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Bluetooth Vs AUX Cables - Which one is better?


Why is AV Now recommending Bluetooth over Aux cables for Fitness sound systems?
For years, Group Exercise Instructors have used audio cables to connect portable music playback devices to fitness sound systems. In the early days of iPods & other Mp3 players, using an ‘aux cable’ (named for the auxiliary input on many mixers of the day) was the only way to connect your device.

Today's devices offer Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly stream your music. Let’s take a look at both ways of connecting your device.

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Easily connect any device that has a headphone output jack.

All aux cables fail, sooner or later. During GROUP EX use, strain is put on the cable at several points. Strain points eventually fail or become intermittent and your class is interrupted or stopped if there is no spare cable.

Aux cables sometimes ‘go missing’ from sound systems. If there’s no connection cable when you arrive to do your class–there’s no music.

Finally- cables don’t always sound good. The headphone output of a device is designed for use with ear buds or headphones, not full-range group ex sound systems. Users can also overdrive the mixer into distortion by turning the device’s volume up too high.

Pros: Wireless music streaming. No cable to wear out, ‘go missing’ or limit movement while carrying your device. Bluetooth audio sounds better. It’s optimized for music playback on full range sound systems and won’t overdrive the mixer input. A Bluetooth receiver is easy to connect to a sound system using a simple stereo RCA cable –just like a CD player does.

Cons: Device pairing issues and distance dropouts with older, consumer-grade Bluetooth Receivers.

Fitness Audio AeroLink Bluetooth Receiver. The AeroLink is designed for group ex use. Each AeroLink has 4 unique pairing IDs-most other BT receivers have a single ID or name. If your club has AeroLinks in multiple rooms, it’s easy to see which one you’re pairing to.

Bluetooth reception has improved over the years and is ready for primetime group ex use. Today’s devices offer Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly stream your music. Let’s take a look at both ways of connecting your device. AV Now recommends using a Fitness Audio AeroLink Bluetooth Receiver with an aux cable handy for backup.

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KImberly - January 7, 2020

I typically use Bluetooth, but I always keep a cable handy just in case there’s a connection issue.

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