Firefly Bluetooth Music Receiver

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Product: Firefly Bluetooth Music Receiver
Provided By: Tunai Creative
Price: $49.99 MSRP at time of publication

 

Introduction:

Every now and then a product comes along that is super handy, well-designed, well thought-out and actually looks good. The Firefly from Tunai Creative is just such a product and it simply and easily takes your wired audio system and quickly turns it into a Bluetooth-enabled wireless receiver. The application can be for car audio as well as home audio and is a much more compact solution that many others that are on the market - including Chromecast Audio. It's truly plug-and-play and offers simplicity as its biggest feature.

Firefly

The Firefly appears to be little more than a short USB cable with an 1/8th inch audio plug on one end to plug into the audio system of your choice. It's really that compact and simple. There are no buttons, no settings, no software and setup is as simply as pairing your device to the Firefly once it's plugged in.

The Firefly does come with a few accessories however as we can see when we open the package. 

Firefly Packaged

Inside the package we find an extension cable for use if your USB port is not right near your auxiliary jack, as well as an extension that features RCA-type connectors for hooking to legacy home stereo systems, mixers, etc. Between these two options, you should be good to go for many applications.

As you can see. It's super simple. Simple is good - if the quality is on par with the specifications. Speaking of specifications, let's take a quick look before we plug this in, pair it to our device and give it a go.

 

Firefly Bundle

 

Specifications:

  • Bluetooth v4.0 with backward compatible
  • Pure copper with gold plated connector
  • Support A2DP v1.2, SPP
  • Supprt AAC, MP3 and SBD decoder
  • Support Party Mode, max 2 device connection at the same time
  • Stored up to 8 paired devices
  • 33ft or 10m connection distance, without interference
  • Input voltage : 5V

 

Features:

  • MOST TINY - Simple beauty lies in exquisite compact design. No more space limitation.
  • AUTHENTIC SOUND - Firefly supports AAC/MP3 high quality audio format , sound revitalization technology, pure copper cable and golden plated connector to minimize distortion and preserve the most immersive music experience.
  • PLUG&PLAY - Simply plug&play and supports all apps.
  • TRANSFORM TO WIRELESS - Party mode allows two devices to play music in turn at the same time. Share your music, you and I can all be a DJ.

 

The claims are not outrageous. They seem to be well-grounded and even Tunai Creative seems to focus on simplicity and performance rather than flash and glitter. On the next page, we'll take a look and see how this translates to real-world usage.


Lighting Up the Firefly:

Installation is as simply as plugging the Firefly into an available USB port for power, then plugging the auxilary cable into a free input jack. Enable Bluetooth on your device and the Firefly should show up. It will pair with and store up to 8 devices. Once you try and pair additional devices, it appears that the Firefly will forget the first device and keep on stacking up devices. 

 

Searching Media Audio

 

As mentioned before, simplicity is king here and if it works well, it is a beautiful thing. Thankfully it does.

 

Tunai Creative claims that they use copper audio cables with gold-plated connectors in order to preserve audio quality and the audio coming from the Firefly does indeed sound good. I played around with this device quite extensively over the past few days and have been very impressed with quick reconnection, audio quality, simplicity and all the places that I can use it. I've plugged  it into everything from my Sirius BoomBox, to my mixer, Logitech Speakers, GMC Sierra HD, Ford Explorer and more. It just plain works.


Firefly

 

When plugged into power - but with no device connected, the butt-end of the Firefly blinks periodically to let you know it is ready and it is available. When connected to a device, the soft-muted light stays on solid. It's not too bright, and it's nice to have a visual on the hardware that it is connected. That being said, the light may be bright enough to cause some issues when plugged into your car deck when driving at night. It didn't bother be as my USB plug in my truck is located away from the dash, but it's something to keep in mind. Of course, it would be pretty easy to cover up the LED indicator if required.

 

Conclusion:

At the end of the day, I couldn't tell any difference between the Firefly's wireless Bluetooth connection and an audio cable - except in terms of convenience. The audio quality was good over the Firefly and the ability to hop in my truck and play music through Google Music or even an Audio book through Audible (get a free book here) was fantastic.

 

One mode I wasn't able to test was "Party Mode" where you can connect to two Firefly's at the same time and stream audio to both. This is a feature similar to Chromecast Audio, but with a much smaller footprint. I do have a Chromecast Audio device, and while I do enjoy it at my home through WiFi, it is bulky and not as intuitive as simple Bluetooth for taking on the road. I'd honestly never thought about Chromecast Audio in my car - and I'm sure it's possible, but the simplicity of the Firefly - and the high quality of the product and performance makes it the perfect fit for your vehicle.

At the end of the day, there really isn't much bad to say about the Firefly - except the light may be a bit bright when driving at night if plugged directly into your dash. Still, it's pretty easy to love and hard to give up. It's a simple device that simply works very well.


 

 

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