With the BR1006, Inateck supplies a Bluetooth receiver that makes wired boxes and loudspeakers Bluetooth-capable. A standard device like many people use nowadays. But there is another feature! The BR1006 can also be used as a transmitter. Devices without Bluetooth can therefore send to Bluetooth speakers. More about this in our test.
Scope of Delivery
The Inateck BR1006 is delivered in a plain cardboard box. Only the product image is on the front. The package contains the BR1006 with operating instructions, a micro USB charging cable, a 3.5 mm jack cable, a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm converter cable and an RCA to AUX female adapter cable.
Design and Workmanship
Inateck does things right with the receiver. The BR1006 has a rather simple but appealing and compact design. The small matt black receiver/transmitter fits in any pocket. The workmanship is flawless. No corners protrude, no gaps or workmanship errors at the buttons and clatter does nothing. Inateck promises high performance for the coupling of end devices. It doesn’t matter whether the device has Bluetooth or only wired connectivity. The reception power is impeccable at all times, even if there are several sources of interference adjacent to the receiver. With a range of 7 to 8 meters, the range is quite acceptable, in our test we were able to reach 10 meters, even through thicker walls. Up to 8 devices can be stored simultaneously in the box, whereby only 2 can be paired simultaneously.
Transmit and Receive
Before we begin with the RX and TX modes, an important note. The Inateck BR1006 Bluetooth receiver and transmitter supports aptX HD. aptX HD is the redesigned version of aptX and provides even better sound quality. Qualcomm says it achieves better quality than playing a CD. The bandwidth is 576 kbps. The standard is not yet supported by many devices, but is almost unique in this product format.
In RX mode, wired headphones that need to be connected to an output device via a 3.5 mm jack can be operated “wirelessly”. For example, the cable does not go to the mobile phone, but to the small box in the trouser pocket. If you now connect your mobile phone to the small box, the desired music can be heard on the headphones via Bluetooth. For me a big advantage, because I can use the mobile phone without annoying cable freely. In RX mode, we had occasional breaks during the test, even with different devices. The connection breaks had nothing to do with sources of interference, it was tested in different environments. However, since the terminations often only occur after 30 to 45 minutes, this does not do the evaluation any great harm.
In TX mode, the BR1006. If you try to keep your desk free of cables, you can connect the BR1006 directly to the PC. The sound can thus be sent directly to a Bluetooth receiver, such as a loudspeaker. In our test the pairing worked immediately, although we had no selection menu for pairing the devices.
Battery and Technical Details
The Inateck BR1006 contains a small 250 mAh battery. Since the box only has to send or receive, the operating time is a good 11 to 12 hours. The box is charged via a micro-USB cable, which takes about 2 hours.
|Inateck BR1006||Bluetooth receiver and transmitter|
|Dimensions||44 x 44 x 11 mm|
|Bluetooth version||V4.1, Class II|
|Bluetooth chip||CSR BC8675|
|Battery life||approx. 13 hours|
|Charge time||approx. two hours|
|Bluetooth Protocol||A2DP, AVRCP|
|TX transmission mode||aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, aptX, SBC|
|RX reception mode||aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, aptX, AAC, SBC|
Because Bluetooth has a slow transfer rate, the sound quality is limited. If you expect excellent music enjoyment, a Bluetooth receiver is not recommended anyway. Nevertheless, the sound quality is better compared to other Bluetooth transmitters and receivers by using aptX HD.
The Inateck BR1006 is a nice box to equip your device with Bluetooth without buying new technology. Coupling with other devices worked perfectly in our test at any time. Due to the small and handy design and the endurance of the battery I can recommend the Inateck BR1006 Bluetooth receiver and transmitter.