With the proliferation of Bluetooth wireless technology, more and more electronics manufacturers are releasing products to allow Bluetooth connectivity. One such company is Avantree, who have introduced the versatile Avantree TC417 Bluetooth Transmitter Receiver.
This handy device allows you to stream audio from your TV to Bluetooth headphones or speakers, converting any home theater setup into a wireless listening experience. I recently got the chance to test out the Avantree TC417 and was thoroughly impressed with its performance.
- STREAM AWAY: Bluetooth-enable your TV, PC / Laptop or other favorite device and wirelessly stream to headphones! With our unique 2-in-1 design, you can also use TC417 as a receiver to Bluetooth-enable your favorite wired speaker, soundbar, home theater etc.
- MAGICAL MATCH: Compatible with 99% of TV’s on the market, our TC417 supports Optical / AUX and RCA audio output without extra wires to get in your way.
- NO MORE DELAY: Featuring aptX Low Latency technology, TC417 allows you to reduce Bluetooth delay – delivering high quality sound in perfect synchronization. Pair with your favorite pair of headphones also equipped with aptX Low Latency technology.
- LONG BATTERY LIFE: Unlike other devices of it’s kind, the TC417 features a built-in battery that delivers up to 20 hours of playtime! Feeling a little low? The battery fully charges within 2 hours!
- SIMPLIFY STREAMING: Our user-friendly interface allows you a clear visual of when the device is paired, and offers direct volume controls – making it simple to adjust the volume right from the device-instead of the actual TV or other audio source.
Unboxing and Setup
Getting started with the Avantree TC417 was quick and simple. The package includes the transmitter receiver unit, a USB charging cable, 3.5mm aux cable, optical cable, and user manual.
For my setup, I connected the optical output from my TV to the Avantree device’s optical input using the included TOSLINK cable. I then turned on the transmitter and paired it with my Bluetooth over-ear headphones in just a few seconds.
The Avantree TC417 has separate volume controls for adjusting the output level without having to change your TV volume. There is also a useful OLED display that shows battery life, input source, and Bluetooth status.
I was highly satisfied with the Bluetooth connectivity of the Avantree TC417. Pairing was quick and the wireless range easily reached the claimed 100 feet without any audio dropouts.
The device uses the latest Bluetooth 5.0 which provides a very stable signal strength. It also supports AptX Low Latency codec for perfect AV lip sync, something that is very important for watching TV and movies.
The sound quality over Bluetooth was excellent, retaining all the detail from the source and transmitting wirelessly without any compression artifacts.
“I’m a retired CFO and IT guy who never took NO for an answer. So when they said “Good Luck Finding Something For My Needs”, off I went…
As you can see in the first pic, my fireplace with the TV on it has no soundbar. I did not want to lock myself into anything that I would eventually change out down the road which would leave unwanted holes in the wood under the TV. I wasn’t upset about the TV since the TV mount could be used for nearly any size TV.
I wanted my soundbar to be able to be placed anywhere I wanted in the living room. After experimenting with several devices, Avantree proved to be the best overall. Granted, at first I had my 10 year old 55″ 3D Toshiba LCD TV on the wall of which I was getting up near a 1/2 second sound delay. Obviously I thought it was just the nature of the beast and shrugged it off as it mostly only happened with live TV. Since I mostly watched streaming video, this delay never impacted my entertainment of watching. After receiving, however, a Sony Bravia TV of only 2 to 3 years old, this delay nearly disappeared altogether in live TV.”
Customer questions & answers
Q: Can you pair with hearing aids?
A: I have tried but no luck. My hearings aids will pair with the blue tooth gadget available form the audiolognist and they also pair with each other though .
Q: would this device pair with blutooth hearing aids?
A: Sometimes, not always. You’ll have to check with the hearing aid manufacturer to see whether you can pair it with foreign devices or not.
Q: How do you pair the second pair of Bluetooth headphones?
A: To pair 2 sets of headphones:
Pair the first set as you normally would.
Turn on the second set and put it into pairing mode.
Press the “Pair” button on the top/front of the Avantree transmitter.
The green light will begin flashing until it finds and connects the second headphone set.
Q: What do you press on the unit to start the pairing process?
A: You press the spot where it says Pair.
The Avantree TC417 really excels at bringing wireless audio capabilities to almost any TV or home theater setup. It’s compatibility with various audio sources and dual Bluetooth streaming sets it apart from competing products.