NOTE: What follows is a product review, so I think I’m obligated to say that neither Reiyin, the manufacturer of the device, nor Amazon, who sold it to me, paid me for the following.
Thanks to tinnitus, there’s a constant ringing in my ears, which doesn’t bother me much during the day, but can be a hassle when I’m trying to get to sleep at night. My solution to this is to listen to the sounds of the sea and rain all night. I have a number of mp3 tracks of those sounds on my iPod Video and play them all night or until the battery runs down.
Rather than using headphones, the preferred method of listening to stuff on an iPod, I have had a succession of speakers made by iHome that plug into the headphone jack. That works well, but the cord is sometimes a hassle, especially when I have to adjust the volume to hear the sound file (because, after all, they’re all recorded at different levels, because that’s just the way the audio engineers roll). On more than one occasion I’ve picked up the iPod and sent the speaker flying across the room. After doing this for the umpteenth time, I decided that the way to go was Bluetooth. Problem was, my iPod was manufactured about five years before some genius at Apple said, “hey, you know what would be great on the iPod? Bluetooth!” I needed the piece that allowed me to use my iPod with a Bluetooth speaker. I thought I had one from back when I was trying headphones with the unit, but it appeared to have pulled a Mandrake on me (i.e. vanished) and I needed a new one.
I found the Reiyin WT-01 Wireless Bluetooth transmitter at Amazon for $23.99. It plugs into the headphone jack and transmits to whatever Bluetooth device you need it to, in my case a Bluetooth speaker by iHome.
Any time I’m going to buy an electronic doohickey from Amazon, I read the reviews, especially the less-than-complimentary ones. Granted, most of the one-star reviews are by people who got a broken unit or couldn’t make it work because they didn’t follow the cardinal rule of dealing with any sort of gadget (RTFD), but sometimes there are valid points, and the one thing I noticed a few people said was that the sound was less than perfect, and others said the range was less than idea and that there was a delay between the source and the destination. In my case, these weren’t an issue: the signal is being played on a 2″ (50 mm) speaker, and it’s basically white noise, so fidelity wasn’t an issue (and I’m hardly an audiophile, anyway). So I ordered it.
I had no trouble pairing it with the speaker, it got the job done, and I’m not accidentally throwing the speaker around the room when I pick up my iPod. The one complaint I have is that, at 2.62″ x 0.56″ x 0.69″ (67 mm x 14 mm x 18 mm), it’s a little big. If I were taking it on the road with me, it might be an issue, but since I’m not, it isn’t.
So, I think it’s worth what I paid for it.