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Blue Screen Again
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-05-2011
Location: australia
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Bluetooth: T420s streaming audio to loungeroom stereo speakers?

Hi there,

 

I have a new T420s (4173-CTO) with integrated Bluetooth 3.0 (Win 7 Home Prem.) that I have paired with a Belkin Music Receiver (F8Z492au) that is plugged into an auxiliary port of a stereo amplifier (RCA).  But I can't get any music to come out of the loungeroom speakers. If I plug the laptop directly into the RCA ports of the amp there is no problem.

 

 I believe I have paired or connected to the Belkin device successfully--although it is called a "Bluetooth headset" rather than "Stereo Audio" or something more appropriate.

 

Do I need to get a Stereo Audio profile displayed in the Sound->Playback tab rather than the "Bluetooth Hands free Audio" of the headset profile? Perhaps do something extra to enable my ThinkPad for 'A2DP stereo' (?), so I can output to my stereo speakers through the Belkin receiver?

 

Under Headphones Properties the Advanced tab shows default sample rate & bit depth as "2 channel, 16 bit 48000Hz (DVD quality)".

 

Under Bluetooth Settings, Hardware tab I have:
'Microsoft Bluetooth Enumerator' with Driver :  6.1.17601.17607; and
'ThinkPad Bluetooth 3.0' with Driver : 6.4.0.1201

 

Under Devices & Printers, Belkin device (G13) Properties, Hardware, Properties, I have:
'Bluetooth AV' with Driver : 6.4.0.750

 

The option to update these drivers in the above tabs are greyed out.

 

I see from Programs & Features that "ThinkPad Bluetooth with Enhanced Data Rate Software" (Broadcom) is installed with Driver version 6.4.0.1500. 

 

I have found the following related posts but they don't really help me (tried Win 7 equivalent of number 1):
# JamesZ advice (device doesnt show as ".. Stereo Audio" anywhere)
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/How-do-I-pair-my-Bluetooth-Headset-with-the...

# bluetooth driver virus?
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/OS-wiped-out-during-Bluetooth-drivers-updat...

 

Thanks for your help
Philip

Blue Screen Again
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-05-2011
Location: australia
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Re: Bluetooth: T420s streaming audio to loungeroom stereo speakers?

 

Hi there

 

Anyone from Lenovo have a suggestion?

 

 

Thanks

Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎09-26-2011
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
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Re: Bluetooth: T420s streaming audio to loungeroom stereo speakers?

Similar problem with my Nokia BH-905 headphones.  On my Dell with the Toshiba BT stack, I had 2 seperate devices/profiles showup for the Nokia BH-905: a bluetooth headset and an A2DP Headphones.  In my ThinkPad T420 I just have a bluetooth headset listed for the Nokia BH-905.  While the services for teh BT headset show both "Bluetooth AV" and "Bluetooth Headset" and the audio settings in Windows 7 for the BT headset are set to DVD quality, the sound quality from the Nokia BH-905 is significantly poorer than when using them with my Dell.  It sounds as if the audio is being compressed at a very low bit rate for transmission via Bluetooth to the headphones.  Is there a way to verify that the profile for my Nokia BH-905, specifically the "Bluetooth AV" service is, in fact, and A2DP profile?  Any help would be appreciated.

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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎09-26-2011
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
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Re: Bluetooth: T420s streaming audio to loungeroom stereo speakers?

Did some additional research, testing, and configurations.  Final conclusion: the T420s bluetooth audio is just crap.

 

Definitely not the headphones, because they work fine with the old laptop, and even better with my iPhone.  Tried with a different pair of bluetooh headphones as well.  No configuration yields better results than another, that I can tell.  Either the T420s bluetooth drivers don't offer a true AD2P profile, or the one that is offered just doesn't sound good.  I guess I will be streaming music with my iPhone from now on.  Not going to be good for my battery life, though