Side by Side Comparison of: Brightech vs HomeSpot
User Rating (Amazon)
User Rating (Amazon)
Five Star Reviews:
Inhance your Bluetooth sound quality affordably
December 4, 2016
Works perfectly!! I have it tethered to an Altec Lansing speaker in our master bathroom to listen to music while getting ready. I used the supplied Aux cord for the speaker connection and the BrightPlay's bluetooth "hand shake" is to an Amazon Echo as the music streaming jukebox. I highly recommend the BrightPlay. Set up was a breeze, sound quality is excellent, CD quality. Up to 30 feet of range. I would be sure the user considering purchase understood the device prefers line of sight with some minor exceptions. If you need to go through walls and have extended range including reaching speakers outdoors, you need to step up to the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver ($189.00 on Amazon). But for the $29.00 asking price and excellent music quality, you can't go wrong with the Brightech BrightPlay. In fact, for that price point you can have them in multiple rooms, garage, office, lake house, etc. I read a review from one user that rigged a BrightPlay up in his car. I'm going to do that myself when I purchase an additional unit from Brightech.
it is very nice to be able to control the music while sitting ...
June 30, 2016
My experience with one previous Bluetooth device was that it would not transmit through my home's exterior wall and would frequently lose connection with my iPhone/iPad. With my stereo receiver being inside the house, it is very nice to be able to control the music while sitting on the deck. This Brightech device allows me to do this. I have the receiver in a thick wooden cabinet, so signal must go through cabinet and exterior wall. I have separated my iPhone from the receiver as much as 15 feet (while on the deck) and it works great! Very pleased; great performance and one of the least expensive options on the market. Before I bought it, I noticed one of the technology reviews of "Top 10 Bluetooth Devices" had this one listed, so I figured it must do a good job....and it does.
Impressed - Modernizing A High Quality Receiver
February 6, 2016
Wow,......this thing takes a nice but older Yamaha receiver and modernizes it. I can now play two different blue tooth devices on my home stereo system.
The sound is amazing,.....just as good as my CD's.
This little device has saved me hundreds of dollars. Before purchasing this,.....I was thinking of purchasing a new receiver with the technology built in. Quality high power receivers are not cheap. This took my otherwise high quality receiver and made it every bit as good as a modernized unit.
If you are wanting to update a high quality receiver,......I cannot recommend this unit strong enough.
And lastly,......what prompted me to write this review was an Email I received a couple of weeks after receiving this. They wanted to make sure I was happy with the Brightech-BrightPlay. Not to many companies followup with a sale to verify satisfaction and or help if needed. I'm pretty impressed.
Best $35 I've ever spent
February 19, 2015
This has completely changed how we listen to music now. I have two sets of good speakers wired in my walls so when my receiver died, I just wanted to replace it. But I also wanted to be able to stream music from my iPhone 5s without having to plug it in all the time. I found few highly rated receivers with built-in bluetooth. Or the highly rated ones are very expensive. So I found a solid, inexpensive receiver (Sony STRDH130) and added the Brightech Brightplay. It works flawlessly. I have it paired with both my iPhone 5s and my iPad mini. Unlike some reviewers, mine works even without having a direct line of sight. If I go upstairs it will disconnect, but I if leave my phone in the kitchen, about 20 feet away from the Brightech and behind a wall, it still works great. It was simple to install and simple to pair. Highly recommended.
November 14, 2013
Works perfect! Its easy to connect and it remembers your last connection and connects back automatically when in proximity. The range is outstanding. I was able to connect at 50 ft. There is no loss in quality whatsoever from my Ipod being being physically connected to the speaker and through this bluetooth unit. If there is, I'm sure you need some kind of electronic equipment to analyze it. I like the fact that I can have it connected to the electric wall socket and ON at all times. This is one of the few products that work as advertised.
Works really well to add bluetooth to an older stereo.
September 17, 2017
I bought two of these for our house. One is for my wife's craft room and one for my shop. Both work very well. We have not had any connectivity issues. I have an iPhone 7 and she has the 7 plus.I do have to turn the volume up a little more than before when I was just using a headphone jack, but it is not an issue, just something odd. I'm using the headphone jack plugged into computer speakers. Her's uses the RCA cables plugged into a receiver. Both ways require the volume to turn up a bit. But the sound is good and neither of us has had connectivity issues. My phone sits about 10 feet away from this receiver in the shop. Wife's phone is about 5 feet away.This is quick, easy way to add bluetooth to any system.
Great for your car and home stereo. Works seamlessly in my BMW center console. Love it.
August 26, 2017
I initially bought one for my '08 BMW 335i which only had Bluetooth for just the telephone. So I bought this and it neatly installed in the center console where a power plug and Aux-in are conveniently available. It works great. Sounds good, nice highs and lows. Connects immediately without having to manually connect. (I use a Samsung Android phone. Apple should work fine too). If you're also putting it in a BMW, I'd recommend using the power plug that's in your console for power instead of the USB port. The USB port seems to be constantly powered, and this Bluetooth receiver will be a small continuous load on your battery if you park for a long time. The power plug is switched with the ignition. This Bluetooth receiver comes with a 120V to USB plug, so you can use it at home too. I bought a second one to add Bluetooth capability to my home stereo. I like it there too. Decent distance reception from my device as I walk around the living room and kitchen. For the price, I recommend this item for its reliable instant connection, versatility, and sound quality.
Solid little device for a good price
July 31, 2017
I'm happy with this. It does its job unobtrusively for a good price. I have several of these in different rooms of my house. They all seem to work fine. Every once an a while, one of them will get "stuck" and I need to unplug it to reset things, but that's happened only rarely. I especially like that it doesn't automatically connect to any paired device within range. Instead, if someone with a phone wants to use it, they can connect explicitly. That's much less annoying than some other devices I own, which will automatically connect to a preferred device. The HomeSpot is much easier to use in a house with multiple people and multiple devices.
Plays well with Alexa
July 5, 2017
I use this with an Echo Dot. "Alexa connect to Bluetooth" the "alexa play pandora". Then I get music through the entire house. When i am done "Axela disconnect bluetooth" and the dot is back to normal. This has been very useful, as I didn't want alexa whole-house all the time, so this solved an issue for me.
Awesome and convenient
March 13, 2017
I think the product is awesome. I have a circa early 70's vintage receiver that I have connected to my vintage turntable and wanted to enable my digital tunes from my iPhone via Bluetooth. Connected the rca end to the receiver aux plugged the power into the back of the receiver and into the Bluetooth device. My iPhone found it immediately and I was up and running in seconds.I have had no problems connecting to Bluetooth etc. I noticed sometimes it seems to skip or gets interrupted slightly when I get a txt or I'm typing on my phone. You do need to have your phone in the line of sight to the Bluetooth device though or it cuts out a bit. . Otherwise good stuff No longer have to get off the sofa to change songs or volume. Nice.
Perfect replacement for my AUX
January 15, 2017
Just great! I wanted a replacement for my AUX cable connected to my home stereo receiver. I play music from my iPhone 6s daily and wanted a wireless option.- Sounds great! Same quality as my AUX cable.- Easy setup: Aux cable (headphone plug, my own cable) plugs into the back of the unit along with the power cable provided. Paired in seconds just like a Bluetooth speaker or headphone.- Priced great and arrived to my doorstep in 2 days via PRIME
Four Star Reviews:
Good sound, poor usability
January 19, 2017
Great device hindered by two design flaws. 1. The bulbous shape prevents this from plugging directly into the electrical outlets on the back of most hifi amplifiers. 2. Bluetooth pairing is not promiscuous. Once this device pairs with one device -- your phone, say -- in order to switch to a different device, you must power it off and on again, or else unplug and replug the 1/8-inch stereo mini jack. This is greatly inferior to bluetooth devices such as the Aiwa EXOS-1 that promiscuously pair with any device that requests a connection. With the Aiwa, you can sit around with your friends trading songs. The Brightech's fidelity to one device only at a time really limits its convenience.
The unit works well so far - but you can forget about after sales service!
November 16, 2016
I've checked it out with an iPod and a Galaxy S5 and it works just fine. It also handles 240vAC without a hitch. How long it will continue to work is anybody's guess.
However, I do object to the fact that, in spite of the claim (in the Instruction Guide for one) that it can be supplied with a UK,EU,US or AU pin arrangement, the American suppliers didn't have the wit to send me the appropriate one, so I had to buy an adapter. And I found that emailing them about it is pointless, as they just reply with a randomly selected or computer generated "explanation" which doesn't in any way address the situation.
Easy set up, works/sounds great! Wish you could re-name the device.
December 25, 2015
Put 1 on game room/back patio stereo and 1 on garage/workshop stereo (~20' apart). Easy setup, works great, sounds good. Mine range out to ~50' before signal is lost/gets choppy. Since I have 2, would be nice if devices could be 'renamed' to tell them apart. To alleviate figuring out which is which, I plugged them into the switched outlets on back of the receivers (i.e. device is only powered on when receiver is on). However, size of device, while compact, does not allow it to be plugged into switched outlets without a power adapter (like those used to make a grounded plug into an ungrounded plug); this spaces device back far enough to allow it to plug in. If you could either change the B/tooth name, or the shape of device was altered slightly to fit into switched outlets of HiFi receivers, would have no issues giving a 5 star rating! Love streaming my own music wherever, and especially like hearing phone/text/email notifications via stereo I normally miss during parties and doing tasks in workshop.
their cost compared to quality was ambiguous at best. However
July 5, 2015
First of all, the only reason I did not give this product five stars is simply because my limited knowledge of electronics disqualifies me from doing so. Okay. That said, I bought this receiver so that I could have wireless speakers in my living room. After looking at and reading reviews for Bluetooth speakers, it was plain: their cost compared to quality was ambiguous at best. However, I knew that I liked the computer speakers I already had, even though they were not wireless. So, when the Brightech receiver arrived, it got plugged into the outlet, my computer speakers plugged into their outlet and into the receiver. Somehow, the receiver and my laptop found each other without a great deal of effort on my part. And I have what I wanted: no wires from my computer to the speakers, and good sound. Now and then, for some reason unknown to me, they lose the connection while the laptop is shut-down. However, I have found that by just unplugging the receiver for a few seconds, that they will find each other as soon as the receiver is plugged back in.
I would recommend this product, and have added Brightech to my list of "good quality and value" manufacturers.
Comparison of BrightPlay Home HD Bluetooth 4.0 Music Receiver and Belkin F8Z492TTP Bluetooth Music Receiver
December 6, 2013
This review is in comparison to the Belkin F8Z492TTP Bluetooth Music Receiver:
The BrightPlay receiver is miles better than the Belkin in terms of Audio Quality. I use it at my desk to connect to my desktop speakers. The Belkin sounded like my old Napster songs with very low bitrates, even with distances between the receiver and phone at < 3'. The BrightPlay comes in crystal clear and equal in quality to plugging in an aux plug directly into the phone.
Power Input Design:
This is the only downside to the BrightPlay. Rather than having the small brick with a long wire plugging into the back like on the Belkin, the BrightPlay plugs directly into an outlet. I found it as an inconvenience, as my power outlet was rather far away.
Overall the same, but the Belkin has that infamous piece of metal to add weight and reduce range, whereas the BrightPlay seems great all around.
I'm glad I found this, after much searching and reading reviews on Amazon. Audio Quality is the most important feature in a bluetooth receiver, and I agree with everyone else who reviewed this one that it is better than the rest.
Good output volume
September 15, 2017
I have a car with an AUX input but not Bluetooth for music. Using this to connect phone to AUX input on car with Bluetooth. Connectivity is pretty good, I can walk out of the car for 10-20 feet and music still plays. The volume level is also good so I don't need to crank my stereo up, and sound is clean (no hiss).Have owned unit for a year and a half and just started using it, hope durability will be good. Unit will be power cycled a lot as it is powered off a USB charger from a car 12V plug. Plus unit will be heat cycled extensively (100+ F in summer and freezing temps in winter).
Works as Advertised (most of time)
August 11, 2017
Overall, very satisfied. Needed ability to play music outdoors with my in-door non-Bluetooth stereo via IPhone (I have outdoor speakers). I used to just use aux in cord and leave phone inside but then you can't adjust volume or music selection easily. I did buy a longer RCA cable than supplied so that I could set the unit in window for better line of site transmittal. I experimented and connection was not an issue up to 75 feet or more from the receiver. However, even at 30 - 50 feet, music does cut out occasionally for a second or two - some days this doesn't happen at all, other days it does off and on. However, it reconnects again right away without any action on my part. If not for cutting out, I would give 5 star. For the price, I think it is a great deal. I did try it just through walls (vs line of site setting it in window) and it still works outside but distance is diminished to about 1/2 the specs.
Worth the price
July 30, 2017
I have had this product for about two weeks and I am satisfied with my purchase.It provides a pretty solid Bluetooth connection. Using this device doesn't hurt or improve the quality of the music. It is beyond easy to set up, within 2 minutes of having the box open I had this baby set up with my stereo. They worked almost seamlessly together. The receiver was actually smaller that I anticipated, which in this case was just another plus.Outside of all of that is where this product lost a star. There were 2 cons. First, having to keep the unit plugged in to a power source all the time, while this is a small nuisance its still a nuisance. In addition, I utilize this product the most in my car and for some reason it occasionally produces a very low pitched sound in the background of my music. Most the time its not noticeable when it does happen and for the price this is still a great product.
Good quality sound for a decent price
July 1, 2017
I picked this up to use with an older Bose Wave radio we have in our bedroom.the sound quality is great, there is no delay with playback, we like it. My one complaint is that while you can set it up with multiple phones/devices, you cannot have bother paired at the same time. If I want to switch from my phone to my wife's, we need to disconnect mine and then connect with hers. Other Bluetooth devices, mostly hands free car units and headphones have allowed for this and I wish this did as well. Obviously you couldn't have both playing back at the same time but it would be an improvement.
If you are in good range, the sound quality is very good
February 3, 2017
I find the effective range to be about 10-15 feet at the most, used with a variety of devices, with no obstructions (-1 star). If you are in good range, the sound quality is very good.Otherwise it's fantastic; it's the only thing we use with the living room stereo any more. I have no problems connecting to it; you can use NFC to connect trivially the first time (with a quick prompt on my Android devices to say "yes please pair it") and any other time.Edit: now adding a third one for my shop stereo. Beats the heck out of wired.
Got It To Stream Amazon Prime Music From My Phone To My Stereo
May 25, 2015
I got this device so that I could stream Amazon Prime Music from my Android phone to my Home Theater Audio Amplifier (https://youtu.be/okXPAUgoKLc).I have a chromecast but there is currently no support from Amazon to stream Amazon Prime music to it.The HomeSpot allows you to essentially turn any audio amplifier into Bluetooth enabled device. My15 year old Yamaha amplifier works perfectly, but being as old as it is, it doesn't have integrated Bluetooth. I connected this device to an open RCA input, paired it to my Android phone, and was able to stream music at will.The HomeSpot has a nice small form factor, comes with several cable connection options and includes a USB power adapter. It's not perfect but it's good for the price and solved my problem.If you want to see how I use it to stream Amazon Prime Music watch this video: https://youtu.be/okXPAUgoKLc
Three Star Reviews:
This thing is Awesome.
February 7, 2017
I have downgraded this item to 3 stars because as I have used it more and more, I notice that it has serious problems with connections and it has poor distance coverage, even in line of sight distances with no obstructions. I'm really disappointed as I thought that this was really going to be THE ONE!
Original Rating: It sounds just as good as plugging my device up with the audio cord as very little, if any sound quality is lost. I haven't tested the limits of its distance abilities yet, but it sits about 20 feet away from the audio source and inside of a cabinet. That alone is impressive to me as many products before it failed to work in that environment. I give it 5 stars because I am very pleased with its performance.
Sounds is great - When you're very close.
August 29, 2016
Easy to connect and great sound - I didn't notice any difference in sound quality vs hard-jacking my phone directly into me stereo. Range/signal strength seems slightly limited as compared to some other bluetooth products/speakers I own. The one I installed in my garage can't handle me me stepping outside, even if I'm only two feet away, standing directly outside the wall it's installed on.
Update: After a few months of use, I can say that I've become quite disappointed with the range on these guys. I'm getting much more like 10 feet of range, and not the 30 or so typical of a bluetooth connection. I own several different standalone bluetooth speakers, and all of them hold a connection over a much better range. Should have gone with the Chromecast Audio
Works great when connected, but requires a lot of effort to switch between devices
July 18, 2016
It works well when connected. But doesn't switch between devices well at all, it always holds onto the last connection as the only connection. In order to switch between devices I have to unplug it and replug it, making sure all other bluetooth devices are disabled. Which is difficult since it's attached to the back of the stereo inside the console. It advertises it works with multiple devices, which must refer to pairings only. If you want to go from your phone to your tablet and then your computer, you have to unplug it and replug it - and make sure the last device's bluetooth is disabled.
I wound up moving this to the stereo in the basement and committing an old iPhone to that system. I can run music via Spotify on my TV with more control and easily flip between devices. That makes this redundant. The Brightech works well when connect, but just use one device with it is all I'm saying.
Great audio but has some problems
August 13, 2015
This is a nice, compact well built device. The audio quality is very good, better than my old Logitech Bluetooth adapter. However it has some problems. First it has no "pair" button and it seems to decide to go into pair mode when you unplug it from the wall or unplug the mini stereo plug from it, but unreliably. In fact I've struggled more than once with it refusing to go into pairing mode. Also its ability to be paired to 2 devices at once is also unreliable. I might be returning it, but maybe there's a trick to using it which I have yet to figure out. Because when its working the audio is great!
Sounds great. Setup is easy. Range is limited, only about 15' between a wall.
June 21, 2015
I bought this because my receiver needed an analog audio out put for the second zone of speakers I have on my deck. Normally, I just use AppleTV for streaming audio, but since the Apple TV is digital, my receiver's analog-only second zone will not amplify an HDMI source.
When I want to play music on my second zone of speakers on my deck I can either play from my headphone jack (corded) or use one of these Bluetooth to analog wireless receivers. This receiver works great but it will not play from my deck which is about 15' from the receiver. Granted there is also an external wall between the receiver and the deck.
If you need a similar solution as I did, keep looking. This receiver is great but just not powerful enough to do the job I needed it to do.
Works great... 50% of the time
July 31, 2017
I bought this because there was another review here saying that this is about the only bluetooth receiver that will automatically power on and connect to the smartphone as soon as the car is powered on. Well, it works... 50% of the time for me. The other 50% I need to manually connect it from my phone. I don't think it's my phone problem, because in our other family car my phone connects 100% of the time to the factory installed Toyota bluetooth touchscreen system (as anyone buying a Toyota probably expects the bluetooth connection to work without a hassle 100% of the time). As far as this device goes, it's OK I guess, but I would rather not have to mess with my phone while I'm driving. To be completely fair in this review, I must say that once it is connected, the sound quality is very good.
Ok product, lasted almost a year and then fried.
July 7, 2017
Product was ok even though it fried about 10 months later. My issue was that it wouldn't automatically connect to my iPhone and i would have to go to iPhone bluetooth settings to connect it.Bought an Mpow Bluetooth Receiver, (Latest Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP) Wireless Bluetooth Audio Receiver Adapter with 3.5mm & RCA Cable for Home and Car Sound Systems ) as replacement and this one had a built in battery which was good. but i had to open my center console and push multifunction button to turn it on each time. This one would automatically connect to my iPhone though.Downside, it Fried just over a month later...i wish i had payed more attention and ordered my 5 series with bluetooth audio as well as BT telephone
Works well but the range is very limited I tested ...
June 29, 2017
Works well but the range is very limited I tested it inside and outside on the deck. It fades in and out at 12 feet no matter where i tested it.
Poor range, unreliable connectivity
May 14, 2016
Updated review 23 Sept. '16I followed the advice of the manufacturer (in the comment below), and it did improve the reception a bit: connection is more reliable and I don't have as many skips/drops etc as before. Still, I am annoyed that the device has to be so close and must be line of sight, so I'm upping my rating to 3 stars.******(earlier review) Range is very poor - device must be within 10 feet or so. Direct line of sight is a must or the signal will just fail. Even then, the connection can be utterly awful, leading too annoying skips, stops, gaps in playback. Seems worse with a Mac laptop (vs iphone), even when placed within 3 feet of the receiverI am comparing performance to my UE BOOM portable speaker, which can be much further away, behind walls, etc. yet maintain a clear connection compared to this thing.Giving this two stars because when it does connect, the sound is good. Still, save yourself the aggravation and get a better quality receiver -- I wish I had.
Wireless audio quality sounds squished
November 14, 2015
It works, but like most bluetooth devices, I found it degraded the sound quality so significantly that it became a constant distraction from listening to music. The few seconds it is supposed to save by not having to plug your phone in every time you get in the car is negated by the constant low quality audio. Adding Aptx would likely go a long way as i.e. I've used 2 nearly identical headphones, with this being the only differing feature. The non Aptx pair got returned due to poor wireless audio quality (while sounding great wired). The Aptx headphones sounded great even wireless with the same audio track playing.The NFC is a useful feature for when it fails to connect automatically when turning the car on, however autoconnect when getting in the car nearly always eliminates the need to wave your phone over the NFC area for connection in the first place. It's a compact unit, smaller than expected and smaller than much of the competition. It is in a plastic body that feels reasonable durable, but because of the plastic body, light weight and hollow feel to it, it still ends up feeling pretty cheap.Most Aptx enabled models I found required AC power, making it difficult to use in a car. This uses USB charging and feels at home in your car.I ultimately ended up not keeping mine after a few weeks due to low quality audio and lack of support for more advanced wireless compression. That said, if your music collection is largely 128kbps mp3s and the like, then go ahead and buy this. Your used to compressed shrunken sound and will likely not notice the difference.
Works with my Sony Radio Bookshelf Stereo.
March 15, 2015
It's okay. Works with my Sony Radio Bookshelf Stereo. It now has Bluetooth capabilities. Works with my tablet and phone. Works with Android and Apple.
Two Star Reviews:
Bad Luck with a BrightPlay Home HD Bluetooth
September 16, 2016
I bought this particular piece of Bluetooth equipment to make it more convenient to use an otherwise fine built-in home sound system I'd acquired when I bought a house that had been renovated by the previous owner. For the first couple of minutes of use, the BrightPlay Home HD Bluetooth seemed to work fine, but I soon began hearing frequent, random static, in bursts lasting from 2 or 3 seconds to a full minute or more. After repeated futile attempts (which, not having a head for technology, I cannot even begin to describe) to figure out what was going wrong, the audio-tech pro who was helping me with set-up advised me to just send it back to Amazon. For all I know, it would work just fine in another environment, but it just didn't work well enough in mine.
Great Sound But The Constant and Random Auto Reconnects Plagued Me
October 16, 2015
The Brightech Brightplay offers a noticeable improvement in sound over the 2 HomeSpot bluetooth receivers I have, more so in volume than overall sound quality. The sound from the Brightech is at the same volume as when I connect my phone to my amp with RCA cables whereas the HomeSpot bluetooth receiver I have is noticeably quieter. The sound quality from the Brightech is quite good, almost indistinguishable from connecting with RCA cables.
My satisfaction with the Brightplay ends there. The Brightplay plugging directly into an outlet along with the pairing sequence initiated by having to unplug the auxiliary cable from the bluetooth receiver and plug it back in is a horrible design function. By plugging directly into an outlet the Brightplay likely will not have the best line of sight which isn't great for bluetooth. Plus, it likely will be in an inconvenient location. If it isn't in an easy to reach location the pairing is tedious because one has to unplug the auxiliary cable from the Brightplay and plug it back in to initiate the pairing process. I ended up running an extension cable specifically for the Brightplay so it would have good line of sight and be in a convenient location for pairing.
The stuff I just mentioned I could live with. What I couldn't live with is the auto reconnect constantly hijacking my iPhone and iPad. Auto reconnect should only function in a manner so if I'm actively using the Brightplay to stream audio in my house and decide to walk out to get the mail or take the trash out or I am out of range for a few minutes for whatever reason, the bluetooth receiver automatically reconnects and starts streaming audio again. Or if the Brightplay is powered on it automatically reconnects to a device upon getting power, like when being used in a car. While the Brightplay does both of those, it also continually hijacks my audio at random times. If I'm connected to the Brightech but select another audio output, like the phone or headphones, the Brightech will randomly reselect itself as the audio output. This is extremely annoying, especially when listening to music over headphones! It isn't even walking out of range and in range again that triggers this, although walking out of range and in range again will trigger it every time.
After a couple days of use, I started to turn the bluetooth off and then on again on my phone or tablet when I was done using the bluetooth receiver in order to completely disconnect from the Brightplay. While this significantly decrease the frequency of the Brightplay reconnecting and reselecting itself it didn't stop it altogether. I may be in the living room, having not even been connected to the Brightplay for a couple hours, and the bluetooth receiver will auto connect and select itself as the audio output. I've even selected another audio output than the Brightplay and 5 seconds later it reselects itself. Horrible! Again reconnecting itself isn't a matter of being out of range and then coming in range again. I may be out of the house for a few hours and come home. The Brightplay, happily, doesn't reconnect upon entering the house. I'm sitting in a room an hour later and the bluetooth receiver decides to reconnects itself.
I really wanted to like this. It has great sound, bluetooth 4.0, apt-x, and 2 devices can connect to it at once. However, plugging directly into a wall and one having to unplug the auxiliary cable from the Brightplay and plug it back in to initiate the pairing process is a bad combo. Plus, setting up 2 devices to be connected to the Brightplay at once is a tedious pairing process and it doesn't always work. Several times the Brightplay wouldn't let my wife connect to the receiver because it had auto reconnected to a different phone or tablet. We then have to search for the other devices to see which it decided to auto reconnect to and turn the bluetooth off on that device. 2 devices are suppose to be able to connect to the Brightplay at once so it auto reconnecting to 1 should have been a non issue. It, however, was just another example of how the constant and random auto reconnects plagued us. I'm sending the Brightplay back to Amazon and very reluctantly forking the additional money over to give the Bose bluetooth receiver a shot.
Yet another no-go bluetooth thingy
September 15, 2015
OK, I think I've learned my lesson. This is the 3rd bluetooth rig I've used to connect my older stereo to my iPhone and MacBook. Now I'll acknowledge that it may be something in my stereo or its location but none of them have worked consistently. I had high hopes for this one but it failed. It is a serious pain to install this unless your stereo happens to be close to an accessible outlet. Took me quite a while to move things around. And then it worked only intermittently. Also, despite what it says, I had to un-pair it from my iPhone in order to get it to work on my MacBook. And had to un-pair it from my MacBook to get it to work with my iPhone, and it worked poorly even then.
So I'd say if you have an adventurous spirit and lots of free time, give this a try. Just don't throw away the packing material until you're convinced it works!
Good sound, but pairing problems are a deal-breaker
May 2, 2015
Having had a few different Bluetooth receivers and speakers I've found that many of them have poor sound quality. I used to think that this was due to a poor internet connection but now think it's probably the bluetooth.
This device has excellent sound and there are no cut-outs, static, or other problems that I've been able to notice.
The problem however is with the pairing, once you pair one device to it, you have to explicitly un-pair it from that device before you pair it to another device. We have many devices in the house (phones, iPads, etc) and this unfortunately is a deal breaker. For example I might pair it to my phone, then a few days later want to pair it with my iPad, but I have to first remember that it was my phone that it was paired with, go find my phone, unpair it, then pair it with my iPad. If the device it was paired with is unavailable then I guess you're out of luck (I haven't found any "reset" mode). This largely defeats the purpose of having Bluetooth to begin with -- I may as well just plug the speakers directly into my device, which is what I found myself doing when I couldn't figure out the pairing.
December 8, 2014
Good quality sound but cumbersome "plug and play" feature. What that really means is you must plug it directly into an electrical outlet which may or may not be near your speakers/system, convenient to get to, or properly exposed for broadcast clarity. There is no power adaptor and chord. Though it is not clear from the picture, the back of the unit had the prongs to plug directly into the outlet. So it never turns off unless you reach down and pull it out. Plus, if you want to turn off the Bluetooth, you are instructed to pull out the Bluetooth chord. Otherwise it stays on. We cannot imagine any unit will survive for long with constant pulling out and plugging in the chord and even the unit itself, or in the alternative, leaving the power and the Bluetooth ( the Bluetooth will go into standby) on 24/7/365.
Cuts out and static
August 6, 2017
Bought this a while ago................at first I had a hard time getting it to connect to my laptop. It connected to my phone right away. Hooked it up to my home theater system, and the sound quality was deplorable. I thought maybe it was just that some of the music I have on my phone is at a less-than-optimal quality.................I was fianally able to connect to my laptop after switching the unit to a small bookshelf system MUCH closer to my laptop (3 feet away..............the home theater system is about 15 feet away) The playback quality is AWFUL..................lots of static and cut-out. Can't use it without feeling like I should beat my head in with a shovel. I'd return it, but postage would be more than it would be worth.............(Plus, somehow the original box and paperwork disappeared...............can't imagine WHO threw it away <glares at wife>)
Good sound, but skipping audio
June 29, 2017
I tried this Homespot reciever, (this product) and the audio was pretty good, but the connectivity was terrible - lots of skips. YMMV as I understand there are different versions of bluetooth technology. I'm using it on a 2013 MacBook Pro for reference. The skips were so annoying that I had to return it.I returned The Homespot and purchased the HiFi HiFi Lossless Bluetooth Audio Receiver Optical Fiber Coaxial Out for Digital Amp. The connectivity was better but the sound was definitely NOT HiFi (high-fidelity).That's being returned and I just ordered the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver. Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver It's 4X the price, but several different websites that did shootouts and reviews all said that it's the one to buy if you're an audiophile.Perhaps this will work for you, but apparently I can't get by with one at this price point.
Lots of dropouts
March 25, 2017
I struggled trying to get this to work for me. I stream audio from my MacBook Pro to my stereo system (located line-of-sight, 25' away). With this receiver, lots of dropouts and disconnects. I had to situate my MacBook at just such an angle and then not touch it. Still, walking around the room or opening the refrigerator door caused dropouts.Spend just a few more dollars and get the Miccus Home RTX. Working great. Not finicky.
Frequent audio cut-off is frustrating
June 8, 2015
Got this to be able to stream music from my cellphone to my audio receiver. Have had it around for a few weeks and have the following observations:Good:1. NFC pairing - NFC pairing with my android phone worked perfectly.2. Seems to have decent range for my usage scenario (I am in the same room as the receiver, haven't tried to use it while connected from another room)3. Small form factor - The device is very small and I was able to put it next to my receiver. It would have been barely noticeable were it not for the flashing blue LED light on the front.Bad:1. Frequently experience audio cutoff even though the device has a direct line of sight to my phone.2. The flashing blue light on the front gets annoying after a while. Wish there was a way to turn it off without having to power down the device.Not that happy overall due to the audio cut-off issue. Might have to look at other options if this continues.
Awful range, even when compared to portable mini-receivers
April 30, 2015
The range is dreadful. Can't even sit 9 feet directly in front of it without the audio being cut off.I had purchased an Indigo BTR9 Bluetooth Wireless Music Switchable Transmitter and Receiver for other purposes, but decided to compare its range with the HomeSpot (I expected the Indigo to be lower because it's considerably smaller and runs on a battery).To make the comparison fair, I placed the Indigo receiver exactly in the same place the HomeSpot was and tested with the same transmitter (a Nexus 5 phone).The difference was staggering. While the HomeSpot cuts off at the slightest chance (placing a hand in between, being farther than 9 feet), I could walk with the Indigo to another room, stand behind the wall and still get a clear uninterrupted signal.NFC and pairing worked fine, though. The audio output has a good volume too.In conclusion, the HomeSpot hardly delivers on that 66 feet range promise (actually more like 8 feet). Unless you live in one of those tiny Japanese capsules, this receiver will not fulfill most needs for home use.
Works ok, but range only about 8 feet.
August 15, 2014
Easy to pair, sound quality seems just fine when close. Nice for them to have included both 3.5mm and RCA cables. I give it 4 stars as I only seem to get 15-18FT range, and that's line-of-sight. It goes down if I'm in the next room. I don't find that unreasonable, and it works for my purpose, but it's much less than the 66FT advertised.EDIT: I bought this item to use on my deck, which is located outside my bedroom where my stereo is. Normally I run a headphone jack out the window when I have people over and want music outside. I thought this would be a more elegant solution. It wasn't. My nearly-new iPhone 4S is 10 feet away and the only thing that separates the receiver is a screen, and the audio is very choppy. It gets better if I put it on a chair next to the window. Might as well have the cable. Downgraded to 2 stars.
One Star Reviews:
A Terribly Designed Product
December 4, 2016
Here's how I imagine the conversation went at Brightech, when they were brainstorming this product:
Some R&D guy: "Hey guys, you know how bluetooth devices perform best with an unobstructed line of sight between the device to the receiver? And you know how pretty much 100% of power outlets are in out-of-the-way places, out of sight, and behind things like furniture and stereos? Well, I think it would be a great idea to design a bluetooth unit without a power cord, so it will plug directly into an electrical outlet, and thus force the receiver to be stuck in a place where it will most likely be obstructed, and won't be able to actually receive any kind of signal whasoever!"
The other R&D guys: "That sounds like an amazing idea! What could possibly go wrong?"
Basically, if you want to actually use this receiver, you will have to place a powerstrip right out in front of your stereo, computer, tv, or whatever speakers you intend to use with this dumb thing, because it has no power cord. I did not realize this was the case when I purchased this, or I would not have wasted my time.
Very Short Range and Buggy
June 21, 2016
Absolute junk! This is only useful if you have nothing better to do than mess with it all day.
I got this so I can stream Pandora and other music sources to amplifier-driven speakers. Every time I use this I get frustrated. What should be relaxing time with background music is just pure technical hell. First, this thing crashes and stops responding to Bluetooth. Then, once you reset it by pulling the plug and manage to connect to it, it keeps chopping up the audio stream. It has very poor Bluetooth reception. If you're more than just a few feet from it, it fails to stream. It's not uncommon for Bluetooth to reach up to 30 feet. This thing gets about 5-10 feet at best, even in line of sight without nearby interference (metal, etc.).
I really wanted to like this thing, but it has been nothing but torture for the past 2 years that I've had it. Tossing it out and getting a Google Audio Chromecast.
Tried very hard to enjoy this but this product for whatever reason is not ...
October 24, 2015
Tried very hard to enjoy this but this product for whatever reason is not handling my Blueotooth devices well at all. (2 computers and 2 iphones).
Constant 'stuttering' and breaking up of audio sitting still barely 5-7 ft from the receiver. Every now and then it will play clearly, like if I power cycle whatever device I'm streaming from. Also don't like how auto-connect chooses whichever device is in range or last selected. I'm then forced to find any device it connects to and manually disable BT before switching audio devices.
Knowing all this would have made this a much easier pass for me personally.
September 8, 2015
Product simply didn't work. I am returning for another brand. Produced a loud hum when plugged into any receiver input. Was also very difficult to pair with an iPhone 5 or iPad, even at close range and would drop off after only a couple of minutes. When it finally (briefly) paired, it would only play out of the right channel.
Waste of $$
May 18, 2015
Works nicely for a month and then it paired but would not connect. I tried this same one once before and the same thing happened. The manufacturer is worthless. Personally I would never buy one again.
PIECE OF GARBAGE
July 14, 2017
This thing is garbage. It disconnects from my phone all the time. I leave the house and come back, not connected. I go to bed and in the morning it's disconnected. I sit around the house without using it for a few hours and it's disconnected. Meanwhile my iphone is always in range and always has bluetooth turned on. Likewise the device is turned on. It disconnects even when they're sitting in the same room. It's not signal interference - the signal is always strong. Yet I have to open my phone settings and force it to reconnect, because the stupid device turns itself "off".I BOUGHT A PLUGIN BLUETOOTH DEVICE TO BE ALWAYS ON!! WHEN IT DISCONNECTS FOR NO REASON AND I HAVE TO MANUALLY RECONNECT, IT'S COMPLETELY USELESS!! Piece of junk.
Cheap sh*t. Do not buy.
April 11, 2017
The device worked for a whole of 40 minutes before it disconnected. I then tried to get reconnect any of my devices -- two phones and three computers -- unsuccessfully. I tried everything, including restating the device. Nothing worked. The decode became unrecognizable.
Works fine right up until the time it doesn't work at all
November 3, 2015
This device paired up easily with my iPhone 6 and provided a good-sounding interface between my iPhone and my Linn receiver. I enjoyed listening to my iTunes music library on my home system for a month or two. Then one day it just quit working. Just quit. My phone searches for it but does not find it, and no amount of resetting of either phone or device renders it findable. It just sits there, blinking its little light, doing nothing. And no amount of googling, Internet searching or digging through Amazon uncovers anything helpful in the way of tech advice. I realize it's only thirty bucks, Jeff Bezos, but to me that's still real money. This device has turned out to be yet another manifestation of the Disposable Society.
Poorly designed audio receiver and highly impractical for daily use
July 30, 2015
DO NOT BUY!These bluetooth audio receivers are very frustrating to use. I purchased this product based on the seemingly overwhelming amount of positive reviews and so I had no idea about how truly impractical and annoying this audio receiver is to try and use. First red flag I should have noticed is the manufacturer's claim that there MUST be a clear line of sight from audio source to receiver. Anyone with basic common sense can come to the conclusion that this is something that can be quite problematic if there are people walking around or if there are objects in the way. When they say there must be a clear line of sight, they really mean it. If even a thin piece of clothing or fabric disrupts the line of sight for a millisecond, the receiver "freaks" out and starts skipping parts of the song. Sometimes, it even does this odd thing of playing the music at a much higher rate of speed to catch up. It's ridiculous. I tried setting it up in different conditions to try and see if I could improve the consistency and reliability of the sound but even when my iphone was literally inches or a couple feet away, there would still be occasional speed-ups in the song or skips. It's very annoying to use and a very poorly designed product.
This product was horrible, I bought this with the idea that I ...
July 25, 2015
This product was horrible , I bought this with the idea that I would spend more ($30) and get very good range and a good product. Little did I know that when my phone is placed in front of it it would still skip and have horrible sound quality. I have this connected to my home theatre system and it doesn't even work when I'm in the room that it's set up it.I bought a bluetooth speaker for 30 and it has way better range then this piece of s***. I will leave the speaker in the room upstairs and walk down stairs and outside my house and it will still work. People walk in front of this receiver and it starts skipping, while I'm in the same room.I want my money back!!!!!
Clips the first few seconds of each song
February 26, 2015
This unit easily connected to my stereo, however it cuts off the first 5 or 6 seconds of every song when playing through my iPhone 5s in close proximity (10 feet). I have a Bose Soundlink Color which performs flawlessly with the same phone in another location (and has better range). After reading all the favorable reviews here, I'm very disappointed. Perhaps I received a defective unit, but how am I to know?UPDATE:I just purchased an Mpow Streambot NFC Bluetooth receiver that works flawlessly. See that product for a comparative review.
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Available in both Black and White Colors. Marvel at clean, punchy audio when streaming CD-quality sound from your Bluetooth devices (including laptops) to virtually any speaker system
Upgrade affordably and effortlessly: BrightPlay Home adapts to your audio gear from home theater systems to beloved non-Bluetooth stereos
Let the party roam from room to patio deck: Integrated apt-X technology delivers quality sound up to 30 feet away
Lightweight box (just under 4 ounces) includes a portable receiver/adapter with auxiliary output and charging port, a color-coded 3-prong connector cable, and power plug
Not completely satisfied? Brightech backs up BrightPlay Home HD with a 3-year satisfaction guarantee
Bluetooth 4.0 (2.1+EDR backward compatible); Support A2DP profile; Store 8 paired devices
Superior wireless performance; Transmit up to 66 feet away with line of sight
Tap-and-pair and tap-and-connect the receiver with NFC-equipped Android, Windows 8 and Nokia phones
Plug the receiver into any A/V receiver, stereo system, or speaker through standard RCA or 3.5 mm jack; UL-plug AC adapter included
Play music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-capable smartphone, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android.