Bluetooth transmitter for CD player

Bluetooth transmitter for CD player

I've been trying for a while now to find a CD player/Bluetooth transmitter combo that would let me play CDs in the car. First the portable player was no good (don't buy a Memorex; the sound is terrible, which is actually something of an engineering feat) and now the transmitter, a QLINK made by ClearSounds, seems to be badly designed.

Neither the Tesla nor my Bluetooth-equipped Audi, both of which will play the music on my iPhone, will pair with this thing. The manual says it uses something called the A2DP profile, so "please make sure your Bluetooth stereo receiver supports Bluetooth A2DP profile."

Hoo, boy. How are we supposed to know this, may I ask just for starters? And to paraphrase Douglas Adams, this seems to be some new use of the idea of STANDARDS that I'm not familiar with. One where the "standard" comes in many incompatible sub-types.

Has anyone tried using a QLINK for this, or found a similar device that works with the S? -- E. Brad

hpjtv | 04/10/2014

Why don't you just get an FM transmitter for the CD player and run it off a radio station in the MS?

Dcp9142 | 04/10/2014

Why do you want to do this? It's so much more convenient to rip your CD library and put them on a USB stick. You can buy a good tiny 32GB stick that will hold 500 CDs of music for about $25.

sbeggs | 04/10/2014

ripping a CD library of 500 to 1000 discs doesn't seem convenient at all. You have to sit at a computer for quite a while overseeing the task.

Boredwithnames | 04/10/2014


I have a collection of almost 1000, the Ipod ouch only maxes at 64GB but its fully Bluetooth combatible with Tesla's.

Shame the Classic dosn't work.

vp09 | 25/03/2017

hptv wrote: "Why don't you just get an FM transmitter for the CD player and run it off a radio station in the MS?"

Has anyone made this work?

We have about a thousand CDs that we've not listened to, because when we bought them we didn't have time. Now we have time to listen to them ... .

nasserpeter | 22/04/2019

I agree with sbeggs. I have more than a thousand CDs and the thought of ripping them all makes me want to forget the whole thing. Is there a way to get a CD player, Bluetooth or USB, and get decent sound quality? And how would I choose that source? Would it show as an "Input by some name" right next to "Streaming, Iphone, etc. at the bottom of the screen? I just got my Model 3 so I really don't know how to go about this. Thanks for any help

EVRider | 22/04/2019

@nasserpeter: I assume you know how to search the forum since you found this old thread. Keep searching and you’ll find some newer ones that might help you.

Those of you holding off on ripping your CDs are just delaying the inevitable. :-)

stevenmaifert | 22/04/2019

If you live in an area with at least 1 clear channel on your FM radio, consider using an FM transmitter that plugs into the headphone jack of a portable CD player. This is a nice one, and the 12V adapter that comes with it also has a USB slot to power another portable device:

The car can only accept 1 Bluetooth connection at a time so save that for your phone and use the FM transmitter for your portable CD player.

marbill50 | 18/05/2019

does anyone know of a way to install a 110 volt outlet on a 2013 s

murphyS90D | 18/05/2019

The power tap in the car is fused at 15 amps. 12 volts times 15 amps = 180 watts but that will blow the fuse. Limit to 150 watts.

EVRider | 19/05/2019

@marbill50: How does your question relate to this thread?

sentabo | 19/05/2019

EVRider, marbill had no interest in CD players and just wanted to take this thread somewhere else. :)

miller.90 | 20/05/2019

For those with 1,000 CDs, my heart goes out to you. But out of that 1,000, how many do you want to listen to in the car?
I had only about 250. I got a great ripping program dbPoweramp (available for both macOS and Windows), bit the bullet, and ripped them all over the course of a few weeks, mostly while I was doing other stuff at the Mac. Even if you want to convert them to FLAC you can probably get every one you'd realistically like to have in the car on a 128GB USB3 flash drive. If you just use high-quality MP3, you could get all of them on there. Buy a new CD? -- just rip it and copy to the flash drive.
The bonus is that once the nasty job is complete, you have the option of taking the CDs to the half-price book store and getting some $$ for them