Unlike televisions, stereo systems retain their value and more importantly their audio quality over time.  In fact, buying an amp today often means more features, not necessarily better sound quality.  WiFi is a biggy, as are the  many connectors that can come with a new amp, such as HDMI.  Bluetooth though still isn’t a mainstay in amps, even today, so you’ll have to look else where for support.

And look no further than Belkin’s just announced NFC Enabled HD Bluetooth Music Receiver.  It will work with pretty much any Bluetooth device with the correct audio protocol in place, so you’ll be able to stream tunes from all generations of iPhones, iPads, and Android based smart devices.  And in the event that you’re sporting one of the new Android devices, such as the Nexus 4, you can simply down the Belkin app, touch the Nexus 4 to the Belkin Bluetooth Music receiver, and the two devices will be instantly paired.  Just keep in mind that Bluetooth, no matter what codec is used, will negate some of the audio quality.

The NFC Enabled HD Bluetooth Music Receiver is available now for $60.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."