Twelve South AirFly Pro
The AirFly Pro is the gold standard Bluetooth adapter. It has an integrated 3.5-millimeter cable that you can plug into an in-flight entertainment system, a piece of gym equipment, or a game console to use your wireless earbuds so that folks around you can’t hear whatever you’re watching or listening to.
The device is easy to use and it even allows two users to pair their headphones to it, including AirPods. The AirFly offers an impressive 16-hour battery life, a 33-foot range, plus, it supports Bluetooth 5.0 and most audio codecs. It comes with a keyring and carrying pouch so you won’t lose it and its small charging cable.
Bolle&Raven Wireless Bluetooth Adapter for Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones (QC25)
When the Bose QuietComfort 15 and QuietComfort 25 headphones were released back in ’13 and ’14, they cost $300. If you don’t want to drop another $350 for Bose’s newest QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II, we totally understand.
Fortunately, a company called Bolle&Raven (formerly AirMod) makes a nifty wireless Bluetooth adapter that you can clip to your existing headphones to add Bluetooth to them. Audio quality is superb (just like your Bose already are), but you don’t have to deal with the annoyance of wires.
The adapter gets roughly 8 hours of battery life, and it’s compatible with the QC 15 and QC 25 headphones in white or black.
FiiO Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier-BTR3
The BTR3 offers a premium build thanks to its full metal housing, an impressive 11 hours of battery life, and its support of every wireless audio codec available today. Its backside has a spring clip for attaching it to your clothes, or you can use it with an included lanyard.
It even has a noise-canceling microphone on board for taking calls, or asking Siri a question. You can expect 60 feet of wireless range with the BTR3. We think it’s the perfect balance between price, performance, and design. Its only downside? It doesn’t support the latest Bluetooth 5.0 version, so its connection isn’t as reliable as other options.
It even has a noise-canceling microphone on board for taking calls, or asking Siri a question. You can expect 60 feet of wireless range with the BTR3. We think it’s the perfect balance between price, performance, and design. Its only downside? It doesn’t support the latest Bluetooth 5.0 version, so its connection isn’t as reliable as other options
Although there are some Bluetooth receivers on Amazon for as little as $15, we’ve found that they are unreliable, have cheap-feeling plastic bodies, and weak wireless ranges. The FiiO μBTR doesn’t suffer these shortcomings. Really, its only downside is that it doesn’t support the latest Bluetooth 5.0 spec, but that shouldn’t matter for most users.
You get over 8 hours of battery life, and it sounds almost as good as a hardwired connection. It charges quickly, has a microphone, and is lightweight but durable.
FiiO BTR5 Flagship Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier
If sound quality is extremely important for you, and you’re willing to drop a hundred bucks on an audio adapter, the FiiO BTR5 is without a doubt the best one you can buy. We recommend it for audiophiles who previously invested a lot of money in a pair of wired headphones that don’t support Bluetooth.
We like that it can be remotely controlled through an app to adjust settings. It’s one of the few adapters that has jacks for both 3.5- and 2.5-millimeter connections. Like other more affordable options, it too has a built-in microphone and a simple design. It includes a case that has a clip on it.