Teddi  Feb 13, 2021 ]
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On second thought, it might not work for speaking into the phone in the car. The car radio would have to be equipped with some type of microphone to "hear" your voice. It would be able to play music etc from the phone to the car's radio if the car has an aux jack in it.
[ Richard  Feb 16, 2021 ]
It depends on the type of radio you have. If it has an auxiliary input that you can plug this device into, it should work. You'd set it as a receiver, then your phone will communicate with it, and it would send the audio to the radio through the aux. input.
[ Richard  Feb 16, 2021 ]
You need to be able to plug the HOSA into the car sound system as a "source", then pair your phone to the HOSA. If you can't plug the unit into your car system, then you're out of luck.
[ RICHARD  Feb 14, 2021 ]
If powered from a charging cable, does that mean it contains a battery and operates for some period of time as a free standing device. How long will it operate on a full charge?
[ Ken  Nov 22, 2020 ]
2 answers
battery life is good for 6 to 8 hours depending on what mode you are in
[ JOHN  Nov 23, 2020 ]
Can't give you an answer. I could pair it with my iPad but not get Apple Music to play through my stereo speakers. Still have to deal with Hosa/ crutchfield about that.
[ MARK R  Nov 23, 2020 ]
Can I use this product to connect my wired, powered subwoofer to my Sony Bluetooth sound bar?
[ Collin  Nov 16, 2020 ]
1 answer
Bluetooth in a powered sound bar is typically used to get audio into the bar and not to send it out to another speaker like this Bluetooth receiver. I wish I had different news for you there. Also, the only way a wired subwoofer can be used with a powered sound bar is if the bar has a subwoofer output.
[ Paul  Dec 01, 2020 ]  Staff
I have an older Yamaha HTR-5440 home receiver with audio output jacks labeled VCR OUT. Is an audio output signal present on these jacks with the receiver input mode set to D-TV/CBL? If so, will this device plug into those output jacks and transmit to bluetooth headphones?
[ MikeB  Nov 14, 2020 ]
1 answer
I don't have any information about the settings on the Yamaha receiver, but if there is an audio signal on the RCA jacks, the HOSA will connect and transmit an audio signal to a device that will pair with it.
[ Jerry  Nov 17, 2020 ]
I have a bluetooth car stereo (Alpine ILX650) that does not have an aux stereo input. Can I use this device to connect the RCA audio outputs of the factory DVD unit to listen over the stereo?
[ Rixter  May 13, 2020 ]
3 answers
If the Alpine connects to other sources (e.g. smartphone), it should connect to the Hosa. You could direct your question to Hosa Technology.
[ Jerry  May 13, 2020 ]
Yes the rca cable has a female TRS end that connects to the 1/8" TRS cable shown in the pic.
[ Richard  May 13, 2020 ]
[ NEAL  May 13, 2020 ]
Can the HOSA IBT 402 Drive Universal Bluetooth interface kit be paired with, and transmit to, Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones?
[ Michael  Mar 06, 2020 ]
1 answer
I would say yes. It can be a bluetooth transmitter or receiver. I use it as a receiver and connect to older systems such as an old stereo, but as a transmitter when connected to a device it can transmit a signal to these bluetooth enabled headphones.
[ Richard  Mar 06, 2020 ]
Could I use this with a car amp to skip using a receiver?
[ Jason  Jun 04, 2019 ]
3 answers
I don't understand your question completely, but the device is a Bluetooth receiver, so you could send audio from another device to this, which would be plugged into the car amp.
[ Jerry  Jun 18, 2019 ]
I'm only guessing , but I'd say yes. It should be a line level signal, adjust the volume, etc with the phone or whatever device is sending the signal.
[ Richard  Jun 18, 2019 ]
I sent it back, could not get it to work..
[ NICHOLAS  Jun 18, 2019 ]
So is there no AC adapter to plug the unit into the wall? I would be u sing it daily, plugged into my old school receiver.
[ Tom  May 05, 2019 ]
2 answers
A usb to ac adapter is what I use to keep it powered all the time.
[ Richard  Mar 06, 2020 ]
You can get an ac adapter. Enter
[ NICHOLAS  May 05, 2019 ]
Plan on putting this in glove compartment of 2015 porsche boxster s. glove box has cigarette adapter in it that i will use for charging unit with usb. dont want to open glove box to turn on and pair phone each time i get in car. please confirm i do not have to turn on each time and pair phone each time?
[ Jeff  Apr 17, 2019 ]
4 answers
Mine shuts off when no device is connected for 30 min. So you're going to have to turn it on each time..
[ Patrick  Apr 29, 2019 ]
Actually I need to press the power/pairing switch each time I power up, sorry for any confusion. You might consider the Harmon Kardon unit, as it has no pushbuttons for power/pairing.
[ Daniel  Apr 29, 2019 ]
I have one of these for my home system, and the device itself does not have a power/pairing switch, and everything is done from my phone. The device stays powered constantly in my system, and links up when I select the Hosa from my phone. If you power the Hosa down, like in a car application, you might need to pair it again, but not sure. I will try to power down my Hosa and see exactly the steps needed to relink. Sound quality and volume are excellent.
[ Daniel  Apr 29, 2019 ]
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  Apr 29, 2019 ]  Staff
Can I use it on a T.V. ?
[ Gary  Mar 22, 2019 ]
1 answer
It sure can be used on a TV that has an analog audio output! My Bio:
[ Paul  Apr 01, 2019 ]  Staff

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