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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. 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.

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

What's in the Box:

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

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

Allen, Blackshear, GA


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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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Why did you buy this?

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 ]
JL Audio is high quality. Crutchfield has for same price as Amazon, and has in stock. [ Eric  Aug 29, 2018 ]
No wires! [ Jamie  Jul 09, 2018 ]
Has the best Bluetooth range [ MIKE LORING  Jun 28, 2018 ]
Easy to install in other devices [ Christopher  Jun 18, 2018 ]
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 ]
Great product, I already own one. [ Abass  May 23, 2018 ]
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 ]

21 questions already asked

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 ]
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
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 ]

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