(Last Updated On: October 1, 2019)

Check out this buyer guide on picking the best Bluetooth Transmitter for your TV.

NameAudio OutputAudio CodecBypass ModePrice
Avantree Oasis Plus Best OverallAUX, RCA, OpticalaptX, aptX LL, aptX HDYCHECK PRICE
Taotronic TT-BA014 Strong Runner-UpAUX, RCA, OpticalaptX, aptX LLYCHECK PRICE
Nulaxy Budget Pick #1AUX, RCA, OpticalaptX, aptX LL, aptX HDYCHECK PRICE
Besign BE-RTX Budget Pick #2AUX, RCA, OpticalaptX, aptX LLYCHECK PRICE
Avantree Audikast Most VersatileAUX, RCA, Optical, USBaptX, aptX LLNCHECK PRICE

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What Is a Bluetooth Transmitter for TV?

A Bluetooth transmitter is a device that helps you transmit audio from one source to another Bluetooth device such as your wireless headphones. The receiving end will have a Bluetooth receiver in order to decode the receiving digital signal into audible audio.

Some Bluetooth transmitter can act as a receiver too. It can be connected with speakers and broadcast songs from your mobile phone or PC. You will see some of these dual-mode Bluetooth devices in our recommended list.

You might be interested: Best Wireless Headphones for TV

Why Will You Need a Bluetooth Transmitter for Your TV?

There are two main reasons why this is necessary:

  1. Your TV has no built-in Bluetooth transmitter
  2. Or your TV does have one but it doesn’t support low latency audio codec

The first reason is obvious to why an external Bluetooth transmitter is needed but it might not be so for the second reason.

Depending on the model and the year your TV was manufactured, the Bluetooth transmitter that was installed within the TV might have been outdated. There is newer technology that is able to reduce the latency or delay over the wireless connection.

Lip-sync Issue

This latency issue is also known as the lip-sync issue. This happens when the person on TV speaks and you only hear the audio a few seconds later. This mismatch causes a jarring listening experience.

More options than Bluetooth Transmitter

Bluetooth is a popular way to transmit audio wirelessly but you should also know that there are plenty of other ways to transmit audio wirelessly from your TV.

Common Names of a Bluetooth Transmitter

A Bluetooth audio transmitter is a rather formal name. They can also be colloquially known as:

  • Bluetooth dongle
  • Bluetooth audio adapter

5 Best Bluetooth Transmitter For TV

1. Avantree Oasis Plus (Best Overall)

Avantree Oasis Plus
Avantree Oasis Plus

Key Notes:

  • Audio Output: RCA, AUX, Optical
  • Transmission Mode: TX/RX
  • Audio Codec: aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD
  • Dual Link: Support aptX LL
  • Range: 164ft / 50m
  • Has Bypass Mode
  • Simultaneous Support for Wired and Wireless
  • Has Display Interface

The Avantree Oasis Plus is our best overall pick as it is jam-packed with features for a reasonable price point. It has support for both analog audio output (RCA and AUX) and digital audio output (Toslink). With a toggle of a switch, it can act as both the transmitter and receiver.

In terms of audio codec, the Oasis Plus is one of the rare few Bluetooth transmitters on the list that offers up to aptX HD support. Even in Dual Link mode, it is able to maintain support for aptX Low Latency (aptX LL).

Equipped with a Class 1 Bluetooth transceiver, the Oasis Plus can reach 164’ or 50 m in range.

Other than usual Bypass Mode, the Oasis Plus actually caters to a unique use-case that no other Bluetooth transmitters in this list do. It can share TV audio with an external speaker and a pair of wireless headphones at the same time.

Lastly, to sum it up, the Oasis Plus comes with an elegant interface that displays the different mode and codec that your device is using.

However, the Oasis Plus is relatively the most expensive on this list.

2. TaoTronics TT-BA014 (Strong Runner-Up)

TaoTronics TT-BA014
TaoTronics TT-BA014

Key Notes:

  • Audio Output: RCA, AUX, Optical
  • Transmission Mode: TX/RX
  • Audio Codec: aptX, aptX LL
  • Dual Link: Support SBC only
  • Range: 164ft / 50m
  • Has Bypass Mode
  • Rechargeable Battery: 20 hrs
  • Has Display Interface

If you compared the Taotronics TT-BA014 to the Oasis Plus, you almost get everything the latter has except for a aptX-LL Dual Link connection and the simultaneous wired and wireless connection. If you are looking for something cheaper than the Oasis Plus and can afford to miss out on those features, the TT-BA014 is a perfect choice.

The TT-BA014 comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that the Oasis Plus doesn’t have. You can use it without bringing the charger along. The battery life is as follow:

  • TX+OPT: 20hr
  • TX+AUX: 25hr
  • RX+AUX: 18hr
  • RX+OPT: 15hr

3. Nulaxy (Budget Pick #1)

Nulaxy
Nulaxy

Key Notes:

  • Audio Output: RCA, AUX, Optical
  • Transmission Mode: TX/RX
  • Audio Codec: aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD
  • Dual Link: Support aptX LL
  • Range: 100ft / 30m
  • Has Bypass Mode
  • Has Display Interface

The Nulaxy is pretty unbelievable at its price point. It supports aptX HD and even aptX LL in the Dual Link Mode – features that our Oasis Plus has.

With a Class 2 Bluetooth transceiver, the Nulaxy has a shorter range at 30m but that should be more than enough for indoor usage.

Did I mention that the Nulaxy has Bypass mode and even comes with a display interface?

Even though the Nulaxy has great features, in terms of aesthetics, it doesn’t look as great as the Oasis Plus and TaoTronics TT-BA014. But if you are not a stickler for looks, you should put the Nulaxy right on your radar.

4. Besign BE-RTX (Budget Pick #2)

Besign BE-RTX
Besign BE-RTX

Key Notes:

  • Audio Output: RCA, AUX, Optical
  • Transmission Mode: TX/RX
  • Audio Codec: aptX, aptX LL
  • Dual Link: Support SBC only
  • Range: 164ft / 50m
  • Has Bypass Mode
  • Has Display Interface

If you are looking for a Class 1 Bluetooth transceiver and still want to remain within the budget range, Besign BE-RTX is the one you should consider. It supports both digital and analog audio output, can act as a transmitter and receiver, has a bypass mode and a beautiful display interface.

One more advantage it has over the Nulaxy is that the design looks way better.

However, you will have to give up aptX LL codec in Dual Link mode and doesn’t support aptX HD like the Nulaxy.

5. Avantree Audikast (Most Versatile)

Avantree Audikast
Avantree Audikast

Key Notes:

  • Audio Output: RCA, AUX, Optical, USB
  • Transmission Mode: TX
  • Audio Codec: aptX, aptX LL
  • Dual Link: Support aptX LL
  • Range: 100ft / 30m
  • Has Display Interface
  • Small in

In terms of audio output, the Avantree Audikast offers the most options in the list. It has RCA and AUX for analog audio output and Optical and USB for digital audio output. The Audikast doesn’t come with the “antenna” design and hence, it takes up the least space. You can easily slot it away in some hidden corner and be invisible in the house.

The most glaring feature that the Avantree Audikast is missing is the Bypass mode.

How We Pick the Best Bluetooth Audio Transmitters for TV

To pick the best Bluetooth Audio Transmitters for TV, there are a few key questions that you should consider:

  • What audio codec does it support?
  • What types of audio out does your TV support?
  • How far away is your TV to where you are listening to?
  • Do you want to share the wireless audio transmission with someone else?
  • Do you still occasionally use a wired connection for your speakers or wired headphones?
  • Does the Bluetooth transmitter come with a display interface?

Audio Codec

Audio codec refers to the type of technology that encodes and decodes the audio. This affects the bandwidth and quality of your audio transmission and consequently affects the latency of transmission.

Audio codecs that you should look out for:

  • aptX
  • aptX Low Latency (aptX-LL)
  • aptX HD
The Bluetooth Transmitter should at least support aptX. If it doesn’t, the codec that they are properly be using is SBC – a common low-complexity codec that is of lower quality.

Audio Out

For your TV to connect to the Bluetooth transmitter, it requires a wired connection between the audio output of the TV to audio input of the Bluetooth transmitter.

Each TV has different types of audio output. Some offer both digital and analog audio output while some only offer either one of them. We should be careful that our Bluetooth transmitter caters to the correct type of audio connection or we might have to spend more money to purchase a converter for the connection to work.

Learn all about the different types of audio output at “Ultimate Guide to Audio Output

Below are the common audio out that Bluetooth Transmitter supports:

  • Digital Audio Output
    • Optical Audio (TOSLINK)
    • USB
  • Analog Audio Output
    • 3.5mm jack (AUX)
    • RCA (Colored in red and white)

Range

Depending on the Bluetooth version (latest version is 5.0), the effective range can be anywhere from 10m to 50m. Measure how far you will be sitting away from your Bluetooth Transmitter and consider the maximum effective range.

Audio Sharing

Most Bluetooth transmitter for TV supports this feature called “Dual Link” where it is fancy-speak for audio sharing for two-person. However, it is possible that the same audio codec will not be used for both single and dual-use.

For example, a Bluetooth transmitter can support aptX HD codec for a single connected device. But it reverts back to SBC when there is two connected devices.

Bypass Mode

If your TV audio is connected via Bluetooth, there will be no sound through your speakers that has a wired connection to your TV. However, there might be times you want to revert the audio transmission back to the wired speakers.

Some Bluetooth transmitter have a “bypass” mode which allows your audio connection to bypass the wireless connection and through to the wired speakers.

Display Interface

With so many options available to you, it is very useful for your Bluetooth transmitter to have a display interface that can reflect those options to you. Some transmitters only have light indicators to reflect the type of codec you are currently using while some have LED screens to reflect the different types of codecs, transmission mode, etc.