Bluetooth devices are great accessories not just for transferring files but for watching movies, listening to music, and playing video games as well. But, it is limiting for some devices that do not support Bluetooth connectivity, such as an old TV. Luckily, you can now reap the benefits of Bluetooth transmitters for TV if you want to connect your Bluetooth headphones or just amplify your old TV’s sound using Bluetooth speakers. You won’t even need a smart TV to do this; you just need to make sure that your device has an optical audio output or 3.5 mm headphone for the transmitter to work.
In this article, we will give you a buying guide to some of the best Bluetooth transmitters that will make your TV Bluetooth-compatible in no time.
11 Best Bluetooth Transmitters for TV
A Bluetooth transmitter for TV is a device that allows the smooth transfer of audio from one source to another Bluetooth device. Some transmitters are even more versatile and can also act as a receiver. Below is the list of transmitters we recommend.
The Avantree Orbit is for those who do not mind paying a little extra just to get the best TV and audio experiences. Imagine having all features of the Avantree fleet in one device and you’ll have the Orbit, which is the best transmitter for absolutely all types of TVs. This transmitter can transmit audio even from the oldest TV model you might have, thanks to the several connection types it supports. It can connect to optical audio, AUX 3.5 mm audio, and the old-school 3.5 mm RCA.
What we love the most about the Avantree Orbit is that you can connect it to two sets of headphones at the same time. So if there are two of you watching TV, you can both experience the audio the same way. We highly recommend this $99.99 Bluetooth transmitter to anyone who loves to binge-watch.
Avantree Oasis B Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter
The Avantree Oasis B is a low-tier yet highly capable Bluetooth transmitter. It can only transmit audio on a single device, but it is still a great choice for watching TV shows or movies. It uses a basic audio codec that eliminates audi0-video latency.
Being this is a low-tier accessory in contrast to Avantree Oasis Plus, there are features absent from this one. For example, while the Oasis Plus features aptX HD support, the Oasis B does not. A more stark comparison is pricing, Oasis Plus is priced at $79.99, Oasis B is tagged at just $49.99. Nonetheless, the Oasis B is just as competent and a decent transmitter as other Bluetooth transmitters for TVs.
The 1Mii B03Pro+ is an easy runner-up to the Avantree options. For one, this can work both as a transmitter and a receiver — meaning you can use it to transfer audio from a device to a stereo and vice versa. It is quite flexible by supporting both analog and optical inputs and outputs.
A standout feature of the B03 is the flexible connectivity. The B03 boasts the TX mode that allows the accessory to be connected with a wired soundbar and wireless headphones simultaneously. This gives the best TV experience to anyone without worrying about the adjustments in volume.
Avantree Oasis Plus
Avantree is the perfect home-setup transmitter accessory for audio transmission from your TV to an external audio device. This is perfect especially if you want this accessory to be a permanent fixture in your living room or bedroom. It automatically transmits audio to your audio bars or speakers, leaving the need to press controls manually out. It’s quite robust if you consider using this transmitter with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Google TV, and YouTube services. Additionally, we love how the Qualcomm aptX HD Audio delivers crisp and HD sound quality — a perfect touch for the best listening experience.
For a price of $79.99, it does sound pricey. But for a transmitter that offers you so much and, maybe, features that you don’t get from a middle-grade transmitter, it seems justified.
The Taotronic TT-BA014 could have easily given the 1Mii B03Pro+ a run for its money and beat it at the runner-up spot. However, there are subtle details that give it away. Anyone who wants to get the best features out of the best Bluetooth transmitters for TV would naturally go for the Avantree options if money is not a consideration.
The Taotronic TT-BA014 has everything the Avantree options have. It does allow dual pairing, which transmits audio from non-Bluetooth sources to two headphones at the same time. However, it lacks the capability to connect to both wired and wireless devices at the same time.
Taotronic TT-BA014 also has built-in rechargeable batteries, which people absolutely love. Some customers, however, complain of hearing static noise when the transmitter is plugged into a power source while using it.
Do not let the price tag of this device deceive you into believing it’s low-quality. The ELEGIANT BTI-066 features aptX HD and low-latency support, leaving audio-video lags out of the picture. On top of this, the device also carries a built-in rechargeable battery that can power the device 24 hours in one charging cycle.
One unique selling point this device has, in contrast to other transmitters on a similar price range, is its built-in mics that can be used for hands-free calling.
But every rose comes with thorns and this one is slightly lacking when it comes to range. It is limited to only a 66ft wireless range and does not have a bypass mode, which most buyers prefer to have on their Bluetooth transmitter for TVs.
The Mpow BH390A has many features under its hood. One of these features is the built-in mics that enable anyone to take hands-free calls without any problems switching from the audio playing. This pocket-size device is equipped with a Qualcomm chip. It allows it to support both TX and RX modes resulting in some of the best sound qualities one could wish for.
For its price tag, it is not hard to notice little drawbacks. For example, it has a very limited range. The connection can get sloppy and interrupted beyond 50ft. If you have read the others we have on this list, the best Bluetooth transmitters for TV do have an excellent range beyond 50ft and 60ft.
Avantree Audikast Plus
The Avantree Audikast Plus delivers great sound precision thanks to the aptX LL under its hood. It also boasts the dual-link mode feature which will allow you to connect the transmitter to two devices simultaneously at any given time.
We also like how competitive this Bluetooth transmitter for TVs is when it comes to connectivity range. It can connect any device within 100ft range with less latency. With the aptX Low Latency technology, the Audikast reduces any latency that may come as a result of Bluetooth connectivity.
The Homespot BTADP-128 is a Bluetooth transmitter device that allows two Bluetooth devices to be connected for audio streaming simultaneously. The aptX Low Latency technology ensures the transmitter delivers HD quality audio and reduces latency as a result of the Bluetooth connection. The 30ft streaming range can get a little off-putting considering some Bluetooth transmitters for TV of the same price tag can do more. And it only supports TX mode as opposed to other brands that support TX and RX modes.
But we do also like how there is a built-in volume control on the side of the transmitter which eliminates any hassle on adjusting volumes.
ZIIDOO Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter
We can’t say that ZIIDOO is the best but it is a decent alternative for a Bluetooth transmitter for TV. It is perfect as a mainstay living room device with only a 33ft range connectivity. You don’t have to spend so much to get this Bluetooth adapter for your TV. In addition, it also acts as a receiver so streaming audio from your mobile phone to your stereo is not a problem.
This device’s low Bluetooth-connection latency just works in the same way as others do and could be the perfect companion when watching TV, exercising, or just enjoying any other forms of entertainment.
We recommend the 1Mii B06TX Bluetooth Receiver for those who still own a slightly older unit of TV or those with optical audio outputs. This device is also highly flexible given that it has a coaxial digital input, optical digital, and 3.5mm auxiliary inputs. And, as if those are not enough, this device has a 197ft connection range which is perfect for spaces that have several obstructions.
Choosing the Right Bluetooth Transmitter
When choosing what Bluetooth transmitter to choose, we recommend you list your considerations. First, take a look at your TV, does it have a dock where the adapter can be connected? Most of the modern TV units today are equipped with optical digital audio output or an RCA (stereo) output. Others, especially older units, come with a 3.5mm auxiliary output.
Next, consider the range you want to have. Have a look at your living room and, by extension, your kitchen. Then try to calculate the distance between your audio source and your stereo or soundbars.
And finally, consider if you fancy using multiple audio devices to listen to your audio from your TVs. This is a feature that most buyers consider and also what most of the Bluetooth transmitters we’ve featured have.