Summary: This is my third Bluetooth stereo adaptor. Finally, I'm happy! My first was a NXG-BTR, about $40. Didn't sound too bad, and I thought it was a necessary compromise to run the (basic) Bluetooth compression algorithm. Eventually, this stopped pairing with my primary source although it paired with everything else just fine. Range was 25-30' including one wall.
Pros: Wireless Range was best of three I tried, even one which was marketed for extra range. Amazing. Frequency range is in the datasheet - try to find that anywhere else. Sig gen test backs that up. Implements the highest quality BT digital transmission codec: aptX. Although backwards compatible with other lesser implementations of A2DP protocol; to get the best sound check your BT audio source for atpX encoding. My Galaxy S4 has it. Or buy this now and get aptX in your ne...
Cons: Weird connector locations. Wires on the 'front' and the 'back', makes a curious design statement. Physical separation can be good for signal quality in the box, but an odd thing to position on shelf. I'd like it better at $149, but frankly I haven't found anything else of this quality. Anything less wastes my speakers and my time.
Summary: Granted this is my first DAC so I don't have any other direct comparisons. Up to this point I was running my laptop and iPod directly into my receiver via the headphone jack. My system is modest being just a Denon receiver and set of Paradigm tower speakers. I wanted a wireless DAC and Arcam rBlink being Bluetooth sold me. I didn't imagine it would make that big of a difference to the sound quality. It was incredible!
Summary: Installs in an instant, works flawlessly. The sound, streaming from my MacBook Air, is much better than expected - pretty close to CD quality. The rBlink is compact but very solid, and I appreciate that all cables, including both RCA and optical cables, are supplied, together with multiple AC plugs. Crutchfield service was, as always, perfect - easy to order, delivery sooner than expected, and well packaged.
Pros: It just works.
Cons: None, really, although it might have been nice if all connections were on the same side of the unit. With connections on opposite sides, there's no way to hide the cables.
Summary: Great convenience to listening to music from the patio using my iPhone to control music selections. Sound is not lost through this device at least to my ears using my stereo system using Quad speakers.
Summary: The setup was delightfully easy. The device performs exactly as anticipated. Once the Bluetooth device is connected, the rBlink appears in the list on the device making it quick and easy to re-connect each time I want to use it.