A great feature is that you can easily connect a Bluetooth speaker or a Bluetooth headphone to the Network Music Player. Go to the Bluetooth page and scan for speakers/headphones...
There can only one Bluetooth speaker or headphone connected at the time, but there can be many Bluetooth devices paired at the same time. The pairing of the speakers/headphones makes it very fast to switch between speakers and headphones.
The characteristics of a Bluetooth speaker is of course a little bit different than the ordinary wired ones.
- Make sure that the Bluetooth speaker or headphone is on and that it is ready to connect. Often it flashes and make some beep noises when it is ready. It has also to be within a decent distance, not more than 25 m away. Also you have to figure out the Bluetooth name of the device (consult the instructions).
- As stated above, there can be only one speaker or headphone connected at the time. Some more advance Bluetooth speaker systems comes with two speaker units and have multiroom capabilities that solve multi-speaker setups.
- An already paired Bluetooth speaker will silently reconnect itself to the Network Music Player when it is turned on, if there was no previous Bluetooth device connected.
- Some devices like computers can be both a speaker or a sender. Be sure to get that right in the settings of the device.
- If you cannot find the wanted speaker after a scan (in the pop-up menu), scan again. Sometimes it takes a while for a speaker to announce themselves as Bluetooth devices. Note: that an already connected speaker (connected to another device) will not show up in the scanning result.
The Network Music Player supports Bluetooth 5.0 for receiving and transmitting. That version is supported by most modern phones. With this version comes a wider range and increased transfer capacity which improves sound quality up to be like CDs. Bluetooth is backwards compatible, so you can use older devices, but they might not always be able to benefit of these latest features.
You can also stream Bluetooth to the Network Music Player, how this is done is explained on this page. Streaming Bluetooth to the Player when it is connected to a Bluetooth speaker works. The audio stream is then directly transmitted to the Bluetooth speaker and the amplifier is muted. If there is no Bluetooth speaker connected, the audio will go through the amplifier instead and the connected wired speakers will deliver the music.
Note: The default volume level of the Network Music Player is initially set to 100% - that is appropriate for streaming since you want to adjust the volume from your apps in that case, but when you do USB playback (play tracks from the attached USB stick) be sure to lower the volume first.