Does anyone remember the Google Chromecast Audio Streamer? This was a small device similar to the regular Chromecast except that you used it to stream audio to speakers and amplifiers instead of a television. While it was a neat idea, it was unfortunately killed off in 2019. However, other devices are still available on the market, and one of these is the Monoprice Bluetooth 5 Long Range Transmitter and Receiver. This turns any device into a Bluetooth-enabled device with a Bluetooth 5 connection and features AAC, SBC, Qualcomm aptX, aptX HD, and aptX Low Latency audio codecs for crystal clear audio streaming. Not only that, but this is also a transmitter which means you can connect it to your audio system and stream audio to Bluetooth headphones or speakers.
The Monoprice Bluetooth 5 Long Range Transmitter and Receiver is a small box that fits in the palm of your hand. There’s nothing really that fancy about it and it’s definitely not as sleek looking as the Google Chromecast Audio Streamer was, but this does more. Instead of only having an audio jack (AUX) connection, it also has a SPDIF RX and SPDIF TX port. These are mainly used to connect to audio receivers, televisions, game consoles, etc. For example, if you’re using this on a television, you can plug an optical cable into the SPDIF TX port and then connect your headphones to it via Bluetooth. Just make sure you have the switches on it toggled to the right setting.
Needless to say, setting up the Monoprice Bluetooth 5 Long Range Transmitter and Receiver is really easy. You just need to decide first how you’re going to use it, either as a receiver or transmitter and then toggle the switches to the appropriate position. For better audio quality, you would use the SPDIF connections, but if you don’t have those, the AUX connection will work just fine. I should mention that this does not require a power cable to use and is powered by a rechargeable battery inside.
Other than that, you’re good to go. The Monoprice Bluetooth 5 Long Range Transmitter and Receiver works well in both modes and I should mention that as a transmitter, you can connect two different Bluetooth devices, for instance, two headphones.
So who is the Monoprice Bluetooth 5 Long Range Transmitter and Receiver for? Basically, anyone who needs to convert a non-Bluetooth-enabled device into a Bluetooth-enabled one. Whether you’re trying to stream music and audio to some speakers or if you’re trying to listen to audio through some headphones. Regardless of the route you choose, the Monoprice Bluetooth 5 Long Range Transmitter and Receiver can do them both and it does it well.
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