How to Add Bluetooth to an A/V or Stereo Receiver

Bluetooth A/V audio receivers are becoming more and more popular these days with the convenience of wireless connection. Bluetooth receivers are typically cheaper than their wired counterparts. However, some functions, such as HDMI inputs, can be lost when you use a Bluetooth A/V receiver.

You can, however, add Bluetooth to your existing A/V receiver by replacing the internal Bluetooth module with this External Bluetooth Receiver.

This will allow you to use your existing A/V receiver for your audio applications while taking full advantage of its capability of wireless technology.

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Steps Add Bluetooth to an A/V or Stereo Receiver:

Be sure that you have all the necessary components before you start your project. You will need a stereo or A/V receiver with Bluetooth module, a Bluetooth receiver, some speaker wires and some tools to open up your A/V receiver.

Place the A/V receiver:

Make sure that you have plenty of room to work inside the unit. Also be sure that you unplugged the power cord before starting the project.

Remove the cover from the A/V receiver to gain access to the Bluetooth module. Refer to the owner’s manual if you are unsure of how this is done.

Wire up your External Bluetooth Receiver:

Once you have access to the Bluetooth module, remove it from its housing and unscrew any screws that might be holding it in place. Take a close look at the wiring before replacing it with your External Bluetooth Receiver. Use a pencil or a marker to label each wire if necessary.

Wire up your Bluetooth Receiver diagonally into the wiring harness that was provided with the Bluetooth Receiver. Your Bluetooth Receiver should have come with a pin diagram which shows how it will be wired.

To wire up your External Bluetooth Receiver, connect the wires from the incoming signal to the corresponding wires on your new module. If you are not sure of where to place them, refer to your A/V receiver’s wiring diagrams or position them like they were positioned on the old bluetooth module (if you still have it).

Around the back of the A/V receiver, you should have some connection points that are specific to your receiver. If you are not sure where to put these wires, refer to your A/V receiver’s wiring diagrams or position them like they were positioned on the old bluetooth module.

Connect from Bluetooth receiver’s left, to AVR’s Left, and from Bluetooth receiver’s right to AVR’s Right.

If you have a lot of wires to connect, just wrap it around the module using electrical tape.

Power up your A/V receiver:

Once you have wired up your External Bluetooth Receiver, connect a good quality speaker cable into the inputs that were in the old bluetooth module.

Plug the other end into your A/V receiver’s speaker outputs.

Turn on your A/V receiver to make sure that the bluetooth module is working properly. If it does not work, check your wiring and make corrections if necessary. If it still does not work, test the External Bluetooth Receiver by connecting it to an audio device like a smartphone or tablet. If it works, you can go back and start over. If not, you will need to replace the bluetooth module.

Enjoy! You now have an A/V receiver with Bluetooth capabilities. Connect your smartphone or any other device to enjoy wireless audio.

Advantage of Adding Bluetooth to an A/V or Stereo Receiver:

Obviously, you can now play your music wirelessly through the speakers of your A/V receiver. However, that is not the only advantage. You can also use this as a wireless repeater for your other Bluetooth devices.

For example, you can connect your smartphone to the external bluetooth and then connect it to your A/V receiver and play the music wirelessly from your phone. This is great if you like to enjoy some outside music at a party without having to hold your smartphone or tablet the whole time.

You can also connect a Bluetooth gaming console to the external bluetooth and connect it to the A/V receiver wirelessly. This will allow you to connect your gaming console, such as a Wii or an Xbox, without having to deal with wires.


Adding Bluetooth to an A/V or Stereo Receiver is not that difficult of an undertaking. If you are not that familiar with the A/V receiver, you should refer to the owner’s manual on how to remove the bluetooth module from your A/V receiver.

There are many guides online on how this can be done, but make sure that you do it carefully because you will be working on a device that has delicate internal wiring. You can easily damage it if you are careless while opening your A/V receiver.


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