How to Connect Wireless Speakers to a Stereo Receiver

If you’ve purchased a set of wireless speakers and want to use your stereo or AV receiver with them, but don’t know how to do so, fear not!

We’ll explain how you can use your receiver with your modern wireless speakers through the magic of Bluetooth.  Say goodbye to those annoying cables once and for all! 

Bluetooth is a modern technology that allows for the exchange of data, wirelessly.  It does this by using radio signals in the 2.5 to 2.485 GHz band range.  The latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5, allows for fast and seamless transmission of data from a radius of up to 800 ft.  

Most modern devices have integrated Bluetooth technology.  Devices such as smartphones, laptops, wireless speakers, and headphones all have Bluetooth functionality. 

These Bluetooth-enabled devices serve two functions in the wireless audio chain as they act as both the audio source and transmitter, simultaneously.  

Wireless speakers are sound production devices with built in amplifiers.  They use Bluetooth technology to connect wirelessly to streaming devices such as smartphones or laptops. 

They only require to be plugged into a power source, unless of course, they are battery-powered.  They require no audio cables to receive an audio signal. 

Despite the fact that most audio is digital these days, many people who are audiophiles prefer the sound of older, analog amplifiers and receivers. 

Unfortunately, using older hardware such as a stereo or AV receiver, requires the use of cumbersome and difficult to use cables to connect the receiver to your speakers. 

Luckily for us, today we can get the best of both worlds by connecting your receiver to your speakers wirelessly using a Bluetooth transmitter adapter.  That is, of course, unless your receiver has built-in Bluetooth functionality.

Using a Bluetooth transmitter to play audio from your receiver through your wireless speakers is a fairly simple and inexpensive process. The combination of both new and older technologies will give you an enhanced sound experience with less hassle. 

There are many Bluetooth adapters available on the market, but they all essentially work in the same way.  You can connect a Bluetooth transmitter to your receiver through the headphone input socket. 

We’ll take you through it, step by step, just to make things as clear as possible.  You will need a set of RCA audio cables to connect your receiver to the Bluetooth transmitter for this method. 

Step 1

First of all, you should set up your speakers where you plan on listening to them. 

Once you have them in the right place and positioned how you want them, plug the power cords into a power socket, or if your wireless speakers are battery powered, put in some batteries as needed. 

Some wireless speakers have rechargeable batteries, so if this is the case with your wireless speakers, then you should consider charging them before use. 

Step 2

On your receiver, turn the power off if you haven’t already.  Connect one end of the RCA audio Y-cable set into the “audio in” port on the back of the wireless adapter module. 

Next, plug the other end of the Y-cable into the headphone jack on the front of your receiver. If your receiver doesn’t have a headphone input, then you can use the “audio out” port instead.

Step 3

Next up, connect the AC power adapter to the wireless Bluetooth adapter module, and then plug it into an electrical outlet.  The connection requires that the Bluetooth module has a steady power supply.

Step 4

Turn your receiver on and play some music as you would normally.  Once the Bluetooth transmitter module is paired to the wireless speakers, you should be able to hear the music playing.  There is normally a “pair” button on both the transmitter and the speakers.

After following these steps, you should be able to play music or any audio from your receiver through your wireless Bluetooth speakers.  This is the simplest way of rejuvenating your stereo system with modern wireless speakers. 

You can even move your speakers into a different room and still play audio from your stereo receiver without having to move it too.  The upgraded functionality that a Bluetooth transmitter gives your stereo receiver is totally worth the small investment.  

There are some factors you need to consider when connecting your stereo receiver to some wireless speakers.  We’ll go through them below.


When pairing up a Bluetooth adapter with a set of wireless speakers, you should ensure that both devices are Bluetooth compatible. 

The adapter should be able to pair with the speakers quickly and without much trouble.  Much like how you should be able to connect your phone, tablet, or laptop with your wireless speakers effortlessly, it should be the same story when connecting your receiver to your wireless speakers using a Bluetooth transmitter.

Wireless Range 

All Bluetooth-compatible wireless devices have a defined range in which they can still receive data. 

You need to consider this particular range when setting up your receiver and speakers, making sure they are in range.  The range of your wireless devices depends on what version of Bluetooth they feature.  

Type of Speakers

Some wireless speakers operate as a single unit, but can still produce stereo sounds.  Wireless speakers also come in a range of different sizes and outputs.  Finding a suitable wireless speaker, or set of speakers, is important to get the most out of your stereo setup. 

Ease of Use

Bluetooth-compatible devices are made for ease of use and convenience.  In most cases, once your devices are connected, they should pair easily and automatically once they’re turned on. 

This will allow you to play your music without much hassle or effort, giving you more time to enjoy your stereo system.

Final Verdict

Now that you know and understand the process of connecting a stereo or AV receiver to a wireless Bluetooth speaker, you should be well on your way to getting it set up and enjoying music using modern technology without compromising sound quality. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to be overly tech-savvy to do so.