Last updated on December 6th, 2020 at 03:49 pm
The Miilink Bluetooth 5.0 receiver is a great way to add wireless connectivity to older hi-fi systems & speakers.
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I recently decided that I needed to add a Bluetooth connection to my PA system used by my band for rehearsals. I settled on the Miilink Bluetooth 5.0 Receiver and the following is my product review.
What can be Done with the Miilink Bluetooth 5.0 Receiver?
The device allows you to stream audio from any Bluetooth device, such as an iPhone, and converts that signal into a wired connection that you can plug into any audio system with the correct inputs. So if you have an older home theater receiver or in my case, an audio mixer, the Miilink unit allows you to stream from your phone wirelessly.
My band is a cover band and it’s pretty common for us to pull up songs on our phones during practice to listen to specific parts. While I’ve always kept a couple of wired connections available for phones hooked up to the PA mixer, there are 4 people in the band and not everyone is close enough to the main mixer to be plugged in, so we decided that a Bluetooth adapter might be a good solution.
What Comes in the Box?
The Miilink Bluetooth 5.0 receiver comes with a USB power cable and an audio cable which consists of a 3.5mm stereo connection on one end and an RCA R/L pair on the other. It does not come with a USB charging block which is to be expected in this price range (though many Amazon reviewers complained about this). I tried the charging cable with a variety of 3rd party USB chargers and they all worked just fine.
While I would have preferred a set of cables that included 1/4″ connections, the RCAs work just fine and the cables are surprisingly good quality, again considering the price point.
Ease of Use
The Miilink receiver is a fairly simple Bluetooth device. Pairing is mostly hassle-free but not as easy as other Bluetooth devices I’ve used in the past.
There are no volume settings on the Miilink, you control the volume from your source device. This makes it pretty much hands-off once you have it paired to your phone.
The Sound Quality
The sound quality of the Miilink is very good. The audio signal is clean and comes through with no noticeable artifacts. The Miilink does include a bass boost setting which I found wasn’t worth using.
According to the reviews on Amazon, the sound quality will not be adequate for audiophiles. I tend to agree with this assessment, but when you look at the price-point of the Miilink Bluetooth receiver it’s hard to think anyone would reasonabily expect this to be a high-end device.
It’s important to note that this device is a low-latency audio device, not zero-latency. This means if you’re watching a video on your phone and streaming the audio, there will be a slight delay but it’s not very noticeable in most cases. Zero-latency Bluetooth connections are very difficult to find and generally cost $200 or more.
If you’re looking for a way to add Bluetooth connectivity to an older system without breaking the bank, the Miilink Bluetooth 5.0 receiver is a perfect choice and will satisfy the need of most people.
You can buy it on Amazon and have it shipped right to your door.
Sharif Jameel is a business owner, IT professional, runner, & musician. His professional certifications include CASP, Sec+, Net+, MCSA, & ITIL and others. He’s also the guitar player for the Baltimore-based cover bands, Liquifaction and Minority Report.
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