The Best Wireless Audio Receivers – March 2019
Audio technology has come a long way over the past two decades. We’re now surrounded by a virtually limitless number of sonic devices that range from Bluetooth headphones and earbuds to stereo systems that can power even the largest and most rambunctious house parties with ease.
And if you have the cash to throw around, you can invest in an in-ceiling audio system that you can control directly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with the click of a button.
But what about all the incredible stereo systems and speakers that came of age before the Bluetooth and wireless revolution? Some of the best and most respected speaker systems are undeniably from a different age, yet audiophiles from across the globe have clung to them thanks to their unmistakably warm and rich tone, which simply can’t be emulated by modern electronics.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this reality would relegate these seemingly antiquated audio devices to a world in which Bluetooth and wireless functionality doesn’t exist—a world in which a smartphone or tablet will never be able to select a new song or adjust the volume from across the house.
But you’d be wrong. Thanks to a new generation of incredibly versatile wireless audio receivers, you can turn practically any audio system—old or new—into a fully functional Bluetooth device.
So if you find yourself frustrated by the fact that you can’t bring your favorite old-school stereo or speaker set into the far more convenient world of wireless connectivity, don’t fret. Here are some of the best wireless audio receivers money can buy.
Although there are certainly a few notable exceptions, more often than not the best tech gadgets come in small packages. You’d be hard pressed to find a super-cool piece of gear that boasts a larger size than its competitors, and with good reason. Small size brings with it portability, style, and efficiency.
So it should make sense that the first thing you’ll notice about this incredibly cool and surprisingly powerful wireless audio receiver is its unusually small size, which makes it ideal for anyone who wants to bring their newfound wireless functionality on the go.
With the click of a button, you’ll be able to stream any type of audio entertainment directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to your favorite audio system—all through a signal chain that doesn’t inhibit audio quality or interfere with other Bluetooth signals that may be traveling through your home.
It’s incredibly easy to setup: simply pair your smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled device to the audio adapter with the click of a button and you’re done. That’s it.
Unlike some wireless receivers that offer convenience at the expense of bass response, this intrepid device doesn’t skim on the low-end, and delivers an incredibly robust and rich lower frequency range alongside a detailed midrange and crystal-clear highs.
It works with virtually any speaker, since all it takes in order to connect is a simple A/V connection using standard RCA or 3.5mm jacks—making it ideal for both older and newer speakers that lack Bluetooth functionality but come loaded with all the usual connections.
It also features an impressive wireless range of up to fifteen meters without interference, and it won’t break the bank thanks to its admirably low price point.
Alright, we know we spent a lot of time gushing about the small size and low cost of the Esinkin receiver at our number-one spot, and we know this one is technically smaller and cheaper, so you may we wondering why it was destined to be a runner-up.
Put simply, it doesn’t have to be. You could find that for your individual needs this receiver may indeed be superior. It works flawlessly with any device that features an AUX input, it’s multi device compatible (meaning you’ll be able to stream music and audio from multiple devices simultaneously and even take calls on your phone without jeopardizing the signal), and you’ll be able to stream music in your car as long as you have the proper input.
The only reason why we decided to bump this trusty gadget down a spot is because it lacks RCA connectivity—making it difficult to use it for most of the really old speaker systems that you’d most likely be interested in making wireless.
With that in mind, this receiver may be ideal for anyone who doesn’t need that kind of functionality, thanks to its quick and easy pairing ability, super long battery life (it can deliver up to twelve hours of playing time on a single charge and only needs 1.5 hours to regain a full charge), and a more than impressive 33-foot connection range along with no signal delay.
If you have incredibly tuned ears, you may notice a very, very slight dip in the low-end if you’re listening to especially bass-heavy tunes, although this won’t be a problem for most listeners.
Another impressive element of this wireless receiver is its uniquely lightweight design, which makes it ideal for road trips or other excursions in which you want to enjoy your favorite tunes without weighing yourself down.
Sometimes less is indeed more, but sometimes more is more, and that’s exactly the case with this multifaceted and multifunctional 1Mii B06 system that can transform every audio device in your home into a full-fledged Bluetooth-controlled entertainment powerhouse.
You’ll be able to ditch all of your wires and enjoy a whopping 164-foot range thanks to Class 1 Bluetooth technology as long as you don’t have too many obstructions in the home.
It features a state of the art CSR Bluetooth 4.2 chip to ensure high fidelity transmission of your audio signal without sacrificing quality, and it even supports aptX Low Latency technology so you won’t have to worry about any lags between what’s playing from your smartphone and what you’re hearing from your speakers or TV.
One of the most impressive features of this receiver is its ability to deliver 3D audio with the click of a button—making it ideal for home theater systems that feature surround sound.
It’s super easy to set up thanks to plug-and-play functionality, and you’ll be able to connect to a wide variety of devices via either a 3.5mm connection or an RCA cable.
Oh, and it also works with voice commands, meaning that if you are smart enough to have the Amazon Alexa app, you’ll be able to control everything from the tracks to the volume using only your voice from across the room.
And to make things even easier, your order comes with not only the receiver but also a USB power cable, a USB power adapter, a 3.5mm audio cable, and a 3.5mm RCA cable—so you’ll be able to start listening just minutes after you open the box.
Although not yet quite as well known as brands like Sony and HP, TaoTronics has carved out a well-earned reputation for designing truly powerful and affordable electronics gadgets in an increasingly large number of tech categories.
This receiver (which also doubles as a transmitter) stays true to the company’s promise by allowing you to transform any 3.5mm audio-out media device into a Bluetooth device capable of streaming audio.
It’s a discrete and compact box that will fit in nicely with any decor (it actually mimics the famed and beloved Apple TV in both size and style) and you’ll be able to enjoy extremely low latency playback regardless of what your feeding it from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
This box also utilizes simultaneous connectivity—meaning you’ll be able to simultaneously run signals from two devices at once, which comes in handy if you’re trying to use multiple sets of headphones during a family movie night.
It also offers full control over every aspect of playback right on the box, and you’ll even be able to connect to more traditional devices such as wired headphones or speakers in order to transform them into multifaceted audio units. And with 20 hours of continuous audio, you won’t have to worry about your music cutting out prematurely.
Rounding out our list is this AUKEY wireless receiver that offers hands-free calling and a standard 3.5mm stereo jack for use in both your home and you car.
It allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled devices directly to existing home stereo systems or headphones, and much like the TaoTronics gadget at our number-four spot, you’ll be able to pair two devices simultaneously.
This unit is especially helpful for drivers, since it allows you to make calls using a built-in microphone, and you’ll be able to enjoy 13 hours of talk and play time along with 720 hours of standby on a single charge.
The only reason this affordable receiver didn’t rank higher on our list is that we experienced a subtle lag in the transmission, although this isn’t likely to be a problem for most users who don’t require immediate playback.