A full review of the FireFly Bluetooth Audio Receiver, a tiny USB-powered wireless audio adapter. Ideal for adding Bluetooth connectivity to home audio systems, AV Receivers, and car stereos.
Remember the days when music came from vinyl records, cassettes and CDs? I’m pushing 40 so I’ve passed through all of those formats. These days the vast majority of music exists only in data files, streamed from one device to another. Most audio equipment manufacturers have adapted to this by introducing wireless music streaming and Bluetooth speakers. But what about those high-end stereos that came before the digital age? The Firefly could be an ideal and cost-effective upgrade solution – let’s take a closer look.
2Firefly Bluetooth Receiver – Design and Build
The Firefly Bluetooth receiver comes well presented in a quality retail box. Available in either black, gold or red, each with colour matching components and accessories.
The Bluetooth receiver unit is housed inside the USB connector. Its white base will flash red when seeking a connection or remain solid once paired.
As there is no internal battery, the Firefly does require a 5V USB port to power the device. Most audio devices and car stereos should have one. Alternatively, you could use a regular USB mains adapter, a good quality car charger or portable power bank.
3Firefly Bluetooth Receiver – Features and Spec
The Firefly wirelessly streams with Bluetooth 4.0 to an unobstructed range of 10m (33 feet). It supports the standard SBC compression and is compatible with MP3 and ACC audio formats. Pairing is quick and easy, the Firefly will accept two connections at the same time and remember up to eight devices.
There is no integrated microphone for hands-free calls. Instead, the Firefly will automatically switch over to the phone or Bluetooth headset for the duration of the call.
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Here is a short demonstration video of the Firefly Bluetooth Music Receiver paired with my Denon AVR.
Over the last week, I’ve had the Firefly permanently connected to my AV-Receiver and it’s been used consistently. During that time, there’s been no drop of signal, interference or loss of audio quality.
The Firefly Bluetooth Music Receiver has proved very reliable and easy to use. It comes well presented with high-quality RCA and AUX cables included. Its compact size makes it ideal for use in a car, especially if you’d prefer not having calls routed to the car stereo.
For me, the Firefly has breathed life back into my AVR. I’ve spent more time using my AV receiver for music than ever before. It seems like every time I switch on the TV these days, there’s news of some terrible event or political disaster. With the Firefly Bluetooth Music Receiver hooked up, I can get off the media train and board the soul train instead.
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