Well, the UBT-1 Bluetooth adapter came in and I put it through its paces.
In a nutshell: it works, but not as you would expect it to.
The device sounds great, no problem there. The integration with the receiver is underwhelming.
Plug it in (Requires FW 1070 or higher on the TX-NR818) and you get a prompt from the receiver to pair (see photos). That's it. Once paired, it displays the Bluetooth device on the screen with a button selection to re-pair the device.
That's all she wrote.
No control of the device via the IR remote, no song data, nothing. You get volume and the controls on your bluetooth device. Considering this retails for $60 (available for $50 online) it's only worth it if you need it. If Onkyo builds in better support in the future to give it at least AVRCP support. If they do, then this will be really nice.**
Here's the info on the device itself:
USB Advanced Audio Device - (that's right, it is not a bluetooth dongle!)
Product ID: 0x0173
Vendor ID: 0x0d8c (C-MEDIA ELECTRONICS INC.)
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: C-Media Electronics Inc.
Location ID: 0xfd130000 / 6
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 100
Here's where it gets a bit interesting:
I fired up VMWare Fusion and plugged this into Windows XP. It showed up as "USB Advanced Audio Device" and connected to the Mic input on the mixer.
Fired up sound recorder and I can record a high-quality WAV file of the audio playback. My Spotify subscription just became a lot more useful.
** Upon further investigation, this device does *NOT* give Bluetooth capabilities to the Onkyo receiver. The UBT-1 may connect via Bluetooth to the portable device, but it only transfers audio to the Onkyo. This is pretty much a wireless headset adapter that was modified for Onkyo. There are no profiles supported, so no AVRCP, no song info, no control. Huge disappointment.