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The Best Bluetooth Headphone Adapter - The Wirecutter - 7 Nov 2018

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The Best Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

  • After conducting a new round of testing in 2018, we’ve made the FiiO μBTR our new top pick and the TaoTronics TT-BR009 our new runner-up.

After spending another 21 hours this year listening to the top new Bluetooth headphone adapters, we think the FiiO μBTR is the best way to add Bluetooth to your favorite set of wired headphones—it sounds good, and a convenient clip makes it easier to use on the move than competitors. But unless you really love your old headphones, the best option for most people who want to listen wirelessly to their phone, tablet, or computer is to buy a set of good Bluetooth headphones, which don’t have a cable to get in the way and generally offer easier-to-use controls and a better-placed microphone for improved call quality.

Our pick

FiiO μBTR

FiiO μBTR

The best portable Bluetooth receiver

The μBTR adds wireless connectivity to your favorite headphones, sounds almost as good as a wired connection, and costs less than buying new headphones.

$28 from Amazon

May be out of stock

The FiiO μBTR offers a reliable wireless Bluetooth connection, produces sound quality close to that of a wired connection, and supports desirable audio codecs like aptX and AAC. This small, lightweight adapter clips easily to your clothing, has simple controls, and can charge quickly over a USB-C connection, with enough battery power to last through an entire nine-hour workday. It also has a microphone for taking calls or using voice control, but the microphone is a little awkward to use and its audio sounds a bit compressed.

Runner-up

TaoTronics TT-BR009

TaoTronics TT-BR009

More battery life, but no clip

The TT-BR009 sounds almost as good as a wired connection and has a 15-hour battery life. But since it lacks a clip, it can be hard to use when you’re on the move.

If our top pick is sold out, the TaoTronics TT-BR009 is a good alternative. It has good audio quality, support for the aptX and AAC codecs, logically laid-out controls, and a wide enough Bluetooth range to accommodate any pacing around your desk you may do. Although it has a longer, 15-hour battery life and a slightly better microphone than our main pick, this adapter lacks a clip and is thus harder to use on the move, which is a big reason you might consider using a wireless headphone adapter in the first place.

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