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UPLAY-PUCK Bluetooth Receiver with Apt-X Technology

by QED

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  • Bluetooth Receiver
  • Apt-X Technology
  • 3.5mm Jack with Phono Adapter
  • Bluetooth Class 2

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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
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  • Item model number: QE2920
  • ASIN: B003BF0OF2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Product Description

The all new uPlay BluetoothTM receiver from QED LIVE, is ultra-simple to use and incorporates new 'apt-X' technology for ultimate BluetoothTM sound quality.

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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 28 April 2011
The QED Live uPlay uses the apt-X streaming audio codec which gives a better sound than its bluetooth receiver competition. When paired with an apt-x capable device it sounds less compressed. Apt-x is hardly common though. Even when not using apt-x the sound is better than devices such as the belkin bluetooth receiver. Although the QED then suffers from more compression is is overall a better build than the belkin. Plug it into a power supply and plug the 3.5mm stereo jack into RCA amplifier inputs using the supplied cable and you are ready. Connection and listening in the same room is pain free.

However despite all the glowing reviews the QED device doesn't sound as good as a basic cable. You can still hear compression and artifacts in noises such as cymbals. If you are after sound quality on the cheap, stick with a cable between your laptop, iphone or ipod and hi fi.

If you wish for cable quality in wireless then you need to keep away from any bluetooth technology altogether and go for a device such as LINDY USB Portable Wireless Audio System which uses wi fi (bluetooth 3 devices may put bluetooth back in the frame so maybe wait for an updated device if you are planning on getting a bluetooth 3 phone).

If you wish to improve the quality of your audio device and wirelessly plug it into your hi fi then you need to spend more money I'm afraid. The key part of a device such as the squeezebox is that it has a digital out and can transmit the music digitally to the dac part of a good quality hi fi (any dac, 2 channel amp or surround amp with a digital in). This setup makes music from an ipod, iphone or laptop sound better than they can via an analogue cable. The QED just cannot compete.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scottie on 27 July 2010
I have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars. Pairs faultlessly with my iPad or iPod. Sound quality through my high-end audio system is excellent. It deals with the high dynamic range of classical music with no problem. You get what you pay for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hill Dweller on 30 May 2012
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I thought my requirement was a simple one. I wanted to send the sound output from my new Samsung laptop to my mid-range hi-fi system on the other side of the room. After much research, and wanting to avoid some of the apparent restrictions of going down the Apple route, I decided the UPlay was probably the best way to go. This device does the job in principle. But as many other reviewers noted, the sound quality used on its own is very thin and lifeless, even to my relatively undiscriminating ears. So I invested another £40 in the Jaybird APT-X dongle and paired that with the UPlay. I now have an acceptable sound on my hi-fi and so far all output from the laptop is transmitted without problems. Mainly Spotify in my case. But I have spent over £100 on what should have been a simple and cheap task. I hope someone comes up with a more cost effective solution in future. In some ways I wish I had stayed with the previous approach - plugging the laptop in directly to the hi-fi with a £5 cable.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By N. Gallagher on 15 Feb 2011
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This QED LIVE uPLAY is the third bluetooth receiver that I have tried with my (reasonably decent) surround sound system.

The first I tried was Sony's own TDM-BT1 accessory which sounds just awful, and has awful reception. The second was "Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver" which looks great on paper (Bluetooth EDR etc.) but unfortunately sounds awful as well.

This QED device is worlds apart from the first two. The sound quality is really good. I can't detect any signs of low bit-rate compression (and I shouldn't given the EDR 3Mbps link), and sound over bluetooth sounds just the same as when I use phono cables. In theory any Bluetooth EDR device should not be compressing audio too much (given that CD audio is 1.4Mbps), so I don't know what was going on with the Belkin. I'm mostly using it with Spotify on a HTC (android) phone and a macbook laptop.

Anyway I'd thoroughly recommend this QED device if you're even remotely interested in sound quality. It is more expensive but having learned the hard way, you get what you pay for.

By the way in case you're wondering why I didn't just give up on Bluetooth audio, my motivation was my Creative D100 bluetooth speakers which I have in an another room, which sound excellent so I knew high quality audio over bluetooth was possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonl on 18 Dec 2010
Having been a bit sceptical before buying it, I was impressed by how easy it was to set up, and by how smoothly it works. With an iPod it's almost flawless and seems to work within a 5m range. My laptop isn't quite so good, and cuts out every so often, then reconnects. Presumably this is the laptop's fault. Quality perhaps not quite as good as a wired connection, but perfectly acceptable. The weakest point of the whole experience was the delivery company, who didn't arrive an the day they were supposed to and then proved very difficult to contact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas B. Gibbs on 4 Aug 2011
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.......for that you have to spend a little more (e.g. Audio Pro WF 100 at £150). I've had the QED U-Play for a while and I have to say that it's OK without being great: I think bluetooth technology generally has a way to go, even with the apt-x add-on. The U-Play range is only ok'ish (5m max in a straight line, much less without), the sound is passable and its reliability is variable. Not bad, but not great.
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