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    Playing Bluetooth audio via piCorePlayer

    Hi, really like my piCorePlayer for playing my FLAC music collection on my NAS using the LMS Squeezebox system, and occasionally use Airplay from my iPad. However, I would like to be able to play audio to the piCorePlayer using a bluetooth connection from my Android phone. Is there any way I can add Bluetooth receiver/audio function to piCorePlayer?

    Phone -> piCorePlayer (RP3) with IQaudIO DAC and bluetooth -> amplifier and speakers via IQaudIO RCA (phono) sockets?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Technically yes (wavinput plugin if you have an audio capture device) but you may be as well to buy a Bluetooth-enabled amp or active speaker instead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastMan View Post
    Hi, really like my piCorePlayer for playing my FLAC music collection on my NAS using the LMS Squeezebox system, and occasionally use Airplay from my iPad. However, I would like to be able to play audio to the piCorePlayer using a bluetooth connection from my Android phone. Is there any way I can add Bluetooth receiver/audio function to piCorePlayer?

    Phone -> piCorePlayer (RP3) with IQaudIO DAC and bluetooth -> amplifier and speakers via IQaudIO RCA (phono) sockets?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    According to paul of pCP bluez-alsa will make it work but no details see http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...l=1#post892464

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    Ignore above - wrong way - you want phone to pCP - bluez-alsa does Pcp to BT speaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmatt View Post
    Technically yes (wavinput plugin if you have an audio capture device) but you may be as well to buy a Bluetooth-enabled amp or active speaker instead.


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    I don't need to route BT audio via LMS, just play using the RPi on which PCP is installed. I can always add a dongle to the amp but that is another input to the amp, another power supply, another box and a manual switch when I want to flip between LMS and BT.

    PCP on the RPi already offers Apple Airplay which is run as a separate process outside of LMS and means I can play audio from my iPad to the amp with no extra hardware and no switching (I use it for playing Audible books). However BT is more compatible and ubiquitous so generally more useful.

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    Server: Synology DS214 (2TB) NAS running LMS 7.9.1
    Network: TP-Link Archer VR200 router, TP-Link access point
    Livingroom: Duet, Linn LP12, Naim 72/Hi-cap/110/Headline amp, B&W CM2 speakers
    Kitchen: piCorePlayer, Tibo powered speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastMan View Post
    Hi, really like my piCorePlayer for playing my FLAC music collection on my NAS using the LMS Squeezebox system, and occasionally use Airplay from my iPad. However, I would like to be able to play audio to the piCorePlayer using a bluetooth connection from my Android phone. Is there any way I can add Bluetooth receiver/audio function to piCorePlayer?

    Phone -> piCorePlayer (RP3) with IQaudIO DAC and bluetooth -> amplifier and speakers via IQaudIO RCA (phono) sockets?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    That's a feature I'd really like to have as well.
    I have a stand-alone PiCorePlayer in my garage with an integrated amp and outdoor speakers which is basically built-in. My smartphone is Android, so Airplay doesn't work.

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    It's a bit of a black art getting the Bluetooth stack to do anything useful on Linux, so the odds of getting a working Bluetooth audio receiver in software on a bluetooth-equipped rpi3 is low. So you are still looking at a secondary Bluetooth receiver with PSU. I recently swapped a kitchen amp for an all in one class D with Bluetooth, and it works pretty well.


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    There is already support for bluez-alsa on pcp - see here
    bluez-alsa supports both playback to and recording from a bluetooth device, however, it seems the setup for recording isn't included in the pcp package, so this would have to be done manually.
    Since the basic config and the pairing of the BT device has been taken care of, this should be fairly straightforward (in theory - I have no experience with pcp)
    See my howto for details.
    Note: pcp-bt seems to save the device name in /home/tc/.pcp-bt-device

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    The author of PCP doesn't think so, istr a thread talking about this before. Personally, I've never had much success even getting a rpi3 to remain paired with a Bluetooth keyboard let alone offering anything more complex reliably.


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    I gave it another try. I could get my iPhone paired, but nothing would play. Bluealsa is much a work in progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul- View Post
    I gave it another try. I could get my iPhone paired, but nothing would play. Bluealsa is much a work in progress.
    Quote Originally Posted by drmatt
    Personally, I've never had much success even getting a rpi3 to remain paired with a Bluetooth keyboard let alone offering anything more complex reliably.
    My experience has been more positive - using the built-in Bluetooth on a rpi3 with a headphone (playback) or an Android phone (streaming) has worked flawlessly for me, and the bluez-alsa setup worked immediately (on a system without pulesaudio).
    So I guess there is an element of chance involved.

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