Adding a Bluetooth Audio Receiver to Your Car, Boat or RV

Installing a Bluetooth audio receiver in your vehicle

Adding a Bluetooth audio receiver to your car audio system – or your boat, RV, trailer or ATV – is the best way to enjoy your music and preferred programming wherever you go.

Bluetooth technology is everywhere today, from your computer to your smartphone – so why not your car, RV or boat? To choose the right equipment for your installation, it helps to understand how this technology works and determine how you prefer to use your audio system.

Armed with this information, a professional car audio installer can ensure you get the results you want at a price that fits your budget.

How Do Bluetooth Audio Receivers Work?

The technology that powers Bluetooth replaces wires and cables with radio waves for short-range communication.

With Bluetooth connectivity, you can wirelessly stream any music or content through your vehicle’s speaker system. You have full control of your stream through your electronic devices, such as a smartphone, smart watch, tablet, etc.

You will also be able to make and receive hands-free calls through your car stereo system.

To ensure your streaming doesn’t get mixed up with your neighbor’s (or someone’s in the car next to you at a stoplight), you use your electronic device of choice to pair with the receiver you wish to stream through.

Will a Bluetooth Receiver Replace Your Head Unit?

You have options when updating your vehicle’s audio system to incorporate Bluetooth connectivity. You can upgrade your head unit to one that has this technology built in or, in many cases, you can add a separate adaptor.

Some vehicle owners do choose to forego a standard head unit and, instead, use only a Bluetooth streaming adaptor for their vehicle audio. However, as most vehicles already have a hole cut in the dash for a standard DIN (approximately 2” x 8”) or double DIN (approximately 4” x 8”) head unit, you’ll have to consider whether to simply leave the factory equipment in that location or swap it out for a video display or some other component.

How to Choose the Right Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Your Vehicle

The right choice for you will depend on your current car audio system configuration but, with the help of a professional installer, almost anything is possible.

One word of caution: Beware of the plug-and-play dongles you find online. Many of these seemingly simple and affordable gadgets lack compatibility with today’s high-tech car audio systems. Buy one on a whim and you may be wasting your money.

Pro Audio Pro 4×4, located in Provo UT, is the local expert in car audio systems. We carry the reliable, high-quality brands and models you want and our experienced installation technicians ensure that your system looks as good as it works. Contact us today to learn more about installing a Bluetooth audio receiver in your car, truck, RV, boat or ATV.