a2dp

Why doesn't my MP3 player connect to my car stereo?

Episode 1502

Jim from Lakewood, CO
CarPlay in the 2018 Honda CR-V

Jim just got a new Honda and he can't get his MP3 player to pair with it via Bluetooth. Leo says that if he can connect his phone via Bluetooth, then it supports Honda's version of the A2DP standard. The question is, does that MP3 player support it? It may be that Honda doesn't properly implement A2DP. Most cars will pair with an A2DP standard, and if his MP3 player supports it, then it should. But since that car has Apple CarPlay, he can always use his phone to stream music.

How can I convert my headphones into bluetooth?

Bob from Las Vegas, NV

Episode 1296

Bob has a pair of headphones that he loves and and older receiver. He would like to convert them to bluetooth. Leo says it can be done with a bluetooth transceiver. They come out of China and aren't very expensive. Rocketfish makes one. OroTech. You can easily get one for under $100 or even $50. You'll want one that plugs into the optical audio out to keep it digital for the least signal degradation. You'll also want the A2DP standard.

How can I connect my Sony TV to Bluetooth speakers?

Episode 1292

Avis from Santa Ana, CA
Sonos Play:1

Avis has a Sony LCD TV and she says that she's having trouble connecting her Bluetooth speakers and home theater to it. They work with her tablet and mobile phone, but not her Sony TV. Leo says that Sony doesn't put the A2DP Bluetooth profile in the TV OS (although this year's models do). That's probably why it can't pick it up. Also, only one device can connect to Bluetooth at a time. So she can't have it do double duty.

What wireless headphones are good for watching TV?

Phil from Anaheim, CA

Episode 1238

Phil would like to watch TV with wireless headphones so he doesn't disturb the rest of his family late at night. Leo says to look for a good Bluetooth headset that uses A2DP or AptX. USA Today recently came up with a whole list of options at usatoday.com

Another good place to look is at headphones.reviewed.com Beyer Dynamics and Sony both make great wireless headphones.

How good are cheap Bluetooth receivers?

Episode 1171

Laurie from Maui, HI
AmazonBasics Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Receiver

Laurie wants to stream music from her iPhone or iPad and she has a ton of music on a hard drive. How can she connect the two and create a streaming audio solution through surround sound? Can she add a Bluetooth receiver to her surround sound system? She uses a Panasonic Home Theater in a Box.

Leo says one option is a $25 Bluetooth Audio Receiver that she can get from Amazon. Leo wouldn't spend more than that. Make sure it uses A2DP, which is stereo Bluetooth.

How can I play a music service from my phone to my stereo via USB?

Vlad from Walnut Creek, CA

Episode 1158

Vlad wants to be able to play streaming music from his phone to his car stereo. Leo says that if he has a stereo that has Bluetooth support, then he can do it via A2DP. But if he doesn't have Bluetooth support, he can get audio through the lightning connector. If his stereo has USB, Leo isn't convinced that he could route it through Android's microUSB port. It's more likely better to use a cassette adapter that he can plug into his mobile phone's headphone jack.

How can I connect Bluetooth headphones to my iPod Classic?

Episode 1140

Steve from San Diego, CA
iPod Classic

Steve just bought high end Sony Bluetooth headphones and he wants to be able to connect his iPod classic to it. Leo says he can buy a bluetooth audio transmitter that plugs into the headphone jack. He should make sure it supports A2DP. But quality varies dramatically. He could also buy one that plugs into the iPod's 30 pin connector and that's a digital signal. He can look for them at Monoprice.com.

Can I pair multiple bluetooth devices to my smartphone?

Episode 1132

Carlos from Brooklyn, NY
Motorola S10HD

Carlos wants to know if his iPhone can pair to multiple bluetooth devices. Leo says yes! It's been a standard capability for awhile in smartphones now. Leo also recommends over the ear bluetooth headphones.

Motorola makes great wireless headphones, as does LG. The Motorola S10HD are about $40, and they go around the neck and house the batteries for longer battery life. He'll also want headphones that support the high quality stereo profile called 'A2DP.'