Harman Kardon BTA 10 Bluetooth Receiver Review

Don’t throw out your old iPhone speakers just yet, in fact don’t throw out any old speakers that work. The Harman Kardon BTA 10 is a little pocket-sized device that easily adds Bluetooth capabilities to any set of speakers. Effortlessly stream music wirelessly from your iPhone, Android, tablet, or laptop.

Speakers don’t really get outdated, usually it’s the receiver capabilities or design that’s outdated. If you have a quality pair of speakers that sound good it’s totally worth it to bless them with wireless streaming from smart phones, tablets, or laptops. It’s crazy how easy it is to breath new life into old electronics.

The BTA 10 itself is simple, both in design and functionality. It’s a little 2 inch by 2 inch square device that could fit in the palm of your hand. It’s glossy black with some nice curves. There’s no buttons, just two ports in the back and an LED. The device doesn’t have a battery, it needs to be plugged in with the included mini-USB wall charger. If you have an old mini-USB cable laying around, it can be USB powered. The other port is auxiliary out. There’s two cables included, an auxiliary 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable and an auxiliary 3.5mm to red and white coax cables.

Once the BTA 10 is plugged into the wall and plugged into your speakers or receiver, it’s ready to go. Just pair to ‘HK BTA 10′ in your bluetooth settings like you would any other bluetooth device. Once connected, you’ll see a blue LED faded into the top of the device.

The BTA 10 will only work with speakers or receivers that have an auxiliary port or red and white inputs. This means they have to be powered speakers, which includes any boombox, iPod speakers, or stand-alone speaker set.

The quality of bluetooth streaming is on par with any other bluetooth or AirPlay setup. There’s a minimal level of fidelity that will always be lost when you go wireless, but that’s not to say it won’t sound amazing. Harman Kardon uses their “TrueStream” technology to ensure the best wireless transfer of your music. There’s an occasional glitch in the audio, which can be annoying, but it’s better than overall degraded audio. The clipping glitch sound is more prevalent when you distance your devices. At about 30 feet with a wall in between, the music still sounds great, but with clipping. If you’re in the same room as the BTA 10, it sounds awesome; as good as plugging it straight in.

The BTA 10 Bluetooth Receiver is a great little device with no surprises. I love it because I can come home and stream Spotify through my receiver and large speakers while controlling the audio and volume from my iPhone. It’s how music was meant to be controlled. Harman Kardon has been a colossal name in audio for years so you can count on them to engineer a quality product. The Harman Kardon BTA 10 Bluetooth Receiver costs $59.00 from HarmanKardon.com. You can definitely find less expensive bluetooth receivers, but we can vouch for BTA 10′s chic/compact design and quality functionality.

The Good: Small, Works Well, Easy To Use, Comes with two types of Aux Cables, Pretty Good Range
The Bad: No Batteries/Needs to Plug Into Wall, No Mini-USB cable Included (Only AC Adapter), Audio Clips When Device is Distanced

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  • netsameer

    How is the sound quality over standard MP3(192-320 Kbps or 3
    – 8 MB files) format because normal MP3 tends to degrade substantially
    over Bluetooth Connection(Note: Not Apple Airplay but standard
    Bluetooth).”

  • Anja

    Hello :) My laptop with Windows 7 won’t connect to the HK BTA10. It works with other devices just fine… Anyway, it says that I dont have the driver for HK BTA10 but I am unable to find any drivers for the device on the internet. Help please?

  • gezabela

    Good question. I am using windows 8 and works perfectly… Do you have your bluetooth drivers downloaded from your laptop manufacturer’s website? I mean the generic BT driver, not special to this item.

  • prj

    Same problem!

  • Paulo

    You need to change the sound settings in control panel to use the BTA 10.

  • dino

    I have windows 8.1 installed on my pc and some reason i cannot pair my HK-BTA10. anyone have suggestions. It works fine with my Ipad.