What Is the Difference between Bluetooth Receiver & Bluetooth Transmitter?

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Posted 18 May • FAQs

You will have heard us throw around the terms Bluetooth Transmitter and Bluetooth Receiver, but we appreciate that not everybody knows the difference or how to use them. We wanted to clear that up for you!  

A Bluetooth Receiver will turn a non-Bluetooth device such as a speaker, docking station, HiFi, headphones, AV receiver or car stereo, Bluetooth - so that it can Receive audio being streamed from a device that is already Bluetooth enabled.

This would be your smartphone, tablet or laptop - the device you are actually playing the audio from.

The Bluetooth receiver allows your speaker / headphones to actually receive this audio and play it. 🎶


A Bluetooth Transmitter does the opposite. It enables the transmitting device (the device playing the audio such as a Television or non-Bluetooth iPod or smartphone) to send the audio via Bluetooth - to a Bluetooth speaker, dock, soundbar or headphones.

To use this, your receiving device (speaker/ headphones) must be Bluetooth.

If they are not already - you can turn them Bluetooth with a Bluetooth Receiver so that the audio can be transferred seamlessly between devices.


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So that's it in a nut shell! We hope that helped. Keep safe. And keep enjoying your favourite tunes... 🎵😁

We imagine that this post has answered your question, but if you need any help please feel free to get in touch. We are always happy to help!

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