Feature #435

Add Bluetooth audio source

Added by Hammel over 5 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

Status:ClosedStart date:22 Mar 2015
Priority:UrgentDue date:
Assignee:Hammel% Done:


Category:06 - Hardware
Target version:0.11.0
Severity:01 - Critical


I want to play audio from the server via bluetooth (not BLE).

  1. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12338621/a2dp-sink-without-pulseaudio
    1. http://www.lightofdawn.org/blog/?viewDetailed=00031
    2. http://www.lightofdawn.org/blog/?viewDetailed=00032
  2. https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Bluetooth_Headset#BlueZ_5

This will take up another USB port, but it's possible that dongle can do dual service for audio and keyboard/mouse.

Related issues

Duplicates PiBox - Action Item #252: Review requirements for BLE Closed 25 Nov 2013


#1 Updated by Hammel over 5 years ago

  • Priority changed from High to Urgent
  • Severity changed from 03 - Medium to 01 - Critical

#2 Updated by Hammel over 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress
  • % Done changed from 0 to 30

This is being tracked in RM #252, currently subject to configuration of ALSA to route data to the bluetooth device (I think).

When RM #252 closes, I'll be able to close this issue.

#3 Updated by Hammel over 5 years ago

Now that I've proven bluetooth audio can work, I'm tracking playing audio from the video player here.

Ugh. omxplayer doesn't support Alsa. To use omxplayer, I'd have to add an external bluetooth transmitter.

VLC might work as an alternative but it may require a lot of updates to the base platform.

#4 Updated by Hammel over 5 years ago

  • % Done changed from 30 to 50

I've ordered a small, round bluetooth transmitter with 3.5mm input port and cables. This will go into the player box.

It should arrive in a few days. Sad, but that's all I can do for this for now.

#5 Updated by Hammel over 5 years ago

I need to test mplayer to see if it works as a replacement for omxplayer for video playback. It would allow me to use software configured bluetooth audio instead of having to plugin in a bluetooth transmitter. However, I know it won't have hardware accelerated playback.

I'll track this with a separate issue: RM #459.

#6 Updated by Hammel over 5 years ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed

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