Best Bluetooth Transmitters in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 5, 2021
A Bluetooth transmitter is a device that will allow you to transform any regular 3.5 mm audio-out media device into a Bluetooth device capable of streaming Bluetooth audio. None of the models mentioned in this review are particularly expensive and what they will allow you to do in return makes them well worth their price. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Functions
BT version
Connection
Power Source
Extras
Dimensions and Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The Bypass mode provides the user with the ability to switch between wired and wireless with just one switch without the need to disconnect any cables. Both the full-work voice prompts and the status/codec LED markers simplify the already straightforward operation of this device.

CONS

Not the most compact of devices out there.

OUR VERDICT

What we have here is easily the top Bluetooth transmitter for TV and other entertainment devices. It isn't the cheapest option on the market but all of the model's functions and specifications make this model a surprisingly cost-effective solution.

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

4.1

Connection

Optical, AUX

Power Source

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

Bluetooth/ByPass modes, Voice Prompt, External antenna, Optical cable, 3.5mm audio cable and 3.5mm female to RCA male cable included

Dimensions and Weight

11.4 x 3 x 7.5 cm

90 g

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The rechargeable battery of the appliance allows for a total runtime that can reach 14-15 hours. The full charging process will only take 1.5-2 hours, which is simply amazing, considering the overall dimensions of the transceiver.

CONS

Audio delay can occur with devices that are not paired to the transmitter.

OUR VERDICT

This Bluetooth adapter from Mpow will come in handy for users that want a compact transceiver for their analogue devices. As an alternative, it can also transmit the audio signal from the modern appliances and gadgets on your old monitors, TVs and other pieces of equipment.

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

5.0

Connection

AUX

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 14 hours)

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

Built-in microphone, 3.5mm audio adapter, 3.5mm audio cable included

Dimensions and Weight

6 x 0.5 x 3 cm

30 g

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

An aluminium housing of this model guarantees a heat-free operation of the device even after prolonged use. On top of that, the metal firmly protects the transceiver from physical damage in case of accidental drops.

CONS

The length of the cords is somewhat limited compared to similar products.

OUR VERDICT

The adapter from TaoTronics is one of the most compact models available on the market today. Nevertheless, its powerful broadcasting and receiving chipset is designed for long-range broadcasting, which makes it perfect for using the transmitter with headphones or portable acoustic systems.

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

4.1

Connection

AUX

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 10 hours)

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

3.5mm audio cable, 3.5mm female to RCA male cable included

Dimensions and Weight

4.55 x 0.95 x 3.25 cm

14 g

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

A 3.5mm audio plug makes the connection to older devices simple, while the 3.5mm to RCA male cable will ensure that Dual-RCA stereo systems won't be left behind either.

CONS

Battery life leaves much to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

FirstE portable wireless Bluetooth transmitter is designed specifically to deliver the sound signal of the highest quality from analogue and digital devices that don't have wireless capabilities to your modern gadgets and other Bluetooth-capable devices.

detailed parameters
Functions

Transmitting

BT version

4.2

Connection

AUX

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours)

USB-port (cable included)

Extras

3.5mm plug, 3.5mm male to RCA male cable included

Dimensions and Weight

5.3 x 1.4 x 2.5 cm

25 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

While transmitting the audio signal, the appliance produces almost no interference. Likewise, if there is any audio lag, it is barely noticeable, which makes this particular model's audio transmit protocols similar to aptX technology.

CONS

Can get noticeably hot during operation.

OUR VERDICT

Owing to the Bluetooth 5.0 support, the LINWO from ZIIDOO is compatible with both modern and older mobile gadgets, tablets, and laptops. On top of that, it can still transmit audio from analog devices, owing to the 3.5mm AUX cable support.

detailed parameters
Functions

Receiving/Transmitting

BT version

5.0

Connection

AUX

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 8 hours)

micro USB-port (cable included)

Extras

3.5 mm audio cable included

Dimensions and Weight

5.5 x 1 x 3 cm

30 g

Warranty

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Avantree (BTTC-500-W-US)

Low Latency for the Win

There's quite a lot to like about this Bluetooth transmitter and receiver. First, there's the ridiculous range of the device that, with the help of an external antenna, transmits and receives the signal up to 164 feet (50 metres) in an open-air line-of-sight kind of scenario and up to 70 feet (21 metres) indoors.

Then, there's the Bypass function that allows the user to turn the Bluetooth ON and OFF using a simple switch. Thanks to this function, you won't have to manually plug and unplug the device itself.

We would also be remiss not to mention the full-work voice prompts, as well as the status/codec LED markers, both of which are there to simplify the already straightforward operation of this Bluetooth gizmo. Furthermore, you can use the model in question to stream stereo sound to a couple of earphones simultaneously, the device providing you with a nice little opportunity to share the audio with the person next to you.

Review of Avantree (BTTC-500-W-US)

Best of Both Worlds

Now, as we have mentioned earlier, what we have here is a Bluetooth transmitter and receiver. As some of you may know, that means that the former will allow you to Bluetooth-enable the TV, an AV receiver, radio, and just about any audio device to stream music to your Bluetooth headphones or speakers. As for the receiver, you can use this nice little function to Bluetooth-enable the home stereo system or any AV receiver and wirelessly stream music from a cell phone or a laptop.

Having said all of that, the best part of this device is its particularly low latency. The virtual lack of latency makes the model especially suitable for PC as well as TV speakers, or just about any other scenario where an uninterrupted audio stream and a long-range transmission are a necessity.

All in all, what we have here is easily one of the top transmitters with Bluetooth for TV. It isn't the cheapest option on the market but all of the model's functions and specifications make the product a surprisingly cost-effective device.

Avantree (BTTC-500-W-US) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £49.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B01N2VKCO0

 

Mpow (BHMPBH390AB)

Removes Lag for Good

The Mpow Bluetooth 5.0 transmitter is, as the name suggests, a Bluetooth 5.0-capable device. Not only that, it is also capable of low-latency data transmission and much more than simply delivering audio.

Similarly to other products in the same category, this transmitter model from Mpow features a handy button that toggles Bluetooth operation on and off that will be convenient to use in case you need to turn off the power quickly and don’t want to do it on both devices connected to it. Likewise, it has a transmit-receive toggle key that is located on the top side of the housing that enables quick switching between the transmitting and receiving modes.

As a neat little addition to an already great set of features, the kit comes equipped with a 3.5mm cable and a 3.5mm adapter that will be useful in case you need to connect an analogue device to your household Internet of Things or device network. Although it is quite easy to connect the wireless devices directly to the transmitter without actually linking both appliances, it is highly recommended to pair both units beforehand. The reason for this is simple, the AptX low-latency technology only starts working once the transmitter and the receiving device are paired between each other.

On the bright side, however, you can connect two devices to the transmitter at the same time. Thanks to this, it is possible to use two sets of headphones, headsets, or other audio devices that feature Bluetooth capabilities.

Review of Mpow (BHMPBH390AB) Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter Receiver

Working Out of the Box

Operating as both a transmitter and receiver, the BHMPBH390AB can manage both transmitting audio signal from analogue devices and receiving input from microphones. The latter will come in handy in case you have a wireless headset and want to use your 3.5mm input ports to their full extent without the need of running the cables.

Owing to this feature, you can use the AUX port to enjoy your favourite old devices that still use analogue means of connection. This includes, but is not limited to, older TVs, VCRs, DVD players, gaming consoles, as well as laptops and computers.

In the end, the Mpow Bluetooth transceiver will be a good option in case you are looking for a reliable transmitter that supports Bluetooth 5.0 but unlike some premium devices, won’t break the bank if you opt for it. Quite small and plenty powerful when it comes to transmitting audio, Mpow has delivered a great device that works with most analogue appliances with zero tweakings on your behalf.

Mpow (BHMPBH390AB) Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter Receiver in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £31.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07W6ZNMGN

 

TaoTronics TT-BA07

Easy to Switch

The TT-BA07 is a compact Bluetooth transmitter that can also act as a receiver and that makes it quite versatile, especially if you need to pair two of your digital devices but don’t want to use cables. The model has a handy switch on the side of the housing that you can use to set the adapter into transmitter or receiver modes.

When set to the transmitter mode, the adapter will stream any audio that goes through it via Bluetooth, while the receiver mode will make it easier to connect the devices that don’t feature over-the-air connection. Saying that the receiver mode will be convenient for those who have older home stereos or car audio systems will be an understatement.

As for the specifications of the device, it supports the 4.1 version of the Bluetooth protocol. On top of that, in case you don’t own a device that features 4.1 - don’t be discouraged, the transmitter is backwards-compatible with previous versions of the protocol down to the 3.0 and 2.0 versions. Be aware though that the model is not compatible with devices that only feature the 5.0 Bluetooth protocol.

The customers that are really into music will definitely be glad to know that this product features full aptX support. Moreover, the tech has an extremely low latency of just 30-40 ms, depending on the buffering of the media that is played. Such ping offers an exceptional level of sound fidelity along with synchronisation.

Review of TaoTronics TT-BA07 Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter/Receiver

Pairing Two Devices? No Problem

Thanks to the TaoTronics Bluetooth adapter, you can stream the audio content while charging the transmitter. When used this way, it is easier to increase the operation time of the device since the transmitter can work for only 10 hours when powered by a built-in battery. Furthermore, the all-upgraded transmitter is capable of pairing two devices simultaneously so you can enjoy a movie together with your friends or family members that also happen to own a pair of Bluetooth headphones. 

The only hiccup with that option is that you will have to pair and then unpair the first device you connect to the receiver in order to connect the second one. That said, this feature will be especially handy if you want to use this model for TV instead of standard television speakers that tend to blast the sound when you least expect it.

All in all, the battery-powered Bluetooth transmitter from TaoTronics is a compact and versatile device that can be used for a large number of different devices, including voice-activated products from Google, Amazon, and Apple.

TaoTronics TT-BA07 Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter/Receiver in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £25.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B016UF7J5C

 

FirstE Tx80

Secure Connection No Matter What

The FirstE Tx80 is yet another wireless transmitter that can bring all of your old analogue appliances back to life. What makes it special, though, is that it can do so with little to no adjustment since it can work right out of the box.

First things first, the transmitter relies on a 3.5mm AUX port that is located on the side of the housing, however, it also supports older audio formats, thanks to the addition of the 3.5mm to RCA converter. For your convenience, the kit comes equipped with both AUX and RCA cables so you won’t have to worry about compatibility. It is important to point out that this model, unlike others included on our list, is a transmitter-only model, so you won’t be able to, for example, stream music back to your analogue TV from a mobile gadget.

Moving on, the pairing mode of this particular transmitter is similar to the many other Bluetooth-capable devices. In order to link the required device to the Bluetooth appliance, you will have to turn the pairing mode on by pressing and holding the round button on the top side of the transmitter and have Bluetooth activated beforehand. Once that is done, you will be able to pair a set of headphones, a laptop, or even a computer if it has a Bluetooth module.

Review of FirstE Tx80 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter

Compact and Effective

Despite having a built-in battery, the transmitter has a relatively limited runtime, which is a bit of a shame, considering how effective the device is once it is up and running. With all that said, the actual size of the appliance is only 5.3 x 1.4 x 2.5 cm, which easily makes it one of the tiniest transmitters on the list. Moreover, the total runtime can reach 6-8 hours, depending on the workload, and so, considering its low-profile design we can forgive the transmitter running out of juice from time to time. On the flip side, however, it can operate while it’s being charged so you can hook it up to the USB/AC adapter that comes in the package alongside the cables and the main unit.

Another thing that makes this product stand out is its low-latency signal transmission that is achieved without any fancy aptX technologies. Certainly, some devices will have a harder time receiving the audio from the device connected to the transmitter, but the actual lag is barely noticeable for it to be a real downside.

Wrapping things up, if you are looking for an inexpensive Bluetooth transmitter that can deal with older analogue devices without breaking a sweat, then this model from FirstE will be right up your alley. Compact and exceptionally simple in operation, it proves that a good Bluetooth transmitter doesn’t always have to be expensive.

FirstE Tx80 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter in the use
Last updated price £18.29
Stock In stock
ASIN B06Y57H7H2

 

ZIIDOO LINWO

Widely Compatible Audio Transceiver

The ZIDOO LINWO is a compact Bluetooth transmitter combo model that can work with devices that support Bluetooth 5.0, as well as the older versions of the protocol, all thanks to its backwards compatibility. Nevertheless, Bluetooth support is not the only thing that makes this type of device something you could use on a daily basis, so let’s find out which features do.

To start off, the transmitter works both ways and can be used as a transmitter and a receiver, which makes it one of the most affordable transceivers on the market today. Coupled with the excellent quality of the streamed audio and little to no lag that is produced in the process, you are getting a device that can handle quite a lot of audio data even if it's in high quality.

The thing this transceiver really excels at, though, is when it’s being used as a transmitter for older devices that still utilise an analogue connection. Once connected via the 3.5mm AUX port, the appliance will be able to transmit audio from a DVD player, TV set, laptop or older computer system directly to your audio device of choice, be it a phone, tablet, a Bluetooth speaker, wireless earbuds or headphones. Just like the wireless devices, the transmitter itself has a built-in battery that provides you with up to 8-10 hours of runtime. On top of that, the transmitter won’t interfere with other wireless devices in the room and is capable of pairing with mobile gadgets, which will eliminate the risks involved with connection conflicts.

Review of ZIIDOO LINWO Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter and Receiver

Top Bargain

Aside from the main unit itself, the package includes a fairly standard set of accessories including a microUSB charging cable, a 3.5mm audio cable, and a user manual that will guide you through all the settings and modes the transmitter provides.

The thing that becomes quite noticeable is how hot the device can get while it’s being used. That being said, it doesn’t affect the operation of the transmitter or the actual output sound quality that much to be critical, and so, it won’t be that huge of an issue in the long run.

When it boils down to the ergonomics, this device is not big, measuring only 5.5 x 1 x 3 cm. It is definitely among the smallest ones we have on our list. Coupled with a weight of only 30 g, and a relatively sleek design, it won’t take a lot of space on your desktop or the coffee table in front of your TV.

Finally, the ZIIDOO LINWO is an excellent Bluetooth transmitter that is both effective and affordable at the same time. What is more, the appliance is quite simple in installation and easy to use, which makes the whole package a real steal for the price.

ZIIDOO LINWO Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter and Receiver in the use
Last updated price £11.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B08BP6GBKT

 

What Is a Bluetooth Transmitter?

The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper has suggested that everything is better with Bluetooth. And you know what? He isn't wrong. Unfortunately, not every consumer electronics manufacturer out there agrees with that philosophy. But, as it always is with the free market, where one group of people lacks the foresight to do the obvious thing, the other group is there to pick up the slack. That is how the latter group of people came up with a Bluetooth transmitter. Using a device like that, you will be able to transform 3.5 mm audio-out media devices into Bluetooth devices capable of streaming Bluetooth audio. Plus, a good chunk of these transmitters also come equipped with the receiver's functions, the kind that you can use to make non-Bluetooth devices like car or home stereo systems receive high-quality audio. Just take into account the range of the signal and the type and the number of connections that the transmitter comes equipped with and you should be able to choose the right model.

A device like that works best when paired with a good set of computer speakers or a Bluetooth headset, so you might want to grab one of those while you're at it.

What Features to Compare

Accessories

More often than not, the Bluetooth transmitters come equipped with a built-in battery that allows them to operate without the need of running power cables 24/7. Despite their relatively small size, regular transceivers can operate for hours on end, before they need to be recharged. For that reason, the standard packaging includes a USB charging cable.

Likewise, since it is an audio device, an audio cable is also often a common occurrence in a box, alongside the transmitter itself.

Wireless Capabilities and Bluetooth Protocol Version

Although the Bluetooth core specifications clearly state that the total range that two devices can operate in is limited to a mere 15-20 metres, in reality, this range can well exceed that mark. With this in mind, as long as you don’t have a lot of objects in between the transmitter and the receiver, it can operate quite easily. Bluetooth 5.0-capable devices provide you with a more reliable connection while the older 4.0 and 4.2 will often struggle when there is interference between the transmitter and the connected device.

Power Source

Even though Bluetooth is a fairly energy-efficient protocol of wireless data transmission the older versions of the protocol didn’t have the luxury of having a built-in battery to power them. Starting with the 4.0 version, Bluetooth Low Energy (or BLE) became available, which enabled using integrated batteries in the transmitters and receivers. Owing to this, now you can have a wireless transmitter, headset or headphones that can operate for quite some time (up to 30-40 hours) before they will need to be recharged.

Latency

As with any wireless design, there will be issues with latency especially in devices that require fast data throughput. While the older Bluetooth versions certainly do struggle with modern digital appliances, Bluetooth 5.0 can manage data throughput almost twice as fast as the 4.2. Likewise, you should also look for transmitters with aptX or similar features that help to negate audio, video, and other types of lag or latency that you can encounter while using the Bluetooth transmitter.

Security

While you certainly can connect to Bluetooth devices that are in Discover mode, there are risks involved in doing so. The Discover mode is designed to provide basic information like the type of the device, manufacturer, and list of features the appliance provides, however, this method of connection is quite dangerous since it can expose private data. To counter this, you should use Pairing mode as often as possible and when we talk about Bluetooth transmitters, a good one should always have pairing capabilities onboard.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-05 14:16:24