That pair of wired speakers you have collecting dust—did you know they can be converted to wireless speakers? No, you won’t be pulling them apart or soldering any wires. Instead, there are external devices that, when connected to, can take your boring wired speakers and make them wireless.
Would you like to know how? Take a look at the options available to you down below.
The Best Option: Audio Receivers
By far the best option available to you is using an audio receiver. This covers all manner of speakers from ones that sport RCA cables or ones with an AUX cable. And the best part? They’re relatively cheap. For example, Esakin has a Bluetooth audio receiver that supports both AUX and RCA and for $21! That’s a steal.
Now, Esakin’s Bluetooth audio receiver isn’t the only device available on the market, nor are the audio receivers limited to Bluetooth. Some brands offer Wi-Fi capabilities as well as Bluetooth, though those will cost a pretty penny. The more features you want out of an audio receiver, the more you’re going to spend.
If you do score an audio receiver, make sure both devices are connected to the same network, and double-check that Bluetooth is enabled.
Great Alternative: Amazon Echo Dot
However, on the other end of the spectrum, if you want something with far more functionality look no further than the Amazon Echo Dot. Yes, that Amazon. This little helper not only has a speaker built into it, but also Alexa, an AI assistant. But the speaker isn’t the reason you’d want to buy it, although it can easily play music. No, what you want it for is the ability to connect with wired speakers.
This means that all you have to do, because it can connect via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, is tell Alexa the music you want to play and it will listen to your every command. Unfortunately, world domination isn’t an option. Maybe try Google Home? The only major downside is that the Amazon Echo Dot only comes equipped with 3.5mm audio output. A lot of speakers sport a 3.5mm jack, but this leaves speakers with RCA in the dust.
With that said, setting it up is no harder than plugging in the 3.5mm audio cable.
Honorable Mention: The Google Chromecast Audio
The reason this tiny device sits as an honorable mention is due to Google discontinuing production of the product as of 2019. With that said, it’s still a viable option if you want something discreet as the device itself isn’t very large, fitting easily in the palm of your hand. But how does it work?
In order to get a wired speaker channeling sound wirelessly, the speakers themselves need a headphone jack. Does it have one? If so, the Google Chromecast Audio can plug right into that bad boy and you’re good to go! You’ll have the option to stream audio straight to the device itself and will end up coming out of the speakers. If you don’t like Amazon, and can get your hands on one of these, it’s a good option.
As you can see, there’s plenty of options available to you. Generally speaking, anything that has an AUX port or supports RCA can be used as a middleman to make your speakers wireless. For example, the Google Home has an AUX port. If your wired speakers connect via 3.5mm jack, the Google Home can be used to convert them wirelessly.
With that said, you’re better off going with audio receivers. Not only do they provide more supported cable types, you won’t have to deal with Amazon or Google.