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JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Marine-rated Bluetooth® adapter

Item # 13691369

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats,...

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats,...

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About the JL Audio MBT-CRXv2

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Bluetooth® control for your boat or powersports vehicle

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats, motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and more. Connect it to a receiver using the line-level/auxiliary inputs or connect it directly to a marine amplifier and use it as a stand-alone receiver. With a 35-foot operating range, this IP67 water-resistant adapter will add Bluetooth aptX audio streaming to your boat or powersports vehicle. With a compatible device, you'll get CD-quality sound without cables or hassles.

Bluetooth® control for your boat or powersports vehicle

JL Audio's MBT-CRX adapter is the simplest way to bring Bluetooth connectivity and great sound to boats, motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and more. Connect it to a receiver using the line-level/auxiliary inputs or connect it directly to a marine amplifier and use it as a stand-alone receiver. With a 35-foot operating range, this IP67 water-resistant adapter will add Bluetooth aptX audio streaming to your boat or powersports vehicle. With a compatible device, you'll get CD-quality sound without cables or hassles.

Ready to rock your next adventure

The MBT-CRX lets you control your Bluetooth® device while it's tucked safely away in a pocket or storage cubby. Use the big, backlit LED buttons to find the track you want, turn the volume up or down, play/pause, and turn the device on or off. Pairing takes about 20 seconds for Apple® or Android® phones, and reconnection is easy and reliable. This compact controller 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 marine- and outdoor-ready systems.

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Product highlights:

  • marine-rated Bluetooth® controller/receiver
  • add Bluetooth audio streaming capability to almost any audio system
  • IP67 water-resistant
  • ideal for boats, golf carts, and powersports vehicles
  • 2-3/16" diameter x 2-3/8" depth
  • adapter plate included
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # 91369

What's in the box:

  • Marine Bluetooth audio controller/receiver (attached 22" power/ground wires w/inline 2A mini-ATC fuse and 11" stereo RCA cable)
  • Threaded-collar (pre-installed)
  • Thick gasket (pre-installed)
  • Thin gasket
  • Adapter plate
  • Adapter gasket
  • Four 15mm Phillips-head screws
  • User Manual

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Features

Marine Bluetooth Receiver: Designed for marine and powersports applications, the JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver lets you wirelessly connect your Bluetooth equipped devices (like iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, and more) to your audio system.

Bluetooth Music Streaming: The JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver is Bluetooth version 4.0 certified with support of Bluetooth profiles A2DP & AVRCP for wireless music streaming and control. With the MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Receiver you'll be able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to your audio system. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Volume Up/Down. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be handled by your Bluetooth-enabled device.

Note: The JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Audio Controller/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-CRXv2 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-like quality streaming from compatible aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.

Multi-Device Pairing: Multiple devices can be paired with the MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver, but only one can be used at a time. Not all Bluetooth devices will be compatible.

IPX67 Water Resistance: The JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Audio Controller/Receiver is engineered to be water resistant with an IPX67 rating, making it ideal for small watercraft, motorcycles, ATVs and other utility vehicles.

Stereo RCA Outputs: Use the JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Audio Controller/Receiver's stereo pair of RCA outputs to connect to any amplifier or source unit with line-level/auxiliary inputs.

Power/Ground: The MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver will require a hard-wired power (red) and ground (black) connection. It also features a remote turn-on (blue/white) for your head unit and remote output (blue) for your amplifier. Note: If the blue/white remote in is hooked to your head unit, the Controller/Receiver will power on/off with the head unit and NOT with the power button.

Mounting: The MBT-CRXv2 Bluetooth Controller/Receiver requires just a single 1.125" (diameter) hole for installation. Its easy-to-install threaded-collar mounting system can accommodate installations in flat surfaces up to 1.75" thick. A front-mounted adaptor plate is included for installations in panels exceeding 1.75" thick, or where rear access is limited or not possible.

Specifications:

  • Bluetooth Profile: A2DP
  • Bluetooth Core Specification: Version 4.0 with aptX
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 18 kHz (+/- 1 dB)
  • Output: One stereo pair low-level RCA plugs
  • Output Voltage: 2V RMS
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 93 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
  • Input Operating Voltage: 8 - 28 VDC
  • Current Draw: 48mA (at idle), 64mA (at full output)
  • Remote Turn-On Output: 350 mA (max)
  • Fuse: 2A Mini ATC
  • Connection Range: Up to 35 ft.

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20 questions already asked

Q
Got everything hooked up, the mbt-crxv2 powers but never blinks, just stays solid lit. So it never pops up on the list of Bluetooth devices on my phone?
andrew  Oct 07, 2023
1 answer
A
I would be happy to help, Andrew. I would try disconnecting power from the MBT-CRXv2, and also when powering back up making sure that the Bluetooth on your device is already set on to see if the JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 enters pairing mode with the blinking JL Audio icon. If the problem persists, check the fuse and test the power wire with a multimeter just to confirm that you are getting the correct voltage. I hope this helps!
bo  Oct 07, 2023 (Staff)
Q
Is there a way to change the color of of the backlighting?
michael  May 19, 2023
1 answer
A
It is not possible to change the color of the backlighting.
zachary  May 19, 2023 (Staff)
Q
Why do the lights stay on when controller is powers off if?
brandon  Jan 03, 2023
1 answer
A
Greetings Brandon, and thank you for your question. For technical issues, please call in. If you purchased the JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 from Crutchfield, you will have a direct tech number on your shipping confirmation email from us. If you purchased this elsewhere, you can get the help you need by calling JL Audio at 954-624-0113.
hogan  Jan 03, 2023 (Staff)
Q
I have a JL Audio Bluetooth in my motorcycle bag that runs through my phone and purchased an APEKX adapter which controls the volume. How can I connect both devices to control the without using my phone?
candy  Nov 05, 2022
1 answer
A
This is a tough one sadly. I'm not familiar with the APEKX adapter and using something like this JL Audio MBT-CRXv2 with Bluetooth would not allow for any control of the phone other than the song skip and volume. These standalone Bluetooth adapters for motorcycle use are a solid call as they give you basic function (song start/stop/volume/song skip) but will not give you any hands-free calling or other phone control features. I'm sorry I could not be more helpful!
bo  Nov 05, 2022 (Staff)
Q
Is there a handler adapter for this product. Will it mount on a Harley Davidson Road King?
maurice  Sep 29, 2022
1 answer
A
There is no handle bar mount or adapter for this unit.
thomas  Sep 29, 2022 (Staff)
Q
Does it have bass tremble and fade ?
furnell  Mar 08, 2022
2 answers
A
Unfortunately no it does not.
deanna  Mar 11, 2022
A
As far as I know it does not. But... Option A) It bluetooth connects to your phone which will have bass treble built into most modern phones or third party apps to simulate equalizers. Option B) It also connects to an amp, which in turn could connect to an external crossfader to do all of those things
stephen  Mar 10, 2022
Q
adjusting bass- I have this installed in Golfcart but the bass is overpowering the sound. Is it possible to adjust with this unit ?? help
lewis  Feb 14, 2022
1 answer
A
I think you'd need to find the EQ settings on your device. There are no tone controls on this unit.
charles todd  Feb 17, 2022
Q
Could this be installed on the handlebars of a motorcycle?
wenona  Aug 16, 2021
2 answers
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I am currently doing this as a project for this summer. As far as mounting to the handle bars directly....no. Not without some extra hardware. While testing the unit with my amp/sub I bought some Ram Mount handlebar attachments and zip tied the cylindrical part of the JL unit to the mount. It wasnt pretty but it was just for testing. I just finished 3d printing a speaker pod for the mpunts that has an extra port for the JL unit.
stephen  Mar 10, 2022
A
This is designed to be flush mounted into a surface. We do not have any custom parts to adapt something like it to be mounted to handlebars.
jason  Aug 21, 2021 (Staff)
Q
My boat already has an older head unit that doesn't have bluetooth. Can this be connected to that head unit? Trying to avoid buying a new head unit
james  Aug 11, 2021
1 answer
A
With this Bluetooth jl unit you can run all your audio directly from your phone. No head unit is needed
jon  Aug 11, 2021
Q
Will this also power the amp on and off or does the power switch only control the receiver itself?
nathan  Jun 01, 2021
2 answers
A
The blue wire is the remote wire to the amp which will turn off the amp when this is powered off.
darbie  Jun 02, 2021
A
Will power amp remote on/off. Amp will still need its own main power.
andrew  Jun 02, 2021
Q
Has anyone had issues with the volume going up and down randomly by itself? It started doing this a couple days ago. I set the volume to what I want then at random times it will go to almost max volume to almost none, then back to normal. It will continue doing this ever 30ish sec. We paired other phones to it and it still did it, so it's not a phone issue
bernie  Jun 01, 2021
1 answer
A
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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.
kristina  Jun 15, 2021 (Staff)
Q
what size of nut is required for securing it?
daivd  Apr 26, 2021
1 answer
A
Not sure the size of the nut to secure it but it come it it all the hardware is there for installation
miguel  Apr 26, 2021
Q
What is the easiest way to play AM/FM radio with this unit?
kass  Jan 16, 2021
1 answer
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There is no radio on this unit it just Bluetooths to your phone
kyle  Jan 16, 2021
Q
Can the volume increments be adjusted? At one point it's not quite loud enough then one click up and it's too loud. It seems like there should be 2-3 increments in between.
aaron  Sep 21, 2020
1 answer
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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.
kristina  Oct 06, 2020 (Staff)
Q
Connected to a Rockford Fosgate amp. Everything works but no sound?
david  Sep 20, 2020
1 answer
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I did not do the install and it is prefect for me...
martin  Sep 22, 2020
Q
If this is connected directly to an amp can you tune the system or does it only control the volume?
jason  Jun 02, 2019
4 answers
A
I didn't install it. Only the volume, but you can do minor adjustments through the amp I believe. My amp is hidden though
martin  Jun 17, 2019
A
By "tune the system," I assume you mean use as an equalizer??? If so, then no. It has no options directly for that. I used it to piggy back on my head unit as a remote for my boat and an input for blue tooth. I.E. I still have equalizer options on my head unit.
andrew  Jun 15, 2019
A
Yes it connects straight to the amp and only controls volume. Any audio adjustments you would want to make would be adjusted on the amp or on the bluetooth device you are using.
mauro  Jun 14, 2019
A
The low level output (RCA cables) connects to the AMP and it connects to your device (iphone or other) via Bluetooth. It controls the volume and also skips tracks forward or backwards. If you mean tune as in AM/FM radio, I'm not sure, I've never used a radio with it. I've used Amazon music, Pandora, and a playlist on my iphone and I can skip songs forward or backwards.
julio  Jun 14, 2019
Q
If you run this directly to a amplifier, can you control your volume and such without a head unit?... Basically just sending signal from phone?
z car  Dec 09, 2018
7 answers
A
Yes. I just bought this, an amp and speakers. And use my phone as the source. Works great.
tim  Dec 14, 2018
A
Yes as long as you have a Bluetooth amplifier .
herbert  Dec 14, 2018
A
Yes that is the setup I have
brandon  Dec 14, 2018
A
You can connect it to either your amplifier or your head unit. Though what is more important to know is that this device controls the source's audio volume (for example your smartphone). This means that whenever you press the «+» or «-» button, it will be the same if you press your smartphone's «+» or «-» button. The same goes for the rest of the buttons, except for the on/off button which turns on or off the JL controller.
christofili  Dec 14, 2018
A
Yes you can essentially use it as a head unit. It does have volume buttons on it. Great for ATVs and small vehicles
brendan  Dec 14, 2018
A
Yes you can, this is a simple mini head unit. You can control the volume right from the buttons or your phone. It has a remote in and out, so you can turn on your amp when you turn this on or turn everything on with ignition switch.
mauro  Dec 14, 2018
A
Yes you can. It does need a 12v power source but it can be be directly linked to an amp
andrew  Dec 14, 2018
Q
Are the RCA cable ends female?
michael  Jul 08, 2018
1 answer
A
Yes. You will need a standard RCA cable to match the length needed for your project.
john  Jul 08, 2018
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