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Bluetooth and TV

by phrot / July 9, 2013 6:11 AM PDT

I've read a couple recent Q&A regarding TVs and Bluetooth but had a slightly different issue. My near new large screen TV in the Living Room has a USB jack. I own a Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speaker and would like to listen to the TV in the kitchen without having to wake up the neighborhood by turning up the volume on the TV that's about 40 feet away. Is there a way, or USB dongle, that I can place on the TV to listen to the BT speaker placed between me and the TV so I can hear the audio without waking everyone on the house?

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What does the manual of this mysteriously anonymous TV
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 9, 2013 8:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Bluetooth and TV

have to say about connecting anything to the USB port? It is usually used to connect an external HD or a USB thumb drive.


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No TV so far uses
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2013 8:42 AM PDT
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No TV so far uses bluetooth dongles you use on your PCs. That's a dead end but always let folk go there and come back.

40 feet is beyond the normal 33 feet you usually get on bluetooth so maybe some other wireless link?

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speaker distance
by phrot / July 9, 2013 8:28 PM PDT
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Thank you

I realize 40 feet is a bit much, that's why I suggested placing the speaker between me and the TV, say at 33 feet or the maximum it could reach.

Are there simple BT broadcast amps that plug into analog output(s) on the TV that I can pair with the Jawbone? (The single optical jack is connected to the receiver amp already).

RE: the TV USB port, are they different than computer USB ports? Seem like USB was specifically designed for multiple I/O that's why I thought a BT dongle might work.

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In reverse order.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2013 12:58 AM PDT
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The USB is electrically the same, uses the same transport system but as you know in PCs we have drivers to use the device. Since a TV is not a PC you can't add support for most USB things like what you asked for. This seems to get some folk upset that an USB WiFi dongle can only be the one from the maker. Why? Because they wrote the code to support this or that dongle.

As to the word -> simple <- I must write this is not simple enough for some. While there are Bluetooth audio senders that should pair I wonder if you would put up with having to figure out how to get the analog audio to the sender even if you had to convert from optical to analog to go to the Bluetooth sender?

This is why, in your case you may want to have a service come in and set it up for you. Then you would not have to deal with it not being simple.

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In addition...
by sunwatcher / July 10, 2013 9:26 AM PDT
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In addition to the reasons previously mentioned why you might have problems getting this to work, there is typically an audio-video sync issue when listening to audio over Bluetooth. The audio is usually off from the video enough where it ruins the viewing experience. I recommend staying away from Bluetooth audio for your TV and going with a dedicated audio transmitter-receiver combo.

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