There are plenty of (also significantly cheaper!) Bluetooth adapters on the market, all of which are sufficient to send music from an analog stereo system to Bluetooth headphones. And if you don't have high demands in terms of sound quality, you will certainly be happy with most of the models.
Chapter in this post:
- 1 Update 03/2021: Alternative Bluetooth adapter
- 2 Update 02/2019: Newer model with codec display
- 3 Why TOSLINK input and aptX HD?
- 4 Low latency for videos thanks to aptX LL
- 5 Sending and receiving: RX and TX mode possible
- 6 Bluetooth splitter and double connection possible
- 7 Conclusion on HiGoing
- 8 More information about Bluetooth
- 9 You can do this if you have Bluetooth problems on your Mac
- 10 solution for the Windows PC: tp-link UB400 in the test
- 11 What do the codec abbreviations for Bluetooth designations mean?
- 12 Similar posts
Update 03/2021: Alternative Bluetooth adapter
In the meantime, the updated version of the HiGoing Bluetooth adapter, which I presented to you as an update in 2019 (see below), is no longer available. Therefore, I will briefly show you three alternatives that are at least currently (March 2021) available on Amazon - and even with Prime Shipping, which gives you free delivery as Prime members:
- Avantree Audikast Plus Bluetooth 5.0 transmitter with various connections and codecs: View and buy here
- ZeaLife Bluetooth Adapter Audio Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter with various sockets / plugs including TOSLINK: View and buy here
- Avantree Oasis Bluetooth audio transmitter with long range and many connection options: View and buy here
- [Wide compatibility] Thanks to the optical, AUX and RCA input cables from Audikast Plus, it is universally compatible ...
- [AptX Low Latency Compatible] The Avantree Audikast Plus is aptX Low Latency certified. If it (and ONLY IF) with ...
- [Two headphones, together] The Audikast Plus has a "Dual-Link" function, with which two ...
- 【2-in-1 Bluetooth transmitter & receiver】 A portable Bluetooth adapter that can be used either as a transmitter or receiver ...
- 【No more delays】 The aptX low latency technology eliminates any Bluetooth audio delays and ...
- 【More options, more flexible - digital optical + 3,5mm】 The Bluetooth transmitter supports both 3,5mm (Aux and ...
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Update 02/2019: Newer model with codec display
A reader told me that there is now a newer model of the product presented here, which also shows the codec currently in use via LED display. So you can see at a glance whether, for example, the aptX codec is currently being used, or one with more loss because headphones or transmitters could not agree. The newer model is the HiGoing BT1002, which you can also find here in the product box:
- ♫ 【LED Status Indicator】 The design of the indicator lights allows you to see the content and manner of the ...
- ♫ 【Long battery life】 600mAh built-in battery can work more than 20 hours after charging for 3 hours ...
- ♫ 【Double connection and automatic reconnection】 In TX mode, two Bluetooth headsets can ...
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However, there are some use cases where you have to fall back on a Bluetooth transmitter that can do a little more than the others. And here comes the one HiGoing Bluetooth adapter into play, because this is - despite the still low price of less than 40 euros - extremely flexible and also meets the requirements of audiophiles. They use, for example, high-quality Bluetooth headphones like the Beyerdynamic Amiron wireless, the AKG K845BT or B&O BeoPlay H7 and (older but good) DAPs like that Astell & Kern AK100 II or Questyle QP1Rthat have an optical output but no aptX HD Bluetooth.
Even if you used to invest a lot of money in a good hi-fi system, which unfortunately has never heard of Bluetooth, HiGoing can help - provided the signal from the system can be delivered to the Bluetooth adapter via an optical TOSLINK cable become. Why optically? I explain now!
A special feature of the HiGoing Bluetooth transmitter is the variety of audio inputs. This device can be “fed” with analog signals via a 3,5 mm jack socket and an RCA socket as well as with digital audio signals via a TOSLINK input. The advantage of the optical input is that the signal is not repeatedly converted from analog to digital and vice versa, which would inevitably degrade the signal quality.
In principle, this saves you having to go through the digital-to-analog converter in the audio source and an analog-to-digital converter in the Bluetooth adapter. This of course affects the sound quality, which can be heard with good headphones and high-resolution audio players.
In addition, the aptX HD Codec, which supports a higher transmission rate than the usual aptX, has a very positive effect on the audio quality. In order to benefit from aptX, in addition to the Bluetooth adapter from HiGoing, you also need headphones like the Beyerdynamic Amiron wirelessthat can work with the aptX HD codec.
In addition to good headphones, the most important thing is an audio system that has an optical output so that the HiGoing BT adapter can be fed directly with digital signals.
Low latency for videos thanks to aptX LL
A known problem with Bluetooth transmitters is that there is usually an offset between the picture and the sound. The audio transmission via Bluetooth often comes with a certain latency, so that you first see the lip movement when watching a film and then - a fraction of a second later - hear the sound. That is very irritating and spoils the fun of the movie night.
A solution for this is the aptX LL codec, where the “LL” stands for Low Latency. In practice, the HiGoing Bluetooth adapter manages a latency of less than 40 ms, which is no longer noticeable when watching films. In order to use this feature, however, the Bluetooth counterpart (i.e. the headphones) must also support the aptX LL codec.
A note on the side: It is NOT possible to run aptX HD with low latency. Either you use aptX LL with low latency OR aptX HD with approx. 200 ms latency. However, this restriction is based on the audio codec and not on the technical restrictions of HiGoing.
Sending and receiving: RX and TX modes possible
While some Bluetooth adapters can only work as a transmitter or only as a receiver, the HiGoing can be used both as a transmitter (TX) and as a receiver (RX). This makes it significantly more flexible than other systems. In practice, this means that you can use it both to connect your Bluetooth headphones to an audio player without Bluetooth functionality and to "feed" an amplifier with an analogue or optical input via Bluetooth.
Bluetooth splitter and double connection possible
Another very practical feature is the possible double connection in RX or TX mode (see also Bluetooth splitter). This way, for example, two Bluetooth headphones can be connected to an audio source (with the same signal). A conceivable area of application is that two people can watch a film on TV and distribute the sound to two Bluetooth headphones using a HiGoing Bluetooth adapter (so as not to disturb the sleeping children).
It also works the other way round by sending music from two smartphones to the HiGoing adapter, which can then output it via an analog stereo system. Certainly a much rarer scenario, but here you can also see how much flexibility the HiGoing offers.
A total of up to eight devices can be paired with the Bluetooth adapter, which it automatically recognizes in order to connect to them.
Conclusion on HiGoing
If you want to be flexible and value high audio quality, but don't want to do without the freedom of Bluetooth headphones, you can use the HiGoing BT adapter "to ship". For just under 40 euros, it's a pretty good Bluetooth adapter and certainly worth recommending. A optical TOSLINK cable, 3,5 mm jack cable and 3,5 mm RCA cable are already included with the device.
More information about Bluetooth
Here in the Sir Apfelot blog you will find a lot more information, advice and assistance on Bluetooth wireless technology. Whether on the Apple iPhone, on apple ipad or on the Mac / iMac / MacBook - if there are errors, failures or other problems, you can read about the possible solutions with us. In addition, we do not only deal with Apple topics, but also show solutions for the Windows PC. We also have an interesting article for you if the Bluetooth abbreviations aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL and LDAC don't tell you that much. But one after anonther…
You can do this if you have Bluetooth problems on your Mac
If you notice connection problems with your Apple computer with regard to Bluetooth, there can be various possible causes. From a component that has to be reset to files that you may have to delete to an SMC reset, different approaches are possible as a solution. You can find a collection of suggested solutions including detailed instructions and screenshots in this guide: Bluetooth Problems on Mac - 5 Measures That Can Help! In addition to the main text, it is worth taking a look at the comments, because there other problems and solutions are discussed.
But it can also be the case that you are using a Windows PC that does not have a Bluetooth module installed. If you still want to use headphones, speakers, gaming controllers, graphics tablets or other Bluetooth accessories on such a computer, you can choose from various adapters and sticks. The tp-link UB400 USB stick recently performed very well in the test. This nano stick takes up very little space, but delivers very good performance. Here you will find all information, a few photos and the link to the product page: tp-link UB400 in the test - Bluetooth stick for the Windows PC.
What do the codec abbreviations in Bluetooth terms mean?
The Sir Apfelot Blog has the right guide for this, too, with all sorts of information and links for further reading. So if you want to know what the abbreviations aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL and LDAC mean, you don't have to stay long on Wikipedia or wander endlessly through Google. We have summarized everything and also showed you what A2DP is all about, what a codec actually is and what it does in a so-called container. Just click into this post for those explanations: Bluetooth aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL and LDAC - what do these abbreviations mean?
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.
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