Do you remember that moment when you connected your phone to your home audio system and you had to do home chores? If so, then you also probably also remember how annoying it is to have to go to the phone or disconnect it in order to interact with it. Whether for your stationary home audio system or for your car that does not have Bluetooth support — having the best Bluetooth audio receiver might come in handy in many occasions, such as the mentioned above.
Unfortunately, as many other products on the markets nowadays — there is huge competition, of which mostly poor-quality products. To help you find your best Bluetooth audio receiver I’ve tested quite a few devices and chosen the top five of them.
If you’re looking for the best Bluetooth audio receiver with the best range, sound quality, and an easy setup — the TP-Link HA100 is what you’re looking for. The device is capable of preserving the audio quality to its highest within a 20-meter range, double the standard 10 meters. Thanks to the innovative high-performance amplifier chip and CSR chip that supports Bluetooth v4.1 and A2DP v1.2, the device provides you with the high-performance wireless music experience that you would expect from the best Bluetooth audio receiver.
This device is a number one choice for many drivers as well, as the device boots automatically with your car and is ready to play in seconds — all thanks to the built-in NFC support. It gives your friends the ability to connect and play their own music just by bringing their phones close to the device. Another great feature is the ability to connect with two of your most common devices simultaneously and switch seamlessly between both audio inputs.
The HA100 can be connected to devices that support 3.5mm AUX or RCA jacks.
If you’re looking for the cheap, quality product, that is also worthy of the title best Bluetooth audio receiver — you might want to check out the TaoTronics TT-BRO5. The device lets you upgrade your wired stereo system and headphones, including car systems, into wireless audio devices with the new advanced Bluetooth v4.1. If you’re a hands-free fan, like me, or you have to use it a lot — the TT-BRO5 comes with an enhanced calling experience. Improved microphone capturing of your voice provides crystal clear audio and an included 3M adhesive securing of the receiver allows you to find its ideal position effortlessly.
Just like the TP-Link, the TT-BRO5 comes with the capability of connecting two devices simultaneously. Thanks to the convenient dual connections function, you can play music or take calls from either of the two connected devices seamlessly. The built-in long-lasting battery is big enough to support play time of up to 15 hours, although I’ve seen it survive for 16-17 hours — it mostly depends on the volume you are listening to music at. Long road trips and cross-country adventures will never be boring thanks to this little compact device.
Another great feature for the TT-BRO5 is it’s included controls. You can control the volume, switch songs (forwards and backward) and increase or decrease the volume.
If you’re looking for a more advanced audio receiver with more functionality and a longer transmission range — the 1Mii Bluetooth Audio Receiver might be your perfect fit. The device utilizes Class 1 Bluetooth Technology and has a dual antennas design, allowing it to achieve a transmission range of up to 230 ft or 70 meters in open spaces. Indoors you will get about 30-40 meters of range, which is still superior to most available products, claiming to be the best Bluetooth audio receiver.
Another innovative technology, built into the B03 is the AptX Low Latency technology that eliminates Bluetooth audio delay. It provides with accurate sound without any delay. The built-in long range adapter supports two connections simultaneously. You can easily pair with two pieces of Bluetooth headphones or two pieces of Bluetooth speakers and enjoy sound on both devices. The device is capable of transmitting ultra-fast, high fidelity audio with no stutter with almost zero latency. The AptX Low Latency technology is, unfortunately, not supported while under the dual link functionality. The device supports Digital Optical input, 3.5mm audio jack input, and an RCA input. It allows you to easily connect to your computer, speakers, home stereo systems or other speaker systems. You can also pair with Bluetooth audio devices such as earphones, smartphones or tablets. The device will also automatically reconnect to all previously connected devices, providing you with full convenience at your home.
The device works perfectly with TVs, Roku TV, Blue Ray, PC, DVD, soundbars, speakers Filp 4, Alexa, Echo Dot, SoundCore, AV Receivers Yamaha, Onkyo, Denon, turntables, record players Audio Technica, iPhones, tablets and laptops among others.
The fourth spot is secured by the fairly new and cheap BR-C1, manufactured by AUKEY. If you’re looking for a cheap solution to your needs, then this is the best way to go.
This device, as others, supports double link technology. It allows you to connect two devices and stream music by switching sources painlessly. The built-in microphone provides you with hands-free functionality. The built-in long-lasting battery can play music up to about 13-14 hours, although it depends on your music volume. When it comes to standby mode — expect it to last up to 720 hours, or 30 days with a single charge.
Except for the BR-C1, inside the package, you will find a 3.5mm audio cable, a 3.5mm to RCA audio cable, a Micro-USB cable, a user manual, 45-day money back guarantee and a two years warranty card.
The last spot is occupied by the best Bluetooth audio receiver for speakers — the Etekcity UNIFY. This device allows you to connect your speakers or home audio system to your phone seamlessly. It incorporates the new Bluetooth v4.0 technology and has a range of 10 meters (33 ft). It also has versatile extensions support — A/V, RCA, and 3.5mm AUX/jack inputs. The device is optimized for home theaters, stereo systems, and car stereos.
Thanks to the built-in NFC support you can painlessly connect your devices by a simple gesture. Just touch UNIFY with your device and have music in a matter of seconds. With a single charge, you will be able to enjoy your music without any interruptions for 10-11 hours. Its minimalistic design makes it compact and lightweight. It is built to be easily hidden away and taken on trips. Another great highlight is that you also get a 1-year warranty by Etekcity.
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