Question Integrating wireless headphones with PC and stereo set - using external Bluetooth transmitter

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So I bough Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones. Unfortunately as it turns out, my Windows 10 does not recognize that my Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra rev. 1.2 motherboard has an integrated Bluetooth. Long story short: I do not intend to spend any more time trying to convince my OS, that I have a built in Bluetooth or to once again correspond with that laughable customer support of Gigabyte. Instead of that I will buy a new external Bluetooth transmitter of some sort, because my very old and almost-never-used one has no problem with showing up in that Windows and paring with these headphones - but produces audio of extremely low quality. [I am making an educated guess here: it is on the account of this archaic device working in standard 1.x or 2.x thus compressing data, because when connected through a Bose wire the audio in headphones sounds good]

And so until now my setup consisted of external Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro, plugged on one end to the motherboard and on the other to my stereo Panasonic SA-PM33 CD Stereo System. And I used to have in my audio and video player [i.e. Winamp and Media Player Classic] Sound Blaster chosen as an output device- but now I changed it to just default / primary system [thus to Sound Blaster as it is set in the OS as the main one]


But now The Question arises: should I use a Bluetooth USB-dongle connected to motherboard - or a Bluetooth adapter that uses mini-jack?

And in what standard and with what functions should that external device operate, so that I would not loose audio quality? For now I only know that it should have the frequency range of 20-20000 kHz



I would rather have a jack device. But is my stereo sending electricity through it to, to power the adapter? Or will the adapter also have to be plugged to a power source - or have a built in battery?

I went to some price engines trying to research the marker but as it turns out, jack Bluetooth adapters are a tiny minority and vendors rarely put info about the version in titles / links
 

COLGeek

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First, on your existing motherboard...Is the wireless adapter enabled (in BIOS) and does Windows detect it? Also, does Windows "see" the BT adapter in Device Manager? Or, do you have "unknown" devices showing there?
 
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First, on your existing motherboard...
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I do not intend to spend any more time trying to convince my OS, that I have a built in Bluetooth or to once again correspond with that laughable customer support of Gigabyte
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because my very old and almost-never-used one has no problem with showing up in that Windows and paring with these headphones
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Please, do no waste my and yours time
 
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Long story short



I have to use a transmitter that has the aptX-LL codec - in order to have the lowest possible latency of ~50 ms

I also need to have headphones with such codec

And as apparently I have a big coin whine like interference from my stereo set, I also need to insert a ground loop isolator via mini-jack between that stereo and the transmitter - or - use an USB transmitter plugged into the motherboard thus utilize my built-in sound card thus remove the stereo set and the external sound card from the equation completely



And here is comes the unexpected positive part of the latter solution: If I use the USB transmitter and have the headphones plugged via cable into the built-in sound card - it is far more comfortable. Because I can switch easily between stereo with speakers, headphones being wires and headphones being wireless - with just two mouse clicks and some minor scroll-wheeling. And if I were to use a jack based transmitter and relay on the external sound card for it, then I would have to constantly physically plug in and out such transmitter from the stereo; and also have it plugged to power source constantly or from time to time. [I never thought I would be using that built-in sound card and was angry at the price of the motherboard coming partially from it having this device built-in - and yet here I am praising having it]

And on top of that I can also think about using a simple cable splitter for the purpose of connecting two jack devices to one signal emitter, if I were to add something like a soundbar to the equation
 
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