03
Jun
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Bluetooth stereo receivers, even one with batteries, even ones with transmit and receive functionality, ones with extra-powerful antennas, ones with optical audio support, ones with NFC, and ones with apt-X support have been around for a good, long while.

But what about a Bluetooth audio receiver that lights up with all kinds of funky colors and is shaped like an Icosahedron? Yeah, I know I've got your attention now, and for $50, Motorola will make all your psychedelic geometric high-fidelic near field Bluetooth dreams come true. That's Motorola Stream.

Now, if you're not really big into the Bluetooth audio scene, here's what you need to know about the Stream compared to its competitors. First, it appears to have an internal battery (the wall wart is called a USB charger, not an AC adapter), so a constant AC connection isn't required (many BT receivers don't have batteries), it has NFC for quick pairing, and it can be controlled by up to five devices (most receivers support five A2DP connections, too, though). The only audio-out option is 3.5mm, and a 3.5mm to RCA splitter is included (3.5mm to 3.5mm is not included). The Stream is only a Bluetooth receiver, not a transmitter - meaning it is only capable of receiving audio and sending it out through the 3.5mm jack. (BT transmitter devices allow you to broadcast audio to other receivers.)

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Also, it lights up and is shaped funny.

At $50, the Stream isn't exactly great value for money, nor does it appear to support the increasingly requisite apt-X high-fidelity Bluetooth audio wrapper, and Motorola doesn't expound on battery life at all. In fact, unless you're set on the light-up functionality, it's really not special at all in this product category, and is arguably overpriced for what it is. Motorola's claim of 300' range is also ridiculously optimistic, as that theoretical max for Bluetooth 3.0 depends on an open line of sight with no ambient interference and the alignment of several stars whose names can only be pronounced by the many tongues of our dark lord Cthulu.

Anyway, you can buy it right here.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • remister

    Nexus Q, you've died and reincarnated to this... sad life.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yeah but this is about 10x shittier than the Nexus Q in terms of quality of components and even basic function.

      • White Rabbit

        How exactly is it Shittier? That seems a bold claim without the benefit of proof.
        The price is lower than the Q, the tech maybe the same vintage and production is overseas (Nexus Q was produced in very limited fashion here in the US). That does not make it a crummy product.
        How does this compare to other AUDIO streaming devices? You make some claims in the above paragraphs that this is not a new device by any stretch, but nowhere do you provide clarity or comparison.

    • Franz

      I'd like to think the Nexus Q died and reincarnated as the Chromecast. A much better fairy tale ending!

      • Nick

        I actually think the idea of the Nexus Q was good, just the large shape and the price tag were not. The Chromecast and the Motostream seem to take the functionality of the Nexus Q and made it smaller, cheaper, and more specialized for it's purpose.

        I am considering buying one of these because I can see where it fits into my life, and it would be useful to me. The product seems well designed and Motorola seems to always have great build quality. While it's not exactly the cheapest for its basic functions, The fact that it can maintain a connection 300 feet away, has NFC, and the possibility that it has AAC really makes the price justified in my eyes.

    • Matthew Fry

      Not even Google is immune from the knee jerk 'everyone bail!' reaction to a poorly received product. Honestly, it would have gone a lot better if it had been anywhere near a reasonable price tag.

  • Guest

    That button layout!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZgHGDGCBfc (at 0:34)

    • KarimMunir

      Also, since when did the music buttons look like this? The like and dislike buttons are usually on the album art.

  • youareme7

    I think it's a large stretch to think it has a battery; that isn't mentioned anywhere and I really doubt that just because they label charger as such I just don't think so. I've been looking for one of these though i might still end up with some no-namer off amazon

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I am honestly not sure. They call it a charger. A charger, by definition, implies that it charges a battery. Given the price, lack of apt-X, lack of optical / coaxial audio, if there isn't a battery in there this thing is a massive rip-off.

      • BoFiS

        It supports A2DP and aptX. The Sony BM10, which has similar specs, and code support is $60-80 and also has no battery. I'd rather have a unit that stays powered via an a/c adapter than anything that has an internal battery that'll eventually die anyway. If I'm plugging a Bluetooth adapter into my stereo, I'm not going to take it anywhere else, it's for that stereo.

        • youareme7

          EDIT: looks like you say above you talked to moto; weird they don't include it in the specs
          what makes you think it supports apt-x?

      • frafri

        Where can i Buy >? is sold out : !

  • Matthew Fry

    You got my attention but only because I don't know what an icosahedron is. It has 20 sides? That's fancy. Don't need or want but that's fancy.

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    Nexus Q? is that you?

  • WORPspeed

    "alignment of several stars whose names can only be pronounced by the many tongues of our dark lord Cthulu"

    This is why I visit AP (and the APKs, the teardowns and basically all the other awesome stuff you do! But also this :D)

  • Ali

    Moto X+1 with two navigation bars confirmed.

    • Shi Qiu

      So the +1 stands for plus one navigation bar.

  • BoFiS

    Actually, I spoke with Motorola this morning and it does indeed support AptX, though I don't believe there is any battery in there at all. I think it just gets power via microUSB that you can plug into the included a/c adapter. This makes more sense than a battery-powered unit as you're also hooking it up to your stereo and so could just sit there all the time, ready to receive music.

  • Francesco Lorenzet

    da real nexus q? more simple whithout video cuz the video run on chromecas alredy? how cool!

  • gizak

    I have my share of bluetooth receivers for my car, office, garage, house speakers, etc...I love the convenience of using an NFC tap to pair and listen. I believe the unique thing about this is the ability for up 5 devices to be paired simultaneously. I can't do that with my off-brand (but cheap!) BT receivers and I can see that costing more if it requires more chips to function as such. 300" range is pretty substantial too...even half that would be impressive.

  • fivecheebs

    As a heads up for anyone interested and in the UK wanting this functionality have a look on 7dayshop for avantree saturn. I just bought one for £25 and although there is slight delay when transmitting (annoying for video) its pretty good, especially for the money. As a bonus it DOES have a battery, and most importantly is a transceiver. :D

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