My old Bose SoundDock was sitting around gathering dust for years after 30-pin connectors were discontinued. When I was doing some spring cleaning, I initially considered getting rid of it until it occurred to me there might be an adapter available. I was thinking of a dongle, but when I did a search on Amazon, it was Bluetooth adapters that popped up. It never occurred to me that Bluetooth was a potential option. There aren't too many models of adapters available and you have to make sure you choose one that will fit your particular device. Look carefully at the pictures of the connector to ensure the adapter is compatible because there are different adapters for different models.
I spent a few days alternating between the ZIOCOM 30 Pin Bluetooth Adapter Receiver and the CoolStream Duo Bluetooth Adapter Receiver. I ultimately went with the ZIOCOM because it uses Bluetooth v4.1 versus Bluetooth 3.0 for the CoolStream. CoolStream claims to have a range of up to 30 feet while the ZIOCOM specs list a range of up to 33 feet. The ZIOCOM adapter fits many 30-pin Music Docking Stations like Sony, JBL, Yamaha, and Philips.
Because this was the cheapest of the compatible adapters for my system, I was concerned about range and interference in the signal. But range hasn't been an issue. I tested the range of the ZIOCOM by placing it in my living room and then going into the office. Despite there being a bathroom, a hall, and three walls between the Bose and my phone, the music continued to play without any issues. I went upstairs and the music also played without interruption.
One thing I always worry about when buying Bluetooth devices is the ease of establishing a connection. Some devices can be hard to pair. I have an Android phone and the ZIOCOM (SOUL 2) connected immediately.
The adapter is a little flimsy which may be an issue if you plan to regularly move it from one device to another. Otherwise, you can keep it plugged into the SoundDock. It has an on/off switch, so you don't have to unplug it when it's not in use. If you have young children, consider keeping the adapter out of reach to avoid damage.
"Add bluetooth for your Bose SoundDock I, SoundDock II, Portable SoundDock, SoundDock 10 and other 30 pin Music Docking Stations. Plug, Pair, and Play, no more actions, rescue your old docks, enjoy music wirelessly. Support any version of iOS and Andriod devices."
According to ZIOCOM, the adapter is compatible with the Amazon Echo Dot. I haven't connected it to an Echo device, but I do use it with my Google Home Hub. I like to watch shows on the Hub while I cook, but since the speaker isn't the best, it can be hard to hear. I tried to connect two different Bluetooth speakers and while I could pair them to my phone, the Google Home app couldn't connect to them. So, I decided to give my Bose a try. In the Google Home app, I was able to connect to the ZIOCOM without any issues. I now have the ZIOCOM set as the speaker for my Google Home Hub. When the ZIOCOM is off, the Google Home Hub uses the built-in speaker. When the ZIOCOM is turned on, it uses the Bose for audio.
When I cast to the Hub, sometimes the audio and video go out of sync. I fix this either by pausing the show on my phone or turning off and on the switch on the ZIOCOM. This syncing issue doesn't happen when I play video directly on the Hub itself. This seems to be an issue with content going from my phone to the Hub, and then to the adapter and the Bose.
Overall, I'm very happy with this adapter. The range suits my needs and I have had no issues getting it to connect. I do worry about longevity because it is a little flimsy. There's also a crackling sound at high volumes when the ZIOCOM is on but the speaker isn't in use. It isn't an issue for me when I'm listening to something because the audio drowns it out. If you decide to purchase this particular model, make sure to test it thoroughly within the return window.
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