iTrip Clip makes all audio devices Bluetooth capable.
Once upon a time, I owned an iTrip device from Griffin. It was a very basic FM Transmitter, but it was the first of its kind. At the time, I was connecting my iPod to my car’s radio rather than using a cassette adapter. While the connection was a little raspy at times, I was still able to hear my music amplified through my car’s speakers. Since that time, Griffin has a whole line of iTrip products – one of which is the iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter. I’ve had the opportunity to test out the iTrip Clip over the past week and have had great time using it.
The iTrip Clip converts any earbuds or headphones into wireless Bluetooth compatible devices. You simply plug in the headphone cable into the headphone jack on the clip. Then, you pair the device to your phone. The iTrip Clip supports Bluetooth 4.1 and it provides a very solid connection. It has a range of approximately 30 feet and it will work up to 6 hours on a full charge. In addition to turning headphones into Bluetooth capable devices, the iTrip Clip will also connect to your car’s stereo – as long as you have an auxiliary port in your car – with an aux cable. The clip is fully compatible with digital voice assistants like Siri and Google Now and is built to work with all steaming media apps.
Even though the iTrip Clip is technically built for converting standard wired headphones into Bluetooth devices, I was intrigued about its car audio capabilities. I’ve struggled for some time to find the ideal listening solution for my car as I have one that predates Bluetooth capability being standard. I happened to have an extra aux cable lying around so I used it to hook the clip up to my car. I don’t have a photo of that hook-up because the Aux port is in a very awkward spot of my car. Once I plugged the iTrip Clip into my car, I powered it on and set it to pairing mode (press the play/pause button for 7 seconds until the red and blue lights blink). Then, I selected the Griffin device from my Bluetooth menu on my phone. The connection between the device and my phone occurred within about 5 seconds and the connection wasn’t lost until I moved out of range of the clip.
I have been very impressed with the sound quality of the iTrip Clip. The connection is so solid that there is no distortion or breakup of the signal as I drove around town. I even found that the amplification of the sound and volume level is better than when I plug my phone directly into my aux port. I did have a small issue where my phone reconnected to the iTrip after I had selected a different Bluetooth device as the primary audio option. This caused me to miss part of a phone call meeting. I also noticed that even though Griffin states that the clip should reconnect to devices automatically, I had to manually connect it each time I returned to my car. This was a small inconvenience, but not a deal breaker.
All in all, the iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter works very well. It’s a great accessory for any iPhone or other smartphones. The iTrip Clip makes it possible for you to continuing using your favorite wired headphones with the new iPhone 7 since it was designed without a headphone jack. The iTrip Clip is well worth the investment.
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