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'[EE] Bluetooth Audio'
2008\07\03@113537 by Alan B. Pearce

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Has anyone had a play with Bluetooth Audio streams from a PC? What I am
looking at doing is having a Bluetooth receiver in the car so the GPS on the
laptop can relay the audio instructions at a volume I can hear better than
the laptop speakers will give.

This seemed an ideal way to do it so there were no extra wires involved from
the laptop.

As a last resort I was considering the possibility of hacking some Bluetooth
headphones to use the receiver, and feed the audio into something that could
drive some speakers, but am wondering if there is a neater solution.

I am likely to have a Dell 350 Bluetooth module available, which has a USB
interface, and a 10 pin connector. I can find a pinout for the connector,
but doubt I'll ever get the USB hacked, so was wondering what other
solutions there might be.

2008\07\03@123843 by Herbert Graf

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On Thu, 2008-07-03 at 16:35 +0100, Alan B. Pearce wrote:
> Has anyone had a play with Bluetooth Audio streams from a PC? What I am
> looking at doing is having a Bluetooth receiver in the car so the GPS on the
> laptop can relay the audio instructions at a volume I can hear better than
> the laptop speakers will give.
>
> This seemed an ideal way to do it so there were no extra wires involved from
> the laptop.
>
> As a last resort I was considering the possibility of hacking some Bluetooth
> headphones to use the receiver, and feed the audio into something that could
> drive some speakers, but am wondering if there is a neater solution.
>
> I am likely to have a Dell 350 Bluetooth module available, which has a USB
> interface, and a 10 pin connector. I can find a pinout for the connector,
> but doubt I'll ever get the USB hacked, so was wondering what other
> solutions there might be.

Forgive me if I don't 100% what you're trying to get working.

What you want to do should be pretty simple. For example, I have a small
bluetooth receiver that has a headphone jack and basically will turn any
set of headphones into wireless bluetooth headphones. I just set the
laptop to send all sound over the bluetooth link instead of it's sound
card, and the music shows up in my headphones. To do what you're looking
for I'd just plug that receiver into my car's stereo.

Now, with all that said, my actual experience with bluetooth is
horrible. Compatibility is STILL an issue, and the software that comes
with most bluetooth modules is utter and complete CRAP. I've always
wondered why bluetooth on the PC hasn't taken off, I now understand why.

Compatibility for standalone devices isn't that great either, supposedly
the GPS unit I have will just not link with a particular cell phone I
tried it with.

For a "standard" as old as it is to still have so many issues is a
shame.

TTYL

2008\07\04@092940 by Alan B. Pearce

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>Forgive me if I don't 100% what you're trying to get working.
>
>What you want to do should be pretty simple. For example, I have a small
>bluetooth receiver that has a headphone jack and basically will turn any
>set of headphones into wireless bluetooth headphones. I just set the
>laptop to send all sound over the bluetooth link instead of it's sound
>card, and the music shows up in my headphones. To do what you're looking
>for I'd just plug that receiver into my car's stereo.

That is pretty well exactly what I want to do, although I am thinking in
terms of a semi-permanent install in the car.

I hadn't realised there are Bluetooth receivers with jacks, I'll have to go
looking. I do take your comments about compatibility though, but I haven't
experienced that with the couple of devices I have so far (GPS receivers).


'[EE] Bluetooth Audio'
2008\08\16@105732 by Dario Greggio
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Herbert Graf wrote:

> Now, with all that said, my actual experience with bluetooth is
> horrible. Compatibility is STILL an issue, and the software that comes
> with most bluetooth modules is utter and complete CRAP. I've always
> wondered why bluetooth on the PC hasn't taken off, I now understand why.
>
> Compatibility for standalone devices isn't that great either, supposedly
> the GPS unit I have will just not link with a particular cell phone I
> tried it with.

absoulutely agreed Herbert - same pain at my place (especially trying to
connect to the internet using cell-phone as a modem via Bluetooth...)

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Ciao, Dario

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