This post takes a look at connecting your Nexus 7 to a HiFi wirelessly.
I hadn’t really used Bluetooth before getting my tablet, but when I noticed my iPod dock has streaming capabilities I decided to give it a go.
It was so easy to do I went out and bought myself a Bluetooth receiver so I could add Bluetooth capability to my amplifier. So if you have been thinking about adding wireless streaming capabilities to your existing sound system at home, then you’ll want to read on…
Logitech Wireless Speaker Adaptor
Setting things up is super simple:
- The adaptor can be connected to your HiFi using standard RCA or 3.5 mm jacks, one of these is included.
- To make the connection, you first press a button on the Logitech Bluetooth receiver
- And then put the Nexus 7 into pairing mode. Look here for more information on Bluetooth pairing.
Having done a bit of research into Bluetooth streaming I learned that you shouldn’t expect perfect HiFi quality. The quality of audio transmitted depends on the BT profiles available, and the good news is that the Nexus 7 supports A2DP (you can view the full list of supported profiles here). So whilst this isn’t perfect I think all but the biggest audiophiles amongst us will be perfectly happy. And also remember you may well be starting off with a non perfect MP3 or compressed radio stream to begin with.
I thought the streaming sounded great through my old Sherwood amp and Acoustic Energy speakers. Put it this way, if you just want to pop the radio on or shuffle through some MP3s then Bluetooth streaming won’t disappoint. I’m not sure I could tell the difference between a wireless a cable stream, but then I don’t pretend to be an audiophile!
I wish I had bought one of these years ago, my old Samsung media player had Bluetooth capabilities.
I can now stream Internet radio, Amazon MP3 and of course my existing music collection all from my Nexus 7. I’m not sure I’ll be using the CD Player or Radio ever again!