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Can I connect this Bluetooth/USB Power Amp to my Onkyo AV Receiver (Non-Bluetooth) and Bluetooth my iPod into the receiver?
If that worked it would be the most expensive way I could think of. Bluetooth dongles aren't very expensive, look around on Amazon.
I disagree, my speakers are passive. What Bluetooth dongle can power passive speakers up to 50 watts which is more than enough for my living room viewing area and provide me Bluetooth connection to my Samsung TV? I shopped BestBuy for options and dongles ran between $65 - $100. There was no option to connect my passive Bose speakers. At this point, I would like to increase my passive speaker content as I have four more AM 5's I would like to connect.
Actually, I've been looking for a decent Bluetooth dongle myself for quite a while now--I just want to add BT to a cheap TV so my girlfriend/worst nightmare can listen with BT headphones. Problem I've had, is that the cheap one's I've found require recharging onboard batteries, and that always necessitates repairing, and THAT is above her pay grade.
To get Bluetooth TO a receiver you need a dongle that at minimum receives, I've seen pricier versions on Amazon that go both ways. Those have their own power supplies, hence no batteries to charge. In the old days, I did what you want to do with an Apple AirPort Express (music from computer to receiver to passive speakers). Those devices are history now, but similar devices exist. So, if for instance you connected this DAC/Amp to your receiver (wired) the receiver should get whatever signal the DAC/Amp receives and feeds it (from a phone, for instance). My point was that there are cheaper ways to go, IF that's all you need, and IF your devices are constantly powered.
Greetings RayF, I now understand at what you are pointing out and I do agree. What I did with this device is replace my non-Bluetooth enable Onkyo AV Receiver with 25 watts per channel 7.1 speaker hook up. That big box is now boxed up in the attic, and now I have a much smaller footprint in the living room. My sound quality is just as good as I do not crank up to eardrum splitting levels. I think a key point to this device is the incredible Bluetooth range and dominance of this antenna on this powered Bluetooth/USB/Fiber Optic/RCA jack/power amplifier/equalizer. I save space and it does a lot of the things the Onkyo did in a much smaller space. Like you I had to resolve what I really needed, I wanted access to the AM/FM receiver, but my location is rather poor, not in a big city anymore. Then I realized that I get most of my radio content through the internet in streaming services. Connecting this SMSL AF 18 to any Bluetooth device is super easy as the signal is super dominating in the room. So I had to ask myself, do I really need a AM/FM receiver; no was my answer. Now I can shrink my foot print and have the content I want to listen too out of my Bose speakers. I can watch TV, or my Apple TV or stream content through my iPod or iPhone. RayF these little devices are making things easier for me. I hope you find what you are looking for.
Well I'm certainly going to follow your lead and ditch the receiver I was trying to resurrect for my bedroom system--you're right, anything those could do, this can do better. The answer to my other problem is just to update her TV. Even low-end sets come with built-in Bluetooth these days. Frankly, it's worth whatever it costs me--if you've ever been forced to listen to an hour of Real Housewives (from Hell) on the Bravo Channel, you know what I mean!