The Best Bluetooth Amplifiers [June 2019]
It’s difficult to come across a gadget these days that doesn’t feature Bluetooth functionality. Whether you’re looking for a smartphone, tablet, speaker, or smartwatch, Bluetooth technology has become fully integrated with today’s most powerful and innovative pieces of technology—meaning that more and more people have the option of connecting their devices to one another in a seamless and increasingly congruent fashion.
This transition to a Bluetooth world has largely been a positive development, since it’s allowed more people to have more connectivity options when it comes to their devices and media.
Still, any true audiophile will tell you that the best speakers (and even most audio receivers) only get better with age—making it unthinkable for most people to ditch their beloved stereo systems in favor of a modern Bluetooth device that’s superior in connectivity but inferior in sonics.
That’s why the market has been flooded with a sea of versatile Bluetooth amplifiers and receivers (oftentimes combined into a single unit) that allow users to make virtually any piece of audio or media gear wireless.
The concept is simple. By outsourcing wireless Bluetooth connectivity to an external box that can receive signals from an endless number of devices and transfer them via wire to your go-to media source, you get the best of both worlds: the inherent quality and sound of your favorite media device that lacks Bluetooth connectivity and the convenience of being able to stream media directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
So before you ditch your cherished stereo or home media center in favor of a flashy Bluetooth system, check out this list of super-cool Bluetooth amplifiers that offer the same connectivity (if not more) for a fraction of the price.
Don’t be put off by this unit’s relatively high price point. As you’ll soon see, you can enjoy Bluetooth connectivity in a receiver and amp that costs a bit less, and if you’re not interested in multiple expansions or added functionality via remote controls, feel free to skip to some of the less-involved but equally powerful devices lower down on the list.
If, however, you want to maximize your Bluetooth potential and you have a series of HD media devices throughout your home that demand only the best connections and drivers, you may want to check out this incredibly cool and versatile Bluetooth receiver and amp—which offers stunning clarity and connectivity in a single, sleek package that fits in beautifully in any environment.
Designed to connect traditional HD stereo systems to the ever-expanding world of streaming audio and Internet radio, this compact device allows you to seamlessly stream HD audio directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to any music system that features either passive or active speakers.
It’s been crafted to work out of the box with go-to music platforms and apps like Tidal, Spotify, and Pandora, and you’ll be able to consolidate all of your favorite apps and music sources for easy playback on a multitude of platforms.
You get the latest and greatest Qualcomm aptX HD and aptX LL audio codecs along with audiophile-grade DAC, and analog and digital output options along with a wireless range of over 100 feet.
Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 technology and a Qualcomm CSR8675 Bluetooth audio chipset, the streaming quality of this device is truly flawless, and its impressive wireless range means that you’ll be able to place it virtually anywhere in the home without having to worry about scratchy or dropped signals.
You also have the option of connecting your more old-school devices via either gold-plated RCA Analog outputs or Digital Optical (SPIDF) output for true high-res sound through your sound system.
Don’t let its relatively complex user interface intimidate you. This receiver was built to accommodate more complex home audio and theater systems that require multiple connections, and it delivers.
You get a whopping 200 watts of power that can fuel even the most demanding speakers and media systems, and you’ll be able to connect a virtually limitless number of peripherals and third-party gadgets to ensure that no element of your home theater system is left unattended.
You get seven inputs that include RCA ins, CD player connections, a microphone in, tape deck functionality, AUX ins, and an FM radio antenna—all of which can be subbed to the unit’s two pairs of banana plug speaker outputs.
The Bluetooth connectivity features of this amp are impressive, thanks to a wireless range of over 40 feat and the latest drivers that ensure smooth and reliable streaming from any device. It’s also incredibly easy to pair this receiver with your music and media sources thanks to a single-button trigger.
This device’s expanded size also means that you have more control over the sonic details of your sound—with a new and improved series of EQ controls that can be used to fine-tune any element of the frequency spectrum in order to match the genre of the music as well as your listening environment. (There’s even a knob that controls microphone echo, in case you want to host an impromptu karaoke party.)
We were also impressed with the intuitive and streamlined display on this receiver, which features a built-in LCD screen that can display the titles of the songs and artists that are being played.
If you’re in the market for something a little less involved, you may want to check out this super-streamlined and compact Bluetooth receiver that offers convenience and portability alongside powerful streaming.
This small gadget packs a Bluetooth 4.2 core and a range of up to roughly 33 feet with little to no signal delay.
After multiple tests in different rooms, we weren’t unable to detect any pops or hisses in the signal being streamed from a laptop (an all-too-often occurrence with some receivers of this size and range), and the 100 watt RMS power rating means that you’ll be able to power your parties and gatherings with ease.
One of the more appealing elements of this receiver is its small, sleek design, which allows it to be placed discreetly in the home—a major plus for potential buyers who don’t want their audio equipment to be the center of attention.
You’ll also benefit from advanced circuitry design, built-in speaker protection circuitry, and a comprehensive 18-month warranty in the unlikely even that you experience any problems down the line.
Although perhaps not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the other Bluetooth receivers on our list, this tiny yet mighty amplifier gets the job done.
It delivers 90 watts of power at 3 Ohms, and its built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to quickly sync and stream audio from all of your devices—many of which can be connected simultaneously so you don’t have to pair and re-pair every time you want to switch sources.
This mini power amp also comes with RCA and AUX jacks for added connectivity, and you’ll be able to adjust basic sonic parameters likes treble and audio directly on the console.
You’ll also enjoy built-in short circuit and power surge protection, along with a 1/4” microphone jack and four push-type speaker terminals.
Of course if you’re looking for something a bit more involved and powerful, check out this expansive Pioneer unit, which boasts a two-channel amplifier with 100 watts per channel at 6 ohms and 45 watts per channel at 8 ohms.
The sonic power and nuance of this console is impressive, thanks to a direct energy design that leads to shorter transmission paths and clean grounding—all of which contributes to a more streamlined and “pure” signal flow that best represents your music and feature audio.
It comes loaded with Bluetooth 4.2 technology for universal functionality and syncing, and there’s even an AM/FM tuner with plenty of handy presets if you want to kick it old school for a bit.
And don’t be intimidated by this amp’s relatively large size. The setup couldn’t be easier, and all the controls are fairly intuitive.
Where would a truly great list of audio gear be without a Sony gadget? This Sony receiver delivers 100 watts of power to two channels at 8 ohms, and offers a wide range of helpful inputs that allow you to connect a sea of third-party sources at will—including a phono input, four stereo RCA Audio inputs, and a 3.5mm input—all of which can be subbed to a stereo RCA output.
You’ll be able to connect up to four speakers, and A/B switching gives you the option of playing them all at once or in separate zones—making this receiver ideal for homes with separate viewing and listening areas.
Its stylish and unobtrusive design makes it easy to place around the home without throwing off decor, and you get a fully-loaded FM radio with 30-station presets along with a wireless remote control that can be used to adjust and fine-tune almost every parameter from afar.
Bringing things back down to a slightly smaller scale, we have this effortlessly cool and sleek Facmogu F900 unity, which boasts 50 watt dual channel functionality and an industry-standard impedance of between four and eight ohms.
You get the option to input three devices at once, and connecting everything from tablets and PCs to TVs and smartphones is as simple as it gets—thanks to single-button syncing.
What this little gadget lacks in flash it more than makes up for in build quality and sonic clarity, and its low impedance a streamlined circuitry means that you’ll enjoy unadulterated audio regardless of the input source.
Rounding out our list is this 1mii B06Pro amp, which features dual antennas alongside first-class Bluetooth technology that offers unparalleled connectivity and responsiveness.
It can connect to devices at a range of between fifty and seventy feet, and the latest Bluetooth 4.2 chip means that you won’t have to endure spotty or dropped connections if you stray to the boarders of its range.
There are simple volume and connectivity controls on the face of the unit itself, and you even have the option of controlling both your input sources and sonic parameters using voice commands if you pair the amplifier with Amazon Alexa via the integrated app.