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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.

  • Robert from La Marque

    Posted on 11/24/2022

    What does it cost?

  • stretch

    Posted on 10/18/2022

    sad to read so many comments from so many people with no concept on how audio equipment connections are made and used.

  • Jared S. from Abilene

    Posted on 10/10/2022

    What an awesome piece of electronic device. I'm buying myself one of these.

  • Jared S. from Abilene

    Posted on 10/10/2022

    What an awesome piece of electronic device. I'm buying myself one of these.

  • Art M from Enid (Breckinridge)

    Posted on 6/12/2022

    Whether I buy this or not, I wanted to say this is one of the best presentations of musical personal system adaption with up to date facts on what's what. I loved it, thank you.

  • Frank Uellenberg from North Port

    Posted on 5/24/2022

    What if I want to go the other way, not from my phone to the Hifi, but from the HiFi to a bluetooth headphone set, can I use this devise?

  • Leo. from Manchester. UK.

    Posted on 4/16/2022

    You and All the bloggers,use the term stereo system, you actually mean a receiver as part of a separates system, an integrated stereo system cannot be converted to Bluetooth, they don't have the red or white inputs, you're misleading. I myself fell for your hype and lost money,not a lot but I shouldn't have lost any.

  • 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?

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