My home entertainment system is pretty large by any standards, and I have many AV devices and peripherals that include almost anything you can think of.
I’m always trying to push the boundaries of technology and make my emersion when viewing or listening to content better. I recently learned how to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to my smart TV, so I thought I would share this article with others who would like to do the same.
You can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers via a dual audio advanced setting if your smart TV allows. Otherwise, you will have to use 3rd party apps. If your TV does not have Bluetooth capability, you will have to purchase a Bluetooth transmitter/receiver in addition to a digital-analog audio converter if your TV does not support the correct outputs.
We will take a look at all the various ways that you can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to your smart TV because there is more than one. We will also go over the remedies to take if various situations arise that don’t allow for the connecting of multiple Bluetooth speakers.
Can I connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to each other?
Bluetooth uses what is called a Piconet network with a Scatternet network. A single Piconet network will have a master device (your smart TV) and then a single slave device that is paired with it (your Bluetooth speaker).
In a multiple Piconet network, you will have one master device (again, your smart TV) and then numerous slaves (your Bluetooth speakers and your Bluetooth headphones, or even your Bluetooth soundbar).
You can have up to seven slave devices in a multiple Piconet network; however, only the master device initiates the communication and dictates when the slave device or devices may transmit data.
Even over a Scatternet network (many multiple Piconet networks connected together across slave devices), the only form of communication is from a master device to a slave device. Slave devices cannot communicate with each other.
This means if you have multiple Bluetooth devices (in our case, speakers), you cannot sync them directly with each other.
Even though this is not an option for connecting multiple Bluetooth speakers to your smart TV, there is a way which we will take a look at.
Can I connect multiple Bluetooth speakers via my TV’s OS?
There are too many smart TV brands and models to cover in this article, and in addition, it would also depend on your TV’s OS. Some TVs have different settings and features, and it would be best to check the user manual that came with your smart TV or contact support.
One thing to note is that your smart TV would have to be equipped with Bluetooth version 5.0, and if your smart TV does support dual audio Bluetooth devices, the setup would be similar to that of doing it on your smartphone.
The generic steps for configuring dual audio on your smart TV would be;
- Go to Settings on your smart TV
- Select Bluetooth settings
- Choose Advanced Bluetooth Options
- Choose and select Dual Audio
- Pair one device to your smart TV and then the next device
What if my smart TV does not have Bluetooth?
We need to consider that you may have a smart TV, but it does not have Bluetooth capabilities. Don’t worry, though; there is a solution to this as well as being able to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to it.
Standalone Bluetooth transmitter/receiver
You can purchase devices that allow you to sync and stream audio to two separate Bluetooth audio devices simultaneously. This device is relatively cheap and is a perfect option if your smart TV does not support Bluetooth functionality.
These devices can not only be used for your smart TV but also other devices like a smartphone. This is because these devices come equipped with a 3.5mm input, so you are able to plug them into a small headphone jack. Here is what we recommend in terms of a good quality Bluetooth transmitter and receiver.
TaoTronics Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter and Receiver, 2-in-1 Wireless 3.5mm Adapter
This adapter is stylish, small, and easy to use. The adapter allows for low latency and high-fidelity stereo sound and has lag-free content streaming in transmitter mode. One thing to note is that low latency Bluetooth speakers or headphones are required.
Due to the fact it utilizes Bluetooth version 5.0, it allows for the connection of up to two Bluetooth devices like headphones and speakers (or, in our case, multiple Bluetooth speakers) and is able to stream content on both simultaneously and continuously.
A nice feature is that it continuously streams even while charging with a built-in battery that lasts for up to 10 hours.
On top of it being a transmitter (being able to turn a non-Bluetooth TV, PC, CD player, iPod, MP3 / MP4 into Bluetooth transmitter), it also functions as a receiver. This means you can connect to it via Bluetooth, and it will be able to perform and send audio via the 3.5mm jack instead of receiving it.
My smart TV does not have a 3.5mm jack output
You have to note that some smart TVs don’t come with a 3.5mm audio output. You will need to then purchase a device that can convert your TV’s audio into a 3.5mm output so you can then connect up a Bluetooth transmitter/receiver to that.
The chain of devices running from your TV may be getting a little long at this point; however, this is the only way you will be able to connect your smart TV to your Bluetooth speakers if it does not have Bluetooth functionality.
Depending on what outputs your TV has, you would have to purchase and utilize one of these adapters
Digital to analog audio converter
If your TV supports S/PDIF, then you would have to purchase this adapter that converts a Toslink digital PCM signal into both a 3.5mm jack (which you will then plug your Bluetooth transmitter and receiver into) as well as RCA analog audio.
This device is not capable of being reversed, though, as the Bluetooth transmitter and receiver. It also achieves a 192Khz sampling rate and supports sampling rates of 32KHz, 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 96KHz, and 192KHz at 24-bit.
RCA analog to 3.5mm cable
If, by some chance, your TV does not support digital audio in the form of S/PDIF but does support audio output in the form of RCA analog connections. Your best bet would be to purchase an RCA to 3.5mm cable and then just plug that into your Bluetooth transmitter and receiver.
What if my TV supports Bluetooth but not dual audio?
Your smart TV may support Bluetooth but not dual audio. This could be the case as many Samsung smart TV’s support Bluetooth but lack the capability of dual Bluetooth audio.
Furthermore, you may not want to go out and purchase multiple adapters if your TV supports Bluetooth version 5.0 So, is there a way to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to your TV then?
Well, the answer is yes! You are able to do it with the aid of 3rd party apps you can download on your smart TV and then setting them up to enable dual audio from two separate Bluetooth speakers.
What apps support multiple Bluetooth devices
These apps support multiple devices at once; however, some apps here only support native Bluetooth speakers. That means that apps will only support Bluetooth speakers of the same brand or a few specific compatible speakers. In that case, you would have to purchase the compatible speakers if you would want to use those particular apps.
AmpMe is an app that launched in 2015 and can be found on the google play store and Apple’s iPhone store. You can even download it for Windows computers and Macs. At its core, AmpMe is a music syncing app that boosts the volume of your music by syncing with other smartphones, Bluetooth speakers, desktops, laptops, and MACs.
This app lets you connect multiple Bluetooth speakers, and the one thing to note that it will only work for streaming services like YouTube and then Spotify. If you plan to stream movies from Netflix, then you are out of luck.
Ultimate Ears BLAST
Ultimate Ears is a company that makes an app that lets you connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to one another. The only catch is you need to purchase and use only their range of BLAST or MEGABLAST speakers. You cannot use any Bluetooth speakers you like, which is a bit of a hindrance.
You are able to pair up to eight BLAST or MEGABLAST speakers for louder, more immersive sound or if you like only two speakers for stereo mode. You are able to customize your sound with built-in EQ settings. In addition to that, these speakers come with Amazon’s Alexa built-in for full voice control and feature standby time optimization for better battery life.
The BOSE connect app is free and available for download on the Google Play store and then also on the Apple store. This is also another case where you can only use devices such as Bluetooth speakers and headphones made only by BOSE.
The app is fantastic, though, allowing you to connect multiple Bluetooth devices and has features such as Music Share, which lets you listen together. The Party Mode function will enable you to sync two SoundLink speakers for dual audio. Then it also has a Stereo Mode that immerses you in the sound by separating the audio into both left and right channels across two separate speakers.
If you are in the market to purchase multiple Bluetooth speakers, this may be an option for you, and it would be a win-win situation due to the quality of the speakers and then all the features and functions the app can provide.
We now know that there are many different ways to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to your smart TV. You just need to understand what factors will come into play, depending on your equipment and devices.
If you are lucky and your smart TV supports Bluetooth and dual audio, then you just need to choose that option in the advanced Bluetooth settings on your TV, pair your two separate Bluetooth speakers, and you are set to stream, listen, and watch any content you like.
If your TV does support Bluetooth; however, it does not support dual audio, then your options are to download apps that support dual audio Bluetooth devices. However, these apps may restrict you to certain streaming services and apps, and more so, some apps only work with native Bluetooth speakers that are of the same brand.
One thing to note is that some of these apps give you additional features and functions when pairing multiple Bluetooth speakers like equalization and true stereo.
The last option you have if your smart TV does not support Bluetooth at all is that you will have to purchase a Bluetooth transmitter and receiver, allowing you to sync and play multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously.
The only catch here is the output is a 3.5mm jack. Suppose your smart TV does not support the output connection. In that case, you will have to purchase an additional adapter to convert your smart TV’s digital audio to analog and then run that into a Bluetooth transmitter and receiver.