Kinivo HD Bluetooth Audio Receiver (BTR200) | Review
Louis Smith | January 6, 2016 | 3:47 PM
This year, you most likely received some sweet gifts from friends, family and people that owe you. If anything, they pretty much gifted you a new home theater without even knowing it. In their defense, it’s the thought that count and the reason why your speakers are wired instead of wireless or/and Bluetooth. That’s where Kinivo comes in and saves the day.
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Whether they’re the latest and greatest or a couple years old, Kinivo has a gadget to breathe new life into them especially on a budget. This year, they announced and released the HD Bluetooth Audio Receiver (BTR200) which gives any wired pair of speakers the ability to be streamed to wirelessly using any device (i.e. Smartphone, Tablet, MP3, etc.). I will refer to it as the BTR200.
This means that all hope isn’t lost even if you received speakers that require you to connect your device to it via a 3.5mm audio cable. In my case, I had a pair of wired speakers from our friends at CyberAcoustics. Instead of purchasing a new set, I sampled utilized the BTR200. I plugged the power cable into the wall, the wired pair of speakers into the audio jack and hopped onto my iPad.
On there, I turned on Bluetooth, searched and connected to the BTR200. Within minutes I was up and running like no tomorrow! There’s a couple of extra features I want to point out before letting you go on your way.
Kino has pictured this gadget being beneficial to everyone, so they included digital and analog inputs to ensure that you’re able to use this with your speakers. Talk about blowing dust off the oldies. I used the digital input and found the audio quality impeccable! The vocals were clear and crisp, treble was present and bass was bumping as usual. I loved the experience especially being in a two story house that’s a bit small with its thin walls.
But, for those who are a bit more tech-savvy and want to be fancy. They have added NFC (Near-Field Communication) Technology into the BTR200. This is an alternative to connecting to it via Bluetooth, instead you’ll simply tap your device on the BTR200. This will only work for devices that have NFC built in. Visit your device’s website for additional information.
Otherwise, this gadget is hand-down a must-have for those who need to freshen up their audio game while balling on a budget. In terms of saving money, Kinivo grants every customer a 5-Year Limited Warranty with Customer Support (United States Only) at no additional charge. Yup, they roll like that! I’m more than happy to recommend the BTR200 to anyone seeking to extend the life on their old technology.
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