Bluetooth technology entails a high-speed wireless connection that utilizes radio waves to connect devices such as laptops, smartphones, speakers, and microphones.
It enables us to connect to various computing and telecommunication devices without having to deal with tangled cords and wires that limit usability.
Although the functions of Bluetooth aren’t limitless, you can enjoy using Bluetooth devices within a 15- meter radius – at a speed of 1-2 Mbps.
Thanks to advanced technology, we have Bluetooth speakers and Bluetooth microphones that will be the subject of this article.
The big question is: can we connect these two devices, wirelessly? If yes, how can we do it?
Connecting a Bluetooth Mic to a Bluetooth Speaker
A Bluetooth microphone cannot directly communicate to a Bluetooth speaker as they’re both “slave” devices.
Slave, in computing networking, refers to a communication protocol where one device is controlled by another –the master. You need a master-slave setup to establish communication between two Bluetooth devices. The direction of communication is always from master to slave.
Although Bluetooth speakers and mics cannot be connected directly, they can still be linked through a master device. Your master device can be a smartphone or a computer with an app on it to control your speaker and microphone.
Let’s say we decide to use a computer as a go-between. What do we need to do?
The computer should have an application that allows the pairing of Bluetooth devices. Remember, you need to connect your devices to your computer ‘by invitation’ –hence the reason for the application.
An example of such a program would be an audio mixer like Audacity®. You can check online to find software that is compatible with your computer’s operating system.
Connect one device at a time. Start by pairing your Bluetooth microphone to your mixer, followed by your Bluetooth speaker – or vice versa. Input the right setting to enable the microphone to send signals to the speaker.
Once you’re done with the setup process, you will connect and disconnect your speakers and mic via your computer.
You should be able to do the same with a smartphone. Pair your microphone and speaker to your smartphone and you’ll be good to go.
No Phone, No Computer?
You can connect your Bluetooth speaker and mic without a phone or a computer as there are many other master devices you could use and get similar (if not better) results. A good alternative would be a 3 Channel Bluetooth Audio Mixer from Pyle.
I have used this mixer for a while now and I can assure you that it has done the job and withstood the test of time. I, actually, cannot remember the last time I had to connect my Bluetooth microphone to my wireless speakers via a phone or PC.
Pyle Pro’s 3-Channel Audio Mixer comes with a USB audio interface, a ¼” combo input, a 1/8” microphone input, a 3.5 mm microphone jack, LED indicator light, an 18V Phantom power source, and Bluetooth for wireless streaming. It can pair with any Bluetooth 3.0 supported device and stream from MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.
Although this audio mixer meets my Bluetooth connectivity needs, it has its pitfalls. It took me a while before I could learn how to use it with my computer. And when I did, I realized that it doesn’t forward the RCA input to the computer, only the microphone input could go through. That’s when I decide to try out another highly-rated audio mixer – Peavey PV 6 BT Channel Compact Mixer.
The first thing that attracted me to this audio mixer from Peavey is its new rugged, low-profile console design. It looked so portable and I felt like I had finally found a mixer that would do exactly what I wanted.
Equipped with reference-quality microphone preamps, this audio mixer is excellent for both live and recording applications. It also includes 4 channels of compression, high-quality digital effects, a media channel with Bluetooth wireless input, direct output for recordings, and a USB port I use for MP3 playbacks.
The Bluetooth function allows a seamless connection between Bluetooth-enabled devices and the mixer. You can use the Bluetooth button to switch Bluetooth connectivity on or off.
Other features on the mixer include an onboard selection guitar preamp, 48V Phantom Power, a channel mute button, a stereo master LED meter bridge, dual control room outputs, signal clip indicators, an aux send, and a 3-band EQ bypass.
I am happy with my Peavey PV 6 BT Channel Compact Mixer. However, I must admit that I wish it had more than one output channel. Good thing is that there are multiple ways to get the output.
I use the device to mix my mic, PC, iPad, and a patch cable into one channel. The output is incredible.
How Do You Get a Good Mixer for Your Bluetooth Devices?
Before I found an audio mixer that offered me value for my money, I fell into the hands of poorly-designed mixers. I experienced a number of problems; ranging from zero audio output to faulty USB functions.
You need to think about how you’re going to use your mixer before going out or online to buy a new one. This step will help you decide what features to look out for. Also, determine your budget to ascertain how much money you’re willing to spend on a mixer. Remember, cheap can be expensive, and expensive things aren’t always the best.
Be sure to buy a mixer from a reputable vendor with exemplary customer support. You might need some help in setting it up and your vendor could be the best party to help you out.
Bluetooth technology has improved our telecommunications options. However, it is not a perfect system as we have seen in the case of connecting a Bluetooth mic to Bluetooth speaker directly. I hope that I have given you a workaround to it. Using a smartphone or a PC to make the connection is a great idea, but an audio mixer is an even greater idea. Try out the solutions I have offered here and let me know how it goes.