I heard about the upcoming Bluetooth audio transmitter from August when I purchased my August Ep650 Bluetooth headphones. On the off-chance that I’d be able to get one from August to review, I fired off an email linking to my review of the EP650’s and asked if August would mind sending me one to review when it was released. In the middle of July I received an email from August requesting my address to send me one for review. Low and behold, 18 hours later, I have in my hands the new (very diminutive) August MR250 Bluetooth Audio Transmitter.
In the Box
Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
The first impression I got when I picked up the Jiffy Bag containing the product, was how small and light it was. Indeed it felt like there was almost nothing in it. Opening the package revealed a small blue and white box. Indeed far smaller than I would have expected.
Inside the box is the MR250 Bluetooth Audio Transmitter, a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm audio cable, a USB power cable, and a user guide.
The MR250 itself is a remarkably simple product. Essentially a white (or black) acrylic box with a power switch on the left, three status LED’s and a button on the front, and a power connector and 3.5mm audio-in connector on the right.
Just touching on the size again – It is Tiny! Below are a a few photos showing off its dimensions as well as a size comparison to my (slightly grubby) iPhone 5s.
vs Other Bluetooth Transmitters
I’m a big fan of the Avantree Saturn BTTC-200X Bluetooth 3.0 Audio Transmitter / Receiver. The only problem it has is the inability to pair with my August EP650’s, which is strange given that both devices use standard Bluetooth. It has one other drawback which is the cost – it is £29, compared to the August MR250 which comes in at a very small £10! Size wise, the MR250 is a touch bigger than its competitors.
Here it is next to the Avantree Saturn (currently charging via USB) and a generic Bluetooth 2.1 transmitter by a company called TauTronics.
Sound quality on all three is excellent. Honestly, I can’t tell between them! Looks wise, I personally think the Avantree looks the best, plus it has the best build quality.
The build quality of the MR250 is certainly not on par with that of the excellent EP650 Bluetooth Headphones. That said, it is not a bad build by any means! For something that is this size and for its functionality, it is perfectly fine! It simply does not have the premium feel of the EP650’s. When it comes to audio quality, I have absolutely no issues at all. It is as you would expect from any Bluetooth Audio Transmitter – excellent. Range is good and at no point when using it in an average sized room did I experience breakup or drop-out. I was perfectly happy with the quality of the audio that the transmitter sent to my headphones and to my car.
Using the MR250
Operation of the MR250 is simple. The power switch on the side does what it says on the tin. On the front of the MR250 there are three LED”s and a single button. Once you switch on the device the right LED will glow blue to indicate it is switched on. This does not make the unit operational, but simply puts it into Standby Mode. To switch it to Operating Mode, press and hold the button for 4 seconds, or until the left blue LED flashes blue. This will reconnect the MR250 to the last paired device. You can disable Operating Mode and return the unit to Standby Mode by pressing and holding the middle button for 1 second. The Middle Red LED will flash red once and the left blue LED will cease flashing. At this point only the power LED will remain lit. To enter the MR250 into Pairing Mode, hold down the button for 8 seconds. The MR250 will automatically pair to any audio receiver within range. You can exit pairing mode without pairing to a new device by pressing the button for 1 second, returning the device to Standby Mode.
The MR250 includes a built-in battery for power-free operation. Included in the box is a small USB-to-Power cable that will allow you to power the MR250 from any USB port or USB power adapter. This could be very useful if you want to use the MR250 with a TV, as most TV’s now include USB ports on the rear.
The MR250 represents another brilliant bargain from August International. it is the perfect companion for the August EP650’s or other Bluetooth Headphones. It’s size and weight are perfect for using in conjunction with a TV or amplifier, with its USB power input being perfect for power from the inbuilt port on your TV / AV gear, or from any low-cost power to USB adapter. The MR250’s inbuilt battery also makes it the perfect device for use when away from power sources – it could be connected to a Radio Receiver such as an AirBand scanner, so you can use the device with Bluetooth Headphones. Its USB Power input also makes it perfect for running from a car USB port or 12v adapter USB port.
While the MR250 doesn’t get the same ringing endorsement as the EP650’s get, I would still highly recommend this little product, especially when considering its extremely low price-point of only £10 (at time of review – from Amazon)
Q: Is there any delay when using the MR250 to watch movies or play games?
A: There is absolutely no delay that I can detect, however when listening to two sources simultaneously side-by-side, they do come across slightly out of sync.
Q: Does the MR250 support multiple simultaneous bluetooth connections?
A: No – Only one connection at a time. Additionally it can only remember one connection – if you want to pair it with multiple devices you must pair it to each device when you want to use it
Q: Is a case included with the MR250?
A: No, however if you have the August EP-650 Bluetooth Headphones, it fits perfectly into the case you can get for them, along with the headphones
Q: Will the MR250 pair with a car bluetooth audio receiver?
A: Yes – I have successfully tested this with the BMW ConnectedDrive platform in my 2011 BMW X1.
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