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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)|