With the rise of Bluetooth wireless technology, high quality audio can now be transmitted wirelessly to speakers and headphones. One company leading the way is Audikast with their Audikast Plus Bluetooth transmitter.
The Audikast Plus is an aptX low latency Bluetooth transmitter that allows you to send audio from your TV, computer, or other devices to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. I tested out the Audikast Plus and found it to be a versatile way to add wireless streaming to my home audio setup.
- [Wide Compatibility] Thanks to Audikast Plus’s Optical, AUX, and RCA input cables, it is universally compatible and works with all TVs on the market. With it, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite TV shows/movies at your own volume; you’ll no longer have to turn the TV speaker volume all the way up and disturb your family or neighbors.
- [AptX Low Latency Compatible] The Avantree Audikast Plus is aptX Low Latency certified. When (and ONLY WHEN) used with a Bluetooth headphone/speaker that also supports aptX Low Latency or FastStream, it will deliver the ultimate “no lip sync delay” experience, ensuring perfectly synced visual and audio no matter what you watch.
- [Two Headphones, Together] The Audikast Plus features a “dual-link” function that allows two Bluetooth headphones/speakers to be connected at the same time; audio will play through both devices simultaneously. Enjoy a late-night movie session with a partner, at your own volumes, without awaking others in your household.
- [Extended Range] Equipped with the highest Bluetooth range, Class 1, the Audikast Plus ensures stable & reliable connectivity of up to 100 ft (~30 m, barring any excessive physical or wireless interference). Need to start making dinner? No problem, move around the house and do what you need to do, the audio will not cut out.
- [User-friendly Interface] Clear visible status indicators allow you to see and understand what’s going on. Dedicated buttons for each device during dual-link mode provide easy and intuitive control. Onboard volume adjustment buttons can be used for devices that do not come with built-in volume controls, for instance, airpods.
Unboxing and Setup
Getting started with the Audikast Plus was quick and easy. Inside the box you get the transmitter unit, various cables, a user manual, and a compact carrying pouch.
For my setup, I connected the optical output from my TV to the optical input on the Audikast Plus using the included TOSLINK cable. I then turned on the device and paired my Bluetooth headphones within seconds.
There are separate volume buttons on the Audikast Plus, allowing you to control the wireless audio volume independently from your TV. An OLED screen shows helpful info like battery life.
Connecting my headphones wirelessly to the Audikast Plus gave me a range of over 100 feet without any audio dropouts. The Bluetooth 5.0 provides a solid and stable signal strength.
With support for aptX Low Latency codec, the audio was perfectly in sync with video which is a must for watching TV shows and movies. The 24 bit HD audio quality also sounded excellent over Bluetooth.
This unit will work with a set of Bose Bluetooth headphones. They work perfectly, in fact! I originally bought this unit very concerned that it would not work with my mother’s Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have Bluetooth on her television. The headphones worked great on a fire cube, but I decided to go back to cable. I wasn’t sure if this would also work with my TIVO box, but because the television is wall-mounted, I thought it would be easier, as it was obvious, I would have an easier time plugging up the wires. I noticed that my TIVO box has two USB out ports, so I plugged the included USB power cord right into one of these, and the unit powered up perfectly. I then plugged up the optical cable into the back of the TIVO box as well. Because I was using an HDMI cable for both picture and sound, I didn’t need to use the TIVO optical port, it was just not being used. It was a perfect opportunity to use the included optical cable, that came with the unit. I was so pleased because all this meant that now I did not have to go behind the TV at all.
The first thing that I did was to hold down the power button on my mother’s Bose headphones, in order to clear all previous pairings. I wanted to make sure there were no conflicts, besides I was only going to use these headphones with this device.
Now everything was going perfectly, except for the paring of the Bose headphones. Others have complained that Bose headphones will not pear at all with this device, however, patience is the key here. I too had some difficulty and was convinced that the Bose headphones would not properly pair with the device. I was only more patient because I was used to paring the Bose headphones with my mother’s Amazon Fire Cube. It used to give me trouble when attempting to pair the Cube and the Bose headphones together. Sometimes, I would have to try several times to get them to work together. I had to wait and wait for them to finally connect. Sometimes I started over and even restarted the Cube box again to make them both work together. However, my efforts always paid off, for once they pared, they worked wonderfully. This experience taught me to be patient, and to not be too impatient when trying to pare my Bose headphones to this Avantree unit. It took a long time, and I almost gave up, when suddenly my Bose headphones informed me that a connection had been made. I was so very pleased. Now I know I can use the unit on my television as well as my TIVO BOLT. Perfect, not only that, but I can also watch TV while my 93-year-old mother continues to listen to her headphones. Because the television is connected to the TIVO BOX with an HDMI cable, the sound is being sent to both the headphones through the optical cable, and the television speakers through the HDMI cable. So, if my mom wants to watch television alone, all she has to do is turn down the volume on her television and listen quietly on her BOSE headphones with the Avantree unit. If I come into the room and want to watch Television with her, all she has to do is turn up the regular volume on her Television, so I can listen too. This was so easy to install, I was very surprised at how easy it was to get it going, all I needed was a little patience. Our house is once again quiet, for this is a great little unit.
In conclusion, this unit will work with Bose Bluetooth, just be patient. This will work with TIVO, but I only mentioned TIVO in case you also have a TIVO box as I do. This is an advantage, but you don’t need a TIVO box at all to make this work, I am sure it will work perfectly on your television at home.
Customer questions & answers
Q: My sony tv hasn’t got bluetooth , will this adapter provide bluetooth to headphones to listen tv ???
A: I’m using mine as Bluetooth to speakers and to headphones. It has two Bluetooth channels.
Q: i don’t have a bluetooth my pc Does this product work as Bluetooth
A: Yes. This transmits the TV signal to Bluetooth devices such as Bluetooth headphones.
Q: Will not pair to my Bose headphones？
A: I don’t see no reason why it won’t pair. First-time pairing is always the longest time consumer.
Q: Left side headphone only works , why ?
A: The transmitter inconsistently retains pairing with the headsets. I need to constantly re-pair my headsets. Very inconvenient. I wrote up this problem in my product review.
Q: How do you select which input (jack, optical, rca, usb) to listen to?
A: I selected the “optical out” on my television and input this signal on the “optical in” on the Aventree Transmitter — works perfectly!
The combination of great sound quality, versatile connectivity, and useful features makes the Audikast Plus a worthy investment for home audio setups.