Wearable wireless sound

Getting started with your JBL SOUNDGEAR BTA

Getting started with your JBL SOUNDGEAR BTA

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Product Specifications

Driver size (mm)
Driver sensitivity at 1kHz/1mW (dB)
Dynamic frequency response range (Hz)
Impedance (ohms)
Number of drivers per ear
Weight (g)
Weight (oz)
Bluetooth profiles
HFP v1.6, HSP v1.2, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.5
Bluetooth frequency
Bluetooth transmitted modulation
Bluetooth transmitter power
0-4 dbm
Bluetooth version
Charging time (hours from empty)
Maximum music play time with ANC off (hours)
Maximum play time (hours)
Maximum talk time (hours)
Built-in Microphone
Hands Free Call
JBL Signature Sound
Multi-Point Connection
Rechargable battery
Controls on Ear Cups?
Speed charge

Life at home has a soundtrack

Introducing a totally new way of experiencing sound at home – by wearing it. Thanks to the JBL Signature Sound wireless performance and the Quad transducers with Bass boost, the Soundgear BTA creates your own personal sound zone while allowing you to remain fully aware of your surroundings. The around-the-neck construction, ergonomic shape, intuitive controls, and soft touch fabric finish provide a hands-free and ears-free audio experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. Bluetooth®-enabled for sound streaming from compatible devices, the JBL Soundgear BTA offers up to 6 hours of playback time, a quick recharge time of 2 hours and an echo-cancelling dual mic for crystal clear calls. The included TV Bluetooth® wireless audio transmitter enables a convenient connection to the TV to better immerse yourself in a movie. Whether you want to give your VR experience a boost with immersive audio, watch a video, add music to your daily activities around the house or take a conference call, the JBL Soundgear provides you with an exciting, pervasive sound experience with total freedom and comfort.

Enjoy an enriched and immersive audio experience that only JBL sound can provide, thanks also to the Quad transducers with Bass boost.
Hands-free, crystal clear voice calls make your conference calls easy and convenient, free from echo and noise.
Cut the cords and conveniently stream all your content wirelessly and hands-free, staying aware of your surroundings, without disturbing the others.
Micro USB charging built-in battery provides up to 6 hours of playing time, with a quick recharge in just 2 hours.
Enables a convenient Bluetooth® connection to the TV to better immerse yourself in a movie. Enjoy a synchronized audio experience as a result of AptX low latency. Using either input optical or auxiliary audio available makes your Soundgear compatible with most TVs.
An ergonomic shape that rests gently on your shoulders and soft touch materials that fit all sizes combine to create an unbelievably comfortable audio experience.
Easily take control of your music or calls without taking off the Soundgear.
Allows you to effortlessly switch from one Bluetooth® device to the other. You can simply switch from a video on your tablet to a call on your mobile phone, so that you’ll never miss a call.

FAQs & How-Tos

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  • While you have an incoming call, and you can hear the call-tone from your SoundGear, simply adjust the SoundGear's call-tone level to the desired intensity, using the SoundGear's volume buttons.
  • No. The two Soundgears can connect to the BTA, but not to each other. Also, when using one Soundgear, the use of aptxLL may result in a delay. If you are connected to two, the delay may be more noticeable, since LL is no longer active.
  • No, Soundgear is wireless Bluetooth only, and needs to be charged to play music. But the BTA 20 transmitter must of course be connected with a cable to the signal source.
  • Yes, all sources that output analog stereo line-level signals or stereo audio optical digital signals may be used, cable-connected to the BTA 20 transmitter. Digital signals must be in PCM format. So if you have a CD player or an FM radio, you can connect the BTA 20 to it, and transmit to your Soundgear (or to other Bluetooth headphones that support the format). Please note that record players need an additional preamplifier to work this way. Of course a TV set can be connected as well, either via optical digital PCM output, via line outputs or via headphone output.
  • Yes, you can use your Soundgear for TV watching or playing video games. You can use the TV speakers and the Soundgear simultaneously, they will be synchronized in time.
  • Yes, in two hours, you can charge it to approx. 6 hours of playing time.
  • Yes, Soundgear supports aptX LL (Low Latency). (aptX is a way of packing more information into a compressed version of a signal).
  • To answer and hang up calls, press the pause/play button located on the left arm of the Soundgear.
  • Slide the power button in an upwards position. The power button will be located on the right arm next to the bluetooth button. Once you power on you will hear the audio chime. If this is your first time powering on the speaker, it will automatically go into pairing mode. You will see the fast blinking LED light as it searches for a device. Make sure that the device you are attempting to connect to is in pairing mode. The JBL Soundgear should be displayed on your discoverable devices within 3-8 seconds. Choose the JBL Soundgear and you are now connected!
  • Please make sure that the audio out format is set to PCM in the TV. Dolby Digital or other surround formats will not work with the BTA 20 transmitter.
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