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How to add Bluetooth to your home stereo system

Play music wirelessly with a home Bluetooth adapter

Audioengine B1 Premium universal Bluetooth® music receiver

The Audioengine B1 premium universal Bluetooth® music receiver boasts up to 100 feet of wireless Bluetooth range.

Want to play music from your phone through an old stereo system? Try a home Bluetooth adapter.

Bluetooth lets you play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet. Any audio that you can hear on your device, can play through your stereo speakers — including downloaded tunes, podcasts, Spotify®, Pandora®, or even audio from YouTube™.

Easy, simple setup

You’ll only need one wire to connect the compact adapter to your A/V receiver or amp. You’ll also have to plug the adapter into an AC outlet.

Diagram of bluetooth adapter for home stereo

Next, you enable Bluetooth on your phone or tablet and put it in pairing mode. Then you select the Bluetooth adapter from the onscreen menu. 

iPhone bluetooth settings

From there, you can walk around freely and enjoy wireless tunes from your phone. Some adapters, like the Audioengine B1, even offer an extended wireless range. 

Why I’m a Bluetooth adapter fan

I’ve been a big fan of Bluetooth adapters ever since I added one to my own home setup. The adapter was an affordable alternative to replacing my old receiver. And it got music flowing through my living room tower speakers again.

(In fact, I hounded my editors for the chance to write this article.)

For about two or three years, I rarely listened to music through my nice speakers. My Onkyo receiver worked fine for surround sound when I watched TV, but it didn't offer an easy way to play tunes from my phone.

I'll admit that I can get a little snobbish about my main entertainment system. I once tried a super-cheap Bluetooth "dongle." But I immediately returned it after I got shoddy sound and choppy wireless reception with tons of audio dropouts. 

Then I tried a premium Bluetooth adapter. It gave me reliable access to all my music downloads and Spotify. So now my 4-year-old could dance in the living room to her Disney playlists — and I could revisit classic albums, while reclined in my favorite chair.

Audioengine B1 Bluetooth adapter

The Audioengine B1 offers both digital and analog audio connections to your stereo.

And most importantly, the sound was full, powerful, and detailed. I never feel like I compromised audio quality for convenience. While these adapters may look small and unassuming, I learned that some perform like a top-notch audio component.

If you're ready to buy a new home stereo system, consider getting one with Bluetooth built-in. To learn more read our guide to Bluetooth home stereo.

Need help?

Our Advisors know home stereo gear inside and out. Contact us today.

  • Eric Bogan from Scottsdale

    Posted on 10/27/2021

    Not interested in connecting a "smart" phone. Would like to use my really good headphones with my really good stereo without a cord. Doesnot seem easy or reliable from what I can find.

  • LEE GRIFFIN from Myrtle Point

    Posted on 9/24/2021

    Is there a bluetooth device that plugs into my integrated stereo amp that will allow me to output to remote bluetooth speakers?

  • Jim C from Deerwood MN

    Posted on 8/28/2021

    Hi Jeff. I have a Kenwood KA-880D amp. Would the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth adapter work for playing music from an IPhone?

  • Jim Cummings from Deerwood MN

    Posted on 8/28/2021

    Hi Jeff. I have a Kenwood KA-880D amp. Would the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth adapter work for streaming music from an IPhone.

  • JW Ohler from Grants Pass

    Posted on 3/2/2021

    Hey Man ! LOL I have Klipsch sub & PM51 I would Like to Blue Tooth to My Denon Stereo 1025 , Yes I bought 10 Sub from you folks I have a apple 10 s Phone , I have the ap on my phone for Klipsch Nice speakers by the way ..Have record & CD , Yes I know you can plug Record & CD Via cable but it is a pain plugging & unplugging My stuff is in good shape also have JBL flip 5 ..

  • Ricky B Mintz from Leland

    Posted on 1/27/2021

    Hi, Jeff. I have an older Sony MHC-EC55 component stereo system. It really plays great, but I am considering putting it out in my garage/work area, for when I'm out there working. I usually, just play music thru a cheap little Bluetooth speaker, via my Iphone 8-plus. Is there anyway that I can use my component stereo to accept and play music "Bluetooth" via this phone?

  • nms from Phila

    Posted on 12/30/2020

    I have a desktop 2020 Mac in one room and my stereo in another room. The DAC for my stereo is the PS Audio direct stream DAC. The DAC is 30 ft from the computer. I want to stream Idagio through my stereo. Would a bluetooth receiver work and is the Audioengine the best sound to achieve my goals.

  • Jessica from Glendale

    Posted on 12/7/2020

    Got the wireless version of the audioengine adapter (b-fi) to add to a wired home speaker system that was not not comptable with wireless and it was a great way to play radio or other streaming services using an app on a phone, with high-quality audio.

  • Eugene Hayhoe from East Lansing

    Posted on 11/28/2020

    Could it be that the kind of wireless headphone set-up that I'm searching for in vain, one that I can use WITH my "not all that old" stereo system (instead of a phone) is on its way to obsolecence liked my beloved portable CD players? Sigh...

  • Richard Rittenhouse from Rochester

    Posted on 11/20/2020

    Please explain what the components do to a signal. For example, my system is doing: Samsung note > audioengine B1 (DAC) > adcom gtp 450 > adcom gfa 5300 > NHT C3s. Does the adcom gtp (or any other processor or pre amp or integrated amp) change the analog signal or just pass it through? Why?