The best Bluetooth audio receiver with the latest apt-X technology is relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of high-end Bluetooth speakers. Adding or upgrading the wireless connectivity of your home stereo, AV receiver or TV sound system with a Bluetooth adapter is the most cost-effective way to wirelessly stream music in your home.
A Bluetooth audio receiver makes it possible to stream music wirelessly from Bluetooth enabled devices such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop to any non-Bluetooth enabled audio device. They’re extremely compact, easy to set up and take very little power to run.
Here’s our pick of the best Bluetooth audio receivers and music adapters of 2017, ideal for connecting to Hi-Fi and home stereo equipment.
Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Receiver
The AudioEngine B1 Premium is in our opinion the best audio Bluetooth receiver on the market today. Made from Aluminium and high-end audio fidelity components, the build quality is as precise as its audio performance.
The AudioEngine B1 is an Audiophile quality Bluetooth receiver featuring aptX codecs, 24-bit up-sampling and DAC. – more info.
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Auris bluME True Hi-Fi Bluetooth Audio Receiver
The Auris BluME True Hi-Fi Bluetooth receiver features the ‘Miracle DAC’ AK4396 by AKM for true 24 bit 192kHz upsampling with an SNR of 120dB. For non-audiophiles out there, that basically means it produces a crystal clear, rich and fully dynamic sound.
The BluMe bluetooth adapter also features apt-x low latency codecs and an impressive range of 30m. (100 feet) – more info.
Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter
The Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter can be paired to any Bluetooth device or connected directly to your wireless network.
Bose 727012 Bluetooth Music Receiver
The Bose 727012 Bluetooth receiver comes with an optical cable, 3.5mm female to RCA and a USB charging cable that will connect to the provided mains adapter. It will remember up to 8 devices and will switch quickly between 3 devices at any time. By pausing one device, you can play on one of the other two. This particular Bluetooth receiver seems to keep a far more consistent connection when objects block the signal’s path. -more info.
Brightech BrightPlay Bluetooth audio receiver
The Brightech BrightPlay bluetooth audio receiver has 4.0 bluetooth and apt-X streaming codecs for near CD quality sound. The range on this music receiver is 30 feet and it’s able to have 2 simultaneous bluetooth connections.
The BrightPlay is available in black or white, comes with an RCA cable and has an impressive 3 years warranty. -more info.
Arcam MiniBlink Audiophile Bluetooth adapter
The Arcam MiniBlink Bluetooth music adapter doesn’t quite match the AudioEngine B1 in terms of build quality, however the actual audio performance is easily as good if not better. Arcam Electronics is a world class brand that takes its audio seriously.
The MiniBlink streams with a high-end PCM 5102 DAC and boasts a total Harmonic Distortion / Noise of just 0.002%. This Bluetooth receiver also features apt-x low latency codecs -more info.
Yamaha YBA-11 Bluetooth Stereo receiver
The Yamaha YBA-11 bluetooth audio adapter is the perfect choice for adding bluetooth streaming to any AV receiver. It comes with RCA leads and a USB cable to power the device. Most AV receivers will have a spare USB output to provide power to the unit. The Yamaha YBA-11 has Apt-x audio coding and a digital coaxial connection for superior audio quality. It offers a very high sampling rate and is extremely simple to set up.-more info.
Sony BM10 Bluetooth receiver
The Sony BM10 Bluetooth music receiver connects to your home stereo system and allows you to stream audio from your smartphone to a range of up to 100 metres. Featuring the latest Bluetooth A2DP and ap-tX audio enhancement technology. The Sony BM10 has easy one-touch NFC or regular Bluetooth pairing. This Bluetooth audio receiver will connect to any Hi-Fi or entertainment system that has an RCA connection -more info.
Upgraded – HomeSpot NFC-enabled Bluetooth receiver
The HomeSpot NFC-enabled bluetooth audio receiver features bluetooth 4.0 and connects with a 3.5mm AUX cable or RCA to 3.5mm, both of which are included.
This Bluetooth music receiver has a range of 20m and has recently been upgraded with aptX Low latency and FastStream codecs. -more info.
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter
The Logitech bluetooth receiver is an extremely popular choice of bluetooth music adapter thanks to a combination of simplicity and reliability. Its main feature of interest is the multipoint bluetooth pairing, allowing you to use 2 devices simultaneously such as your tablet and smartphone. The Logitech bluetooth music adapter has 3.5mm audio jack and RCA connections.-more info.
Best bluetooth audio receiver reviews of 2017 – Round up
For anyone with a high-end sound system, the AudioEngine B1 Premium bluetooth audio receiver is most definitely the preferred choice, if you can afford to spend that little extra on a premium product. The Brightech Bluetooth receiver is a good option if you are looking for a more affordable adapter without too much of a compromise on audio quality. For those with relatively inexpensive sound or speaker systems looking for a reliable budget option, I’d recommend the either the HomeSpot NFC-enabled adapter or the Logitech Bluetooth receiver.
Bluetooth Streaming audio from a TV?
The Bluetooth adapters above are designed predominately for Hi-Fi and Home Stereo equipment to receive high-quality audio from a Bluetooth enabled device. If you are actually looking to stream via Bluetooth to a set of headphones or speakers from a non-Bluetooth enabled device you would need to buy a Bluetooth transmitter. Depending on your distance from the source, there will be a delay (latency) to consider. While this is perfectly fine for music streaming, it does cause issues when attempting to sync audio to video. For anyone looking to avoid the annoyance of watching movies with audio delay, look for a Bluetooth adapter with CSR Low Latency apt-X technology. Below is a good example of a Bluetooth device designed specifically for using with a TV.
Avantree Priva II Low Latency Bluetooth transmitter
The Avantree Priva II bluetooth audio trasmitter is designed specifically for streaming audio from a TV without latency delays.
Featuring the latest bluetooth 4.1 and the CSR Low Latency apt-X codecs the Priva II will stream simultaneously to two headphones or speakers -more info.