Connecting Bluetooth devices to Bluetooth speakers is not complicated.
But it can be tricky, if you don’t know what you are doing.
That goes for Bluetooth capable turntables as well.
That’s why we will show you exactly how to connect a record player to Bluetooth speakers.
And your turntable does not even need to be Bluetooth capable!
There are plenty of Bluetooth adapters available that plug into your turntable’s RCA outputs.
Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on connecting record players to Bluetooth speakers. We’ll cover how to do it for Bluetooth capable turntables and for ones that need to use an adapter.
- 1 How To Connect A Record Player To Bluetooth Speakers
- 1.1 Materials Needed
- 1.2 Connecting A Turntable With Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities
- 1.3 Connecting A Turntable Without Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities
- 1.4 Troubleshooting Tips
- 1.5 Connecting Turntable To Bluetooth Speakers: Additional Questions
- 2 Connect Turntable To Bluetooth Speaker: Final Thoughts
How To Connect A Record Player To Bluetooth Speakers
So you want to enjoy your vinyl records without the mess of wires and cables? That’s where Bluetooth speakers come in handy.
Whether you have a turntable with built-in Bluetooth capabilities or one without, we’ll talk you through how to easily connect it to your Bluetooth speakers, giving you the best of both worlds: the nostalgic sound of vinyl records and the convenience of wireless technology.
Note that this guide is not for speakers that use WiFi to connect to a turntable, like the Sonos system. We have a separate article here on connecting a record player to the Sonos system.
Before we get started, you’ll need a few things to connect your record player to your Bluetooth speakers. Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need.
- Record player: You can use any record player you have, whether it has built-in Bluetooth capabilities or not. If your record player does not have Bluetooth capabilities, you will also need a Bluetooth adapter.
- Bluetooth speakers: To enjoy wireless listening, you’ll need Bluetooth speakers that can connect to your record player or Bluetooth adapter.
- RCA cables: These cables are necessary to connect your record player’s audio output to the audio input on the Bluetooth adapter.
- Bluetooth adapter: If your record player does not have built-in Bluetooth capabilities, you’ll need a Bluetooth adapter to connect it to your Bluetooth speakers.
Make sure you have all of these materials on hand before you try to start connecting your record player to your Bluetooth speakers.
Connecting A Turntable With Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities
If your turntable has built-in Bluetooth capabilities, connecting it to Bluetooth speakers is pretty straightforward. Here’s what you need to do.
- Step 1: Turn on the Bluetooth function on your Bluetooth speakers. Refer to the user manual if you’re not sure how to do this.
- Step 2: Follow the turntable’s instructions to put it in pairing mode. This usually involves pressing and holding down a button, or a combination of buttons, until a light on the turntable starts flashing.
- Step 3: Once the turntable is in pairing mode, it should appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices on your speakers. Select it from the list to pair the devices.
- Step 4: Once paired, you should be able to play your vinyl records wirelessly through the Bluetooth speakers. Adjust the volume to your liking, sit back, and enjoy the warm sound of vinyl with the convenience of wireless technology.
Note: Some turntables may have different methods for pairing with Bluetooth speakers. Refer to the user manual for specific instructions on how to put your turntable in pairing mode.
Connecting A Turntable Without Built-In Bluetooth Capabilities
If your record player doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth capabilities, you can still enjoy the convenience of wireless technology, but you will need to use a Bluetooth adapter. Here’s how to connect your turntable to Bluetooth speakers using an adapter.
- Step 1: Connect one end of an RCA cable to the audio output jacks on the back of the turntable. These jacks are usually color-coded red and white.
- Step 2: Connect the other end of the RCA cable to the audio input jacks on the Bluetooth adapter. Again, these jacks are usually red and white.
- Step 3: Turn on the Bluetooth function on your Bluetooth speakers.
- Step 4: Follow the instructions that came with your Bluetooth adapter to put it in pairing mode.
- Step 5: Select the Bluetooth adapter from the list of available Bluetooth devices on your speakers.
- Step 6: Once the connection is established, you can start playing your vinyl records and enjoy the wireless sound of your Bluetooth speakers.
Note: Some Bluetooth adapters may require an external power source or batteries to function, so be sure to check the instructions that came with your adapter.
Even if you perfectly follow the steps above, there might be some issues when trying to connect your record player to Bluetooth speakers. Here are some troubleshooting tips you can try if you run into any issues.
- Check if the Bluetooth devices are properly paired: Sometimes, the devices may fail to connect if they are not properly paired. Ensure that both the turntable and Bluetooth speakers are in pairing mode, and that the speakers are connected to the turntable in the right way.
- Check the Bluetooth range: If the turntable and speakers are too far apart, the connection may be weak or disconnected. Move the speakers closer to the turntable and check if it helps.
- Ensure the Bluetooth speakers are on and have sufficient battery power: Sometimes, the speakers may disconnect, or fail to connect, if they are low on battery, or not turned on. Check that the speakers are properly charged and turned on before attempting to connect them to the turntable.
- Check the cables: If you are connecting your turntable to Bluetooth speakers using an RCA to Bluetooth adapter cable, check that the cables are firmly plugged in and that there are no loose connections.
- Update your device’s firmware: If you are still experiencing issues, try updating your turntable or Bluetooth speakers’ firmware. Consult your device’s manual for instructions on how to do this.
If none of these troubleshooting tips help, it’s best to consult the manuals for your turntable and Bluetooth speakers, or contact the manufacturer’s customer support for further help.
Connecting Turntable To Bluetooth Speakers: Additional Questions
Here are some common questions related to the connecting of bluetooth speakers and a record player. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below.
Why would you want Bluetooth for a turntable?
A record player with a Bluetooth output allows you to connect it wirelessly to Bluetooth speakers or headphones, so you can enjoy your favorite music with high-quality sound reproduction, without any cables getting in the way or tripping you up.
Are Bluetooth turntables any good, in terms of sound quality? The compression does have a slight impact on sound quality, but not too much. However, Bluetooth is usually included on low-end and mid-range players, and not expensive ones. That means the sound quality is generally not going to be as good overall.
Does vinyl sound better?
Vinyl has its own distinctive sound, complete with surface crackles, pops, and distortion that many people prefer. Labeling it ‘better’ probably isn’t 100% accurate, but there’s certainly nothing else quite like it.
Connect Turntable To Bluetooth Speaker: Final Thoughts
Connecting a record player to Bluetooth speakers is not hard, even if that record player is not even Bluetooth capable. You can still make the connection using a Bluetooth adapter.
If you follow the instructions above, you’ll be listening to your vinyl sound via wireless speakers in no time, whether through an adapter or directly from your turntable.
Another option are computer speakers. We also have a guide on connecting computer speakers to a record player. Of course, that option is also not ideal. You best bet is to get a set of high-quality speakers like these.