When Apple switched to the Lightning connector technology with the introduction of iPhone 5, this created many issues with 3rd party accessory makers. The first issue was change in design, which now demanded completely redesigned device which needed to include the Lightning connector. There were also issues with the price of these connectors which made many end prices to go up. Snce this didn’t stop people from buying the iPhone 5, designers and manufacturers got the chance to offer upgraded versions of their devices and sell them once again in search for some profit.
I am sure that there are many individuals who are not willing to go for the latest technology in case it will make some of their devices obsolete. According to the newest official data published by Apple, over 50% of currently used iDevices are iPhone 4 and 4S. This means that there’s still a large open space for devices with 30-pin connectors.
In case you’ve upgraded to the newest iPhone generation, and you still have your favorite dock speaker which came with 30-pin connector, than this article might give you some insight into how to solve this problem.
We’re about to review a device named WaveJamr, made by Radtech. This device is used to convert your old dock speaker into a wireless speaker, so you can use it with the newest iPhone/iPad generation. This is a very simple Bluetooth-enabled dongle that comes with the old 30-pin connector, and it’s priced at $40.
WaveJamr is incredibly simple to set-up. All you have to do is to connect it with your speaker, and there are three ways to that, which depends on a configuration of your device. The easiest way is to simply plug the WaveJamr into the 30-pin connector. You can also connect it via included 3.5mm audio cable. There’s also a way to use 30-pin line-out cable which ends up with USB and 3.5mm audio input (sold separately). No matter which way you choose to create this connection, WaveJamr will go into pairing mode automatically, and you’ll need to enter “0000” on your iPhone. This way you can use the speaker you already own just like any wireless Bluetooth speaker.
Even though I was very happy with how easy and effortless the initial set-up was, I immediately noticed some performance issues. These are actually quality issues, since no matter what kind of track I played, I noticed that my speaker couldn’t bring that clarity of sound as with the original set-up. You can actually find a lot of user reviews around the web which are telling exactly the same thing, so there are clearly some issues with WaveJamr and the way it receives data.
This is a device that’s priced at $40, which is not that much but which is still an investment. Sadly, this investment won’t pay off since most of the users won’t be happy with the sound. On the other hand, you can purchase a Lightning adapter (priced at $29 at Apple’s online store) which won’t create a wireless connection, but on the other hand it won’t bring downgraded sound quality, which seems like a better solution to me.