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Do you have a Bluetooth transmitter? If so, do you know how it works? In this blog post, I will discuss the basics of Bluetooth transmitters and how they work.
Bluetooth transmitters basically offer Bluetooth audio capability to devices that are not Bluetooth-enabled. A Bluetooth transmitter converts a wired audio signal to a wireless audio signal. It then transmits it to Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
Read on as I show you how a Bluetooth transmitter works in more detail. By the end of the article, you will have all the information on how the device works and also get some tips on choosing the best one.
How Does a Bluetooth Transmitter Work?
Before I answer this question, you first need to understand what a Bluetooth transmitter is. A Bluetooth transmitter is a device that takes a wired audio signal and converts it into a wireless signal.
There are two main types of Bluetooth transmitters: standalone and integrated. A standalone Bluetooth transmitter is a separate device that plugs into an audio source, such as a TV or stereo system. An integrated Bluetooth transmitter is built into the device, such as a laptop or smartphone.
Now that you know what a Bluetooth transmitter is, let’s take a look at how it works.
So how does a Bluetooth transmitter work?
As I explained above, a Bluetooth transmitter takes a wired audio signal and converts it into a wireless signal. It then transmits the wireless audio to your Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
It basically transmits audio data between two devices. The transmitter decodes the audio file and then sends it two another device(s) via radio waves.
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How to Use a Bluetooth Transmitter
It is important to note that you will only need to use a Bluetooth transmitter if the device you want to connect your headphones or Bluetooth speaker is not Bluetooth enabled. These include TVs and CD players.
Most Bluetooth transmitters often plug into the audio output port or headphone jack on the device. If your transmitter has a USB port, you can use the included cable to plug it into the charging port on your device.
Once plugged in, turn on the Bluetooth transmitter by pressing the power button. Then open up your Bluetooth settings and look for the name of your transmitter. Select it and pair with it.
Once paired, you can now play music from your device and listen to it wirelessly through your Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Just be sure that the transmitter is connected to the same channel as your headphones or speakers for a seamless listening experience.
Some Bluetooth transmitters allow you to use two Bluetooth headphones at the same time. This is a great feature if you want to share your music with a friend.
Types of Bluetooth Transmitters and how they Work
As I mentioned earlier, there are two main types of Bluetooth transmitters: standalone and integrated. The integrated transmitter is what comes with your Bluetooth device. So here, I am going to take about the standalone types.
Standalone Bluetooth transmitters come in two types: wired and wireless.
Wired Bluetooth transmitters use wires to connect to the audio source and the Bluetooth device you want to connect. While they are easy to use, they can be a little inconvenient to use if you have a TV that is far from your couch or bed.
Wireless Bluetooth transmitters are the best choice for people who want an easy-to-use and versatile option. They often come with a docking station, which allows you to place them in any position around your home theater system as long as they are within range of the Bluetooth receiver.
There are also transmitters that come with an RCA cable, which is ideal for people who want to use their transmitter with a CD player or turntable.
How to Choose the Best Bluetooth Transmitter
Now that you know how a Bluetooth transmitter works, you should now have an idea of which type is best for you. But if not, here are some things to consider:
- Dual function technology
You might want to get a Bluetooth transmitter with dual-function technology. This will allow you to use it as both a transmitter and receiver. So if you ever lose your receiver, you can still use the transmitter to turn any audio device into a Bluetooth-enabled one.
The range is also an important consideration when choosing a Bluetooth transmitter. The standard range for most transmitters is about 33 feet, but there are some that offer a range of up to 100 feet.
- Pairing and connectivity
You also want to consider the ease of pairing and connectivity when choosing a Bluetooth transmitter. Some transmitters have an automatic pairing feature, which will make the process quick and easy. And if you have multiple devices, you want to make sure the transmitter can pair with them all.
- Battery life
This is another important consideration when choosing a Bluetooth transmitter. If you are going to use it for long periods of time, then you want to make sure that it has a long battery life.
If the device has an automatic shut-off feature, this will conserve power and extend its battery life even further.
- Sound quality
This is something you don’t want to ignore when choosing a Bluetooth transmitter. Make sure the transmitter you choose has good sound quality so you can enjoy your music or movie experience to the fullest.
- Additional features
Lastly, consider any additional features that the Bluetooth transmitter might offer. These could include things like a built-in mic for hands-free calling, or a battery that lasts up to 12 hours.
So now you know everything there is to know about Bluetooth transmitters. You now have the knowledge to decide which type is best for you, and how to choose one that meets your needs. I hope I have helped clear up any questions you may have had about Bluetooth transmitters.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.
Espen is the Director of ProPairing and has written extensively about Bluetooth devices for years. He is a consumer product expert and has personally tested Bluetooth devices for the last decade.