You’re cleaning out your garage or storage unit and you come across an old tv set or a stereo set that “still has life in it yet”. Faced with a dilemma, you can either trash your find, or you can try and find a use for them. Fortunately, there’s an affordable solution.
- Bluetooth Transmitters
- Best Bluetooth Transmitters for TV(No Lag) Reviewed
- TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter – Best Bluetooth Transmitter in 2017
- TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter 2-in-1
- TaoTronics Wireless Portable Bluetooth Transmitter
- Miccus Home RTX Mini
- Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter for Bluetooth Streaming
- Mpow Bluetooth Receiver/Transmitter
- iClever Wireless Portable Transmitter
- Mpow Bluetooth Receiver, Streambot Hands-free Car Kits
- Avantree Dual Link aptX LOW LATENCY Bluetooth Transmitter
- mnxo 3.5mm Portable Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter
Bluetooth transmitters can help breathe life back into your “old school” electronics without the expense of purchasing a brand new tv or stereo set. Or you can use them to enhance your digital experience.
You might think it will involve various high-tech gadgets and a bunch of wiring and cords, but that’s the beauty of Bluetooth transmitters.
The aim is to connect/upgrade electronics to their former glory; without the messy tangle of cords and wires.
You’ll find that these handy devices can be used inside the home, your car or even a motorcycle. For this purpose, you’ll want to look for a small compact design. Fortunately, the majority of the transmitters reviewed here fit within these criteria.
Additionally, some are for solo use; meaning the transmitter won’t pair with more than one set of headphones.
If you’re the only user, this shouldn’t bother you. Yet, if you intend to watch movies or listen to music with someone other than yourself; consider transmitters that will pair up with an extra set of headphones.
Installation is straight forward; charge the device for the specified time (usually found in the user manual), plug into your tv or the device you want to use the transmitter with, pair the transmitter with your headphones or speakers, and you’re ready to go!
You may notice that some transmitter/receiver 2 in 1’s includes volume and media controls. These controls won’t function unless the particular unit is set to receiver mode.
Now that you know how handy these devices can be, looking for the ideal Bluetooth transmitter/receiver device is simple if you keep the following in mind:
Best Bluetooth Transmitters for TV(No Lag) Reviewed
TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter – Best Bluetooth Transmitter in 2017
TaoTronics has designed a tiny and compact transmitter/receiver combo that transforms any audio equipment into a Bluetooth enabled device.
Literally the size of a book of matches, this is the smallest device in our product review lineup.
One of the first things you notice aside from size is the Red and Blue led lights. Some transmitters would have you guessing whether you’ve successfully paired up your audio device to the transmitter, but the lights are a great indicator.
Setup and pairing are simple.
It only took 5 minutes and comparing to other customer’s reviews, this seems fairly typical.
Charging is a breeze since the included USB cable makes it possible to keep the unit plugged in while in use. This means you don’t have to put your favorite tv show on pause and wait hours for it to charge.
As far as we can tell, there seems to be no lag in music audio, but there is a slightly noticeable lag with video. It’s not too noticeable, but if you pay well enough attention, you’ll see it.
Perhaps our favorite feature of this particular transmitter is the ability to use with up to two devices at once.
That means you and another person can pair your headphones to the transmitter and watch the same movie. That’s a win-win right there.
Signal range is 33 feet, and we were surprised to find that this particular device handles walls and other obstructions quite well.
There were only two things that annoyed us about this particular product; the annoying beeps, and the lack of volume adjustment.
TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter 2-in-1
Another runner-up for the TaoTronics manufacturer, this device is also a transmitter/receiver duo. Right out of the box, the device was easy to setup and pair to our headphones.
At the most, it took 5 minutes’ tops to have everything hooked up and running. One of the things we liked the most, was the ability for the transmitter to “remember” our phones or headphones.
It was pretty much set and forget from the first day it was setup.
Aside from the ease of setup, TaoTronics seems to favor the small portable build, and this thoughtful design carried over to this particular product.
Light and portable was name of the game, and that makes this particular 2 in 1 easy to transport to a family member’s house or to use with other electronics.
Unlike some other transmitters, there’s never any worry about the battery running low since TaoTronics will charge itself while plugged in and running.
Best of all, it can still be used while it’s charging.
The quality of the audio is fantastic! Yet, if you want an even better experience, we recommend picking up a pair of over-the-ear headphones to further enhance your enjoyment.
It’s not necessary, but it definitely adds icing to the cake.
The signal range is strong and has a rate of up to 33 feet. Our own testing and research have shown this to be true. In fact, this transmitter can be placed behind the tv with no signal interference. Also, if you like to move around while listening to your favorite tv shows or music, you can do that too.
We like the fact that this particular transmitter will accept pairing for up to two headphones.
This might cater particularly well for a couple who enjoys watching tv shows together, or even parents who are tired of PawPatrol re-runs.
You can thank us later…
Since it’s so easy to use, you won’t have to refer to the manual or even YouTube for quick demonstrations on how to use.
This particular item has media/volume controls located on the device itself, so you can control everything from play/pause, volume up/volume down- all at your fingertips, but only in receiver mode.
While this particular feature may not be practical if you intend to hook it up to your tv, it will add functionality to your headphone set, since you won’t have to reach into your pocket to select a track or adjust the volume.
It can all be done from the device itself.
Everything sounds great, and in truth it is- but there were a few minor annoyances we noticed.
Additionally, some devices have been known to stop working. If troubleshooting (located in the included manual) doesn’t work; the support staff is helpful. If worse comes to worse, you may be able to get a replacement for free. Fortunately for us and many others, we haven’t needed to do this, but it is something we thought you should be aware of.
Overall, this is our top pick for a low latency Bluetooth transmitter that offers incredible sound at an affordable price.
TaoTronics Wireless Portable Bluetooth Transmitter
One more TaoTronics product, we promise.
Same as the other two, this one was easy to setup and pair to our favorite devices. So no surprise there.
The same portable design transfers to this device as well, which means it can be unplugged and taken from room to room.
Unlike the other two, this one has a smaller cord.
Something we didn’t mind since we used it for a flat screen tv that has a pedestal-like base, but, depending on the hookups you’ll use, this can make things a bit challenging.
Looking at other consumers’ reviews, most were content with letting the transmitter dangle from the tv or rest on the entertainment center.
We’re not particularly too keen on dangling though. Despite the product being lightweight, we do worry about the weight eventually affecting the integrity of the cord.
This transmitter has a 30-feet working range, but we would like to add our own two cents about that.
Unlike the other two TaoTronic products we reviewed, this one seems more finicky on where you place it to get the best signal.
We couldn’t place it behind the tv without some occasional cut-outs or even static. In other words, this product needs a “direct line of sight” to function the best.
If you intend to move around while using this product (such as for exercise videos, or even to do some cleaning around the house), forget about it.
Now onto the good.
When you are sitting still, we noticed no sound degradation for either movie or music. There is a small lag with movies.
If you’re listening to music, this won’t bother you, but it’s not until you go to watch your favorite tv show that you notice the lip movements and audio are off a smidge bit.
Overall, it’s a good product for the price, but we are disappointed a slight bit.
Whereas the other two TaoTronics handled movement and some minor obstructions well, this one will not tolerate them at all.
Still, if you don’t mind sitting still for the entire duration of your movie, this won’t bother you one bit.
Miccus Home RTX Mini
Right off the bat, we noticed that this particular transmitter 2-1 wasn’t as easy to setup. The instructions that are included were incredibly vague.
Not a problem for us, since we’re accustomed to using these already, but it could prove challenging for people who have no idea what they’re doing.
Ourselves and other consumers report an average of 5 seconds or less to setup, and we agree.
One thing that intrigued us was how intuitive the device was.
Once paired to a tv, its ready to go.
Turn off the tv and the led lights on the transmitter turn off, so you can sleep without being disturbed.
One thoughtful consideration we couldn’t help but note, is the manufacture includes a small piece of Velcro; so you can attach the device to your tv or entertainment center.
When we tried this unit with a few movies, we were impressed with the sound quality.
It was crisp and clear, but there is a slight lag between voices when watching movies but compared to other transmitters, it’s less obvious than most of them.
Probably best to keep a clear line of sight and ideal for just watching movies or listening to music while remaining stationary.
This particular transmitter has a 32-feet working range, but again, unless you’re stationary, the range is irrelevant.
We did notice that one consumer seemed satisfied using this for his particularly long bedroom. The fellow was hard of hearing and his tv set rested against the wall where his apartment dwelling neighbor had their bed set up against the wall. He was able to enjoy his movies at a volume he could hear (louder than most), without disturbing his sleeping neighbor.
As far as charging goes, this product charges using an USB cord charger that you can plug into your tv set. Yet, if you have an USB wall charger, you can plug it into that too.
Overall, if you don’t mind taking more time to setup this product for first-time use, it’s not a bad option. Yet, the other options we’ve already gone over, make setup and pairing look like a cakewalk compared to this particular product.
Logitech 980-000910 Bluetooth Audio Adapter for Bluetooth Streaming
Unlike the other transmitters, this one is larger. About the size of a Roku box (if you have one of those). The construction of the Logitech feels pretty solid and we were pleased with the design. Some products command a higher price tag, then feel cheap or flimsy; this wasn’t one of them.
You can use this to upgrade any “old school” electronics that you may have found collecting dust in your garage, or if the particular electronic has red and white outlets for RCA hookups.
Yes, this one operates a bit differently than the others (most of the other transmitters plugin into an aux port that would accept headphone jacks).
The manufacturer reports that this Logitech transmitter has a working range of 50 feet, but in our experience, it performed the best at no more than 25 feet.
Another difference we noticed was how this particular product is powered.
Some transmitters will plug into the tv or another device, and will recharge itself this way.
Yet, this particular product utilizes a power cord that is 4 feet in length.
It’s not particularly bothersome, but one of the main ideas of a transmitter is to upgrade electronics without all the wires and cords.
Once you get past the power cord issue, the Logitech device is easy to setup and pair. We were able to start using it within minutes of setup.
Of course one of the most important (if not the most important) features, is the sound quality.
Logitech has a great reputation for creating solidly built products, so we weren’t too surprised when the sound quality was up to par with our standards. The highs, mids, and lows all sound great, but only if you’re in the line of sight.
One thing we noticed about this device was how the Logitech transmitter seems to work over time to find any and all Bluetooth enabled devices.
It seriously would not stop.
This may not seem like a particularly bad problem to have, but if you have multiple Bluetooth phones or other products in your home, you’ll soon discover how much of a challenge this presents.
The only advice we can give is to either disable the Bluetooth on your phone/s and on your other Bluetooth products if you can.
Overall, we like the Logitech transmitter.
The larger construction and the addition of the power cord mean this particular item won’t be ideal for moving around to other rooms, but we can overlook those shortcomings when you consider the phenomenal sound quality the Logitech offers for the price.
Mpow Bluetooth Receiver/Transmitter
Out of the box and a quick read through the instructions had the Mpow working for us in less than 5 minutes. Other consumers highlighted the fact that this particular transmitter/receiver duo was capable of operating while in another room, and we decided to test that theory.
The manufacturer claims this transmitter will operate with no problems at a 32-feet range. For our testing, we decided to leave the Mpow in the living room while we went and lounged on the patio for a bit.
The outcome was favorable and we were quite pleased with the signal range, despite having a wall between the transmitter and ourselves.
The unit also performs well on the second story of our house particularly well.
We were so tempted to grade this particular product as #1, but you’ll see why we didn’t further down in this review.
As far as audio quality goes, this transmitter does well with both movies and music. Surprisingly, there was no lip lag with the movies, unlike some of the transmitters we’ve seen so far. Mpow immediately won some points here.
We experienced no cut outs or even static noises- even while moving around or when we decided to go outside.
To turn your Mpow on, you have to hold the power button for six seconds. This seems insignificant until you have to keep going back to the device to pair it or turn it on.
Only because the Mpow automatically shuts off (after five minutes) when it doesn’t detect a Bluetooth enabled device within range; so make sure you have your paired device at the ready to minimize frustration.
Because of this and the lack of media control buttons, we decided not to rank this product as number one for our review.
iClever Wireless Portable Transmitter
Following in suite like the first few transmitters, the iClever is small and compact. In fact, it fits into the palm of your hand with its rounded design.
We weren’t particularly too impressed with the design of this unit, it feels flimsy and cheap.
After inspecting the unit, we decided to plug it in with the included USB charger cord.
Some transmitter units must be charged before use, but this one says that will it function while charging, so we decided to pair our headphones up (up to two at a time) and test it.
We immediately noticed a buzzing sound that is quite distracting.
Amazingly, when it’s unplugged; the buzzing stops.
We’re not sure if it was the cord, the device or what.
Our headphones didn’t seem to reproduce the same static noise when paired to our phones, so it’s most likely the device.
Audio quality was decent but wasn’t the best compared to our other reviewed products.
The sound was clear, but there was really nothing that made us jump out of our chairs with awe. Aside from music, the movies do have a noticeable lip lag, it’s not too bad, but it’s kind of a pet peeve of ours’.
As far as signal range goes, the manufacturer reports that this device will successfully play quality sound at up to 32 feet.
We found this to be reasonably true, so long as there’s no obstructions or walls blocking the unit.
One feature we do like is how the iClever unit will turn itself off automatically within five minutes if it doesn’t detect a Bluetooth device.
If you leave your device plugged in to charge, this probably won’t matter to you; but for us, we preferred to unplug the unit during use to avoid the buzzing noise.
Overall, this particular transmitter isn’t a bad deal for the price. We would consider this particular unit to be the middle ground if you’re on a budget.
Mpow Bluetooth Receiver, Streambot Hands-free Car Kits
This Mpow receiver is a little different from the rest of the products we’ve reviewed.
This particular unit excels for in-car use, but it will work for other media devices just as well.
However, tv’s are a no go for the Mpow.
If you want to use it with a tv, you need to buy a mpow transmitter or mpow trans/receiver device. The ability to use it with other media devices is the only reason why we decided to feature this product in our review.
Setup didn’t take too long and was within the average range of most transmitters/receivers; about 10 minutes.
To use in the car, just plugin to the aux port and pair your phone for a hands-free Bluetooth experience. We could play music and take phone calls with this device reasonably well. One thing we did like is how the music would pause when you answered a phone call. If you’ve ever tried to answer a phone call with your music blaring in the background, you know the frustration all too well.
This wasn’t the case here.
Once we hung up, the music resumed right where it had left off of.
There are media controls on the device itself that can be used to answer phone calls and control the media. Three buttons control the play/pause and volume functions and are not too troublesome to locate.
The Mpow manufacture made this device with portability in mind.
It’s both small and lightweight and less than the size of a credit card. Aside from size, the unit does feel a bit flimsy so we’re not sure how it will hold up to regular use.
The built-in battery provides up to 10 hours of play/talk time, and it is quick to charge. About an hour and a half are all you’ll need.
If you’re concerned about randomly dropping a call due to the unit dying, the device will give 2-3 warning beeps warning you that you have minutes before the device will shut down. The small led light will also turn off once you have a full charge.
The Bluetooth range is about 8 feet with open space and no obstructions, making this ideal for in-cabin use for a vehicle or if you’re using it for a tablet or similar device.
Also, the auto turn off after 20 minutes is useful unless you make multiple stops in your vehicle (delivery driver or errand running mom). You have to remember to turn it back on.
Overall, the sound quality is clear and crisp, but the signal range combined with its restricted use (car or non-tv media devices) is somewhat limiting to the average consumer.
Avantree Dual Link aptX LOW LATENCY Bluetooth Transmitter
The Avantree transmitter offers an affordable option for turning your otherwise perfect electronics into Bluetooth capable devices. Setup and pairing was a hit and miss. The setup videos that Avantree provides on their site are not detailed enough. Not a problem for us, but may not be ideal for someone who doesn’t know their way around electronics.
Once we set it up, we utilized the magnetic base by sticking it to the tv.
One other transmitter manufacturer had a similar thought and included a small strip of Velcro with their product. It’s a nice touch, but we do wonder if it can potentially damage electronics with long-term use.
The Priva III mimics the iClever design with the round compact design. We like it for its portability, but it certainly has a cheaper feel/appearance than most. One consumer complained about the paint on the function buttons chipping off after a few weeks of use.
Once paired up, the device “remembers” the paired devices for convenience.
This particular transmitter has a low latency feature that works well with other low latency products (earphones). However, it will work fine for Bluetooth devices, but the low latency is just a bonus.
Avantree claims that this particular unit has a working signal range of 98 feet, but we and other consumers agree that after 30 feet, the signal strength is compromised and the otherwise good audio quality is rendered useless.
In other words, you’ll experience no audio lag so long as you don’t exceed the 30 feet and you do use it with other low latency supported products (if functions best with these types of products).
While it can support pairing of up to two devices, it’s important to know that the dual link mode will not support low latency mode.
The battery is built in so you can charge the device while watching movies or listening to music, but the blue flashing light might annoy some. Again, just cover it up if it bothers you.
One thing we wanted to note was that tech support seems to be a PITA to contact. We didn’t have the misfortune of needing to contact them, but a few consumers did comment about the lack of tech support.
Overall, we would consider this to be another decent option for a long range Bluetooth transmitter if you’re under a strict budget. In other words, don’t expect flashy features or the same quality as the previously reviewed products.
mnxo 3.5mm Portable Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter
The mnxo is a one trick pony that’s here to do one job, and one job only. The appearances won’t win any awards anytime soon, as this particular unit makes it seem like appearances were merely an afterthought.
The construction of the unit is equally unimpressive- flimsy and feels fragile.
Setup is typical, read instructions, pair up your tv to your headphone or whatever device you intend to use this transmitter for, and you’re set.
To use the device, you’ll have to use your fingernail to toggle the on/off switch. There’s no getting around this as the device has to manually be turned off and on during use.
The range of signal varies.
The manufacturer claims the device will reach up to 25 feet, and while the audio quality is surprisingly good, you probably don’t want to be moving around with this particular transmitter- otherwise, you risk lags and static noises.
Some other consumers even reported they could use this device and still hear their favorite tv show or music on their porches or in another room.
We tested this briefly and concluded the same findings.
So we thought there must be a catch, and there is one.
The signal although good, is unpredictable which means the device may have a tendency to turn itself off.
When this happens, you have to get up and turn the device off, and then turn it back on to re-pair it.
There is a slight delay with audio but if the volume is off on the tv, it’s tolerable.
Using the stereo wire seemed to improve this.
When it comes to charging, the process is straightforward. Since the device is already plugged in, it charges automatically and best of all; you can still use the unit while it’s charging.
Overall, this is probably the most affordable option out of all the transmitters that have been reviewed so far.
If you’re an easy to please person who is just looking to enjoy the occasional music or video binge, you probably will be pleased with the mnxo unit.
However, if you have a bigger budget to work with, take a look at some of the other transmitters that appear higher up in this post.
Why One should Buy Bluetooth Transmitter?
Aim for high-quality sound. It’s unreasonable to expect theater like quality, although some will come close. For this reason, look for the high quality sound that is both clear and crisp for the user (You!).
Easy to pair to devices
Most transmitters take minutes; if not seconds to pair to your headphones or other devices. Yet, the time it takes is completely dependent on the transmitter itself. Of course, setup may take longer if the device needs to charge before use. Once it’s charged, the average setup/pairing time can range from anywhere to seconds to 10 minutes.
The signal range
The signal range will also vary.
This is one feature you want to consider depending on the intended use.
Some transmitters will broadcast a signal up to 50 feet or more, while others are quite limited.
Connection quality may also be affected due to obstructions or movement. Obstructions include everything from a wall, to pieces of furniture, or something so slight such as waving your hand around or in the front of the transmitters’ “line of vision”.
Some devices handle this movement or obstructions better than others.
Lightweight compact design
A lightweight compact design makes it possible to transport and use the device in other places other than your home.
The majority of the devices reviewed here will fall into this category, while others are probably best to setup and forget about.
Lastly, the price will also be something you’ll want to consider. The saying “You get what you pay for” applies here as well.
Cheaper models may be able to get the job done, but they may not hold up to extended use, or frequent handling very well.
Again, take your lifestyle and intended usage into consideration before you hit that buy button. It may save you the frustration and your wallet later down the road.
With these criteria in mind, check out the following products we ranked from top to bottom according to how we thought the device performed.