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Onkyo UBT-1

Bluetooth® wireless audio adapter for 2012 Onkyo networked A/V receivers

21 Reviews | 9 questions - 20 answers

Item # 580UBT1

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Our take on the Onkyo UBT-1

Whether you're an iPhone® user, an Android™ fan, or the owner of a laptop or tablet with Bluetooth® capability, music wirelessly through your Onkyo home theater couldn't be easier once you add this Bluetooth adapter. Just insert the UBT-1 into the front-panel USB port, pair the devices, and select your music. Its aptX™ compression reduction codec restores the natural dynamic range of your audio files. This plug and play adapter offers a sweet combination: sound quality approaching that of CD audio and the wireless convenience of Bluetooth.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with 2012 networked Onkyo audio/video receivers (models TX-NR414 and higher)
  • plugs directly into receiver's USB input
  • receives audio signals wirelessly from Bluetooth-compatible cell phones, tablets, MP3 players, and computers
  • features CSR's aptX™ compression enhancement for better sound quality
  • wireless range: approximately 33 feet
  • 1"W x 7/16"H x 2-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 Year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth USB adapter
  • Instruction Manual
  • Safety Information
  • Online Product Registration
  • Disposal note

Good product. Very convenient to install. Just plug and play.

anonymous, Houston


Onkyo UBT-1 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(21 Reviews)

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anonymous from Houston on 3/27/2015

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Good product. Very convenient to install. Just plug and play.

Pros: usable out of the box

Cons: A bit overpriced for such a basic utility


MIKE from SEMINOLE OK on 3/7/2015

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East to Use!

Chris from Illinois on 2/16/2015

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This product was very easy to use plug in and run with it. Works great with Android phone and keeps very nice quality of music when playing of the phone.

Pros: Great Price, Very easy to work, No delay in signal transfer of music.

Cons: N/A

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AK from Syosset,NY on 2/10/2015

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Cool Product. Easily connects to the phone. Good build quality. Nice !!!!



Love it

Paul W from Florida on 1/31/2015

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Works better than I expected.

Pros: Good range, great sound

Cons: none

Great item and price

Mike from Buffalo, NY on 1/23/2015

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Found it elsewhere but not at such a great price. Easy to use and pairs quickly.

Pros: Pairs fast with devices

Cons: None

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BT from Texas from Texas on 1/11/2015

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This is an absolute great addition for an Onkyo receiver without built in blue tooth. Plug and play into the USB port, connect the bluetooth device and control your music from a distance without having to keep walking to the receiver. Super easy to use and Crutchfield had the best price of anybody.

Pros: Plug and Play Easy to use Saves trips to the receiver to change music

Cons: None

Works well, short range

Aetyrno from Portland, OR on 1/9/2015

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I didn't experience any pairing trouble like other reviewers. Plugged it in, hit 'enter' to make it visible for pairing, and paired directly to my Android phone. Range is disappointing when plugged into the back of my TX-NR818. Intermittently drops connection within 15 feet. Works flawlessly when connected though. Signal range when plugged into the front USB port is marginally better (~20ft), but still does not achieve the advertised 33ft range. The phone used for this has no trouble reaching ~40ft with a bluetooth headset.



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Ferdinand from Menifee, CA on 1/3/2015

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Good alternative for the price. Worth it once I got it paired to my iphone.

Pros: Clear reception within 30 feet even if device is obstucted. But iphone should be to the front of the receiver.

Cons: Pairing my iphone took at least 30 minutes. Instruction straight forward but I had to rely on various tips on line to make it work right.

Took some time, but it works well

JohnH from Bloomington, IN on 12/18/2014

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It took four or five tries over an hour or so before I could get it to pair. Once it was recognized by my iPhone it has worked perfectly. A nice feature to add to my receiver.



Works great with one flaw...

Keet from Austin, TX on 12/8/2014

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Works exactly as described. I use it to stream music from my mobile phone and it's extremely easy to get setup. The only flaw I've found, is that it sticks straight out. If it had a swivel then it would be perfect. I can't close the door on the media cabinet since it sticks out about an 1"-1.25"...

Pros: Works great, compact, easy to use. very inexpensive

Cons: Only on position...Straight out. On an open cabinet it wouldn't be annoying, but on one with doors, it prevents you from being able to close them.

happy with product

Dijon from brooklyn ny on 7/21/2014

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overall i am happy with the the UBT-1. It connected easily to my receiver. However, the one thing i wish it could do is have the ability to read more than one device at a time

Pros: easy to install

Cons: unable to read more than one device simaltaneously

Very good product....except!

JC from Tracy, CA. on 3/3/2014

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Overall I'm very happy with the UBT-1, it does what it was built to do. The only fault I found with the product is that if I leave the UBT-1 in my Onkyo TX-NR515 receiver after use, for some reason after awhile the UBT-1 turns my receiver back on and starts looking to pair with something. I thought I was going crazy

Pros: The UBT-1 works great. Thinking of getting another one for myTX-NR616 in my living room. With the UBT-1 I can finally cancel my subscription to SiriusXM.

Cons: After awhile the UBT-1 turns on my receiver after about 5 minutes of being off.

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Toniegm from LA,CA on 1/8/2014

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I bought this bluetooth USB connector so that we can connect any devices to play music. A cool addition to my Onkyo 818 THX receiver.



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JulioM from Puerto Rico on 1/3/2014

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Generally works fine with an Onkyo 717. Some issues, you need to disconnect after using it otherwise it will turn on the receiver and connect to devices paired with the receiver. Delayed sound in zone 2.

Pros: Easy to use and connect devices. Good sound quality especially in main zone.

Cons: Need to disconnect after using it. Delayed sound in zone 2

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Rob from St Louis, MO on 11/18/2013

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Works great and is simple to use. For times when I need to connect my phone to the receiver this is the best way.



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Don from Logansport, IN on 10/27/2013

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Works great! Easy to hook up and use.



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Anonymous from 29906 on 8/25/2013

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Great add on for onkyo

BS from Holly Springs, NC on 7/29/2013

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Great add on product to compatible Onkyo receivers. I put this on my NR-818 and synced with my phone, when I start up my music on my phone (android) the receiver auto switches to the USB input and starts playing, very nice to keep from having to hookup the phone to the system, I can even keep it in my pocket. I don't call it a "con" because it's more of a limitation on the bluetooth technology, but in an enclosed cabinet you may want to use the front USB port OR an extender USB cable to get the adapter to the front of your cabinet, my cabinet has metal grid on the doors and I have to open the doors to keep a good signal to the phone from more than 10 feet.

Pros: Nice to eliminate wires, easy setup and sync with phone.

Cons: I did find that if my signal dropped while watching a movie then it would switch over to the usb input when the signal came back, so it is kind of quarky in that sense and as another review mentioned may have to remove it when not streaming from other devices.

No problems here

JBM from Stamford, CT on 7/8/2013

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This was a free upgrade the day of my order. Seems to be working fine. All good.



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rarremann from greenville, nc on 1/23/2013

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I can't leave the bluetooth in the Onkyo 818. If I leave it in, it wants to keep my other bluetooth for other devices tied up. I have to keep the bluetooth for the Onkyo out for my other devices to work....bad for me.......

Pros: 1

Cons: 1


Hands-on research

Product Research


Onkyo Receiver Compatibility: The Onkyo UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter lets you wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, portable audio player, tablet, laptop, or PC to your 2012 Onkyo A/V network receiver. The Onkyo UBT-1 is fitted with a male USB (type-A) connector which plugs into your compatible 2012 Onkyo A/V network receiver's front- or rear-panel USB (type-A) port. The UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter is only compatible with the following 2012 Onkyo A/V network receivers (as of 9/4/2012).

  • TX-NR414
  • TX-NR515
  • TX-NR616
  • TX-NR717
  • TX-NR818
  • TX-NR1010
  • TX-NR3010
  • TX-NR5010
Note: A firmware update may be required on models TX-NR818 and lower.

Bluetooth Ver. 3.0 w/ A2DP: The Onkyo UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter is Bluetooth version 3.0 certified. The Onkyo UBT-1 lets you wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device supporting A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) to your compatible Onkyo A/V network receiver. The UBT-1 does not support AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile), so you will need to control your streamed music from your Bluetooth device (not the Onkyo receiver). The UBT-1 is compatible with various Bluetooth-enabled devices; including iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Onkyo UBT-1.

apt-X: The Onkyo UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter is equipped with apt-X, an audio coding technology that works within Bluetooth to wirelessly deliver CD-quality audio from your Bluetooth-enabled device to your compatible Onkyo A/V receiver. With apt-X, you can listen to your digital music files in crisp, pure, and full stereo sound. The following 3rd party devices/configurations have built-in apt-X support (as of 9/4/2012):

  • Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion Operating Systems
  • Apple Mac Mini (latest generation with latest OS update)
  • Apple Macbook Air (latest generation with latest OS update)
  • Apple Macbook (latest generation with latest OS update)
  • Arcam Wireless Bluetooth DAC
  • Burmester 113 DAC
  • Creative Zen X-Fi3
  • Creative Ziio Tablet 7 inch
  • Creative Ziio Tablet 10 inch
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One V
  • Motorola Razr
  • Motorola Razr Maxx
  • Samsung Galaxy Tablet 7.0 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Tablet 7.7
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Sharp Aquos Phone SH-06NERV
  • Sharp Aquos Phone SH-07D
  • Sharp Aquos Phone ISW16SH
  • Sharp Aquos Phone SH-09

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

9 questions already asked

I Have a HT-R2295 I'll say if it has a in sertion slot in front it should work, [ Fidencio  Mar 23, 2015 ]
Most of the time it connects with your mobile equipment after you select it from your equipment USB menu. Ocasionally it does not connect and you need to do the pairing. [ Julio  Mar 12, 2015 ]
No, you only have to pair it once. [ JAMES  Mar 12, 2015 ]
It seemed to connect anytime the phone was within range. [ Steve  Mar 06, 2015 ]
I don't have to pair mine every time, however, it can be finicky. I haven't had the best luck with it. [ MICHELLE  Mar 06, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: It will not work with the HT-R391. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Feb 03, 2015 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Any of our universal Bluetooth adapters will work. The Milennia MIL-BTREC would be a good option. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Nov 13, 2014 ]  Staff
This will only work with the Onkyo receivers listed. However, we do have a great product from Harmon Kardon that would likely work for you: [ Jeff  Nov 11, 2014 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Onkyo TX-NR509 is not Bluetooth compatible. The best solution to gain Bluetooth on this receiver (or any receiver with an RCA input!) is the Focal Universal Bluetooth Receiver as listed here: If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jul 21, 2014 ]  Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will work. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Feb 05, 2014 ]  Staff
I have not attempted to use this Bluetooth adapter to send audio out to Bluetooth headphones. I purchased it to connect to my new Onkyo NR 717 receiver in order to receive music via Bluetooth from my smartphone. As far as i can tell this adapter can only be used as a receiver and not as a transmitter. It works poorly as a receiver of music via Bluetooth from my phone with this receiver so I doubt it works well as a transmitter to Bluetooth enabled headphones. I use this with both a Droid Razr Maxx and a Samsung Stratosphere to send music to my receiver and the range is poor (20 feet max with a clear view). Any obstruction and the music cuts out. In addition, the receiver barely syncs with either. Bluetooth compares poorly with Wi-Fi in my opinion as a method of wireless transfer. [ JEFFREY  Dec 30, 2013 ]
Hello Phillip, I tried to pair my LG HBS-700 Bluetooth head phones and they would not connect. I could see on my phone I was connected to the LG headphones and the Onkyo UBT-1. I tried several times with the phone BT off and re-connection of the UBT-1 and power on & off the LG headphones, but I could not make the phones pair with the receiver. Seems like the Onkyo UBT-1 is a receiver only... but the LG are two way, at least with a microphone. And the Onkyo UBT-1 seems higher priority then the LG. When both are paired the Onkyo makes the sound. You can switch the output on the phone. Not sure if it was the order they connected in. I was in the basement listening to my iphone on the LG and walked up stairs and my son's game stopped Video and Audio as the Onkyo 818 receiver switched over the USB and played what I was listening to over the speakers. It is a good way to connect audio from your phone to the receiver. I am a little surprised the video from the iphone will not play either via BT or the USB wire. Good Luck, Paul F [ PAUL M  Dec 30, 2013 ]
No, you cannot use the UBT-1 to transmit a Bluetooth signal to your headphones. The UBT-1 is only intended to receive a Bluetooth signal not send. [ ABEL  Dec 29, 2013 ]
I have used it for streaming only. I checked Onkyo's website and refers to audio steaming only. [ Julio  Dec 22, 2013 ]
As far as I know only streaming from Bluetooth enabled devices. I could listen to Audio files from iPad and Ipod in the Onxyko reciver. I could not listen to audio from the reciver on any Bluetooth connected Headset or Headphones. Vemblaserry. [ VEMBLASERRY  Dec 21, 2013 ]
The UBT-1 only streams music. [ RUFUS  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Thanks to everyone for all the help! Trying to make a decision on a receiver. [ Brian  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Brian I use it for streaming only. It is ok however tnere are some flaws like it turns the receiver whenever you pass by with a device that is paired with the onkyo. You need to disconnect it. I have not tried it with a remote. [ Julio  Dec 20, 2013 ]
Yes Brian, it can be remote controlled with your phone or tsblet, as long as the receiver you use is compatible. It works perfectly with my 626. I'm veru happy [ ROBERTO  Dec 20, 2013 ]
I don't believe it does, there's an onkyo remote app but I think it only works through the network channel [ Sleekun  Dec 19, 2013 ]