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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.

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  • Bob C from Santa Fe

    Posted on 5/20/2023

    Will this play audio to my blue tooth hearing aids?

  • Richard Teasdale from Springville Utah

    Posted on 4/22/2023

    I need a Bluetooth adapter that connects via HDMI rather than analog RCA jacks. One of my analog input channels has a problem.

  • C. Most from Easton

    Posted on 2/26/2023

    Is the sound quality the same as a wired speaker?

  • Frank Inserra from Rockville, MD

    Posted on 2/3/2023

    While you're at it, you may as well explain how to transmit your hi-fi's signal via Bluetooth to Bluetooth enabled devices in your house. If you you buy a good quality Bluetooth transmitter-receiver, it works in both directions, and depending on variables, you can get coverage through most if not all of your house.

  • adolph from San Antonio

    Posted on 1/29/2023

    I just use chromecast

  • John McGeehan from Winchester

    Posted on 12/25/2022

    I'm have trouble with creating a good connection between my newly purchased Audio Technica Bluetooth capable turntable and my Yamaha surround sound receiver. When connecting to two using a 1Mii mini Bluetooth receiver I am getting terrible sound distortion to the Mirage m90 speakers I have wire connected to the Yamaha receiver. Any advice of deedback you can offer?

  • 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.

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