Belkin announced a new version of its TuneStage Bluetooth music system which beams music to home stereo systems. The TuneStage II uses a small transmitter on the Ipod and a receiver that is wired to stereo system. Users can search their playlists, adjust volume and play music from up to 30 feet away from the receiver.
The Tune Stage II transmitter and receiver use Bluetooth v2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) that transmit around 2.1 Mbits/sec. The transmitter runs off the iPod battery and reduces the playing time down to about seven hours. Belkin says the receiver can also play music from other compatible Bluetooth devices like MP3 phones.
The TuneStage II will be available in the United States starting in late November for $150.