Music by Bluetooth
Miccus Home RTX transmitter and receiver is a big hit with those wanting to control tunes from a wireless device
Listening to music is a priority in our RV household. Much of our music collection has been stored on iPods since Apple introduced the very first one. Like most electronic geeks, we’ve followed proper consumer protocol and upgraded devices as new ones hit the market; currently we’re using an iPod Touch. While music can also be stored on laptops, tablets and smartphones, we prefer the iPod Touch since it’s convenient to keep in our pocket and the music doesn’t mingle with work-related tools.
For years we’ve plugged our older iPods into the stereo using the standard audio cable with 1/8-inch plugs on each end. But to change music someone had to leave the chair or bedroom and physically push or swipe buttons. This was especially inconvenient when sitting outside listening to music through exterior-mounted speakers — something many manufacturers are offering as a standard or optional feature. Bluetooth technology has come to the rescue and we found the Miccus Home RTX Music Transmitter and Receiver to be a valuable addition to our stereo system.
Unlike most of the common Bluetooth devices on the market, where 20-30 feet is the maximum operational range, the Miccus unit is said to operate up to distances of 150 feet. The literature is a little confusing because the specifications show the maximum receiving range at 45 feet, which contradicts the adjacent “sell copy.” It’s really a moot point since that’s more than enough capability in a campground environment.
The device uses a 3 3/8-inch dipole antenna, which is undoubtedly the key to the extended range; most others on the market use a tiny internal antenna. We were originally attracted to the antenna feature because logically the receiver should do a better job of communicating with the iPod when sitting outside and trying to send signals through walls and other obstructions. Our stationary home device starts to lose connectivity when reaching the range limits, which would not suffice when sitting outside around a campfire, for example.
As a receiver, the Miccus Home RTX worked like a champ. We were parked in a very large site and communication between the iPod and stereo was perfect, even at the outer perimeters of the site.
It was nice to be able to change music and adjust volume without leaving the comfort of our favorite patio chair.
Included in the package is an AC/USB adapter with mini cable, an RCA-to-1/8-inch (3.5mm) cable and an RCA-to-RCA cable — everything needed for hookup to just about any stereo. In our case, the Miccus device was placed in a cabinet next to the stereo and plugged in to the auxiliary port using the 1/8-inch plug end of the cable. The other end of the cable with the RCA plugs went into the RX Audio Out portion of the device; better stereos will use RCA plugs on both ends.
The Miccus Home RTX can be paired to any device that has Bluetooth wireless capability and this can be done in seconds. Reconnection should be seamless as long as the devices are within range, although it might be necessary to reselect the appropriate device in the Bluetooth settings, depending on the source.
Sound quality was uncompromised when using the iPod to transmit music — or about as good as it can get using the wall-mounted stereo in the rig we were testing at the time. Motorhomes fitted with higher-end electronics and speakers will certainly benefit from the quality of the Miccus Home RTX. The transmit mode can be used to send audio from the stereo to wireless headphones or Bluetooth-compatible speakers, although that was not our intended purpose of the product. If desired, two units can be used for ultimate versatility.
The Miccus Home RTX has an MSRP of $69.99 but we found it online for $55. For us, that’s a small price to pay to add convenience and bragging rights when it comes to playing music inside and/or outside an RV.
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