BluOS allows audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets, or computers. You can also stream audio from Pandora®, Sirius/XM®, Apple Music®, TDC Play®, and many more music services. This audio can be streamed to multiple BluOS Players when the players are grouped.
BluOS players listed below require an external Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter to enable Bluetooth functionality.
- Bluesound POWERNODE (Gen1)
- Bluesound PULSE (Gen1)
- Bluesound VAULT (Gen1)
- NAD VM 130 (Included with your BluOS Expansion Kit)
- NAD VM 300 (Included with your BluOS Expansion Kit)
Note: All other BluOS players excluding the above have built-in Bluetooth functionality.
You can use the IOGear GBU521 Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter and Targus 4.0 Micro USB Adapter as they are approved by BluOS. (All other USB adapters may have performance issues and might not work)
To connect the BluOS players with a Bluetooth device:
- (Only for the above-listed players) Insert the Bluetooth 4.0 adapter in the USB port of the player in the rear panel.
- Open the Bluetooth Settings page of your device (mobile/computer). A list of devices inside the Bluetooth network is displayed.
- Select the BluOS player from the listed devices to pair.
Note: The name of the BluOS player will be displayed as player/Room-name BT. In the case of Bluesound FLEX players, the name will be PULSE FLEX XXXX BT, where XXXX is the last four characters of the MAC Address of the player.
- In the BluOS App, open the Player Selection Drawer and select the player paired in Step 3.
- On the left Navigation menu, select Bluetooth. The player’s Bluetooth screen appears.
- Adjust the volume to the required level.
- Open the audio source on your device and play the audio.
- To change sources, select the required source from the left Navigation menu of the BluOS App.
Grouping Players in the BluOS App
To group BluOS players for multiroom playback with Bluetooth:
- In the BluOS App, select the Player Selection Drawer .
- Select the player currently connected to the Bluetooth device.
- Select and add other players to the Group.
Customizing Bluetooth settings
To customize the Bluetooth setting’s functionality, follow these steps:
Note: Bluetooth functionality cannot be customized when the Bluetooth USB adapter is disconnected for players requiring a Bluetooth USB adapter.
- In the BluOS App, on the left Navigation menu, select Settings > Player > Customize sources > Bluetooth. The Bluetooth pop-up window appears.
- Select any of the following modes:
- Manual: This mode allows you to manually switch between Bluetooth as a local source in the left Navigation menu of the BluOS App.
- Automatic (default mode selected): This mode automatically switches to the Bluetooth source when a connected device starts playing audio. You can switch between sources in the left Navigation menu of the BluOS App.
- Guest: This mode switches the BluOS player to the Bluetooth source when your connected Bluetooth device starts playing audio. However, switching sources disconnects the Bluetooth connection. The Bluetooth source is not displayed in the left Navigation menu of the BluOS App. This configuration is ideal for streaming audio from multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices.
- Disabled: This mode turns off the Bluetooth receiver on the player. This option is not available on BluOS players requiring a Bluetooth USB Adapter. To disable Bluetooth on these players you can simply remove the Bluetooth Adapter from the USB Port.
- Delete or remove the Bluetooth pairing in your current Bluetooth-enabled device before moving the USB Bluetooth Adapter to a different 1st Generation BluOS player.
- In iOS devices, if the Bluetooth adapter settings status displays“Not Connected”, select the information icon and select Forget this Device. Then reselect the Bluetooth adapter and pair it with the BluOS player. When the Bluetooth adapter is paired with a BluOS player, its status changes to “Connected”.
- In Android devices, if the Bluetooth adapter name is incorrect, refresh by searching (scanning) for devices, and the correct name is displayed. If the Bluetooth adapter status is blank or does not show as “Connected”, go to the Bluetooth adapter information page and select Unpair. Then reselect the Bluetooth adapter and pair it with the BluOS player. When the Bluetooth adapter is paired with a BluOS player, its status changes to “Connected”.
- If you are experiencing connection problems with the Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, unplug the power cord from the BluOS player, wait 30 seconds, replug the power cord again and follow the instructions in Connect Bluetooth.
- When grouping using Bluetooth, the player with the USB adapter installed must be the primary player of the group.
- BluOS players are not equipped with a microphone, and Bluetooth cannot be used for two-way communications.