JL Audio MBT-RX
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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
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.
Worked better than I expected, small little guy works great in this hot rod and syncs up easy. keeps it simple
Daniel, Austin, TX
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.Crutchfield response on 4/9/2018 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.
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.
Easy to install works great
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: Can't think of any
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.
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
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.
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;)
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)
Good sound quality, does exactly what i needed it to.
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
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.
Reliable and connects quickly. Going to purchase another for my other vehicle.
Pros: Connects quickly Great sound quality
This is a great product. Replaced a bluetooth device that plugged into cigarette lighter. The JL Audio unit has great sound quality! Very pleased
Pros: fine perfomance
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
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
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
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
Great product. Works as advertised. Sync's right up each time after pairing.
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!!!
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!
Love this item
This works great! Good range and fast to pair.
Pros: Works amazing
super value just what I was looking for
What's not to like? Good stuff. Easy install.
Works great. Connect everyone with no problem.
Pros: Easy set up and flawless connection
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.
Straight forward as can be. Used for stereo bluetooth on my old stereo and telephone with a 12V power cord
Pros: compact and reasonable
Installed in classic truck to maintain factory look. Installs in minutes. Sounds great.
Product works well great signal. Has very little white noise. Compared to other blutooths.
Pros: Small and easy set up take Little time.
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.
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
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.
Amazing product just great
This product is great connects of the first try and sound really good. I had another bluetooth and it wasn't that great.
Simple install, once paired with my phone it connects instantly when powered.
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.
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.
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
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.
Installed it in the boat with ease and it works like a champ. It is exactly as advertised.
Simple to install and works great. Typical JL Audio quality.
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
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
Quick and easy installation with a great price equals endless music for the boat
Pros: Neat and clean with great sound
Easy to install. Easy to connect. Great sound.
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
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.
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
Great product! Very simple to install. Range is great (possible better than advertised).
Pros: Simple installation, marine rated, easy to pair to
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.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 5/10/2016 Unless otherwise noted, all products we sell are new in the manufacturer's box. If an item is from our "Open Box", "Scratch and Dent", or "Factory refurbished" inventory, we clearly notate that.
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
GREAT product. Total plug and play. Super easy to install. Plugs right into Amp to run iPHONE via this bluetooth.
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.
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
Doesn't get any simpler to install and use
nice and clear sound
Pros: easy and nice sound
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
Very good Bluetooth adapter
It is my new go to for 12V Blutooth streaming.
Pros: This unit rocks on all levels!
Cons: There are none!: )
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
I trust the JL Audio name. This is going on a Polaris rzr and need extreme durability. [ John Dec 23, 2017 ]
Awesome way to convert my Kenwood car receiver to enable Bluetooth capability without FM transmitters. [ Dominic Nov 25, 2017 ]
JL products have always performed very well for me. [ WILLIAM Oct 15, 2017 ]
reviews [ JOHN J Sep 22, 2017 ]
Looked better than others [ K Sep 10, 2017 ]
Perfect fix! [ Geologix, Aug 23, 2017 ]
JL audio is overall a great company so this will do great in my jetski im sure of it [ john Aug 12, 2017 ]
Best BT reciever I've found. Instantaneous connection, good strong source signal. [ ROBERT Aug 10, 2017 ]
Reviews [ David Aug 03, 2017 ]
Same brand as my marine speakers. [ Steve Aug 01, 2017 ]
works well [ hector Jul 10, 2017 ]
Item had great reviews, great price with free fast shipping. [ 2 wheel rider lady Jul 09, 2017 ]
Perfect blue tooth adapter [ Brian Jul 06, 2017 ]
Wanted to add Bluetooth to a non Bluetooth radio. Works perfect [ CHRIS Jun 30, 2017 ]
Reviews [ kenji Jun 09, 2017 ]
Needed to update older marine stereo to bluetooth capability. Easiest and least expensive way to accomplish. [ Jennifer Jun 09, 2017 ]
Trusted brand for top quality [ Jerame Jun 04, 2017 ]
JL Audio is big into car stereo and I think this will work for my car. [ Peter May 31, 2017 ]
Great product [ William May 29, 2017 ]
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 ]
To add bluetooth capabilities to a factory head unit in my old Jeep. ROCK ON !!! [ luc Apr 30, 2017 ]
Motorcycle [ Donterion Apr 18, 2017 ]
I like to stay updat [ Jose Apr 17, 2017 ]
Needed Blue Tooth. [ Decio Apr 03, 2017 ]
Sounds good. Would like to give it a try. [ donald Mar 20, 2017 ]
Convert my 2008 tahoe to bluetooth [ Robb Mar 17, 2017 ]
The way it hooks up. [ Richard Mar 11, 2017 ]
According to the reviews and customer comments, i selected the JL Audio MBT-RX. I hope I'm not disappointed. [ udell Feb 22, 2017 ]
Want to add bluetooth to my vehicle [ Abass Feb 17, 2017 ]
a perfect addition to my MasterCraft X-Star [ Patrick Feb 15, 2017 ]
Brand name [ Phlash Feb 11, 2017 ]
Heard it was a good quality product. [ Rodrick Feb 01, 2017 ]
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 ]
Because my infinit doesn't have bluetooth [ Kevin Dec 29, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Gift my son wanted for Christmas. [ Edna Dec 04, 2016 ]
Work the best [ Nelson. Oct 11, 2016 ]
My car audio system it's the same brand. [ Oscar Oct 10, 2016 ]
JL Audio reputation! [ Carlos Aug 31, 2016 ]
ratings and look tough for marine purposes [ John Aug 28, 2016 ]
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 ]
Boat has radio Searay with no bluetooth [ steven Aug 15, 2016 ]
JL Audio is Awesome!!! [ Chad Aug 01, 2016 ]
Top pick [ Ellen Jul 26, 2016 ]
Adding bluetooth to my 2006 BMW 325Ci. [ Gregory Jul 24, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Great price, and a good fit, exactly what I was looking for [ Brandon May 28, 2016 ]
Trust in JL audio quality. I hope they don't let me down and work out of the box. [ Vinh May 24, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
friend referall [ Dennis C. Apr 28, 2016 ]
To have Bluetooth capability on older head unit for my boat. [ Michael Apr 27, 2016 ]
Wanted a simple way of by passing the need for a headunit and just play music directly from my smartphone. [ Angel Apr 20, 2016 ]
Auto connect the last connected device when returning to the car. Makes connecting to music enjoyable and not a chore. [ Jonathan Apr 05, 2016 ]
to convert my clarion to blue tooth [ Robert Mar 30, 2016 ]
For instalation into 2012 Nissan Rogue SL [ Andre Mar 25, 2016 ]
Very good unit works far [ anthony Mar 23, 2016 ]
JL Audio is good stuff.. We'll see how it works! [ Craig Mar 21, 2016 ]
Small, weather resistant, good reviews & company tech referred product in conjunction with motorcycle application. [ xxx Mar 10, 2016 ]
Good quality products and marine capable [ brent Mar 08, 2016 ]
JL performance and user reviews [ Brian Dec 29, 2015 ]
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
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 ]
There is no power from this unit you will have to hook it to an amplifier or auxiliary input [ Randy Dec 01, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
No you cannot. There is no power(volume) to the speakers from the bluetooth [ Kevin Dec 01, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
It does have a sound and is relatively loud. I do not see it as a problem though. [ Doug Sep 05, 2017 ]
It has no connection sound that I'm aware of [ derek Aug 27, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Yes [ darrel Jul 06, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Yes there is power, ground, and left and right rca female adapters [ Randy Mar 20, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Worked for my Jensen marine radio, if you have the inputs on the back of your radio it should work! [ FRED Feb 25, 2017 ]
Will work with any radio as long as you have RCA aux input [ Michael Feb 25, 2017 ]
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
This is intended to go into rca inputs, not outputs [ Kevin Aug 26, 2016 ]
Yes should not be a problem as long as it's done correctly [ Car Audio Of Aug 06, 2016 ]
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 ]
Sure, just get an adapter for stereo RCA to 3.5 MM headphone jack. [ SCOTT Aug 05, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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! [ JAMES M May 09, 2016 ]
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 ]
You should be wiring it to a power supply that turns off with the car. [ Jack May 09, 2016 ]
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 ]
The phone call audio will broadcast over the sound system unless you switch to the phone on your audio settings. [ Kevin Jun 28, 2016 ]
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 ]
It works fine for me. [ Hugo May 09, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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) [ JAMES M Feb 12, 2016 ]
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 ]
It auto connects to the last paired device when turned on. [ Jack Feb 12, 2016 ]
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 ]
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 ]