How to Add Bluetooth to an AV Receiver?

Tried and true audio/video receivers are just too hard to give up for many who have years’ worth of memories attached to these devices.

Plus, their quality is incredible, and many were built to last. But, if you want to modernize this piece of technology, adding Bluetooth to the receiver is the way to go.

To add Bluetooth to an AV receiver, get a Bluetooth receiver, an appropriate power source, and RCA connection cables. Then connect the Bluetooth receiver to the R and L audio input channels, connect the Bluetooth and AV receivers to power, and pair the Bluetooth device to a streaming source. 

How to Add Bluetooth to an AV Receiver

Of course, you might have to finagle with the Bluetooth receiver depending on the type that you buy as some will connect to a USB power source while others can be plugged in with a cord that attaches to the receiver itself.

Either way, it is best to attach the two to the same source of power so as to more easily control the two devices. Let’s take a closer look.

How to Add Bluetooth to an AV Receiver

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Many people are learning about the many benefits associated with Bluetooth, and while we will take a closer look at that later, right now it is safe to assume that you are already interested in working with this type of technology.

With that in mind, you can turn any vintage AV receiver into a more modern piece of technology by adding Bluetooth capabilities to it.

To add Bluetooth to an AV receiver, you need to follow these steps:

1. Purchase all the necessary equipment

It is safe to assume that you likely already have an Audio/Video Receiver if you are looking at this. But, if not, then purchasing one is the best place to start.

Beginning with this piece, you can see how audio connections are received such as what type of input options are available. You will also see the source of power available or unavailable from your AV Receiver to your Bluetooth Receiver.

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Bluetooth Receiver

On that note, you can begin purchasing the few additional items that you will need to transform your ordinary AV receiver into one that can act as the latest piece of technology with Bluetooth capabilities and a 2-Channel audio system.

While this is a limited number of channels for most audiophiles, it is still a great option when you want to limit your cords.

So, as a completed list, you will need an AV Receiver, a Bluetooth Receiver, RCA cables, and a power source for your Bluetooth Receiver.

For the power source, a popular option is to find a USB cord to plug into a USB charger option. Since these are so common with many other pieces of technology, you should not have any issues coming across them.

2. Physically connect the Bluetooth Receiver to your AV Receiver

Once you have all of the equipment that you need (that has been mentioned in the step above), you can begin the simple process of physically connecting the Bluetooth Receiver and the AV Receiver. Fortunately, this should be a pretty simple process.

To begin, you will look at the AV Receiver and determine which input option you would like to use. This can depend on what else you typically plug into the device, but most input options will work. Then, you will connect the Bluetooth Receiver to the AV Receiver using the RCA cables.

Remember that the red cable should be paired with the right input and the white cable should be paired with the left input. These are associated with the sound channels that your audio will be streaming through, so it is important that you plug these in accordingly.

After you have connected your Bluetooth Receiver and your AV Receiver to one another with the RCA cables, you will then provide a power source for your Bluetooth Receiver.

You might find that plugging the Bluetooth Receiver into your AV Receiver with a power wall wart, or you can use a USB cord to attach the Bluetooth receiver to a USB charger port.

This will be determined based on the kind of Bluetooth Receiver that you purchase and the possible power source plug-in options available.

Once you figure out how to attach the Bluetooth Receiver to power, try to pair it with the same switch as the AV Receiver to make this a more simplified process.

If you are plugging your Bluetooth Speaker into a USB charger port, then opt to plug this and the AV Receiver into the same power strip so that you simply have to turn one on to power both devices.

3. Pair the Bluetooth Device to the Audio Source

Once you have physically attached the Bluetooth Receiver and the AV Receiver to one another using RCA cables and adding a power source, you can turn both of these devices on. Then, you will begin pairing your Bluetooth receiver to the source of audio that you choose.

One of the most typical options is to pair the Bluetooth Receiver with your mobile device to begin streaming your favorite source of music. However, another common option is to pair it with a Bluetooth compatible laptop.

In this case, you will be able to stream movies and TV shows from your laptop while capturing the audio on the Bluetooth receiver and thus benefiting from the sound quality produced by your AV Receiver.

You may pair the Bluetooth Receiver with multiple devices if it is capable of achieving this, but you might find that it is easier to simply pair it to a standard device that you intend on using more often than others. Then, if you choose to pair it with another device, later on, you can simply switch.

4. Stream your audio

Now that the Bluetooth Receiver has been physically connected to the AV Receiver with RCA cables, both devices have been connected to a power source, and you have paired the Bluetooth Receiver to a source of audio, you may begin streaming audio through your AV Receiver.

Try to keep in mind that the quality of audio might be somewhat limited compared to what you were expecting. If this is the case, it is likely because there are only two channels of audio that are connected with the Bluetooth Receiver through the RCA cables.

These are, of course, the left and right audio channels, and they are limited to this because of the type of physical connection that is streaming in connection with your Bluetooth device.

If you are looking to make use of all of the channels that you have in your home theater sound system, you might have to seek out an alternative receiver.

But, if you are ok with keeping this a simple and easy solution, then you will be good to go on two-channel audio capabilities.

The choice is ultimately up to you, but if you are between the two options, testing out this option is worth it considering its minimal cost and amount of effort that you would have to put into trying it out.

Benefits of Adding Bluetooth to Your AV Receiver

AV Receiver

If you are on the fence about adding Bluetooth to your AV Receiver and are considering other alternatives, then it might be helpful to review a few of the benefits of adding Bluetooth to your AV Receiver. A few benefits include:

  • Adding Bluetooth to your AV Receiver is cost-effective. Not only will you have minimal purchasing costs, but you will likely be using an AV Receiver that costs significantly less than other more updated audio receivers. Purchasing the few necessary parts to add Bluetooth to your current AV Receiver should be relatively minimal.
  • Adding Bluetooth to your AV Receiver is a simple process. All in all, you are likely looking for an easy solution to be able to continue enjoying the sound from your AV Receiver while upgrading to a more modern streaming option.

In this case, you can appreciate that you will simply have to plug in a few components, add a power source, and pair a Bluetooth compatible device to begin enjoying this option for streaming your audio.

  • Adding Bluetooth to your AV Receiver allows you to transform what you own into a modern piece of technology. Using what you already own is not only cost-efficient, but it is environmentally friendly as well. Plus, you will not have to “learn” a new piece of technology and can continue using what was already working for you.

But, you still get the benefits of adding a new way to stream your audio with Bluetooth compatibility. With this in mind, you can easily take a vintage AV Receiver and add a Bluetooth Receiver to it, enhancing the device and allowing it to be “brought” into this decade in a few easy steps.

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