How to Use Bluetooth Speakers on a Non-Bluetooth TV

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Do you want to add some nice speakers to your TV but want to avoid all the wires? Then you should definitely use bluetooth speakers! But what can you do if your TV is not Bluetooth-enabled? Read on our tutorial and you’ll see how easy it is to turn a non-bluetooth TV into a bluetooth one that can solve your problem!

What you need is a simple product called a Bluetooth transmitter which can be found on Amazon. This easily connects to your TV using a 3.5mm jack (or RCA jack if that’s what you need) and makes it Bluetooth-compatible.

It transmits the signal wirelessly now and you can connect your wireless speakers or headphones to it easily.

I would recommend getting the most popular option out there: the TaoTronics Wireless Portable Bluetooth Transmitter (affiliate link) is the #1 best selling Bluetooth transmitter on Amazon right now and it has an amazing rating there: 4.3 stars out of 5 from almost 5,000 reviews. Now that’s something you know is of high quality!

The TaoTronics bluetooth transmitter is small: 2.4 inches long, 0.84 inches wide and 0.39 inches thick. It comes with a simple 3.5mm jack to plug in to your TV, but also has a RCA cable adapter if you need it.

It can easily be charged with an USB cable and works up to 7 hours on one full charge (but also works while charging). It also transmits the bluetooth signal 30 feet away, which is really nice.

It’s extremely easy to use, being basically plug in and play. All you have to do is to connect it to your TV, press the power button and pair your bluetooth speakers or headphones to it. That’s all that you need to do!

If you don’t have bluetooth speakers either or bluetooth headphones, it might be easier to get a bluetooth receiver instead. The AmazonBasics (affiliate link) one is a great choice since it’s manufactured by Amazon themselves.

It will receive the Bluetooth signal from your transmitter and you can plug in it your speakers, amplifier or headphones. And voila! You have saved some nice dollars on getting new Bluetooth enabled speakers!

So, as you can see, it’s actually pretty easy to turn your non-bluetooth TV – or any non-bluetooth device, actually, as long as it has a 3.5mm audio jack or RCA jacks – into bluetooth-capable devices. You just need the transmitter and you can easily enjoy wireless sound at a great quality!

22 COMMENTS

  1. Have a Philips headphone system that I need to convert to a speaker the speaker is a bluetooth/ Barrel xl 2.0.

    The TV has no bluetooth so I am going to try your suggestion and go get a plug in.Bluetooth

  2. What you need is a simple product called a Bluetooth transmitter which can be found on Amazon. This easily connects to your TV using a 3.5mm jack (or RCA jack if that’s what you need) and makes it Bluetooth-compatible. It transmits the signal wirelessly now and you can connect your wireless speakers or headphones to it easily.

    I would recommend getting the most popular option out there: the TaoTronics Wireless Portable Bluetooth Transmitter is the #1 best selling Bluetooth transmitter on Amazon right now and it has an amazing rating there: 4.3 stars out of 5 from almost 5,000 reviews. Now that’s something you know is of high quality! Thank you Calin Ciabai

  3. I am trying to hook up a bluetooth speaker for my mother who has hearing loss. The goal is to get the tv sound to play through heaphones or a bluetoorh speaker. I bought a transmitter but no sound.

    • Did you manage to pair it with the bluetooth speakers or headphones, whichever you use? Also, when you plug the transmitter into the TV, does the sound stop or you can still hear it on the TV?

  4. Hi. I have a Creative zen x fi mp3 and I want to retrieve audio recordings from it. (My Macbook pro doesn’t recognise the mp3.) The mp3 isn’t Bluetooth so I tried connecting the TTBA09 but the Mac still doesn’t recognise it. My Samsung S7 edge can’t connect either. Any ideas please?

  5. I want to get s karaoke machine that is Bluetooth. And have the lyrics show up on my tv which is non-bluetooth and also use the speakers I have hooked up to my tv for sound. So. Would This way work for my situation ?

    • Unfortunately, I am not familiar with how karaoke machines work. However, if there is any sort of video involved, I don’t think it would. If it is only the text and music, it could work though as long as you can connect a Bluetooth transmitter to your TV.

  6. Hi i purchased the recommended bluetooth transmitter Tao Tronics wireless transmitter, charged it up and connectd to my Toshiba Regza XV 55 tv with the phono connecters. I then tried to pair it with my ONN model RC1604BTBK speaker. The light on the transmitter did not operate as it should. I have connecter to my tv a Digital tv recorder Sagemcom, and a Toshiba DVD player. Would be gratefull for any help. Many thanks Mike G.

    • Mike, it is difficult to say what the problem is. You could try to unplug the digital recorder or DVD player, although I doubt they are causing problems. Just try with them unplugged. Also, make sure to forget the connection on your ipad as the speakers might try to connect with your iPad instead of the transmitter.

      Back to the transmitter – what do you mean that the light on it did not operate as it should? That is probably where the problem lies and you should try to connect the transmitter properly. This is pretty much plug and play stuff, so not a lot to troubleshoot here. Just make sure that you insert the audio jack properly. Hope it will work for you!

  7. Question: NON-bluetooth Roku TV with NON-bt surround sound system hooked by an audio cable. I want the surround sound to become BT along with the TV. So I need a receiver AND a transmitter, right? Additionally, I have a bluetooth soundbar to add, so by putting that transmitter in the TV and pairing to the BT soundbar, ALL speakers should work?

    • You would indeed need both a transmitter and a receiver. However, in this particular case, it won’t be able to make both the soundbar and the surround sound system work, because the transmitter can only pair up with one other device. Even if you get the transmitter only for the TV, I don’t think it would work pairing up both, as all the TV’s sound will be sent to the transmitter and only the soundbar will work.

  8. Hi Calin,
    Thanks for getting back to me.
    From looking online at MEE at Youtube, i am given to understand that my bluetooth transmitter needs to be plugged into an Audio Out only. It will not work on Component red and white sockets.
    On my tv i have no Audio Out, but i do have a (DAO) Digital Audio Output socket. Do i need to perhaps purchase a Bluetooth transmitter with a DAO and a lead. I am hard of hearing and it would make a great difference to have a speaker i can move around without any leads.
    Many thanks again Mike.

    • That is correct, the transmitter goes into the Audio Out socket. If you can find one to fit what you need – and also transmit on two channels, that could work. But unforutnately, I can’t make any product recommendations to meet these specifications.

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