AV receivers with Bluetooth such as the Yamaha RX-V385* convince with the convenient areas of use through this connection technology. Practical advantages result from the use. After all, Bluetooth as a connection technology is also in every smartphone. But what does Bluetooth mean? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this established technology? What are good AV receivers with Bluetooth?

AV receivers with Bluetooth

There is a growing trend for AV receivers to be able to use Bluetooth, such as the Pioneer VSX-832(B), for the purpose of data transfer. New devices are almost invariably equipped with this technology. This is due, for example, to efforts to offer customers more convenience. Bluetooth is constantly being developed further. It is therefore likely that AV receivers will also be equipped with Bluetooth compatibility in the future.

The advantages of this feature are obvious. Conveniently from any corner of the home theater, a connection to control the receiver can be established via the Bluetooth function with the help of the user’s own smartphone. To use the control via Bluetooth, this function must be activated on both devices. If an AV receiver does not have Bluetooth out of the box, the adapter must be switched on. After successful activation, various media files can be sent to the receiver, such as the Onkyo TX-NR686(B), via data transfer, which finally projects them onto the TV. In other words, Bluetooth is one of the two primary interfaces for connecting external devices and transferring data, along with USB.

Origin of the name Bluetooth

The name Bluetooth translates from English to mean blue tooth. This goes back to a historical figure, a Danish king who was able to unite the two countries of Denmark and Norway, which were in opposition. Inspired by this unification, Bluetooth is supposed to enable networking for communication between different radio devices. By the way, the origin of the name is reflected in the logo. The well-known Bluetooth logo combines the first letters of that king.In addition to the name, the intention, the initials, the appearance of the characters is also based on the past, because they are Germanic runes.

Devices in which Bluetooth is built:
– Computer mice
– Handsfree car kits
– laptops
– Loudspeakers (mobile & installed)
– smartphones
– keyboards


How Bluetooth works

The principle of Bluetooth is based on the transmission of data between devices at a short distance from each other. The primary purpose of this form of communication is wireless connection, which works via radio. The constant drive for innovation has meanwhile brought a version 5.0 onto the market.

By the way, the nature of the specific profiles determines the application diversity of Bluetooth technology.
The structure of the profile depends on the individual transmission targets. Different transmission requirements are needed for voice processing or forwarding than for sending images or music files.

Advantages of Bluetooth
– wireless connection
– constant improvement through further development
– constantly higher transfer rates
– quite low power consumption
– simple technology for transmission
– sending of media files like music or pictures
Disadvantages of Bluetooth
– unsuitable for longer distances
– WLAN is visibly replacing Bluetooth
– susceptible to interference due to similar frequencies


Range of Bluetooth

There are three different classes of Bluetooth. Each of these classes has both a specific power and a range. The unit milliwatt (mW) is the indication for the specific power, whereas the number of meters indicates the specific range that this class achieves. In addition, the range depends on the location. For example, the connection is usually better outdoors than indoors. It is clear that AV receivers need Bluetooth indoors. Therefore, only the indoor range is given below.
As a rule, Bluetooth manages to bridge up to 10 meters. That is, it is suitable for connecting AV receivers and wireless speakers.

Characteristics of different classes
– 1st class: 100 mW power/100 m range
– 2nd class: 2.5 mW power/ 10 m range
– 3rd class: 1 mW power/ 1 m range


Retrofit AV receiver Bluetooth

Retrofitting Bluetooth to an AV receiver is a simple adjustment. Some multi-channel amplifiers do not have any integrated Bluetooth. In this case, it may be older devices.
The adaptation is independent of the height. I.e. AV receivers Slimline are just as suitable as devices with normal height. The retrofit is just as conceivable for Yamaha, Pioneer or Marantz as for Denon. Making the AV receiver Bluetooth capable works with the help of a transmitter. This often has a pairing function ready to establish a Bluetooth connection between the AV device and speakers and smartphone at the touch of a button.


AV receiver Bluetooth adapter

The small extensions for installing the hardware are available as small adapters, which are connected via the back of the AV receivers. More precisely, the connection takes place via the 3.5 mm or the RCA input. There are plenty of these connections on an AV receiver, because speakers are connected via them in a 5.1 surround system, for example. Yamaha AV receiver Bluetooth adapters are also ready for use with Pioneer receivers.

Wireless streaming of music is among the greatest benefits of technology in the context of the AV receiver. The portable Bluetooth speakers can be positioned individually in the room. Due to the mobile orientation, the Bluetooth speakers have a sturdy construction to remain functional even in the event of a fall. The portable speakers have runtimes of many hours.

The normal power source represents a lithium-ion battery, which is based on the high energy density. This type of battery is found in the vast majority of smartphones due to its advantages. High-quality music enjoyment is possible via portable speakers as well as via standing speakers. A nice side effect of the robust workmanship is that it can be taken into weather-unfriendly environments. Powerful sound and wireless streaming are not mutually exclusive, but can very well complement each other.

The manufacturer Teufel provides high-quality speakers for streaming. Thanks to the intelligent speaker systems, streaming services such as AirPlay or Spotify can be heard via WLAN sound decks, THX speakers or complete systems. The systems build on common wireless connection technologies such as Bluetooth or WLAN.


Bluetooth remote control for the AV receiver

There are no specimens on the market that can be controlled with a remote control via Bluetooth. The latest AVRs can be conveniently controlled via app. This circumstance is unlikely to change in the long term, unless the newly developed versions offers fundamental changes with it, replacing existing patterns.


AV receivers with Bluetooth and WLAN

Those AV receivers that have both connection technologies benefit from the advantages of this combination, without losing out at the same time. Bluetooth and WLAN technologies can easily coexist in a multi-channel amplifier. Depending on requirements, either Bluetooth or WLAN or both technologies can be used simultaneously. This fact is related to the basic idea for using an AV receiver. To enjoy high comfort when streaming music or watching blockbusters in the home theater. WLAN in particular creates a far-reaching network of wifi-enabled devices. The wireless connection has clear advantages for streaming music individually across multiple rooms.

The possibility of making use of the Bluetooth function, which a AV receiver with bluetooth* creates, is one of the selection criteria for the inclusion of AV models in the comparison overview 10 good AV receivers. For more input, take a look at this representation. Review based on product ratings and general advantages and disadvantages of the category.

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