Bluetooth transmitters are a pretty cheep and easy option to stream sound to speakers or headphones. Not all transmitters are made equal however. Here are my experiences with several transmitters I have recently tried. Here’s the lineup:
Zio 2-In-1 Wireless CSR Bluetooth Audio Music Streaming Switchable Transmitter and Receiver
This transmitter was the least expensive of the three and worked great on initial setup. It would also reconnect to Bluetooth headphones reliably. However, on reconnect the audio quality would always go down and cut in and out once or twice a second. Needless to say this was a deal breaker and I was not able to use this transmitter.
NewRice Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Music Transmitter
This transmitter had an interesting round design and also worked quite well when I set it up the first time. It would reconnect to Bluetooth headphones reasonably fast within about 5 seconds but not as fast as the Zeo. The downside of this transmitter for me was that I would routinely have the sound cut out about once a minute for a good 5 or 10 seconds. Again, this clearly did not work for me and I kept looking for a better transmitter.
TaoTronics Bluetooth Transmitter
This transmitter is small and simple and worked great on first setup as did the other two that I tried. This Bluetooth transmitter also reconnected to headphones quite quickly for this class of device in about 2-3 seconds. Thankfully on reconnecting to headphones this transmitter did not have any problems like the first two I tried. Therefore the TaoTronics Bluetooth Transmitter became my top choice and I’ve begun to use it every day with much enjoyment.
The TaoTronics Bluetooth Transmitter costs about $10 more than other Bluetooth transmitters but is well worth the extra price for ease of use and simplicity of the connection and reconnection process.