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Topic # 136750 7-Dec-2013 19:00
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currently we listed to radio in the morning on a laptop. Sound quality (as expected) is crappy, tinny, no bass. So I got a Bluetooth wireless speaker (Gear4 if this matters). The laptop is not Bluetooth enabled but the plan was not to listen on the laptop anyway. The plan was to get the FM radio from the mobile phone (Android) streamed to the wireless speaker via Bluetooth.

The music stored in the phone streams without a glitch to the wireless speaker but to get radio, you need to plug in the headphones! Once you do this, it appears that any sound goes only to the headphones and nothing to Bluetooth, even if the devices are paired and my phone confirms this.

By not using the laptop I was thinking that I save on internet usage as well...
Would it help if I get a Bluetooth dongle for the laptop? Or the problem is that the source is streaming, and is not a recording in the laptop or phone? Could be something to do with copyrights...? I can connect the laptop to the "wireless" speaker with 3.5mm jack cable (and then the radio works very well - I did not expect issues there) but that defeats the purpose of getting wireless speakers... hmmm...

I hope the issue was described fairly accurate and will enable someone to think of a solution?
Many thanks in advance.

PS: please do not remind me that for $10 you can get a clock radio, which would have provided the expected results. The "mobile phone / Bluetooth / wireless speaker" setup sounded so good and modern...

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  Reply # 947223 7-Dec-2013 19:51
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My htc one and htc one x phones needed the headphones plugged in for fm radio functions to work. I assume this because they use the head phones as the antenna. A quick google suggests this is true.


Putting aside the issue of data volumes which are probably small, could you just live stream the radio from the internet using your phone and Bluetooth. Ie tuneinradio app.

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