Connecting Bluetooth speakers to my Laptop

I am using manjaro XFCE The speakers are recognised but the sound is not transferred!! How can this be resolved?

Have a look at the following links:

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sprint has harmon/kardon onyx 3 bluetooth speakers that will allow you to connect 2 or more speakers as one connects to your bluetooth adapter and the other connects to the other speaker

that's a good video. He doesn't show though how to connect two speakers. I think there are some smart phones that allow you to connect to two or more speakers and mac has that option as well, but i am fairly certain it doesn't work in linux or windows

the issue as i understand it isn't that the bluetooth cant connect to two or more speakers, it's that pulseaudio won't output to more than one source... probably the same is true for alsa as well...

so who knows how to get alsa or pulseaudio to output to two or more audio devices that are bluetooth at the same?

@c00ter says you can connect multiple bluetooth outputs into a single virtual device in kde. So i recommend switching to kde @keymessage.

That's almost enough to make me try out kde again even though i think it's a resource hog... esp compared to my lovely openbox setup.

Also i created a thread in the arch forums that might prove beneficial:::

so paprefs will allow one to select simultaneous audio outputs

ok so i have two devices connected and playing back simultaneously but they are not ion synch

both devices wont connect to a2dpsink

[NEW] Controller 00:1A:7D:DA:71:13 pacbanging [default]
[NEW] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C Bluetooth
[bluetooth]# scan on
Discovery started
[NEW] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C HK Onyx Studio 3
[bluetooth]# devices
Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C Bluetooth
Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C HK Onyx Studio 3
[bluetooth]# pair B8:69:C2:44:64:2C
Attempting to pair with B8:69:C2:44:64:2C
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C Connected: yes
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C UUIDs: 00001108-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C UUIDs: 0000110b-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C UUIDs: 0000110c-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C UUIDs: 0000110e-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C UUIDs: 0000111e-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C UUIDs: 00001200-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C ServicesResolved: yes
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C Paired: yes
Pairing successful
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C ServicesResolved: no
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C Connected: no
[bluetooth]# connect B8:69:C2:44:64:2C
Attempting to connect to B8:69:C2:44:64:2C
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C Connected: yes
Connection successful
[CHG] Device B8:69:C2:44:64:2C ServicesResolved: yes
[HK Onyx Studio 3]# pair 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C
Attempting to pair with 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C Connected: yes
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C UUIDs: 0000110b-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C UUIDs: 0000110c-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C UUIDs: 0000110e-0000-1000-8000-00805f9b34fb
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C ServicesResolved: yes
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C Paired: yes
Pairing successful
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C ServicesResolved: no
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C Connected: no
[HK Onyx Studio 3]# connect 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C
Attempting to connect to 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C Connected: yes
Failed to connect: org.bluez.Error.Failed
[CHG] Device 30:21:93:C6:E3:1C Connected: no
[HK Onyx Studio 3]# 

this seems like it might be relevant

Change the latency vis-a-vis pavu advanced settings. Three things I've noticed so far...

  • Start-stop the audio or video briefly and they'll usually sink
  • They'll usually sink anyway in a brief bit
  • Placement matters


both of them wont connect via a2dpsink anyways

one connects a2dp sink but then the other one wont

There has to be a way...IRQs...something!

I was thinking about doing the same, but I guess I'll either have to continue using laptop spkrs & BT tower, or add a pair of USB spkrs...

if i connect the soundbar to a2dp sink then the onky won't connect to a2dp but will connect to hsp/sfp then the sound that comes out is delayed by about 2 seconds

Who is it here that is the pulseaudio expert? @Calthax? @badbodh? We need their config expertise.... Change latencies...

ok how about being able to connect two devices to bluetooth via a2dp sink?

how to sync two audio devices via a2dp sink


@keymessage install these

extra/pulseaudio-bluetooth 9.0-1 [installed]
    Bluetooth support for PulseAudio
extra/pavucontrol 3.0-4 [installed]
    PulseAudio Volume Control

Then use pavucontrol to change audio output device.

Do mention your speaker make and model. Also provide system info, instructions here.

@badbodh, you'll need to direct your response to Lizzi. I don't have/won't get another BT tower to add to the one I have. Lizzi may.

IIRC the response she got to the same asked question in the Arch forums was that it is not possible.

But if we could get all sorts of uncooperative hardware to co-exist back in the bad old days just by changing IRQs & memory addresses, why would it not still be so?

A philosophical question, I suppose....



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