How to Connect a CD Player to Bluetooth Speaker

Most CD players do not have Bluetooth capabilities because they were created before this technology was around. But you can use a Bluetooth adapter to connect the CD player to a Bluetooth speaker if it has a headphone jack. 

This post will show you how to connect a CD player to a Bluetooth speaker. I’ll walk you through all the steps to make this happen and provide you with some other relevant information related to this. 

Let’s get started. 

Key Takeaways

  • It isn’t possible to connect every CD player to a Bluetooth speaker, and few CD players are Bluetooth enabled. 
  • You can use a Bluetooth adapter plugged into the headphone jack of a CD player to connect it to Bluetooth speakers. 
  • Not all CD players have this headphone connection, and those without probably can’t be used with Bluetooth speakers. 
  • Getting a Bluetooth adapter is a good idea if you like to use your Bluetooth speaker with older technologies. 

How to Connect a CD Player to Bluetooth Speaker

If you still have a CD player, you probably still have a bunch of your favorite CDs lying around that you enjoy listening to. And you can potentially improve your listening experience by connecting your player to a Bluetooth speaker. 

Since most CD players don’t have Bluetooth capabilities, this can be challenging or downright impossible to accomplish. But it is possible in some situations, depending on the type of CD player you have, so let’s explore how to do it here. 

You’ll need a Bluetooth adapter to connect a CD player to a Bluetooth speaker. You’ll also need a CD player with a headphone jack or input to plug the Bluetooth adapter into. 

If you don’t have a CD player with a headphone jack, you won’t be able to connect it to Bluetooth speakers, even if you have a Bluetooth adapter. And if you don’t have an adapter, you won’t be able to make it happen either. 

Follow these steps to connect a CD player to a Bluetooth speaker. 

1. Insert a Bluetooth adapter into the headphone jack on your CD player. Ensure the adapter is powered on or has batteries if needed. 

2. Turn the CD player on. 

3. Follow the steps to pair your Bluetooth speaker to the Bluetooth adapter. This process is typically similar to how you’d connect a smartphone to a speaker but might be slightly different based on the type of adapter you are using. 

A pair button on the Bluetooth adapter typically sends a signal and allows the speaker to connect to it. Follow any included directions with your adapter if you run into any issues. 

4. Now that the Bluetooth adapter is connected to the speaker, ensure that the speaker is on and the volume is up. 

5. Put in a CD and press play, adjusting the volume however you want it. 

6. Listen and enjoy. 

Notes: Remember that you need to keep your Bluetooth speaker within range of the adapter to make the connection and get sound from your CD player to the speaker. This is the same as when using any other type of Bluetooth connection. 

The Bluetooth adapter might also have a volume control, which you can adjust if necessary. Make sure this is turned up to get sound from the CD player to the adapter and then to the speakers. 

Best CD Player that Connects to Bluetooth Speaker

If you can find a CD player with Bluetooth capabilities, that would be the best option to connect to a Bluetooth speaker. But I haven’t seen any of these, and there isn’t a big market for them, so they aren’t likely to appear. 

That makes the best CD player to connect to a Bluetooth speaker any model that has a headphone output you can connect a Bluetooth adapter to. This feature is much more important than any other design feature of the CD player itself. 

But as long as the CD player has a headphone jack, you can choose one that meets any other preferences or needs in terms of function. There isn’t one model that’s best for this. It’s more a matter of models that are capable of connecting to a Bluetooth adapter. 

Remember that only some CD players you find will have a headphone jack. And if it doesn’t have one, you probably won’t be able to connect the Bluetooth adapter to it, making it impossible to connect to Bluetooth speakers.

Here are a few that we recommend:

1. Jensen CD-555

This CD player is a great beginner model for almost any age or user range. The functions are straightforward and the player is easy to both setup and use.

While you aren’t getting top-of-the-line quality sound with this device, you’re getting a reliable option that plays CDs and connects easily to any of your Bluetooth devices.

The small frame and carrying handle help young ones bring their new love of music wherever they go.

What We Like:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Small, yet sturdy frame
  • Programmable radio stations
  • AUX input for headphone use

What We Dislike:

  • Analog radio tuner could be problematic for locating stations

2. Tenswall Portable CD Player with Bluetooth

The design of this player raises immediate intrigue for consumers. It’s functional in almost every setting, and there is a myriad of different ways to stand, position, or even mount this player to the wall.

That lets you mount it anywhere in the house and also take it on the go at a moment’s notice. With 5-in-1 capabilities, you will never run out of ways to listen to music.

Oh, did I mention the crisp sound quality? One more reason not to pass this player up.

What We Like:

  • Accompanying remote for easy operation
  • Sleek design that doesn’t clog up your living space
  • Supports all kinds of CD and MP3 formats

What We Dislike:

  • Some don’t love the idea of mounting their CD player to the wall

3. Sony Portable Bluetooth and CD Player

The MEGA BASS enhancement puts it over the edge when you and your friends need the perfect soundtrack for a party, and with 30 different presets for the radio, you can keep up to date on today’s best music or the latest in news, weather, and sports.

What We Like:

  • Simple-yet-durable design
  • Handy carrying handle
  • Offers up to 26 hours of battery life
  • CD Sync feature allows you to record CD to MP3 files on your USB

What We Dislike:

  • Lack of backlight on LCD screen hurts performance

How do I Connect My Bluetooth Speaker to My DVD Player? 

If you want to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a DVD player, you can follow all the steps listed above by using a Bluetooth adapter plugged into a headphone jack. 

But most DVD players won’t have this jack, meaning it’s likely impossible to use a DVD player with a Bluetooth speaker. 

The good news is that some DVD players have Bluetooth capabilities, so you can connect them directly without using a headphone jack. Just ensure you choose a DVD player with this feature if you want to use Bluetooth speakers for the sound. 

Final Thoughts

Connecting a CD player to a Bluetooth speaker is pretty easy if you have the right equipment to do the job. This includes a CD player with a headphone jack and a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into that jack. 

Consider digitizing your CD collection so you can listen to all your CDs in the future. The more music listening technology progresses, the harder it might be to listen to CDs in years to come. 

Do you still have a CD player? How many CDs do you have? Let me know in the comments below.

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