Arcam Bluetooth Miniblink – Well worth the extra cost

Great little device, was very simple to setup. Good sound through my rca connection into my sounds system. I am using this to stream mp3 music from my tablet and spotify from my mobile phone. Would recommend this product. Once you have paired your device’s for the first time the arcam miniblink becomes active when you switch back on your bluetooth. I am very pleased with this device.

Pretty straightforward to use. Used to connect phone etc to meridian f80, really good sound.

As an audiophile, i wanted a bluetooth receiver that could cope with hires music with no distortion or drop out. This unit satisfied all that but with so much more. As a dac, the quality of streaming is as good, if not better, than my direct line in from my astell & kern. Here are the specifications for the Arcam Bluetooth Miniblink:

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Bluetooth phone, tablet etc to hifi. Built in dac sounds better than cable direct to device.

It’s a good addition to my stereo but bluetooth is a crap technology, very slow to connect the first time around.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Added lifespan for older HiFi separates and speakers, get that quality reproduction from your old kit married to the new.
  • Exemplary sound quality – well done Arcam.
  • Pretty Perfect Little Pebble.

Great quality sound with a far transmission to wireless device with no loss of quality. Would highly reccomend for any music enthusiast.

Amazing product i just love technology, together with amazon prime music it us brilliant.

Easy to use, with a great sound (for a bluetooth receiver) even without aptx connection. Everything you need in the box. It’s not cheap, but well worth it.

Lets me listen to music from iplayer in higher quality across my hi-fi very effectively.

It has no right to be as good as it is for £85. Sound quality is excellent and transforms listening to streamed music.

This gets a very good review in whathifi and i have to agree. It’s simple to use as well.

Often a sceptic about audio quality. However by playing my digital music via the arcam miniblink through my pure legato and onto the sony soundbar, i can honestly say the sound quality is far better than going direct by bluetooth to the soundbar.

Easy set up, unobtrusive although the led indicator light can be a little distracting. Cabling and connectors are effective for linking many common devices to your audio output devices. A little expensive but robust, doesn’t drop out as cheaper competition does, and works simply ,once set up, with a single press of the button on the top of the device. Most importantly, it delivers excellent sound.

I bought the arcam mini to listen to the music on my mobile through my old pioneer amp from the 80’s the results are amazing. The sound is crystal clear and there’s not lag. The bluetooth has a good range, i could walk around the house with my mobile in the pocket and still listening to the music. Overall a great product with a great sound and small enough to be easily carried or left on the amp without any problem.

Easy to connect up to the stereo, simple connection via bluetooth, and away you go. I have this connected to my old hifi components from the 1990s. My hifi components were expensively assembled back than, technics with acoustic energy ae109 bi-wired speakers. Now with the blibk unit i have my entire ipod catalogue, 900 audiobooks, 1000 albums, available in high quality, deep, resonant proper sound and not via headphones, i can fill a room with sound, and it sounds amazing. There is a little drop out if you walk between the computer and blink unit, but with line of sight there are few issues, even the cat sniffing round the blink unit doesn’t affect the quality of sound. The unit is very small, it looks like a highly polished black shiny pebble ofwhitby jet, it is so simple to use there are just three instructions on the box. What pleases me most is that this unit has given renewed life and vigour to my old stereo components, and the improvement in the quality of the sounds reproduction through the bi-wired speakers iis superb.

Now able to listen to radio on my hifi through my smartphone.

I’ve been looking for a ‘streamer’ since a friend bought one of those £20 boxes to stream to a stereo. I wasn’t prepared to shell out £130+ for something like the audio engine, but wanted a little better than basic. Despite it being several years old i went for the halfway house of the arcam, we all know their reputation and i am so glad i did. You know the feeling you get when you realise you’ve bought something that just effortlessly works?.Well this is it, all the connections you need are in the box, just plug it in, press the button to sync, bingo. One great lack of feature is there is no familiar beep-beep-beep noise while bluetooth is searching which is a massive relief when it’s hooked to a stereo. Playing something like goldfrapp’s supernature, the sound it tight and controlled, the silence is silent, the highs are glassy and the bass is crisp. I’m no perfectionist, but i can’t tell it’s a bluetooth connection, such is its quality and stability and trickery going on inside this modest bean (i’m using a fatman w/q-acoustics 3010). It’s an almost perfect little pebble, the only drawback i can shoot at it is the plastic isn’t that tactile or high quality but it sits out of sight and just gets on with things, the 3. 5>rca connector is a little flimsy also.

I needed a quality bluetooth adaptor for my car & this is perfect. Cheaper ones missed parts of the track & the connection was unreliable. This powers off a micro usb, is an instant on rock solid connection, plays all of the track & sounds fantastic. You get what you pay for & arcam are the kings of hi fi, worth every penny.

Wonderful addition to my hifi. Really lifts the playback beyond previous set up for bluetooth. Easy to set up and connects without having to press and there’s no annoying electronic bleeps either. Very happy to give 5 stars after 3 months of usage.

This discreet little disc arrived promptly and was extremely simple to install. No more hunting for a cd in my vast collection – i just request any track i want from my tablet and it plays via bluetooth through my hifi system – a great sound too.

Others have described this little pebble as a bit of a wonder and i absolutely agree. It is a lovely thing, but there isn’t much to get excited about from a visual point of view. Turn it on, though and it’s just superb. Equally impressive, is the way it will pair up with anything bluetooth with a press of a button. A seriously good piece of kit.

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Arcam Bluetooth Miniblink
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3.5 of 5 stars, based on 135 reviews

One thought on “Arcam Bluetooth Miniblink – Well worth the extra cost

  1. My favourite solution of replicating the sound of a wired connection wirelessly – and arguably sounding better than some of the best wired dacs(thnx to the integrated aptx technology). I’d describe the mini blinks sound signature as effortlessly rythimatically fluid. [ ] however, low a rating for me in “ease of use”. Let me explain, suppose device a is connected to the bluetooth device, device b will not be able to connect to the bluetooth device. In order for device b to be connected, you must manually turn off or disconnect device a. Cheap bluetooth adapters under £5 are able to automatically choose device b in preference of the currently connected device a on user request. This means that for the user there is less hassle and no need to switch device a or b off for either to work. Note: the range of the bluetooth connection isn’t impressive either, stay close for maximum performance. [ ] i highly recommend the mini blink for sound quality enthusiasts.
    • My favourite solution of replicating the sound of a wired connection wirelessly – and arguably sounding better than some of the best wired dacs(thnx to the integrated aptx technology). I’d describe the mini blinks sound signature as effortlessly rythimatically fluid. [ ] however, low a rating for me in “ease of use”. Let me explain, suppose device a is connected to the bluetooth device, device b will not be able to connect to the bluetooth device. In order for device b to be connected, you must manually turn off or disconnect device a. Cheap bluetooth adapters under £5 are able to automatically choose device b in preference of the currently connected device a on user request. This means that for the user there is less hassle and no need to switch device a or b off for either to work. Note: the range of the bluetooth connection isn’t impressive either, stay close for maximum performance. [ ] i highly recommend the mini blink for sound quality enthusiasts.
  2. It’s a neat product and the sound quality is good. However, be aware that unlike many other bluetooth receivers, there is no “off” button: you can only terminate a bluetooth connection by action at the sending device, or by disconnecting the power cable to the arcam device. This presented a problem when used from my (samsung) smart tv, since to disconnect i had to navigate the tv’s complex menus. The seller, hifix, was prompt and efficient and i received a full refund quickly.
    • It’s a neat product and the sound quality is good. However, be aware that unlike many other bluetooth receivers, there is no “off” button: you can only terminate a bluetooth connection by action at the sending device, or by disconnecting the power cable to the arcam device. This presented a problem when used from my (samsung) smart tv, since to disconnect i had to navigate the tv’s complex menus. The seller, hifix, was prompt and efficient and i received a full refund quickly.
      • Nice product, simple to set up and operate and a reliable signal. Nothing to object to, though i would not have designed it with that pebble shape, but it’s fairly small and sits discreetly among the other hi-fi system pieces so that’s a small point. Would be nice if it could handle signals from more than one bluetooth at a time.
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    Nice product, simple to set up and operate and a reliable signal. Nothing to object to, though i would not have designed it with that pebble shape, but it’s fairly small and sits discreetly among the other hi-fi system pieces so that’s a small point. Would be nice if it could handle signals from more than one bluetooth at a time.
    • I bought this as i was so impressed with the arcam rplay which i bought to be able to hook up to my arcam hifi system. The blink is connected to a denon all in one unit (cd, tuner, etc) with matching speakers and the improvement in sound over the logitech bluetooth adapter i was using previously is nothing short of amazing.
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    I bought this as i was so impressed with the arcam rplay which i bought to be able to hook up to my arcam hifi system. The blink is connected to a denon all in one unit (cd, tuner, etc) with matching speakers and the improvement in sound over the logitech bluetooth adapter i was using previously is nothing short of amazing.
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    Having only fairly recently discovered the world of streamed music, apple music, spotify, etc. , i explored the possibility of enabling my 30+ year old hifi to play downloaded music from my ipad. I purchased a nuforce btr 100 from richer sounds and appreciated the potential of streaming to my still very good hifi separates system. But seeking to get close to cd quality i invested in the arcam miniblink, having read reviews extensively. At a discount price and partly using amazon vouchers that i had saved i quickly discovered that the sound quality is a step up from the nuforce and i fully recommend the arcam. I may now look into new speakers.
  6. This review is from : Arcam Bluetooth Miniblink

    Having only fairly recently discovered the world of streamed music, apple music, spotify, etc. , i explored the possibility of enabling my 30+ year old hifi to play downloaded music from my ipad. I purchased a nuforce btr 100 from richer sounds and appreciated the potential of streaming to my still very good hifi separates system. But seeking to get close to cd quality i invested in the arcam miniblink, having read reviews extensively. At a discount price and partly using amazon vouchers that i had saved i quickly discovered that the sound quality is a step up from the nuforce and i fully recommend the arcam. I may now look into new speakers.
    • Really nice piece of kit and easy for this old technophobe to understand and operate.
      • Really nice piece of kit and easy for this old technophobe to understand and operate.
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    This is great, so much so i’ve ditched my apple tv. This is reliable and the sound quality is excellent.
  8. This review is from : Arcam Bluetooth Miniblink

    This is great, so much so i’ve ditched my apple tv. This is reliable and the sound quality is excellent.
  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars ... bought this for my in-laws for Christmas and they love it! They were surprised at how easy it ... on said:

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    I bought this for my in-laws for christmas and they love it. They were surprised at how easy it is to set up and use.
    • I bought this for my in-laws for christmas and they love it. They were surprised at how easy it is to set up and use.
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    This little unit is really excellent. The sound it produces from an iphone or ipad is amazing. It took me a minute to pair my iphone se up and listen to the music through my hifi. I downloaded a 24 bit music sample which sounded superb.Obviously you can only pair one device at a time and have to disconnect the iphone befor pairing with another device. I hooked up a dell laptop very easily too. It can play youtube video sound. Make sure you have the volume on the iphone etc turned up. A very impressive clear sound.
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    This little unit is really excellent. The sound it produces from an iphone or ipad is amazing. It took me a minute to pair my iphone se up and listen to the music through my hifi. I downloaded a 24 bit music sample which sounded superb.Obviously you can only pair one device at a time and have to disconnect the iphone befor pairing with another device. I hooked up a dell laptop very easily too. It can play youtube video sound. Make sure you have the volume on the iphone etc turned up. A very impressive clear sound.
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    Breathed new life into my analogue system. I use it to stream spotify and i couldn’t be happier.
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    Breathed new life into my analogue system. I use it to stream spotify and i couldn’t be happier.
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    Returned purely due to not fitting into my system, helpful and responsive customer service.
    • Returned purely due to not fitting into my system, helpful and responsive customer service.
      • 3.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, decent bluetooth range but poor build quality has killed it. on said:
        Bought one of these just over a year ago. It worked really well untill this week, packed it in a bag with the power cable inserted – like i have with my ipod “classic” for the last 6 years, unfortunately, the build quality is far from apple’s standard. The micro usb connector used for the power supply has pinged off the pcb, the whole thing is clipped together or heat staked i think, so impossible to open up without damaging. So, now utterly useless and is basically an expensive baby’s rattle as the connector clinks about inside the casework. Now in search of a better-built alternative.
  15. Bought one of these just over a year ago. It worked really well untill this week, packed it in a bag with the power cable inserted – like i have with my ipod “classic” for the last 6 years, unfortunately, the build quality is far from apple’s standard. The micro usb connector used for the power supply has pinged off the pcb, the whole thing is clipped together or heat staked i think, so impossible to open up without damaging. So, now utterly useless and is basically an expensive baby’s rattle as the connector clinks about inside the casework. Now in search of a better-built alternative.
    • This little gadget was easy to fit on to my 40 year old amplifierit warned straight awaysound crisp and clearrevelation.
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    This little gadget was easy to fit on to my 40 year old amplifierit warned straight awaysound crisp and clearrevelation.
    • Works well to upgrade an older system so i can stream music by bluetooth and give it a new lease of life. Not as good as the audioengine b1 but its half the price and a real audio quality sound.
      • Works well to upgrade an older system so i can stream music by bluetooth and give it a new lease of life. Not as good as the audioengine b1 but its half the price and a real audio quality sound.
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    Excellent, really pleased with the quality of the sound produced.
    • Excellent, really pleased with the quality of the sound produced.
      • Don’t you just love it when an electronics product lives up to the ‘plug and play’ billing. Two minutes to set up and exactly as promised.
  18. Don’t you just love it when an electronics product lives up to the ‘plug and play’ billing. Two minutes to set up and exactly as promised.
    • Security tab on the box had been opened, some of the bags inside had been opened, product itself had scratches top and bottom and had obviously been used. Should never have been sold.
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    Security tab on the box had been opened, some of the bags inside had been opened, product itself had scratches top and bottom and had obviously been used. Should never have been sold.
    • But when feeding the bluetooth output into a reasonable quality hifi system a big improvement over the £25 bluetooth receiver i was previously using.
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    But when feeding the bluetooth output into a reasonable quality hifi system a big improvement over the £25 bluetooth receiver i was previously using.

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