HOSA IBT-300 Drive
Universal Bluetooth® interface kit
Our take on the HOSA IBT-300 Drive by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Cut the cord
If you've got a smartphone, then you've got music. But when you want to send that music to your car stereo, mixing board, or other device, those darned cords are such a hassle. Until now, that is. Hosa's IBT-300 Drive Bluetooth audio receiver is your wireless bridge to almost any sound system. Pair your phone with the Drive, then plug the Drive into your aux input and you're good to go. Imagine listening to your favorite podcasts or music streams while running errands, without having to unplug and then plug your phone back into your stereo every time you leave the car.
Take it on the go
The Drive's built-in battery will handle up to 10 hours of use for awesome portability, so you don't have to worry about finding a power source when you use it. Charging is a snap with the included USB cable.
- stream audio to your car stereo or other audio systems with a 3.5 mm mini-jack input
- play, skip, and pause controls
- included 3.5 mm mini-jack male to male cable plugs into device audio inputs
- built-in battery charges via USB
- battery life: 10 hours in-use, 3 days stand-by
- compatible with Apple and Android Bluetooth devices
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Add-on Bluetooth receiver
- 32" miniUSB-to-USB cable
- 4' Stereo minijack cable
Works fine - better than expected - wish unit plugged directily into aux port of car . Great buy for the price
Patricia, West Homestead, PA
HOSA IBT-300 Drive Reviews
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Add-On Bluetooth Receiver: The Hosa Technology Drive IBT-300 is an add-on Bluetooth audio receiver that is designed to give your home entertainment system, car stereo system, or pro audio system wireless capability.
Bluetooth 3.0: The Drive IBT-300 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 3.0+EDR with support for A2DP and AVRCP. You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps on your smartphone, tablet, or computer through the Drive IBT-300 to your car, home, or pro audio system. You also get basic playback controls like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track. The IBT-300 will only pair and connect with one Bluetooth source device at a time.
Note: The Drive IBT-300 does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone communication.
Analog Output: The Hosa Technology Drive IBT-300 is outfitted with a stereo minijack (3.5mm) output and comes with a 4' stereo minijack cable that plugs into an Aux input of your car stereo, home receiver, or mixing console.
Rechargeable Battery: The Drive IBT-300 add-on Bluetooth audio receiver is powered by an integrated rechargeable Lithium battery (250mA) which provides up to 10 hours of playback time and 3 days of standby life. The integrated battery can be recharged from the IBT-300's miniUSB port and the included 32" miniUSB-to-USB cable using a free USB port on your computer, receiver, or TV; or using a USB/AC power adapter (sold separately).
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Why did you buy this?
It was very easy t o Use [ PAUL Sep 02, 2018 ]
customer rating [ Irwin Apr 27, 2018 ]
All ready had one and wife wanted one. [ Howard Feb 04, 2018 ]
To wireless stream music through my existing radio [ Chris Jan 24, 2018 ]
5 questions already asked
Aux cable. USB is for charging. [ James Aug 28, 2018 ]
I actually wondered the same thing when I first bought it. I had to connect the aux cable to my stereo system. I also watched a video about installation in a car and the same thing had to be done. [ Randall Aug 27, 2018 ]
I'm not sure. I have not tried it that way. [ carlin Aug 26, 2018 ]
I've since upgraded to a modern system with Bluetooth. But when I used this with the stock system in my 2008 auto, I had to use auxiliary for it to work. The USB, if I remember correctly, powered it. [ Edward Aug 26, 2018 ]
Only plays through aux cable. [ Timothy S. Aug 26, 2018 ]
The plug on the Bluetooth device is different than the receptacle so I haven't been able to make it work. However, I haven't looked for any kind of adapter to make it work. I too am using an old stereo receiver. [ carlin Nov 17, 2017 ]
Yes, works great. Just need an adapter with a headphone jack (3.5 mm) to attach to the Hosa receiver [ Eric Nov 16, 2017 ]
I'm not 100% sure because I use it in my car. But I would think it should if you get an adapter for it's jack to fit the standard headphone jack. In my 2008 car, it plugs into an auxiliary port. Not sure I helped, but hope otherwise. [ Edward Nov 16, 2017 ]
As long as the receiver has a RCA or mini stereo input. [ Timothy S. Nov 16, 2017 ]
Yes. You will need plug adapter, mini stereo female to RCA left & right male. [ James Nov 16, 2017 ]
No. It will time out when not being used to save battery. It doesn't have to be plugged into power to work. [ Bobby Sep 21, 2017 ]
It will power on but you'll still have to push the middle button to connect after long period of inactivity. For example, in the morning on the way to work, I have to push the button to connect to sound system. But if I leave my phone in the parked, shut off car, and come back in a few minutes to half hour, it'll be playing without any switching back on. If I take the phone with me, it disconnects but doesn't shut down. Just have to wait for it to find phone again. It's really minor if you do have to reconnect, though. Overall, this thing is pretty good. [ Edward Sep 20, 2017 ]
No. The Hosa IBT-300 supports stereo audio streaming from Bluetooth devices but does not provide hands-free calling. [ Ryan Aug 12, 2017 ] Staff
Yes you can make calls when using it. Sound goes through the HOSA [ Bobby Sep 21, 2017 ]
I have not tried that. I have an older stereo and I use the device to stream music from my cell phone. [ carlin Aug 11, 2017 ]
Yes, I use one and it works very well for that. [ Eric Aug 11, 2017 ]