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How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to PC

Bluetooth headphones have taken over because of their convenience, extra features, and audio quality that is on par with wired headphones. Most modern PCs have Bluetooth built in, but you may still come across some that don’t. If your computer doesn’t come with Bluetooth capability, you will need a Bluetooth transmitter. To achieve the best audio quality possible, you should get a low latency transmitter and pair it low latency Bluetooth headphones.

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Use Low Latency Transmitter + Receiver

For high-fidelity listening, you should always use a low latency transmitter with a long latency receiver. Luckily, most modern Bluetooth headphones already support the aptX wireless technology, so the only challenge is to find a good transmitter.

The Avantree Bluetooth transmitter is the world’s first dual-link aptX-enabled transmitter with practically no audio delay and support for Bluetooth 4.2. The transmitter can be used with almost all audio devices with 3.5mm audio jack or RCA cables.

You can either power the transmitter via a dedicated DC charger or a USB port on your PC. The transmitter remembers the last device it was connected to, and a single slider switch can make the transmitter auto-reconnect in case it loses signal.

Use Transmitter Only and Connect via 3.5mm/RCA Jack

You can add Bluetooth capability to any non-Bluetooth device by connecting a small 3.5mm portable Bluetooth transmitter, like this one from TaoTronics, the leading manufacturer of Bluetooth audio equipment.

The main advantage of this solution is how portable and versatile it is. Let’s say you want to add modern Bluetooth connectivity to your aging laptop. You just plug the transmitter into the headphone jack, turn it on, and enjoy up to 7 hours of high-fidelity Bluetooth listening.

The TaoTronics transmitter features the A2DP  Bluetooth Stereo profile, which defines how high-quality stereo audio can be streamed from one device to another over a Bluetooth connection. What’s more can pair the transmitter with any power bank to greatly extend its battery life.

Use Transmitter Only and Connect via USB

Unless you’re using an ancient PC, you should have at least a few USB ports at your disposal. If you’re willing to temporarily sacrifice one of them, you can get a micro USB Bluetooth transmitter for just a few dollars. The advantages of such transmitter are twofold: it doesn’t require external power, and it’s so small that you won’t even notice it. Many people even decide to leave it plugged in permanently.

The main thing to watch out for is compatibility. The transmitter we’ve linked to above works with all recent version of the Windows operating system. It also supports various Linux distributions, such as Raspbian or Ubuntu.

Buy Low Latency Bluetooth Headphones

There are many people who have tried Bluetooth headphones years ago, only to find the quality of their sound less than satisfactory. The technology has improved dramatically since then, and modern low latency Bluetooth headphones can easily replace even high-end wired headphones. Here are our top 3 favorite low latency Bluetooth headphones available on Amazon:

Avantree Wireless Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones with Mic

The Avantree wireless Bluetooth headphones implement a low latency version of the aptX codec, making them suitable even for online gaming. Their large, 40mm drivers have been tuned for excellent bass, precise treble, and clear mids. The headphones can last up to 40 hours on a single charge.

For less than $100, the Avantree wireless headphones stand out even in terms of their build quality. The soft ear cushions make long listening sessions very comfortable, and the stretchable headband is compatible with virtually all head sizes.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

Thanks to their leading noise-cancelling technology, Boss has been dominating the high-end wireless headphone market for several years now. The QuietComfort 35 are the company’s flagship headphones, and it shows both in terms of their build quality and in terms of their sound.

The headphones can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, and it takes approximately 2 hours to charge them back to their maximum capacity. Pairing can be done either traditionally or via the built-in NFC chip. Bose has also released a handy smartphone app which lets you customize the headphones to fit your personal preferences.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

If you want a pair of versatile headphones that are extremely fun to listen to and accuracy doesn’t mean a lot to you, then hardly anything thumps the Beats Solo3. These now legendary headphones are known for their boomy bass and warm sound signature. They charge via the included micro USB cable and last around 40 hours on a single charge.

You won’t have any issues with comfort thanks to the cushioned earpads and soft, adjustable headband. Best of all, you can get the Solo3 from Beats in many different colors.

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