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Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver

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The Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver lets you listen to your entire music library wirelessly. Simply connect to a compatible home audio system. The HWS-BTA2W can act as either a transmitter or a receiver.

Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver
  • Stand
  • Audio Connecting Cable (1m, Stereo Mini - Stereo Mini)
  • AC Power Adaptor
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyHWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver
     
    4.1

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (55)
    • Reliable connection (37)
    • Fast (25)
    • Fast connection (21)
    • Secure connection (10)

    Cons

    • Unreliable connection (8)

    Best Uses

    • Home network (33)
    • Small networks (6)
    • Around the house (4)
    • Large networks (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • High bandwidth user (31), Low bandwidth user (14), Business professional (4), Practical (4), Gearhead (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (59), Business (6)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (18), Mac (7), Other (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What a great little device

    My wife always complains because she is trying to sleep next to me while I want to watch movies and they are usually rather loud. Because of that, I had a few options to...Read complete review

    My wife always complains because she is trying to sleep next to me while I want to watch movies and they are usually rather loud. Because of that, I had a few options to get the sound quite. First, I could run a mini headset cable to my headphones but needed a 15 foot cord to hook into a headphone jack on the tv, unfortunately my tv doesn't have a headphone jack so that didn't help. Second I could find a bluetooth unit that would transmit the signal to me. Since I already had bluetooth headphones my choice became clear.

    I searched different stores and the internet for choices. I wanted a unit that could both transmit and receive and decided on this unit. It is a great device and now my wife doesn't complain about the sound, now she complains that I shack the bed when I am laughing, what am I going to do?

    I will say I am very pleased with the unit in all aspects. I am actually considering using it for my small camera for someone to listen in while I am shooting. I checked everywhere and B & H Photo had the best price, shipping was only a few extra bucks. It arrived in a few days and I had it up and going in about five minutes. I would not hesitate in buying this unit again and I would recommend buying through B&H. I have purchased thousands of dollars of equipment from them over the years and never a problem with items or returns if I change my mind for any reason.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Creative but Not Signal Reception Bad

    I got a monitor without sound, so that is the primary reason I need to transfer sound from 3.5mm jacket to another bluetooth headset.I search the web and just got this one is capable...Read complete review

    I got a monitor without sound, so that is the primary reason I need to transfer sound from 3.5mm jacket to another bluetooth headset.I search the web and just got this one is capable to do this.

    I am kind of unsatisfied by its power connection. The adpater is tiny but you have to bring a power converter every where, which is larger than it. The engineer should design rechargable internal battery, which can enable the device work for 6 hours or more without external power supply.

    Somebody mentioned that the delay between the image and sound is 1s, which is not true in my case. There is slightly dely, but you can hardly noticed that.

    The sound quality is pretty good. When it works as a receiver, I listen to loseless music transfered from computer. I use MX980 and the sound there is no difference from Cowon S9(normal sound effect).

    However the connection is not reliable. When it works as a reciever, if there is a steel chair between my laptop and it, there could be intermittant sound. And I tried bluetooth headphone S309, the signal reception is awesome.

    The last point is the support structuce, which does not make any sense. It is too light, so it cannot work hold the adapter firmly on desk top.

    So I give 3 stars to this product

    Reviewed by 72 customers

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    5.0

    Portable Turntable

    By G_Whyz

    from Colorado

    About Me High bandwidth user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast
    • Reliable connection

    Cons

    • Needs External Power

    Best Uses

    • Home network
    • Large Networks
    • Small Networks
    • Transmit From Turntable

    Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

    I have enjoyed this product since I got it. I have discovered many new uses. I used it as a receiver for stadium sized PA system and as a transmiter for an old turntable to wirelessly connect to portable Blutooth playing devices. Great way to play your old vinyl.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    4.0

    Great Transmitter

    By RT

    from Philly

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

        This is great for using my bluetooth headphones to listen to TV at night so I don't keep everyone up.

        This works perfectly for my need. It would be nice if I didn't have to turn it on everytime I wanted to use it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Cochlear implant miracle.

        By Jack

        from Illinois

        Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

        As a wearer of both a cochlear implant and a Phonak hearing aide I needed help listening to the tv. A device that would work with both my devices for the tv was over $[$]. I obtained this device and it works well for me.Pros: low cost and ease of use.Cons: line of site only.If the tv is is louder than your listening device it appears that there is a delay. But if the tv is lower or on mute I have found no delay in the picture to the sound I hear.

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        3.0

        OK Not Great

        By Dennis G

        from Washington DC Suburbs

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Unreliable connection

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

          Reception is poor, and range 20 feet if lucky. Sound quality OK if stereo volume kept low.

          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Simply Amazing....Perfect

          By jlopez0213

          from San Antonio, Texas

          Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

          Bought it to pair an IPhone to our home theatre system and was absolutely impressed with how quick it was to set up. Pairing the iPhone was almost instantaneous with a range that is pretty impressive for such a small unit.
          Highly Recommended.

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          4.0

          Great Bluetooth Transmitter

          By Ken

          from Rumford, RI

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable connection

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

              I wanted a way to hook my "American Recorder PMIX-100 3-Source Personal Audio Mixer" (have three computers sound going into it, and one active output) to a pair of blue-tooth headphones. I had gropne tired of rolling over the wire for the previous headphones I used. It was very easy to setup/connect to the headphones - and also to reconnect when I power things on in morning. The only issue I ahve had was I had to be sure to fully seat the wire from the mixer to the transmitter.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              YOU SHOULD READ FINE PRINT

              By Hank

              from Henderson NV

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                  Connected unit to my Sony TV on a trial basis. It worked just fine. I then connected it to my stereo system. I got one very loud pop. My system receiver is a Sony but over fifteen years old. Works very well but is not A2DP (advanced audio distribution profile). So I will put it away and some time in the future hook it up to something.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Other

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                  4.0

                  Sony Bluetooth

                  By Bruce

                  from Westchester County, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Fast Connection Speed
                  • Reliable connection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network

                    Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                    I use this to be able to listen to Pandora radio from my iPhone on my home stereo. The only complaint that I have is that I have to re-synch my iPhone everytime that I use it...it quite possibly could be something I'm doing wrong because my iPhone automatically synch's up with my car everytime I enter my car. Otherwise it is great for the purpose intended.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Other

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                    2.0

                    Works but sometimes spotty

                    By George M

                    from Victoria TX

                    About Me Low bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                          Setting up is easy enough to do by connection with bluetooth speakers is intermittent and transmitter sometimes turns off.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The best

                          By Alex

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Low bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast
                          • Fast Connection Speed
                          • Reliable connection
                          • Secure Connection

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network

                            Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                            It is very happy with purchase

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Other

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                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great for hearing impaired

                            By Dboceanhammock

                            from Palm coast, fl

                            About Me High bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast
                            • Reliable connection

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home network

                              Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                              I wear hearing aids that have a blue tooth feature. The hearing aid company offers a device that costs 250 dollars to connect to a TV so you can listen to your TV through your hearing aids. This device costs [$] and does the exact same thing. It's great to be able to listen to the TV and catch all the words which I couldn't do before. Set up was very easy and it works fine. Sometimes it takes a while for the device to connect to my hearing aid blue tooth device but this is only a couple of minutes at most.I saved a ton of money and can now listen to tV. Note, you must have blue tooth enabled hearing aids.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Fine product.

                              By Dataideas

                              from Lima, Peru.

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Fast Connection Speed
                              • Reliable connection

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home network

                                Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                It works, audio not degraded. Limited coverage.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Less Than Stellar

                                By Sundowner

                                from Fort Myers, FL

                                About Me High bandwidth user

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                    In the transmit mode the input is easily overloaded with a loud signal. I had to lower the volume to prevent distortion. About a 20 foot transmit range.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great Product

                                    By Jeff

                                    from Fort Collins Co

                                    About Me High bandwidth user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast
                                    • Reliable connection

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home network

                                      Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                      Works perfect and very easy to set up.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      What a great little device

                                      By Buddy

                                      from Charlotte, NC

                                      About Me High bandwidth user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Reliable connection

                                      Cons

                                      • None

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home network
                                      • Monitoring Audio Signals

                                      Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                      My wife always complains because she is trying to sleep next to me while I want to watch movies and they are usually rather loud. Because of that, I had a few options to get the sound quite. First, I could run a mini headset cable to my headphones but needed a 15 foot cord to hook into a headphone jack on the tv, unfortunately my tv doesn't have a headphone jack so that didn't help. Second I could find a bluetooth unit that would transmit the signal to me. Since I already had bluetooth headphones my choice became clear.

                                      I searched different stores and the internet for choices. I wanted a unit that could both transmit and receive and decided on this unit. It is a great device and now my wife doesn't complain about the sound, now she complains that I shack the bed when I am laughing, what am I going to do?

                                      I will say I am very pleased with the unit in all aspects. I am actually considering using it for my small camera for someone to listen in while I am shooting. I checked everywhere and B & H Photo had the best price, shipping was only a few extra bucks. It arrived in a few days and I had it up and going in about five minutes. I would not hesitate in buying this unit again and I would recommend buying through B&H. I have purchased thousands of dollars of equipment from them over the years and never a problem with items or returns if I change my mind for any reason.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      2.0

                                      Plug as big as unit!

                                      By Consumer

                                      from Colorado

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • Unreliable connection

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                          Weak, loss of signal when going to next room in house. Square transformer box requiring specific orientation causes problem plugging in with other equipment. When will manufacturers put the transformer IN the equipment instead of hanging on the wall? Small product size is not as important as convenience of use!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          It works!

                                          By BW the AV guy

                                          from Salinas, CA

                                          About Me High bandwidth user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Fast
                                          • Fast Connection Speed
                                          • Reliable connection

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home network
                                            • Large Networks
                                            • Small Networks

                                            Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                            integrated into professional AV system to offer blu-tooth audio input. works like a charm, plug and play!

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • PC

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                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Works as advertised!

                                            By Fletch

                                            from Beaverton, OR

                                            About Me Low bandwidth user

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clean Clear Audio
                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Reliable connection

                                            Cons

                                            • Repairing Required

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Receiver Phone Headset

                                            Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                            Supports clean, clear audio transmission, reception and pairs easily. Pairing process may need to be completed each time used with some devices, but is simple and requires no code input for headsets or my smart phone.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • PC

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                                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Excellent

                                            By Zookeeper

                                            from Los Angeles

                                            About Me High bandwidth user

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Fast
                                            • Fast Connection Speed
                                            • Reliable connection
                                            • Secure Connection

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home network

                                              Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                              Excellent item - does exactly what it's intended to do. Easy setup.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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                                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              3.0

                                              Good with limitations

                                              By PAT

                                              from Hayden, ID

                                              About Me Low bandwidth user

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Fast Connection Speed

                                              Cons

                                              • Unreliable connection

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Home network

                                              Comments about Sony HWS-BTA2W Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver:

                                              I use it to transmit music from my computer to the stereo amplifier.

                                              It works well but with several limitations:
                                              * Foot traffic in line-of-sight will interrupt or distort sound.
                                              * Have to be careful to keep output level down from the source or sound will distort.
                                              * I haven't checked this out rigorously, but it weems the transmit/receive on bluetooth between my car and cell are better as to both range and line-of-sight limitations.
                                              * If your computer is directly connected to its own speaker, you will have to shut that off when listening to music broadcast to the stereo; there is a very noticable delay.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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