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Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:43:44 pm »
Hi Guys
Does anyone have experience of a transmitting device that will plug into the headphone socket of a guitar amp and transmit to my Bluetooth headphones? I’ve searched the internet and can find receivers that allow you to play your phone etc through the amp. Not what I want. I found one transmitter but it said not suitable for musical instruments due to delay.
I also found someone who said that Bluetooth technology was not up to this and there would be too much of a delay between playing the guitar and hearing the sound. This delay is of course not an issue when listening to pre-recorded music on Bluetooth headphones.
My alternative of course is to buy non Bluetooth headphones and plug them into the amp!😂
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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 10:37:41 pm »
The delay is going to be horrible.


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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2019, 12:21:28 am »
I agree with Bimmer. Bluetooth has a small latency which is fine with general music, but will have an impact with live music as there will be a small delay between picking a note and that note sounding.
You may not notice it at first if you are a beginner, but it will eventually become an noticeable and an issue.

Just use wired headphones.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2019, 02:36:15 am »
I have an apogee jam and ipad combination.  I've tried 3 different bluetooth speakers and the latency made them unusable.

Go with wired headphones.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2019, 06:54:59 am »
I agree with majik, agood set of closed head phones with a long cable on the head phones to connect to the amp is the best option, I bought a pair of AKG closed head phones, not the most expensive, but the sound from them is amazing, and so comfortable.....

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2019, 07:36:25 am »
I tried a cheap bluetooth transmitter like this:



Plugged it into the headphone out of my amp, connected headphones and.... it was hopeless. The delay made it utterly unplayable. I'd pluck a string and then half a second later it'd sound in the headphones. I already had the bluetooth transmitter, I didn't buy it for this purpose but thought I'd test it out anyway.

Maybe there are really low-latency versions of this sort of thing, but wired is just easier.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2019, 08:39:42 am »
Hi sairfingers
Google zip jack, it works through your WiFi, don't know how much they cost, but looks promising, to suit your situation matr

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2019, 08:51:16 am »
Thanks for all your replies guys.
Well, wired ‘phones are clearly the way to go! I’ll spend some time researching wired headphones suitable for guitar amps. The internet is a wonderful thing!

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2019, 01:56:30 pm »
I've got Sennheiser hd201's, not too expensive and great for this type of thing.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2019, 04:22:11 am »
Connect amp headphone out to PC with guitar jack to usb lead.

Plug PS4 gold wireless headset usb dongle into PC.

Open Windows sound settings recording tab and check 'listen' for the new usb input.

Set PC sound output to PS4 wireless headset.

Good quality (cheap - £50) wireless over-ear headphones with no latency (because not bluetooth).

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2020, 09:42:11 am »
Does anyone has tried bluetooth 5.0 transmitter with APTX LL (Low Latency) codec?
I'm considering to purchase one. please tell me how the latency if anyone has the experience about it.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2020, 10:38:30 am »
The 32 ms of the APTX LL technology is still a lot of latency. I would continue to use wired headphones.  :)

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2020, 07:27:51 am »
The new atpx-codex (with low latency => atpx LL) works fine with me. Though there is a technical delay of ~ 50ms I'm not able to hear any latency. With my former bluetooth headset (without aptx LL) it was a horrible feeling. There was always a noticeable delay after hitting the strings. I thnk the aptx LL made the trick.
My setup: avantree Oasis Plus as transmitter is connected to my amp. avantree Aria Pro as headset with detachable microphone and Noise Cancelling.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2021, 09:05:35 am »
I use a pair of inexpensive cordless headphones, which have always seemed OK, but my wife bought me a pair of top quality Bose bluetooth headphones at xmas and keeps wondering why I don't use them when playing the guitar. I have only just found out about Bluetooth transmitters and have been reading up about them, that's how I stumbled upon this thread, but judging by the comments I should save my money, is the latency the same however much you spend on a transmitter?
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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2021, 09:37:16 am »
i.corwther

Welcome to the forums.

There are a couple of different standards in Bluetooth. The original standards had a horrible delay which was unusable for monitoring purposes. The newer standard, APTX LL uses a "low latency" codec which gives much better results.

But the latencies you get with Bluetooth are baked into the standards. For the same standard, it doesn't matter if you pay £50 or £500, the latency will be the same.

I don't believe the Bose have APTX LL. If so, headphones or ear-buds with APT LL will perform better. In this case you need to follow the specifications, not the price.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2021, 09:42:36 am »
Keith
thank you, so my Bose headphones will still not be any use? , I will continue to get grief off her, then
some of the adaptors are inexpensive so nothing lost in trying I suppose.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2021, 09:56:53 am »
No, if the headphones don't support APTX LL then no transmitter will ever make them usable for monitoring.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2021, 09:57:47 am »
Nice one, thanks keith

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2021, 10:14:24 am »
There are some reasonably priced ones on Amazon that may be good, maybe Keith can confirm!
“Avantree 40 hr Comfortable Bluetooth Over Ear Headset with Microphone for Home Office, Conference Call, APTX LOW LATENCY Wireless Headphones for TV Watching, Foldable NFC HiFi Stereo for PC Computer”

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2021, 10:34:04 am »
Thanks Darrell, I can manage with my older wireless ones, it was just to try to use the Bose ones that the mrs bought for me, with hindsight I could have exchanged for a pair of Bose wireless ones as opposed to the  Bluetooth ones when we realised.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2021, 01:39:50 pm »
Depending on the model, it may be possible to use your Bluetooth headphones in a wired mode.

Some Bluetooth headphones (for instance, my ATH-SR50BTs) have a cable jack and a cable so you can used them with kit that doesn't support Bluetooth.

If you have that on your headphones, and don't mind the cable, you can still use them.

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Re: Connect guitar amp to Bluetooth headphones.
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2021, 02:27:40 pm »
I will check that out, thanks Keith.

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