Review: Bluewave Audio GET

Earlier this year, I got the iPhone 7 Plus. At the time, I said that I would have to live the dongle life on my next trip to listen to music. I did not anticipate a significant problem though. The Apple supplied Lightning to 3.5mm dongle that allowed me to plug in my RHA MA450 headsets sucks. And I mean that it really sucks. They do a horrible job of reproducing audio, even for non-audiophiles. What’s the fix for this? You could go with Lightning headphones. But there’s not a whole lot of them out there and they tend to be pricey if you want anything that has decent sound quality. Apple says to go wireless. Here’s my problem with that. I either have to buy W1 or Bluetooth headsets, or get a Bluetooth dongle of some sort to use my RHA headsets. The problem with the former is buying wireless headsets is not a cheap option. The problem with the latter is that when it comes to most Bluetooth dongles, the audio quality sucks almost as much as the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm dongle.

Fortunately, a Canadian startup called Bluewave Audio is out to give you a third option which is to use your existing headsets wirelessly via a device called the GET:

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This is a Bluetooth 5.0 wireless audio adapter. Bluetooth 5.0? That’s not a misprint. It does support the latest version of Bluetooth so it’s ahead of the curve. It feels solid and well built. It has buttons to change tracks, a button to play/pause/answer and end calls along with turning the device on and off, and an analog volume control (which feels great by the way). There’s a clip that you can use to hang it off your clothing, or you can replace it with a bigger one to hang off your headphones of choice. I should also note that it has EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) support as well. But that’s not the only thing that it has going for it. For starters, it supports a wide range of audio codecs:

  • AAC
  • AptX-HD at 24 bit
  • AptX Low Latency
  • AptX
  • SBC
  • MP3

By “supports,” I mean that it processes those audio formats on the GET itself so that you get better sound quality. It has a built in microphone with cVc noise cancelling which from my testing works exceptionally well, a 3.5 mm jack to allow you to plug in the headsets of your choice, an insanely broad frequency response range of 20-20000Hz, a shockingly low signal to noise ratio of 96 dB, and up to 6 hours of battery life with a 2 hour recharge time. One added bonus on that front is that you can charge the GET and use it at the same time. Plus when plugged in to a power source, it will not use any battery power. You can read the full specs on the Bluewave website at your leisure. But you’re likely thinking if all of this is true. In particular, can this device really deliver top quality audio?

In short, YES.

The GET got subjected via my RHA MA450 headsets to the playlist that I use to test the audio systems in cars, wireless speakers and the like. It has a variety of music that will highlight the best or worst in whatever I am testing. If you’re interested, artists contained in this playlist include:

  • The Pet Shop Boys
  • Beth Orton
  • David Bowie
  • Röyksopp
  • Austra
  • Avicii

To my utter amazement, I have never heard any of this music sound this good. I was truly shocked about how good it all sounded as I was hearing details like drum reverb in songs that I have never heard before. I was also blown away in terms of how full bodied that this playlist sounded using the same headsets that I have been using for a while now. Clearly I wasn’t even close to maximizing the abilities of these headsets prior to the arrival of the GET in my test lab. As far as I am concerned, it delivers what it promises. And then some.

But I wanted to push the envelope. I gave the GET to my wife to try it with her iPhone 6 to see what her reaction to it was. She’s a perfect test subject as she’s a classically trained pianist who has taken several Royal Conservatory Of Music exams. Thus she has a great ear for what music sounds like. I’ll cut to the chase. What was supposed to be a single day test turned out to be four days, and she was reluctant to give it back to me on day four. But she did say two things. The first thing she mentioned is that she went the four days that she had it without having to recharge the GET. The second thing she said was that the sound quality was so good that it made her want to listen to music again. Clearly the GET impressed her as well.

Now the use case of not having to live the dongle life is not the only one that the GET addresses. You can use it with your home stereo for wireless audio, or use it in your car, or pair it to your computer. Anywhere you can plug in a 3.5 mm device to play audio, you can use the GET. One other note, there’s an app coming which will allow you to tweak options and update the device’s firmware. That I am looking forward to seeing as I am a bit of an “control enthusiast.”

The GET is in the process of starting to ship from the suburbs of Montreal where they’re assembled. MSRP is $129 USD, but it’s currently going for $99 on their website. If you’re sick of living the dongle life and you want outstanding audio wirelessly, you need to get your hands on the GET. The company has a money back guarantee. But I assure you that once you try it, you won’t be sending it back for a refund.

 

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2 Responses to “Review: Bluewave Audio GET”

  1. […] calls without taking your smartphone out of your bag, purse or pocket. Read the review of the GET here. MSRP $123.59 CAD (pre-order […]

  2. […] time, thus my RHA headsets are also making the trip. And since my wife won’t give back the BlueWave Audio GET which would allow me to listen to tunes wirelessly with great quality audio, I will be living the […]

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