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Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX

Universal Bluetooth® car adapter

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Overview

Our take on the Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX

This is Bluetooth interactivity made so simple. Just plug Rockford Fosgate's Bluetooth adapter into your car's cigarette lighter, plug its cable into the AUX input on your car stereo, and pair up your phone. Boom, you've got streaming audio in your car. Now that you've got your music library, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and other music apps at your total disposal, you might wonder how you ever lived without this little gizmo.

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RFBTAUX

The Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX's USB port also converts your cigarette lighter into a charging station.


This is Bluetooth interactivity made so simple. Just plug Rockford Fosgate's Bluetooth adapter into your car's cigarette lighter, plug its cable into the AUX input on your car stereo, and pair up your phone. Boom, you've got streaming audio in your car. Now that you've got your music library, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and other music apps at your total disposal, you might wonder how you ever lived without this little gizmo.

Rockford Fosgate also includes a convenient USB port on the adapter, so you can charge your phone or tablet on the road.

Highlights:

  • stream audio using this Bluetooth-enabled device
  • includes 5' coiled cable with 1/8" plug
  • included cable plugs into factory AUX input
  • USB charging capability
  • plug and play operation; powered by car's 12-volt power point
  • easy 1-button pairing
  • compatible with Apple and Android Bluetooth devices
  • weight: 0.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

If you dont want to soend so much on buying a player with bluetooth, well this is for you. Just simply hook up to your aux in your car then pair your mobile device and then you have bluetooth and can play your media now. Its the best and affordable

Anonymous, Puyallup, WA

What's in the Box:

  • 12-volt charger/Bluetooth adapter
  • 5' Stereo minijack cable (coiled cord)
Reviews

Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(24 Reviews)

Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX

Anonymous from Puyallup, WA on 10/29/2017

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If you dont want to soend so much on buying a player with bluetooth, well this is for you. Just simply hook up to your aux in your car then pair your mobile device and then you have bluetooth and can play your media now. Its the best and affordable

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Easy to use and great buy

Matt from Quincy ca on 4/20/2017

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Amazing little device, it adds the functionality that I require with such ease. Comes with a short coiled aux cord which worked perfect in my subaru tribes (which has two 12v outlets with the auxiliary port in the middle and it's all stuffed in the center console)

Pros: Simple plug and play

Cons: None

Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX

Anonymous from Atlanta, Ga. on 10/16/2016

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Motor noise in every vehicle I tried it in. Connects quickly and automatically.

Pros: Connects flawlessly

Cons: Motor noise and whine

Crutchfield response on 10/18/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team to help this customer with his motor noise. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Ward from Roanoke, VA on 9/13/2016

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So far it does what it is suppose to do.

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Allowed me to finally play music from cell phone via bluetooth

APowers from Southbridge, MA on 7/12/2016

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However playing music via bluetooth on the Equinox LS was so cumbersome that I traded in my new vehicle for a RAV4. Hard to believe Chevrolet sold a model with only AM, FM and Sirius FM (no bluetooth).

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HK Bluetooth with power from cig lighter

cc8411 from Sikeston, MO on 6/22/2016

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Easy as pie to hook up. Plugs in the aux input and a power plug for cig lighter in glove box, funky design by MB on this, but it works great. It could not be any better. I love it. Very little sound reduction to the music. I like it. Took like 30 seconds to set up.

Pros: Easy, cheap, works great, remembers up to 5 phones or whatever has bluetooth

Cons: a little background noise but it is an aux cord

Wonderful Bluetooth Product

Alan from Roanoke, VA on 6/16/2016

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This product works great Easy to install & easy to pair Also it remembers once paired Cannot answer calls but was not looking for that Wanted easy way to wireless via Bluetooth connect phone or pad to truck stereo This product does that easily and sound quality is good too. And if phone rings it allows call to be answered using other Bluetooth device Highly recommend-would definitely buy it again.

Pros: Easy to install Easy to pair Good sound Simple to operate Met all my needs & expectations

Cons: None

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Josh from Denver, CO on 5/20/2016

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Love the feature of this product that turns itself on and off when car is turned on and off. Most Bluetooth devices that allow AUX ports to be Bluetooth compatible must be powered on and off manually.

Pros: Auto On/Off

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Great Device

John S. from Woodbury, NJ on 5/13/2016

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Easy install and great way to get Bluetooth in your car to stream!

Pros: Price and Quality

Cons: None for me at all

Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX

Jose from Nogales, AZ on 4/25/2016

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Since my BMW does not come with a Bluetooth feature, I wanted a simple device that would allow me to play Pandora stations from iPhone without the burden of having it connected to a wire. This little device is very practical and simple to synchronize with my phone. I am very happy with my purchase

Pros: Practical, easy to connect, reliable

Cons: I noticed a slight deterioration on sound quality. But this is probably just natural on all Bluetooth devices and not particular to this device.

Brilliant car stereo upgrade for older cars

Swami from Blacklick, OH on 1/31/2016

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The Rockford Fosgate blue tooth adapter provides the functionality of bluetooth and USB port for older cars that don't have these built in. This adapter allows you to untether your phone and stream audio via bluetooth through your car stereo. Setup entails plugging device into cigarette lighter socket and connecting it with the provided cable into the auxiliary port. A USB port in the device provides an outlet to charge your phone in place of having a dedicated phone charger. After trying this product in one vehicle, I was so pleased that I purchased a another one for our second car.

Pros: Well designed. Easy installation and setup. USB port replaces car charger.

Cons: None.

RFBTAUX

Todd from tulsa, OK on 1/31/2016

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SYNCS UP QUICKLY NO MORE MESSING WITH AUX CORD

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Blue Tooth for Old School Rides!

SteveW from Kentucky on 9/17/2015

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This is a clever device. I was originally looking at blue tooth add-ons that featured hands-free calling, but what I really wanted was the ability to stream music from my phone. This unit does that quite well. It connects easily to my phone and initial set-up took only minutes. The unit also has a port to charge my phone, which I really needed. Downfall? Lots of alternator noise picked up. If the music's loud, the alternator whine is hardly noticeable. Otherwise, be prepared to deal with the noisy whine.

Pros: Easy to use, reasonably priced.

Cons: Coil-y cord that connects between the RFBTAUX and your head unit is ugly and short. Alternator noise can be heard.

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JoeB from Louisville,Ky on 8/31/2015

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Great Product! Very easy to connect and good clarity.

Pros: Connects easily

Cons: None

Easy Bluetooth

Midnightclubber from Indiana on 5/24/2015

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I had a device that needed to be charged, after about ten charges the mini USB failed. This device plugs into power no charging. push one button and paired easily. I love it, no worries connects instantly every time.

Pros: ease of use. connects easily every time.stays connected.

Cons: Not one that I've found.

Perfect Solution

Mike R from Colorado on 1/31/2015

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After driving a rental with bluetooth music streaming I started looking for options to upgrade the factory stereo in my LR3. After passing on several very expensive options I found this Rockford Fosgate bluetooth adapter. For less than $50 I thought I would give it a try. Turns out to be the best money I've spent. The adapter works perfectly, and the sound is much better than using an aux cord. I couldn't be happier.

Pros: Super easy to set up and use. Connects automatically every time I get in the car.

Cons: None.

Great BUT

Anonymous from Phelan on 1/25/2015

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This product is great it works perfect all the time, sound is also good my only complaint is that phone calls are not possible with this unit. Otherwise music is great

Pros: Great price and sound

Cons: No phone calls go though

Perfect

SS87 from the Washington, DC Area on 1/7/2015

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This was the perfect device because my regular option 2008 vehicle did not come with Bluetooth. So this was a great addition to my car, especially for long trips. It was also great to help other passengers with their music preferences.

Pros: Very simple, compact

Cons: None found yet

Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX

Anonymous from Columbus, OH on 11/29/2014

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I bought a Toyota Prius without the bluetooth option. This gizmo was made for me. Works perfectly.

Pros: Comes with own power supply so doesn't need charging.

Cons: Couldn't think of any

Simple to us and simlply Awsome

Dale K from Ofallon MO on 9/30/2014

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This is a great solution for streaming bluetooth audio thorugh an auxillry jack in your car. The fact that this unit combines the power source and audio connection into a single unit saves unnecasry wiires.

Pros: auto connection to smartphone and single uniti for power and audio connection. simple to use!

Cons: Nothing identified after a month of troublle free use.

Works Awesome

Trevor from West Lawn, Pa on 9/28/2014

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This is the best device I've ever boughten for my phone.

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Bluetooth receiver

Mark S from Arkansas on 6/9/2014

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Great way to play iPhone music through the audio system in my truck - with no wires! Also has a USB port to connect the phone charger. Works great.

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Fits my application perfectly

Jim D. from SE Michigan on 5/26/2014

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I bought this device to replace a damaged HTC 2200 Bluetooth adapter and the Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX is much better. I like to listen to podcasts I download to my Samsung S4 while driving and this product is perfect. The HTC sticks out from the aux input jack on the radio with is why it was how it was damaged, I had to remember to turn it off when exiting the car, and it was only usable on battery because it has a buzzing sound when plugged into the charger. The Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX is powered directly off the car battery thus it turns off when the car is shut off. Since it runs off the car power I can use for extended driving, the HTC would die after a few hours. No trouble paring and it has always connected automatically every time I entered the car. No complaints with the audio quality. Audio cable is just the right length for my vehicle.

Pros: Plug in in, pair it and forget it.

Cons: None

Works good

Anonymous from Central Wisconsin on 5/20/2014

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Once your Bluetooth device connects to it, it works great. On iphone5 I have to go into Settings>Bluetooth>find the "RFBTAUX" device, then go to the little information bubble, forget this device, then it says "RFBTAUX not paired", tap on it to pair & it will connect. This has to be done every time the car is turned off & then back on to reconnect. It would be nice if it would auto connect like my vehicles hands free does, but that's my only con

Pros: Works great once connected Has USB port to charge device

Cons: Doesn't auto connect to Bluetooth, has to be reconnected every time the car gets shut off.

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Features

Universal Bluetooth Car Adapter: The Rockford Fosgate RFBTAUX lets you wirelessly stream your music from your Bluetooth-enable device (such as iPhone or Android) to your factory or aftermarket radio via its factory Aux input. It also serves as a 12-volt/USB charger for your Bluetooth mobile device.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: The RFBTAUX features Bluetooth V3.0+EDR and provides wireless connectivity to your Bluetooth-enabled device. It offers simple one-button pairing. You'll be able to wireless stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth device to your factory or aftermarket radio through its Aux input. Your device's music will be heard through your vehicle's speakers when you have your radio set to the Aux input. You will continue use your Bluetooth-enabled device to navigate your music and to view song/artist information. 5' minijack cable included.
  • USB Charging: The RFBTAUX also features a 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter and USB port to charge your Bluetooth mobile device while streaming your music through the vehicle's audio system. USB charging cable not supplied.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the RFBTAUX.

Warning: This Bluetooth adapter does not offer phone functions.

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Good reviews [ Daniel  May 04, 2017 ]
I am intrigued by the auto on/off feature, its ability to remember the paired device, and that it allows additional charging from the charging port. I hope this device is as advertised... My 2008 vehicle has built-in Bluetooth for phone calls, but not music. Now I have both. [ shane  Oct 17, 2016 ]
Great price and has the features I need. [ John  Apr 17, 2016 ]
It was simple and exactly what I was looking for [ Joseph  Dec 16, 2015 ]
I bought one this summer and it works fantastic. Bought two more for Christmas gifts. Always excellent service and prices from Crutchfield. [ Brian  Dec 08, 2015 ]

5 questions already asked

I only synced one device. It worked fine for 3 months then it died on me [ Francisco  Jan 08, 2015 ]
I'm not 100% sure, but I believe it only pairs to one device at a time. However, there's no code to enter when pairing to phone, so it's quick and easy to do. [ Gregory  Jan 08, 2015 ]
There is no limit. After you sync a device it will remember it each time that device connects. It allows one device to be connected at a time. If you are connected and one of your daughters wants to connect basically turn off your bluetooth, then one of them can connect. [ Trevor  Jan 08, 2015 ]
Sounds great to me but know that my ears have been subjected to 'elevated' volume levels in my younger years (ELO, Moody Blues, Boston, Pink Floyd...) [ LINC  Jan 09, 2017 ]
works great for me. sound is very clear. [ Bryan  Feb 03, 2015 ]
Sound quality is great (for both music and news/talk/sports streaming radio). [ GEOFFREY  Dec 30, 2014 ]
sounds good but mine burned up after a few weeks I would not buy it again since it was a waste to me and my check book [ JASON  Dec 29, 2014 ]
I can't give an opinion on HD sound, but I believe the overall sound quality is great. Used for streaming music from my phone. [ Kevin  Dec 28, 2014 ]
Grrrrreat [ phin  Dec 28, 2014 ]
I am quite pleased with the performance of the Fosgate unit. I've recommended it to friends. [ David  Dec 28, 2014 ]
We can be 30 feet from the receiver and get excellent reception. The quality of your speakers and receiver will have more to do with sound quality than this unit. We have experienced no loss of sound quality. We have been using ours on a boat. [ MIchael  Dec 28, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: If you have the standard 4 speaker radio system in your Lincoln you can add-on a Bluetooth adapter like the Parrot Mki9100 which will then support hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming from a smart phone. The Parrot model does not work on the Lincoln LS models that have navigation or the premium 12 speaker system. At that point you would be looking at a radio replacement to gain the extra features to play music from your phone. I would highly recommend calling in to us and we can go over all the options with you. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Sep 16, 2014 ]  Staff
You push the button/light on the plug in and it begins flashing. Once it begins flashing it will show up on your iphone bluetooth devices list. Then you just click on it to connect. [ Michael  Aug 07, 2014 ]
After you plug it into power it should show on your bluetooth device as RFBTAUX. The device has a blue light above the USB and you can push it to "pair" with your device. I've used it on a boat for 2 weeks and it does what it should. Handy. [ Christopher  Aug 06, 2014 ]
If you have it plugged into a always powered outlet then yes, if the power goes off when the ignition is turned off, then you will have to push the blue button to connect. [ Barry  Aug 06, 2014 ]
This device only offers blue tooth. I supposed you could hear the call through your speakers, but it doesn't have a mic, so I don't know that hands-free would work. I'm only using it for blue tooth music to my car radio. [ Bryan  Jul 21, 2014 ]
Nope. Just audio streaming. [ GERALD  Jul 19, 2014 ]
No, it doesn't. From my iPhone, it streams my music, but not calls or Siri. I wish I'd asked that question before I bought it. Still, it does a perfect job of streaming audio. Less useful for the car, more useful for, say, a boat.. [ Bradley  Jul 19, 2014 ]
I only use this for streaming music but since there isn't a microphone I'm not sure how you could use this for hands free calling. Works great for streaming music. [ MIchael  Jul 19, 2014 ]
No-it is dedicated to streaming audio. It does a great job! [ David  Jul 19, 2014 ]
I use this on my motorcycle, so as such, I haven't tried that... [ Ray  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Unfortunately, it does not answer calls. That was the reason that I purchased it. [ Don  Jul 19, 2014 ]