I have a very old MPOW Bluetooth Aux adapter, which I''ve use for years in my older vehicles. The sound was never very good from the get-go, despite being sent a replacement and a refund! I was recently looking for an improved Bluetooth 5.0 replacement and was considering...
I have a very old MPOW Bluetooth Aux adapter, which I''ve use for years in my older vehicles. The sound was never very good from the get-go, despite being sent a replacement and a refund! I was recently looking for an improved Bluetooth 5.0 replacement and was considering the Oct 9, 2020-released Comsoon adapter then this new model appeared in my ''Recommended for you'' Vine list. As an Amazon Vine reviewer, I can order new-to-market products at no cost to me, in exchange for an honest and detailed review. Looks like mine will be the first.
I cannot identify what changes, or improvements if any, have been made for this model compared with the 2020 unit. The technical description seems the same.
In addition to the adapter, you receive a USB-C charging cable, a male-to-male 3.5mm jack cable and a male-to-male 3.5mm plug. Just what I needed as one vehicle has the aux outlet on the radio in the dash and the other, in the center console. The cable would be useful for the center console setup to relocate the adapter in one of the cup holders, where it won''t get damaged by the things stored in the console.
I charged up the adapter. It arrived with 90% charge. It seemed to take longer than expected for 10%, to reach a full charge, though I didn''t time it. The LED bar shows red while charging, then extinguishes when a full charge is achieved.
My FIRST TEST was with a Bose FM/CD player, using the cable and my phone as the Aux. music source. As I expected from BT 5.0, pairing to my phone was quick and simple. I started to play a song... there was no sound from the left speaker!!! Wiggling the connection made no difference. I tried the plug instead. That worked fine. Clearly the cable was defective.
GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION, COMSOON!
The short cable is clearly a cheapy as can be appreciated just by holding it. I noted that the plug is also lighter (cheaper) than the older MPOW plug.
I knew I had another cable in my stash, collected over many years, and after a few minutes searching, I found it. That worked perfectly and was a noticeably higher quality cable. This makes me wonder about the adapter''s quality longer term. Hmmm!?
The sound from the speakers was very good; plenty of bass, which was missing on the old MPOW adapter, and no hiss during quiet sections. I was able to move my phone to the other end of the house with no connection loss, just like with my BT 5.2 earphones.
My SECOND TEST was to connect my wired headphones to my phone. Again, I was pleased with the clarity of the transmitted sound throughout the frequency range.
The THIRD TEST was the intended purpose of this adapter - in the car. Once again, I was very pleased with the performance. I did have to slightly lower the Bass setting on the car''s radio to achieve the sound I liked and also adjust the volume on the adapter, the phone and the car! I set them to mid-volume to avoid any potential distortion. I did get a voice warning "Maximum Volume" in a strong Asian accent, interrupting the playback, when increasing the volume on the adapter or on the phone. I saw reviews of last year''s Comsoon adapter complaining about the same thing and I hoped they had eliminated it this year. It''s totally unnecessary. Just sound a beep, or better yet, just flash the LED, Comsoon! I haven''t yet checked for a "Low Battery" warning, but I suspect that is also the same as the last model and will sound frequently and annoyingly!
There is no noticeable latency in the sound for video playback, as you''d expect for BT 5.0.
I haven''t tried it for phone calls yet, but will update the review when I have that experience.
- Attractive price
- BT 5.0 sound clarity, low latency and connection stability
- USB-C charging port
- Very poor quality cable.
- Lightweight plug (previous model reviews indicated it breaks or falls apart - likely no change here)
- Heavily accented and annoying voice announcements
- No Comsoon contact details
Aside from the cheap accessories, the adapter itself works very well at transmitting a quality sound via Bluetooth. Obviously, there''s becoming less and less of a market for these adapters as BT is incorporated into new equipment, but if you do have older non-BT electronics , like wired headphones, speakers, receivers, etc., this can update them without a noticeable loss of quality.
I am pleased with the product to-date, but can only give it 4 stars because of the lack of quality control with the cheap cable.
I will update the review with new observations/issues as they arise.