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I’ve been thinking about getting a Bluetooth transmitter to hook into my stereo receiver, and be able to listen to my records or anything else through Bluetooth headphones, if I feel like it. Personally I prefer speakers and everything wired, but it would be nice to have the option to stream it to other things. Is this a good deal for both a transmitter and headphones? I don’t really need them, but if they are nice and I get a transmitter, it might not be a bad deal.
Neptune99FWIW here's my (limited) experience with DIFFERENT bluetooth headphones for wireless listening (be it TV or music).
I have the Sennheiser RS 175 system ($300) which uses a charging stand rather than this small box. I've always liked the sound of Sennheisers and while these aren't the best sounding headphones, they're sufficient for movie/TV/non-critical listening. I have ZERO experience with these Mee headphones on offer here though. (my experience with Mee Audio is solely a couple of disappointing IEMs from them).
I write all this because it's not what the system does well, but what it struggles with that really matters. The Sennheisers I have can be a real pain to pair when first turning them on. And, while rare, they occasionally lose connection and need to be re-paired (this tends to happen when I pause the movie for more than 30 seconds - maybe the lack of signal causes the headphones to go to "sleep" and therefore need to be re-paired upon waking?). The pairing process almost never works first try and usually takes 2-4 attempts (so on average say 2+ minutes of time/effort to get them paired). Not the end of the world, but very disappointing and when it happens mid movie it's really bothersome.
This pairing issue is such a nuisance that I can't remember the last time I used them. I find I opt for just using a wired set of cans and a long extension cable, rather than deal with the frustration. Being wired means being less mobile, but I tend to sit when listening with cans. If I'm going to be moving around and listening, I find I go with IEMs.
In any case, if you're doing critical listening or expect the best sound, I'd suggest going wired. If the sound quality isn't critical, then I'd research the systems connectivity and if people with real world application experience are happy. The issues I've had with the Sennheisers losing connectivity has been happening within 12-15 feet, with zero obstructions, and most times with zero movement. This shouldn't happen with wireless headphones under these conditions or what's the point?
Hopefully someone with experience with THIS system can offer insight into their experience!
Neptune99If you already have a pair of BT cans you're comfortable with, then perhaps getting just the transmitter would be a better route. The transmitter in this bundle is offered on MEE's storefront separately, and they have another model which appears to be a step up in terms of range and adds a receiver mode. There are also several other Toslink based alternatives with aptX support on the market as well.
IlhmYeah, I just want Bluetooth as an option in my stereo system.
MastiffMikeYeah essentially I just would like the option to use Bluetooth headphones in my stereo set up, not the main way I listen to it. I mainly listen to my records out loud, but sometimes maybe I’d like to lay in my room and put on my Koss kph30i headphones with my fiio Bluetooth dongle.