It’s possible that you’ve avoided using wireless transmitters because you’ve had bad luck with them in the past, but have you checked out wireless transmitters, lately? It’s the 21st century and wireless transmitter technology has come a long way since its infancy — nay! Since even a couple of years ago.
I’m going to try and convince you to give wireless transmitters another try, and I’m going to use the fine work of GOgroove to support my statement. Here are five ways that GOgroove will change how you think about wireless transmitters.
Wireless Transmitters Succumb Too Easily to Spectrum Interference
When wireless transmitters were first being used — usually as a way to get sound from MP3 devices to play over a car’s stereo speakers through infrequently used radio stations — a common complaint was that people living in highly populated areas would experience a lot of static and overlapping spectrum interference.
While it’s still possible for this to happen on occasion, wireless transmitters have grown a lot more adept at separating the sounds you want to hear (whether it’s from an MP3 player’s playlist or a smart phone conversation) from the sounds you don’t want to hear (like Beardy McCromag and Big Pimple in the Morning or whatever commuters have to put up with on the radio these days).
Regarding the GOgroove FlexSMART X2 Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter, Amazon user lizzylougirl writes:
The sound is super crisp. I’ve had an FM transmitter for my iPod before and not been impressed — it was static-y and wouldn’t hold the signal. But this little gadget really knocked my socks off! Pairing it with two different phones was super easy, and the sound quality is terrific. My husband wants one for his truck now.
The sound quality for music seems to be very good. It’s got way less interference than other FM transmitters; I think it’s possibly because there are no wires connecting the phone to the transmitter. Bluetooth music seems to be superior. One thing I did notice was a difference in my sound levels with the bass and treble. I just tweaked the bass and treble levels and got it sounding the way I like.
Even if you do find that your area is still cursed with cluttered airwaves and wireless transmitters just can’t overcome the spectrum interference, the folks at GOgroove will try and work with you. Michelle reports:
I cannot find a radio station that syncs with the Bluetooth. Every station I try is filled with static. People who I am speaking with report hearing me perfectly, but I cannot hear them without turning up the volume super loud, and that also turns up the static. Perhaps it’s because I live in NYC? I will say that the company has been really responsive and even tried to assist me by suggesting a frequency in my area that might work better — to no avail. The company assured me that I can return this product with no hassles. I plan to.
Audio Quality Suffers Greatly Through Wireless Transmitters
Even if you’ve not experienced spectrum interference with wireless transmitters of past eras, you may be under the impression that audio quality conveyed through a wireless transmitter is in no way a match for an equal, wired system.
I purchased this product as one of the most skeptical buyers you can imagine for this type of equipment. I’ve used FM transmitters in the past, and was always let down. The GOgroove X3 is great. My main reason for purchasing this item was to have Pandora stream from my iPhone 5 to my car stereo. It works just as advertised, and sound quality is great. I would gladly recommend this product to anyone looking to do the same. Bluetooth call quality is also good. Haven’t tested the USB charging port yet, but research indicates proper voltage to charge my iPhone.
Amazon Junkie writes:
All in all, this thing is well worth the price. Amazing (and I mean absolutely amazing) sound quality. You won’t be disappointed — from Lil Wayne to Taylor Swift and from Eminem to someone singing you happy birthday on a hands-free phone call* — all your music will sound awesome. *Note: the level of awesomeness on the birthday song really depends on who is singing it. Don’t blame the device if the person singing sounds like Pee-Wee Herman is choking himself.
Sure, sound quality from any device — wireless transmitter or not — may not always be perfect, but this can depend on other environmental variables, too. As Mark Druziak says:
The sound quality is excellent when playing music or streaming from my iPhone 5. Audio quality on phone calls is just so-so but in fairness, I have this installed in a Mazda Miata, which isn’t the quietest car in the world!
Wireless Transmitters Aren’t Versatile
Once upon a time, wireless transmitters were made specifically for one purpose and one brand’s model only. When there was only one type of MP3 player on the market and smart phones were just stray dreams in the minds of science fiction authors and mad scientists, this wasn’t such a limiting restriction. But now that we’ve got iPhones, Android devices, Windows Phones, BlackBerry gadgets, and more variations being released on a seemingly daily basis, so wireless transmitters are made with more universal uses in mind.
Whether you’re using them for hands-free phone calls, audio books, playing back music, or USB ports, wireless transmitters have evolved around our needs. The GOgroove BlueSense TRM Wireless A2DP Bluetooth Transmitter / Adapter is an excellent example of this, as it’s designed to turn “any device with a 3.5 mm audio-out jack into a Bluetooth-capable music streaming solution,” and works with “an extremely wide array of devices,” including smart phones, MP3 players, computers, TVs, stereos, CD players, tablets, etc. It can be used to pair and sync “any non-Bluetooth device with your Bluetooth-enabled headphones, headset, or speaker system.”
How can you use wireless transmitters today? Let us count the ways. Amazon user Rob writes:
I love this item. I use it to watch Netflix on my Nook so I don’t disturb my wife and I don’t have to worry about the wires on my other headphones. It pairs with Bluetooth headphones easily and work great.
Being able to add Bluetooth to almost any device is great. Pairing with a Bluetooth speakers is easy following the directions supplied. Sounds good and means less wires to hide.
Joe Bourassa reports:
This transmitter works great. I use it on my TV so I can hear it over the sound of my treadmill. I plugged in the 3.5 mm to the TV and used an open USB port on the TV to charge it. I am very pleased with it.
C. Duncan writes:
I plug this into my home theater system headphone jack and use Bluetooth headphones to listen to television, TiVo, Xbox, Apple TV, or whatever from my home theater system so I do not disturb others. A micro-USB connector for charging would have been more practical (though adapters do exist).
At night, I wanted to be able to listen to my surround sound system without waking others in the house. I have an Onkyo system and it was not Bluetooth enabled. I purchased this Bluetooth transmitter and it works great! Just buy a Bluetooth compatible headset and you’re ready to go. One tip: the plug on this unit is 3.5 mm. You will need an adapter (about $3.00) if you have a 1/4 inch headphone jack like I did. Great product!
M. Cogburn writes:
I received this to use with the Kinivo BTH220 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones at the gym. It is immediately able to link up and the sound quality is great. I’ve been able to plug this into my computer and can get clear audio 20 to 30 feet away in my house. At the gym it’s easy to use, although I do have to sync it to the headphones each time I turn it on. While it hasn’t happened yet, the plug-in audio cord feels a bit frail; I’m somewhat concerned that it will break over time as, at the gym, the unit has to dangle by the cord because it’s too short to wrap it over the bar on the treadmill. No issues with charging or battery life. Over all, I’m really happy with it.
Wireless Transmitters Are Ugly (and Their Mothers Dress Them Funny)
Says you! I think you’ll find that wireless transmitters come in a variety of fashionable interfaces that don’t settle for being mere eyesores — in fact, some work hard to enhance their surroundings.
But, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The GOgroove BlueSYNC OR3 Rechargeable Bluetooth Portable Wireless Speaker is a good example of wireless technology (though more of a wireless receiver than a wireless transmitter, admittedly) that is sized to stay out of your way with a simplified design that makes it fit in just about anywhere without being distracting.
Then again, simple and non-distracting isn’t for everyone. If GOgroove could manage a variety of wireless transmitters with simple but sleek designs like we see here along with some of the more garish examples from its line of products (feel free to click that link, but don’t show Diana!), we might really be on to something! As it stands, though, I think the GOgroove wireless transmitters that currently exist fit the bill for those of us who subscribe to the “less is more” philosophy.
Wireless Transmitters Unjustly Reward the Clumsy
There’s no way around it: some people are just old fashioned. If you count yourself among them, then you may miss tripping and stumbling over the cords and wires that tether non-wireless technology to other bits of non-wireless technology. For those of us who didn’t happen to luck out with an 18 for dexterity when we were rolling up our characters in real life, wireless transmitters are a boon!
You Luddites and other fuddy duddies can wind up your Victrolas and tread carefully. The rest of us will enjoy the view from our 21st century perches when you inevitably turn your living room into a scene from a Keystone Cops caper — probably via some kind of wireless transmitter (from GOgroove or another reputable brand).
Do you have any wireless transmitters that you’d like to tell us about, or any other wireless transmitter myths that need dispelling before you sink your hard-earned cashmoney into trying one? Please feel free to leave a comment below!