The latest generation iOS devices with the Lightning Connector has caused some serious compatibility issues on the accessory market, and then especially when it comes to iPod/iPhone speaker docks. There is however a quick and affordable solution available; a bluetooth dock adapter.
Bluetooth dock adapters for iPhone and iPod have been around for year, but has been more of a specialty category until recently. With the introduction of the Lightning Connector new entrants have jumped on the growing market, which is great for us as consumers as prices are coming down and choice increases. When I bought my first dock adapter it was priced at £80+ but now you can get them for less than £20.
Here is an overview of some of the more popular bluetooth dock adapters on the UK market. One important note is that these bluetooth dock adapters only work with speaker docks that also can charge your iPod or iPhone.
The Azatom Tune-Stream is a bluetooth 2.1 adapter does exactly what it says on the box; providing you with a way to make almost any docking station bluetooth enabled. It is small, build quality is good, and streaming quality is also pretty good.
Price: £18.99 – Amazon UK
KitSound Dock Air Bluetooth Audio Adapter
Promises to convert most iPod/iPhone speaker docks into wireless systems, pairing with most iOS and other portable bluetooth enabled devices and smartphones. Kitsound is promising a streaming range up to 10 meters both indoors and outdoors.
Price: £29.95 – Amazon UK
Bluetooth iRX Wireless A2DP dock adapter
Instantly upgrade your speaker dock to become wireless with this bluetooth v2.1+EDR Class 2 dock adapter, said to be compatible with amongst other the following speaker dock brands; JBL, Bose, Beats, Philips, Sony, iHome, iLUV, Sharp, Logitech, Samsung. Like most other adapters, oprating distance is up to 10 meters without obstructions.
Price: £23.99 – Amazon UK
Bluetooth Docking Station Music Receiver
A favourite amongst users, promising compatibility with amongst other Bose, JBL and similar systems. Bluetooth V2.0, Supported Profiles A2DP and AVRCP, Frequency: 2.42-2.48 GHZ. When pairing, this device does require you to insert a pairing code (0000). Some other adapters running later versions of bluetooth supports pairing without code. Streaming distance is set as up to 10 meters.
Price: £14.99 – Amazon UK
XCSOURCE Bluetooth A2DP Dock Adapter
Another bluetooth 2.0 A2DP bluetooth 30-pin dock adapter that should work with most docking stations sold over recent years, and allow for streaming from most bluetooth enabled devices, including iPods and iPhones. Advised streaming distance is up to 10 meters unobstructed.
Price: £9.99 – Amazon UK
Please note that prices are as per date of the article and can change at any time.