Best Bluetooth Transmitters

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 4, 2020
A Bluetooth transmitter is a device that will allow you to transform any regular 3.5 mm audio-out media device into a Bluetooth device capable of streaming Bluetooth audio. None of the models mentioned in this review are particularly expensive and what they will allow you to do in return makes them well worth their price. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Functions
BT version
Connection
Power Source
Extras
Dimensions and Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The full-featured voice guidance will make the device easy to set up and easy to use even for complete newbies. Experienced users can always turn the guidance off though. The touch buttons will also allow you to quickly adjust the volume. 

CONS

The actual BT range does not match the advertised one. 

OUR VERDICT

The Avantree BTTC-500P-GRY has been designed and engineered to accommodate audiophiles first and foremost which is something that Bluetooth devices are normally unable to do. Its FastStream and aptX HD support will be preserving the sound data throughout the entire transmission.

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

4.2 (up to 164 ft range) 

Connection

Optical, AUX 

Power Source

USB-port (cable included) 

Extras

Bluetooth/ByPass modes, FastStream and aptX-HD support, Voice Prompt, External antenna, Optical cable, 3.5mm audio cable and 3.5mm female to RCA male cable included

Dimensions and Weight

4.49" x 2.95" x 1.18"

3.2 oz

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

The TX mode will let you connect two speakers/headsets at the same time. The ByPass mode allows audio adapters to pass through optical and aux signals. You'll be switching between wired and BT connections without having to unplug the cables.

CONS

The device heats up during use. 

OUR VERDICT

TaoTronics TT-BA014 measures 1.8" x 1.3" x 0.3", so you won't have to sacrifice basically any space to place this device alongside your favorite gadgets on the entertainment center. Its range, extending ~160 feet, will let you listen to music even from outside the house. 

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

5.0 (up to 164 ft range) 

Connection

Optical, AUX 

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 20 hours)

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

Bluetooth/ByPass modes, aptX-HD support, External antenna, Optical cable, 3.5mm audio cable and 3.5mm female to RCA male cable included 

Dimensions and Weight

1.8" x 1.3" x 0.3"

~2 oz

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Bypass mode provides the user with the ability to switch between wired and wireless with just one switch without the need to disconnect any cables. Both the full-work voice prompts and the status/codec LED markers simplify the already straightforward operation of this device.

CONS

Not the most compact device out there. 

OUR VERDICT

What we have here is easily the best Bluetooth transmitter for TV and other entertainment devices. It isn't the cheapest option on the market but all of the model's functions and specifications make this model a surprisingly cost-effective solution. 

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

4.1 (up to 164 ft range)

Connection

Optical, AUX

Power Source

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

Bluetooth/ByPass modes, Voice Prompt, External antenna, Optical cable, 3.5 mm audio cable and 3.5 mm female to RCA male cable included

Dimensions and Weight

4.49" x 2.95" x 1.18"

3.2 oz

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The device will be able to provide you with 20 hours of battery life. The aptX Low Latency technology ensures the lowest end-to-end lag time possible. With no more than 40 milliseconds of the latter, you will be able to transmit HD video without any issues whatsoever.

CONS

There's no auto reconnect function after the loss of signal. 

OUR VERDICT

The model from TaoTronics could certainly be described as one of the better options for parents. Aside from that and the low lag time, it is the model's compact size and the 2-for-1 connection that make the device such a great option for cars.

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

5.0 (up to 33 ft range)

Connection

AUX

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 20 hours)

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

3.5 mm audio cable and 3.5 mm female to RCA male cable included

Dimensions and Weight

1.89" x 1.89" x 0.33"

0.9 oz

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The transmitter's 1.81 x 1.3 x 0.38 inches of overall dimensions and the 0.5 ounces of weight make it one of the smallest transmitters out there and, subsequently, one of the better models when it comes to transportation. The aluminum casing ensures effective cooling and reduces the risk of overheat. 

CONS

The cables are a tad too short. 

OUR VERDICT

There are a few things that make the TROND BT-DUO Bluetooth transmitter and receiver such an attractive option for a number of customers. The model's compact size certainly doesn't limit the number of possible applications and neither does the surprisingly powerful battery that makes the device highly portable.

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

5.0 (up to 33 ft range)

Connection

AUX

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 8 hours)

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

3.5 mm male to 3.5 mm male audio adapter, 3.5 mm audio cable and 3.5 mm female to RCA male cable included

Dimensions and Weight

1.81" x 1.3" x 0.38"

0.5 oz

Warranty

18 months

Avantree (BTTC-500P-GRY)

Full-Featured Voice Guidance

The Avantree BTTC-500P-GRY is big-time. This device is able to stream audio to two headphones/speakers at the same time with no delay while you're watching TV, movies, or gaming. Its aptX support will be making sure the latency does not go above 40 ms.

Meanwhile, the Qualcomm aptX HD audio tech will be able to preserve the sound data throughout the audio transmission, which means that the sound quality will be able to match wired transmitters. That's pretty impressive considering that the device is almost as wireless as they get, emphasis on the almost part since the Bluetooth range will usually be unable to match the advertised 164 feet. Nevertheless, even with multiple obstructions, the module should be normally giving you no less than 150 feet, which is more than most people need anyway.

Sometimes, these Bluetooth transmitters/receivers can be somewhat confusing but we're not dealing with an example here. The model's UI is plenty intuitive, adopting full-featured voice guidance as well as handy status indicators and readily accessible buttons and ports to make the device easy to install, set up, and use.

In closing, even without tackling the product's FastStream support and ByPass mode, this BT transmitter has enough to trade blows with the best of them.

Review of Avantree (BTTC-500P-GRY) aptX HD Bluetooth Transmitter Receiver for TV

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

TaoTronics (TT-BA014)

The Nimble One

The TaoTronics TT-BA014 is much more compact than most BT transmitters, measuring 1.8" x 1.3" x 0.3". You can put the tiny device anywhere you want, there's very little chance you won't be able to find enough space on your desk or entertainment center.

Despite its small size though, the latest 5.0 Bluetooth module extends the range up to 164 feet, so you'll be able to transmit the signal throughout the entire house, keeping the connection stable and reliable. Again, the model's size is not changing anything, including the aptX codec support that's able to minimize lip-sync and limit the delay to 40 ms. The size might be contributing to the unit's poor heat dissipation though, so you'll have to occasionally switch the device on and off to prevent it from heating up during use.

You won't have to switch off anything though when pairing two BT headphones/speakers as the TX mode lets you do precisely that, streaming audio to two devices simultaneously. Last but not least, the ByPass mode is an always welcome guest, letting you use the audio adapter as a converter to establish a cable connection between two devices with different jacks and switching between wired and Bluetooth connections without unplugging the cables.

To sum up, the model's space-saving design and solid tech secure its position alongside the most impressive BT transmitters/receivers within the ~50 bucks price bracket.

Review of TaoTronics (TT-BA014) Long Range Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter

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Avantree (BTTC-500-W-US)

Low Latency for the Win

There's quite a lot to like about this Bluetooth transmitter and receiver. First, there's the ridiculous range of the device that, with the help of an external antenna, transmits and receives the signal up to 164 feet in an open-air line-of-sight kind of scenario and up to 70 feet indoors. Then, there's the Bypass function that allows the user to turn the Bluetooth ON and OFF using a simple switch. Thanks to this function, you won't have to manually plug and unplug the device itself. We would also be remiss not to mention the full-work voice prompts, as well as the status/codec LED markers, both of which are there to simplify the already straightforward operation of this Bluetooth gizmo. Furthermore, you can use the model in question to stream stereo sound to a couple of earphones simultaneously, the device providing you with a nice little opportunity to share the audio with the person next to you.

Now, as we have mentioned earlier, what we have here is a Bluetooth transmitter and receiver. As some of you may know, that means that the former will allow you to Bluetooth-enable the TV, an AV receiver, radio, and just about any audio device to stream music to your Bluetooth headphones or speakers. As for the receiver, you can use this nice little function to Bluetooth-enable the home stereo system or any AV receiver and wirelessly stream music from a cell phone or a laptop. Having said all of that, the best part of this device is its particularly low latency. The virtual lack of latency makes the model especially suitable for PC as well as TV speakers, or just about any other scenario where an uninterrupted audio stream and a long-range transmission are a necessity.

All in all, what we have here is easily the best Bluetooth transmitter for TV. It isn't the cheapest option on the market but all of the model's functions and specifications make this model a surprisingly cost-effective device.

Review of Avantree (BTTC-500-W-US) LONG RANGE Bluetooth Transmitter & Receiver

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TaoTronics TT-BA08

Put It in a Car

The model from TaoTronics is simply great for a number of different reasons. First off, not dissimilar to the majority of these devices, the model offers two different power source options, providing you with the opportunity to work with a built-in rechargeable battery or a USB-port. But the difference between those devices and the one in question is just how many hours of battery life you can get out of a single charge. Where most transmitters offer somewhere between 7 and 8, the model will be able to provide you with 20 hours of runtime, making it easily the best Bluetooth transmitter for cars. 

In order to support that statement, we would also like to point out the device's 1.89" x 1.89" x 0.33" of overall dimensions, the kind of size that will allow you to easily find some space for it inside your car. And to further cement that argument, there's also the ability to connect 2 Bluetooth speakers or headphones at the same time. Using the latter option, parents can get an ever-so-needed break while the children are enjoying the movie in silence.

Other than that, the manufacturers certainly weren't wrong to incorporate the aptX Low Latency technology. In case you aren't familiar with it, the said technology is there to ensure the lowest end-to-end lag time possible. With no more than 40 milliseconds of the latter, you will be able to transmit HD video without any issues whatsoever. Finally, the USB Bluetooth transmitter also comes equipped with the receiver's functions that allow the non-Bluetooth devices like car or home stereo systems to receive high-quality audio.

In conclusion, the model from TaoTronics could certainly be described as one of the better options for parents. Aside from that and the low lag time, it is the model's compact size and the 2-for-1 connection that make the device such a great option for cars.

Review of TaoTronics TT-BA08 Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter / Receiver

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

TROND BT-DUO

Bring It With You

A few things make the TROND BT-DUO one of the most interesting options on the market. For instance, the model's 1.81 x 1.3 x 0.38 inches of overall dimensions and the 0.5 ounces of weight make it one of the smallest transmitters out there and, subsequently, one of the better models when it comes to transportation. Given the compact size and the portable nature, it comes as no surprise that the device includes both a built-in rechargeable battery and a USB-port. 

The battery offers 8 hours of runtime, which is nothing short of impressive considering, again, the small frame of the transmitter. The people behind this product also didn't forget to incorporate the aptX technology that minimizes the latency and allows you to CD-quality sound in a wireless manner, using the Bluetooth connections with aptX-source devices like TV’s, phones, and tablets.

Of course, what we have here isn't just a transmitter but also a receiver. In a transmitter mode, the model can be used to transform 3.5 mm audio devices into Bluetooth devices, making them capable of streaming Bluetooth audio. The receiver mode, on the other hand, will provide you with the opportunity to make non-Bluetooth devices like car or home stereo systems receive a high-quality audio signal.

In short, there are a few things that make the TROND BT-DUO Bluetooth transmitter and receiver such an attractive option for a number of customers. The model's compact size certainly doesn't limit the number of possible applications and neither does the surprisingly powerful battery that makes the device highly portable.

Review of TROND BT-DUO 2-in-1 Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter Receiver/Wireless 3.5mm Audio Adapter

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User Manual


 

What Is a Bluetooth Transmitter?

The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper has suggested that everything is better with Bluetooth. And you know what? He isn't wrong. Unfortunately, not every consumer electronics manufacturer out there agrees with that philosophy. But, as it always is with the free market, where one group of people lacks the foresight to do the obvious thing, the other group is there to pick up the slack. That is how the latter group of people came up with a Bluetooth transmitter. Using a device like that, you will be able to transform 3.5 mm audio-out media devices into Bluetooth devices capable of streaming Bluetooth audio. Plus, a good chunk of these transmitters also come equipped with the receiver's functions, the kind that you can use to make non-Bluetooth devices like car or home stereo systems receive high-quality audio. Just take into account the range of the signal and the type and the number of connections that the transmitter comes equipped with and you should be able to choose the right model.

A device like that works best when paired with a good set of computer speakers or a Bluetooth headset, so you might want to grab one of those while you're at it.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-25 16:35:12