New Aluratek iStream Audio Receiver Brings Dock-Free Bluetooth Connectivity

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The great promise of smartphones and gadgets like the iPod touch and tablet computers is that they enable you to do a million different things, all while listening to your favorite music. However, when you connect your device to a speaker system (a home stereo or speaker dock), you finally get to hear your tunes through loudspeakers, but because your gadget is plugged in or docked, you can no longer hold it in your hand and continue doing a million different things. The solution to this common quandary is the affordable new iStream DockFree Bluetooth Audio Receiver from Aluratek, which provides a simple wireless link between your music gadgets and your speaker systems.

The iStream DockFree is a compact device with a built-in Lithium-ion battery and a short, hardwired output cable. The majority of home entertainment systems, alarm clocks, car stereos and speaker docks that are available these days feature a 3.5mm auxiliary audio input. The iStream DockFree simply plugs into this input and lets you stream audio wirelessly through Bluetooth. It’s compatible with Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, but it’s also compatible with any A2DP Bluetooth-enabled devices. Owners of the Motorola Droid, HTC EVO and REZOUND, BlackBerry and Samsung Galaxy devices are all invited to the party! And since the iStream DockFree is so small and battery powered, you can travel with it easily .

An included cable enables you to charge the iStream DockFree from a USB port. It remembers up to six paired Bluetooth devices, so you can stream music from a number of different smartphones, Bluetooth-enabled MP3 players, tablets or Bluetooth-enabled computers. It gets 12 hours of operation time from a fully charged battery, and you can stream wirelessly from up to 33 feet (10 meters) away. If you’re streaming music from a smartphone, the music will pause when you answer a call. You can adjust the playback volume from your device, and you’ll be free to text, surf the Web and run apps, all while pumping out your favorite jams, without being anchored to one spot.

Controls 1 x Power button
Outputs 1 x hard-wired 3.5mm stereo audio cable
Inputs 1 x Charging input
Power Internal rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Battery Life Up to12 hours
Connectivity Bluetooth Class 2
Bluetooth Requirements Devices must support A2DP protocol
Max. Paired Devices 6
Transmission Distance Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
Compatible Devices  Apple iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3 and 4 (all models), iPod touch (1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 8G), Motorola Droid, HTC EVO and REZOUND, Blackberry, Samsung EPIC, Galaxy and Galaxy S, any Bluetooth-enabled devices supporting A2DP
Dimensions 2 x 1 x 0.25" (50.8 x 25.4 x 6.35mm)
Weight 1 oz (28.35 g)

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works great with a ipad but can not get the volume to adjust on droids (droid bionic and a droid rzr max) the volume goes from off to full  (nothing in between)  any help would be great....

Hello  -

Please check your devices to ensure that they are certified under the Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) protocol.  If problems persist please contact Aluratekhttp://bit.ly/IQzqTw

they are motorola bionic and droid razr maxx  both certified... still only get full volume call aluratek and they said they have no in house experience with the droid style phone...?   has any one got it to work with droid?

mark 

Hello -

I am sorry that you are having issues with this device.  I might suggest using a different file format for your streaming content - instead of MP3 try WAV and see if the volume comes up. Aluratek clearly states compatability and ought to make a better effort to support this product.  Aluratekhttp://bit.ly/IQzqTw

I really like the sound quality of the iStream, but there is a consistent problem with it remembering my Bluetooth senders. It is supposed to remember 6 Bluetooth pairings, but it doesn't remember any! Every time I use it with my iPhone or iPad, it does not reconnect automatically to my last paired sending device the way my other Bluetooth units do (earphones, speaker, etc.) I have to manually select it under Settings, and even then I get an error message that pairing was unsuccessful. I have to forget it in my device list, set it to discover mode again and rediscover it. I thought this was a flaw in just my unit, but a web search turned up a lot of buyers from various vendors with the same complaint. I have a ticket in with Aluratek support, and will see what they have to say. Hopefully it is just one bad batch, and I can exchange it for another iStream that remembers paired devices.

Has anyone found an answer for the device not remembering devices and constantly needing re-pairing?

i can't use or answer phone calls only muisc

mine wont charge any longer. it is new and charged once right out of the box. now that it needs a second charge it wont. when connected to the USB cable, the light goes red for about 10 minutes then no light. turn it on and the light flashes red-blue-red-blue over and over, and will not connect to my devices. and suggestions?