BlueAnt Ribbon: The Ribbon was our earlier choose, largely as a result of it had the most effective ergonomics of any examined adapter—its V form gave it a easy however sturdy mechanism for clipping to clothes. Despite the fact that it had a comparatively quick six-hour battery life, it sounded strong in our checks. Sadly, we discovered in 2018 that BlueAnt has discontinued the Ribbon, and we count on that it’ll develop into unavailable quickly.
Griffin iTrip Clip: The iTrip Clip was our earlier runner-up, however it didn’t fairly stack up towards the brand new fashions we examined in 2018. Though it sounded respectable to us and had a wise structure for its controls, we discovered the management buttons annoying. Often, our button pushes didn’t register with the adapter, so adjusting the quantity took a number of tries. Neither of our present picks introduced this challenge.
Up to now, we’ve examined a number of fashions that look nearly similar to the iTrip Clip (together with the now unavailable Jumbl Bluetooth Calling & A2DP Audio Streaming Adapter), made by corporations with out Griffin’s established status and constant buyer assist. In 2018, we opted to not check these fashions, and we don’t assume you should buy any of them.
Antec Cellular Merchandise SmartBean: This adapter is considerably comparable in design and efficiency to the Griffin iTrip Clip, however we discovered the SmartBean’s buttons onerous to tell apart and use once we clipped the adapter to our garments. The SmartBean helps two simultaneous connections, however we discovered that this function made each connections unreliable and troublesome to make use of.
Mpow Bluetooth Receiver: This adapter was one of many few that made music sound considerably worse than with a direct connection, notably within the decrease finish. The Mpow additionally had extra connection points than different fashions we examined. It combines the skip/reverse buttons with the volume-adjust buttons; this isn’t a problem on the FiiO μBTR or the TaoTronics TT-BR009 as a result of on these fashions the quantity controls require a brief press and the playback controls require an extended press. On the Mpow, nonetheless, the features are reversed, and it’s straightforward to by accident enhance or lower the quantity an excessive amount of. We ended up blasting our ears with painfully loud music greater than as soon as.
TaoTronics TT-BR06: This adapter was a detailed runner-up to the TaoTronics TT-BR009; we truly most well-liked its button structure. However because it lacks assist for codecs like aptX and AAC and has a barely worse microphone, the TT-BR009 is a greater possibility.
TaoTronics TT-BR010: This adapter is a complicated inclusion in an in any other case respectable line. It lacks buttons to skip or reverse a observe and to regulate quantity, and it weighs greater than twice as a lot as every other adapter we examined in 2018. Audio we performed via the TT-BR010 sounded considerably worse than audio from a direct connection, notably on the excessive finish of the audio spectrum. All of that, plus the truth that this adapter doesn’t also have a microphone, makes this a mannequin to keep away from.
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