Avantree Roxa Bluetooth 4.0 Music Receiver – UK
~ An Elliot Holmes Review ~
• Easily stream music from your phone or tablet to a stereo using Bluetooth 4.0.
• The Avantree Roxa supports ‘Multipoint Pairing’ so you can actually connect two devices at once.
• Since there’s a USB port built in to the plug you have the potential to charge your player or phone while playing.
• If you plan to use the Roxa while travelling to Europe then you’d need to specifically but the EU version of the product as the prongs of the plug are fixed.
• The colour scheme isn’t especially attractive.
• Despite having a 10m range you’d still need to plug the Roxa in close to your stereo since you can only get as far away as an audio cable allows.
The Avantree Roxa is a genius little accessory and one you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re somewhat fed up of having to wire up your MP3 player to your stereo every time you want to listen to some music.
In a nut shell (must be quite cramped in there) the Avantree Roxa is a plug which lets you stream music from a non-Bluetooth enabled device to a home stereo. Outside of said cramped shell there’s a little bit more to the Roxa than just simply streaming music, and it’s all good stuff.
Bluetooth dongles have been doing the rounds for quite some time now but for the most part they’re really only good for streaming music to headphones rather than home stereos – mostly due to not always having the best quality of sound. The Roxa is essentially a Bluetooth ‘dongle’ with a difference (the fact it’s not truly a dongle being a big one, silly Elliot) and has plenty of tricks up its non-existent sleeves to ensure that you’re going to get the best possible sound coming through your speakers.
As I mentioned about 5 seconds ago, the one real drawback with a Bluetooth dongle is the sound since broadly speaking this is normally a bit below par. The Roxa does not have this concern thanks to the inclusion of Apt-X and Bluetooth 4.0; which means you’re going to enjoy sound which is as close to CD quality as you’re going to get. From my fiddling around with the Roxa and my mobile phone I really can’t argue with this as all my horrible music sounded punchy and had a great level of detail – exactly what I expect from a product which purports to sound this good.
Set-up was an absolute doddle (meaning I only had to refer to the manual once when I was being idiotic) and it really is as simply as plug in, find the Roxa through the Bluetooth function on your phone or player and press play. Moreover, the Roxa was extremely quick to connect to my phone so I wasn’t left twiddling my thumbs and staring at a ‘searching’ screen.
Controlling the Roxa was, like everything else, incredibly easy since you just use whatever music player is on your phone or player to play tracks or navigate playlists. This means that everything feels familiar, because it is, and if you can play music on your phone you’re going to have no trouble playing through the Roxa whatsoever.
Another really useful feature of the Roxa is the fact that it will charge most mobile phones, tablets and MP3 players (N.B. not guaranteed for all devices) since there’s a handy USB socket built in to the plug. Sure this may not be the greatest feature going, and I guess you could expect something like this from a plug socket based adapter, but regardless it’s useful to have and means you don’t have to let a battery dying out get in the way of enjoying music.
The only nit-picking complaints I really have about the Avantree Roxa are the colour, as the lime and white colour clashes quite badly in my humble opinion, the fact that you’d need to buy the EU version if you plan to travel (I guess that the Roxa might work with an EU adapter but it’s not something I can test) and the 10m Bluetooth range. To clarify this last point – I understand that Bluetooth range is limited and you’re not really going to be more than 10m away if you’re listening but you can only place the Roxa as far away from your stereo as your cabling allows so are still somewhat dependent on wires. What I’d love to know is whether you could move to be totally wireless through using the Roxa with some Bluetooth dongle set-up to your HiFi; unfortunately as I don’t have a Bluetooth audio dongle lying around this isn’t something I can look more in to at the moment.
All in all I’d have to say that I really enjoyed the time I spent with the Avantree Roxa and could definitely see potential for this little, simple accessory as it’s probably one of the best Bluetooth to HiFi streaming options I’ve come across.
OK, so the colour is going to be hit-or-miss with some people but if you just want to get as far away from wires as possible while still maintaining a high level of sound quality then the Avantree Roxa is well worth a look as I think you’ll be as impressed as I was.
Not that it really matters but here’s what I listened to while playing with the Avantree Roxa (always nice to know what I’m torturing my colleagues with):
Ancients – Star Showers On The Euphrates.
Black Shapes – In The Morning Light.
Hospitals – Hospitals E.P.
Ceremony – Violence, Violence.
The Carrier – No Love Can Save Me.