How to Connect Wireless Speakers to a Projector

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Determine if Your Projector Is Equipped With Bluetooth Capability

If you are buying a projector for watching movies, playing games, or listening to music, it is always a bonus if it has built-in Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that doesn’t need a wire to connect two devices, in this case, your projector and wireless speakers.

The good news is that many projectors today are equipped with Bluetooth capability. With speakers that are Bluetooth enabled, you can play your favorite music wirelessly through your projector. The different types of speakers that will provide you with this capability are wireless soundbars, wireless headphones, wireless surround sound speakers, or wireless boombox.

If you are interested in adding a wireless speaker setup to your projector, you need to determine ahead of time which speakers will work with your projector. Take a look at the technical manual that came with your projector to confirm whether or not it comes with built-in Bluetooth.

You can also check the product description to determine if it is equipped with Bluetooth. For instance, the Minix Neo A2 Plus includes Bluetooth 3.0 while the Meca Master DME-GWT is an AV adapter with Bluetooth capability. Both of these will connect with your wireless speakers.

How to Check for Bluetooth Tech

Bluetooth connectivity has made it easy to wirelessly stream music to compatible speakers or headphones, but sometimes there can be a hiccup along the way, particularly when it comes to connecting and pairing issues.

Scan for Bluetooth Devices

Scanning for Bluetooth devices will help you locate active Bluetooth devices that are available to connect. This is similar to how you can use a mobile device to locate available Wi-fi networks.

If the speaker you want to connect to is actively broadcasting a Bluetooth signal, then scanning for Bluetooth devices will help you locate it (assuming the speaker is still nearby).

Check to make sure that your Bluetooth speaker is in pairing mode. If your speaker doesn’t have a pairing button, the instructions to enter pairing mode will be different, and you probably got them from the manufacturer.

Choose What Devices You’re Streaming From

If you have both a laptop and a wireless speaker, connecting your laptop to your wireless speaker and projector can get you a fairly decent setup. To connect your wireless speakers to your laptop, you can either go the wireless way or the wired way.

However, note that you need to be very well positioned to get enough volume out of your speakers (if they are small) or amplifier. It varies from model to model and from the place you have your wireless speakers.

If You Will Be Connecting It to a Bluetooth Capable Device

Pair your Bluetooth-compatible device with your projector via Bluetooth. For the speakers to receive a Bluetooth transmission, you’ll have to be within 30 feet of the projector.

If you are also getting audio from another device (i.e. DVD player, cable, etc.) that is also hard wired to your projector, simply connect the audio out from the projector to an RCA audio input cord and plug the RCA audio cord into your wireless speaker.

Alternatively, if you are streaming audio to your projector and do not have a device outputting audio, you can set your RCA audio cables up as follows:

  • Connect the RCA audio cables from your Projector to the Aux-in on your wireless speakers
  • Turn on the speakers;
  • Set your Projectors Volume to MAX;
  • Power on your device that has the audio streaming to the projector;
  • Set the volume on your device to MAX;
  • The volume balance will be set automatically as long as the same volume is selected on both devices.

If You Will Be Connecting It to a Non-Bluetooth Capable Device

If you're using older wired speakers that don't feature a Bluetooth connection, the process of pairing them to your projector is a fast-forward one. Just connect your 3.5mm audio cable to the projector, and you're good to go.

Invest in a Bluetooth Adaptor

Many modern projectors are already Bluetooth compatible. Furthermore, they come packaged with the necessary cables and adapters needed to connect to a computer or music controller.

Unfortunately, if your projector is not Bluetooth compatible, there are a few options that will help you add Bluetooth compatibility. Due to the necessary adapters, this method is a bit more expensive than just buying a Bluetooth-compatible projector, but it is a viable option.

The first option is to buy a Bluetooth adaptor. This is a simple adapter that you connect to your projector. Using this adapter, you can then connect to a Bluetooth speaker.

The second option is to buy a Bluetooth speaker, which is self-powered and functions independently. You can then connect this speaker directly to your projector using the necessary adapter.

The drawback of this method is that your Bluetooth speaker will need to be close to your projector.

Install Your Cable or Adaptor

Before you can connect to your projector, you'll need to insert one end of the cable or adaptor into the HDMI port on your device, and the other end into the HDR distribution amplifier or the HDMI input port on your projector. Refer to the diagram that came with your slideshow, if you have one, to be on the safe side.

If you are using an HDMI cable to connect your device, simply plug one end of the cable into the HDMI output on your device and the other end into an input port on the distribution amplifier or your projector. Some configurations will require you to connect one end of the cable to your projector and the other end to the distribution amplifier.

If you are using a mini HDMI cable or an HDMI micro cable, you'll need to use a mini-HDMI or a micro HDMI-to-HDMI adapter that came with your slideshow. Make sure to connect the adapter to the mini/micro HDMI output on your device and then plug one end of the adapter into the input on your projector or distribution amplifier.

Installing a Bluetooth Adaptor

First, you’ll need to select the best spot for the wireless speakers in your room. Then, you’ll need to connect the actual speakers – which will probably output a digital signal to the wireless transmitter.

The wireless transmitter will then need to be connected to your projector. You can either connect it to the AUX input if you have one available, or you can connect it directly to your projector’s HDMI or VGA port.

You’ll want to hide the wireless adaptor somewhere near the speakers, so you may need to purchase an extension cable.

Next, you’ll need to install the Bluetooth adaptor on your projector. It will probably connect easily to your projector’s USB port. The package should tell you exactly how much power is required, but generally, you’ll need to synchronize the adaptor with your computer or tablet. You’ll need to make sure your software is updated – and you’ll need to test the function and quality of the adaptor. Some wireless transmitters may have a limited range, so check with your software to see if you’ll need to adjust your speaker placement.

Conclusion

You can easily connect wireless speakers to a projector via Bluetooth or by plugging them into your Xbox, PS3, or Wii. If it doesn't feature a Bluetooth connection, as long as your projector has a 3.5 mm audio jack, you can plug the wireless speakers into it, and the sound will play through it. Make sure you are within 20 m of your wireless speakers if you want to play music on them.