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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.

Need help choosing a Bluetooth adapter?

Our Advisors are here to help. We’re available by email, chat, or phone (1-888-955-6000). Tell us your current setup, and we’ll tell you the best way to make it wireless.

Please share your thoughts below.

  • murph

    Posted on 3/18/2020

    How do I send audio signal from my stereo amp to bluetooth speakers across the room? It has a headphone output in addition to speaker outputs. Is there a converter to take headphone as input and acts as a Bluetooth pairing device which _sends_ the incoming audio to Bluetooth speakers? no smart phone or computer needed?

  • Robert Kammeraad from Gilford, NH

    Posted on 3/2/2020

    I've used bluetooth adapters before (I'm using one now) and some work well while others don't. One thing I find annoying is that most of them don't come with ac adapters. I assume I can add one but so far I've just grumbled every time I have to plug in a USB cable to charge them. Do you have any that already come with an ac adapter? Thanks.

    Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    on 3/3/2020

    Hi Robert!

    We have several options that include an AC adapter, including the Harman Kardon BTA 10, the iFi Audio ZEN Blue , and the Audioengine B1 mentioned in this article.
  • James from Mahwah

    Posted on 12/20/2019

    Does blue tooth stream in True Stereo or just L & R Mono FM from Samsung Galaxy s8 to this adapter which will be connected to a vintage stereo receiver. Do any stream in stereo?? Thank you

    Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    on 12/23/2019

    James -- each adapter that we carry streams in stereo.
  • Moshe Slonim from Tel Aviv

    Posted on 7/6/2019

    Hi. Can I use Bluetooth adaptor to connect an old receiver to Bluetooth speakers?

    Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    on 7/8/2019

    Hi Moshe, This Bluetooth transmitter might be what you're looking for:
  • John Smith from Bairnsdale

    Posted on 6/3/2019

    Hi there I'm thinking of adding a bluetooth receiver to my hi-fi system which consists of a Marantz 6006 amp and some old KEF concerto speakers. I listen to all types of music on itunes, spotify etc and also download heaps of podcasts. Do you think the audio-engine B1 would fit the bill? Thanks for any help you can provide. Cheers, John.

    Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    on 6/25/2019

    Hi John,

    I think Audio-engine B1 would definitely fit in nicely with your setup. The sound quality is worthy of your classic gear (very cool, by the way!) and it has an extended wireless range, so you can move around a bit.
  • Wayne Coley from Swadlincote

    Posted on 3/14/2019

    Hi, I have a a teac AH500 integrated amplifier. Will this device be suitable for this. I'll I want to do is play the music files from my mobile phone. The sound quality of the teac is sensational with my ae109 speakers. Although they are old components they sound like new.

  • Bill Perlstein from Gainesville, FL

    Posted on 3/1/2019

    Hi. I have an old Onkyo TX-906 receiver with no Aux RCA port and recently got a Belkin songstream BT adaptor. Which RCA port should I use from among the ones I'm not using?-tape-2, video-1, video-? I tried the inputs ti each of these, paired my iPhone, and set receiver to the respective port fot output, but no music.... Thank you for your guidance, Bill

  • Howard from NYC

    Posted on 1/8/2019

    Interested in comparing wifi vs bluetooth for streaming music to my stereo. The link Ralph Graves: "Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth for streaming music" does not work. Any help?

    Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    on 1/9/2019

    Sorry that link is not working, Howard. Here is the full address:

    Posted on 12/22/2018

    I use the cheap dongle in my 2009 truck, since the radio doesn't have bluetooth, so far it works great. How ever, I would go with the better quality for my home surround system. Right now, I use my smart tv to play from, but then ofcoarse I have to turn the tv on, just to play music via the home theater system.... Great sound tho, with optical cord

  • Marty

    Posted on 9/11/2018

    Will any of these Bluetooth adapters pass surround sound from a new Apple TV?

    Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    on 9/21/2018

    I don't think a Bluetooth adapter would be the solution you're looking for, but I'll forward your comment to one of our Product Advisors. They'll be back in touch with you to get more details on your setup.
  • Jay Blundon from Memphis

    Posted on 5/9/2018

    Make sure your Bluetooth receiver uses a DAC (digital to analog converter) chip to decompress the audio signal. It will enhance both the dynamic range and signal strength.

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/20/2018

    Michael, I think the Soundcast VGtx Bluetooth transmitter might work for you, but I've asked one of our Advisors to follow up with you directly. He or she will get more details about your setup to ensure this will do the trick.

    That transmitter sends TV audio wirelessly via Bluetooth. It also has an optical digital output that passes audio to your sound system.

  • Michael from Carmichael

    Posted on 4/20/2018

    I have blue tooth hearing aids. I would like to adapt my two year old integra receiver, set up as reasonably good surround sound system, so that I can listen through blue tooth, while AT THE SAME TIME others can listen through the normal speaker

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/5/2018

    Hey Kevin, check out this article from our streaming media guru, Ralph Graves: "Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth for streaming music"

    Ralph breaks down the pros and cons of each method.

  • Kevin R

    Posted on 2/3/2018

    A friend did this years ago with an Apple AirPort express. Wanted wireless music in a pool side. How does the Air Port express compare to these devices. I believe the AirPort also strengthens WiFi signal.

  • Walden Go from Wailuku

    Posted on 11/7/2017

    How can i stream movies from my cell phone wirelessly using some kind of bluetooth adapter or device connected to my old home theater amp

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2017

    Ken -- Great solution! Sounds like it is super convenient

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2017

    Darwin -- I've sent your question to one of our Advisors. They'll follow up with you to see what will work with your receiver.

    Rich -- Most of the Bose wave radios have a stereo minijack input, so you should be able to connect a Bluetooth adapter that way.

  • Ken

    Posted on 8/21/2017

    I took this a step further in my entertainment system and allowed my Amazon Echo Dot to stream music to my old Marantz ONLY when the Marantz is in the correct input. Like you, I attached a simple BT receiver (one I had laying around in fact) to my older receiver but where I took it to the next level is by integrating my Harmony Home Hub, my SmartThings Hub and a z-wave outlet together. My Harmony only turns on the zwave outlet with my BT receiver plugged into it when I've turned on my "Alexa Music" activity. This way when the receiver is in any other input, my Alexa audio responses are played via the internal Echo Dot speaker but when the "Alexa Audio" activity starts, the audio from the Dot is automatically paired with my BT receiver connected to my Marantz and I'm off to the races.

  • Rich from Newberg

    Posted on 8/19/2017

    Will it work on the bose wave radio

  • Darwin Kelly from Baltimore

    Posted on 8/19/2017

    I have a old Fisher receiver " will it work on minds

  • Josh

    Posted on 5/29/2017

    Sweet. I should habe looked before. I recycle the old stereo systems and use them quite often.

  • Mark VanOsdol from Belleville

    Posted on 5/29/2017

    Cool !