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  1. #11
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    Hi, i also would like to see the possibility to connect my family members bluetooth phones to the PiCorePlayers around the house. They are Rpi3 + TouchScreen + HiFiBerry AMP+ build into the wall. The speakers are ceiling or wall mounted. Since the AMP is fitted on the Rpi3 board, replacing them with a bluetooth aware receiver is not an option.
    I also read the github /Arkq/bluez-alsa topic but i am not "smart" enough to test drive this.
    If i understand it well i could install bluez-alsa on my running PiCorePlayer v3.22 and pair a bluetooth Phone or tablet to it in order to stream the audio through the HiFiBerry AMP+. Or is it more complex? is it possible that this feature is added to the PiCorePlayer GUI like the Shairport-sync had been added?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildeke View Post
    Hi, i also would like to see the possibility to connect my family members bluetooth phones to the PiCorePlayers around the house. They are Rpi3 + TouchScreen + HiFiBerry AMP+ build into the wall. The speakers are ceiling or wall mounted. Since the AMP is fitted on the Rpi3 board, replacing them with a bluetooth aware receiver is not an option.
    I also read the github /Arkq/bluez-alsa topic but i am not "smart" enough to test drive this.
    If i understand it well i could install bluez-alsa on my running PiCorePlayer v3.22 and pair a bluetooth Phone or tablet to it in order to stream the audio through the HiFiBerry AMP+. Or is it more complex? is it possible that this feature is added to the PiCorePlayer GUI like the Shairport-sync had been added?
    Hi, a bit off topic (sorry guys) but can you share any info or pictures of how you 'build into the wall'? Maybe on a separate thread?? I'm looking to do this any looking for mounting options.

    Thanks.

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    I too am also interested in this. That would be awesome for my garage speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland0 View Post
    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.
    Hi Roland,

    Can you please post your config / what you changed to get this working and pair a Phone ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuFi View Post
    Can you please post your config / what you changed to get this working and pair a Phone ?
    Have you tried the procedure described here? If yes, what exactly isn't working?
    Various SW: Web Interface | Playlist Editor / Generator | Music Classification | Similar Music | Announce | EventTrigger | LMSlib2go | ...
    Various HowTos: build a self-contained LMS | Bluetooth/ALSA | Control LMS with any device | ...

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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.
    As alternative for Airplay and BT Audio input, I use DLNA.
    Samsung phones have the cast build into the player. the older ones at least.
    Other phones need one of the free DLNA apps.
    Give it a go, If you can reach your set through wifi, you do not need much more.

    Greetz M-H

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmatt View Post
    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. Transcoded from Matt's brain by Tapatalk
    I find there is a problem with these basic Bluetooth enabled amps, or even the RPi for that matter, there is no easy way to disconnect one phone and pair another. You have to disconnect at the phone end. It really needs a dedicated button on the amp to release the Bluetooth connection so it can be paired with a new device while the previously connected one is still in range. We had a party at Christmas where somebody brought a Bose Bluetooth speaker along. Everyone was choosing music on their phones and we were swapping the Bluetooth continually between one phone and another. There was a simple button on the speaker that enabled that.

    I have resigned myself to getting another power brick, dongle and set of RCA cables which will require me to switch inputs manually on the amp.

    Times are changing anyway. Disappointingly the rest of the family have kicked out the Squeezebox from the kitchen (along with neat little Class D amp and excellent B&W speakers) in favour of a pair of Tibo active speakers with Bluetooth. They have another two inputs but the family don't want the clutter of more boxes and cables so I am now down to my last Squeezebox - in the living room attached to my proper Naim system that only I listen to.

    What it boils down to is everybody "curates" their own music on their own phone (in our case via a Spotify family account) and they simply want to swap from listening on headphones to listening on a speaker, or pair of speakers. They don't want the hassle of opening up a different app on their phone, then the Spotty app in LMS, then going to their library just to get to Spotify to listen to the music on speakers that they were already listening to on headphones.

    We are getting a home extension which will release one of the bedrooms to be a study. Hopefully I will be allowed to reinstate the Squeezebox system there!
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    Server: Synology DS214 (2TB) NAS running LMS 7.9.1
    Network: TP-Link Archer VR200 router, 3 x Netgear Orbi WiFi mesh access points (amazing!).
    Livingroom: Duet, Linn LP12, Naim 72/Hi-cap/110/Headline amp, B&W CM2 speakers
    Kitchen: piCorePlayer, Tibo powered speakers.
    Dining: piCorePlayer, second hand Cambridge amp and speakers.
    Portable: piCorePlayer with LMS and copy music library.

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    Quick update. I have discovered that the Tibo speakers have a USB socket at the back. I thought this was for a music / data connection but apparently it is just 2.4 amp power output socket designed to charge your phone.
    This was not being used by anybody else, so I have sneaked my Raspberry Pi based player (piCorePlayer) into the kitchen and hidden it behind the speaker.
    It is powered by the USB socket so no extra power brick / wall wart is needed and I bought a very dinky 6 inch RCA cable to connect to one of the two line level inputs in the back of the Tibo speakers.

    So discrete I don't think anybody else has noticed yet!

    Cleverly the Tibo speakers have an auto-sensing function which turns them on automatically when they sense a music signal at one of the inputs - either bluetooth, or RCA. Very clever.
    Shame the sound quality is rather average. Never mind, it will do for casual listening while I am cooking :-)
    Last edited by TheLastMan; 2018-02-19 at 03:58.
    Matt
    SqueezeBoxes: 3 x piCorePlayers with two Duets, one no longer in active service.
    Server: Synology DS214 (2TB) NAS running LMS 7.9.1
    Network: TP-Link Archer VR200 router, 3 x Netgear Orbi WiFi mesh access points (amazing!).
    Livingroom: Duet, Linn LP12, Naim 72/Hi-cap/110/Headline amp, B&W CM2 speakers
    Kitchen: piCorePlayer, Tibo powered speakers.
    Dining: piCorePlayer, second hand Cambridge amp and speakers.
    Portable: piCorePlayer with LMS and copy music library.

  9. #19
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    Hi,
    I managed to get bluetooth streaming to a Pi Zero W AND squeezelite running in peaceful coexistence on a standard Raspbian Lite within 30 minutes following these 2 tutorials:
    1. https://www.tutonaut.de/raspberry-pi...faenger-kombi/
    2. http://www.gerrelt.nl/RaspberryPi/wo...r-on-raspbian/

    Wondered if this is possible on pCp, too? Anybody tried?

  10. #20
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    Ah, sorry, just came across this:
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...-x-x-Bluetooth

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