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Universal Wireless Receiver - aptX

The Universal Wireless Receiver enables wireless connection of all your Bluetooth-compatible devices to your amplifier or multimedia system.

More freedom for your mobile devices without impairing audio reproduction quality. The apt-X codec achieves a 4:1 compression ratio, allowing for near-CD quality listening.

aptX wireless technology Bluetooth

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  • Wireless transmission with near-CD quality
  • Compatible with all smartphones and tablet PCs equipped with Bluetooth technology
  • No dongle required for the mobile device
  • Easy to install and use
  • Audio-visual use: low latency
  • Range of approximately 10 meters without obstacles
  • RCA extension cable supplied – compatible with all amplifiers equipped with stereo RCA input.

Compatible with XS Book Music System.

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04/12/2014

Works well with Iphone and Ipad. Works poor with Windows 8 as you have to renew the connection every time you want use the device which is quite time consuming and complicated. In Windows 7 it works however fine. Sound quality is near cd quality and therefore ok.


03/30/2014

Unable to connect to Android Software version 4.4.2 KitKat.
Please advice are they any software upgrading for the wireless receiver.

03/31/2014
Hi Jack,

please contact your local distributor for more information about an eventual upgrade : http://www.focal.com/en/stores

Regards,

12/9/2013

good product but need more detail instruction to install the device


11/9/2013

still trying to syn with my phone


11/7/2013

Very easy tot connect with bleutooth blackberry. But problem with connecting tot my PC with Windows XP. I need een special driver, i think


02/1/2013

The easiest, lowest cost way at add wireless streaming to any audio system that has one set of analog inputs open. No combersome "Pairing" process, just plug it into the back of your component, grab your portable device (iPad/Tablet, Android/iPhone) and stream. I love this thing!

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FAQ - Bird
  1. I cannot make the Bird IR remote control work; should I remove the plastic insulation?
    In order to make it work should I pull the part of the plastic film that is visible or open the battery compartment?
  2. I cannot synchronise the iTransmitter with the Power Bird. What should I do?
  3. When I connect my iTransmitter to my Apple product, a window opens on the screen. Will the wireless transmission function correctly?
  4. The 5 source selection indicator lights on the front of my Power Bird flash alternatively as soon as I turn my system on and no sound is produced. Is my Power Bird broken?
  5. My Bird system functions, but does the sound quality also depend on the correct positioning of the switches situated at the rear?
  6. The wireless transmission does not work. What should I do?
  7. Does the Bird Auto start work from a source linked to the iTransmitter?
  8. My Power Bird is connected to my television’s digital socket (optical or coaxial). No sound comes out of my Bird system.
  9. The sound from my Bird system is not good. Notably at high levels, when there is a lot of bass, I can hear mechanical noises and unpleasant vibrations. Has my system been damaged?
  10. I have connected my DVD player with a digital coaxial cable to the Power Bird and an MP3 walkman with an optical one. Sometimes, I have sound on one of the players, sometimes I don’t. Where does the problem come from?
  11. At the back of Power Bird, there are four switches, one of which is for adjusting the “phase” to 0 or 180°. What is it for?
  12. What is the range of the wireless connection?
  13. Everything seems to be working but there is no sound? What can I do?
  14. How many iTransmitters can be synchronised on the Power Bird?
  15. If I receive a call on my iPhone connected wirelessly to Bird, will the conversation be transmitted on the system?

  1. I cannot make the Bird IR remote control work; should I remove the plastic insulation?
    In order to make it work should I pull the part of the plastic film that is visible or open the battery compartment?

    To remove the insulating film the battery compartment cover must be removed.
    Do not try to pull it off, it screws off in an anti-clockwise direction.

  2. I cannot synchronise the iTransmitter with the Power Bird. What should I do?

    Synchronisation is not complicated but must imperatively follow a precise chronological order.

    • Turn on the Power Bird
    • Select the “Wireless” input on the Power Bird
    • Press the WIRELESS SYNC key on the back of the Power Bird. The indicator light should flash rapidly
    • Connect your iTransmitter to your Apple product, IMMEDIATELY press the button situated at the base of the iTransmitter before the LED flashes. Otherwise, restart the operation… Hold the button pressed down for about 7 seconds until the LED flashes rapidly
    • When the flashing slows down the synchronisation has been definitively established
    • Turn on your Apple iPhone product. If a window appears, press the “NO” button (application download can be done later)
    • Your Bird system is now functioning on high definition wireless mode

    Watch the Bird synchronisation video on YouTube .

  3. When I connect my iTransmitter to my Apple product, a window opens on the screen. Will the wireless transmission function correctly?

    Window opened on the screen of the Apple Device
    The Focal Remote application is in the process of being developed. It will enable simple multi-room functions to be created with several Focal products. This application is not necessary for the correct functioning of a Bird system. When asked, press NO while the application is unavailable.

  4. The 5 source selection indicator lights on the front of my Power Bird flash alternatively as soon as I turn my system on and no sound is produced. Is my Power Bird broken?

    SwitchesNo, it simply indicates an anomaly due to incorrect parameters of the micro switches at the back of the Power Bird.

    The 3 switches A, B and C correspond to the choice of configuration for Power Bird according to the speakers used (A = Little Bird, B = Bird, C = Super Bird). Under no circumstances can there be more than one switch in the ON (upper) position otherwise the system detects a functioning anomaly and the diodes on the front panel flash. Refer to the user manual for the choice of parameters.

  5. My Bird system functions, but does the sound quality also depend on the correct positioning of the switches situated at the rear?

    YES! Normally your Bird pack is set up at the factory to function with the speakers supplied: either Little Bird, Bird or Super Bird.

    It may be useful to verify that the switch selected in the upper ON position is the one that corresponds to those being used.

  6. The wireless transmission does not work. What should I do?

    Most wireless transmission problems are linked to incorrect synchronisation of the iTransmitter. Before returning the system to an after sales service, proceed as follows:

    • Press the Wireless Sync button on the back of the Power Bird. If it flashes, it is functioning correctly. If it does not flash, contact your retailer.
    • Connect the iTransmitter to the Apple product and wait a few seconds. If the LED flashes slowly, the system is functioning. Start the synchronisation operation again respecting the procedure. If it does not flash after a few seconds, contact your retailer.
    • If you own a second iTransmitter which is already connected to an Apple player, verify that it is not turned on because it is not possible to have two simultaneous connections.
    • Verify that the Apple player volume control is not on minimum.
  7. Does the Bird Auto start work from a source linked to the iTransmitter.

    YES! If Bird is stopped during use of the wireless input, the system will restart automatically from this same input.

  8. My Power Bird is connected to my television’s digital socket (optical or coaxial). No sound comes out of my Bird system.

    The current HD televisions must be capable of processing audio data in PCM (standard CD) or Dolby Digital (or HE-AAC) to conform to HD television standards. These signals are relayed via the digital coaxial or optical socket (if your television has one). The Power Bird only recognises PCM type signals: the television must be forced to function in this mode in its audio configuration menu. Refer to the television’s manual to activate this mode.

    This manipulation must also be carried out if you have connected a DVD or Blu-Ray player to one of the Power Bird digital sockets.

  9. The sound from my Bird system is not good. Notably at high levels, when there is a lot of bass, I can hear mechanical noises and unpleasant vibrations. Has my system been damaged?

    The Power Bird can be placed on a table or a traditional TV stand like any other standard amplifier. But be warned, the integrated bass speaker may react with the support and provoke mechanical noise. If the furniture is made of sheet metal, or if its structure naturally vibrates, the sound will be seriously distorted. Likewise, we strongly advise against placing the Power Bird inside furniture, unless it has a very open structure. In fact, the furniture’s internal volume will act as a resonating box, provoking an unpleasant humming background noise in the bass sound.

  10. I have connected my DVD player with a digital coaxial cable to the Power Bird and an MP3 walkman with an optical one. Sometimes, I have sound on one of the players, sometimes I don’t. Where does the problem come from?

    On the Power Bird, only single digital input can be managed at any one time, this can be connected with an optical OR coaxial cable. If two different sources are connected to these optical and coaxial sockets and they are active, they will be in conflict with each other. Simply turn one off while you listen to the other.

  11. At the back of Power Bird, there are four switches, one of which is for adjusting the “phase” to 0 or 180°. What is it for?

    On a 2.1 system, the bass frequencies are emitted by the Power Bird bass speaker and the midrange and treble frequencies by the satellite ones. However, there is a crossover zone between them, i.e. the speaker and the satellite speakers will simultaneously produce part of the bass frequencies. According to the positioning of the speakers, these signals emitted by the bass speaker and the satellite speakers will be in phase with each other (they will tend to reinforce each other giving the sensation of having greater bass) or, on the contrary, they will be out of phase (the bass will tend to cancel each other out and lack strength). It is very difficult to predict which is the best phase adjustment, 0 or 180°, because it depends on a multitude of parameters.

    You therefore need to experiment with this adjustment yourself. Here is how to proceed:

     

    • Position yourself in the listening area and adjust the bass volume on the back of the Power Bird until you have a sound that seems balanced
    • Ask a third person to change the position of the phase switch
    • Detect if there is a position where the bass seems louder: this is the correct adjustment position
    • If necessary, lower the bass amplitude at the back of the power Bird.

    NB 1: You may hear no difference between the position 0 and 180°. In this case, choose another music track, which better highlights the bass frequencies concerned.

    NB 2: This adjustment needs to be performed each time you move the Power Bird or its satellites speakers.

  12. What is the range of the wireless connection?

    Typically 10 metres unobstructed, but it may be up to 15 metres or less if a partition wall limits the range. If the partition is made of wood, the reduction in signal strength will be small, but higher is it is made from concrete or brick. A metal partition will block the signal.

    For this reason, avoid positioning metal objects near the Power Bird, which risk blocking the wireless audio signal.

  13. Everything seems to be working but there is no sound? What can I do?

    Like all electronic devices containing digital components, Power Bird can on rare occasions become unstable, stall or function erratically. To resolve this problem, press OFF, unplug the Power Bird from the mains, wait a minute before plugging it back in (the time necessary for all the energy stocked inside to be discharged in order to restart the circuits), press ON.

    The Power Bird will function normally again with no further intervention.

  14. How many iTransmitters can be synchronised on the Power Bird?

    Up to 16. Only one iTransmitter can be active according to the “first come first served” operational mode. If an iTransmitter is already active, even on pause mode or with the volume cut-off, it is impossible for a second iTransmitter connected to an Apple product to take over. Simply unplug the active iTransmitter from the player or place it out of range of the receiver so the other one takes over.

    In the unlikely case where you wish to synchronise more than 16 iTransmitters, number 17 will take the place of N°1 deleting its data and so on. The N°1 will no longer work with the Power Bird and will have to be synchronised again.

    Thanks to the future Focal Remote application, it will soon be possible to also synchronise an iTransmitter with several Power Birds to create a simple and quickly operational multi-room system.

  15. If I receive a call on my iPhone connected wirelessly to Bird, will the conversation be transmitted on the system?

    Luckily no. The sound will simply be cut-off. It will automatically restart at the end of the call.