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#985279 - 04/20/17 02:38 PM Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit...
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So...

As part of my purchase of a new 2016 R1200GS, I also added the BMW Navigator V GPS unit (built by Garmin), mainly because I wanted to be able to use it with the bike info interface. At the time, I did not realize that there was no output jack for a 3.5mm plug for the purpose of pulling audio (music, turn-by-turn, etc.). Thank you, BMW! Being the industrious-kinda guy I am, I figured that I SHOULD be able to use a Bluetooth receiver with a 3.5mm jack to pull the audio via Bluetooth and then plug the receiver into my mixer with my V1 and iPod. NOT!

When I try to do this, even though I'm using a Bluetooth receiver, an error message appears on the GPS screen that says: "An A2DP Bluetooth headset must be connected to listen to music." According to BMW, this headset is a $500+/- option, which I was not told that I needed. Maybe there is another solution or maybe the Bluetooth receiver that I tried was not the right one.

Any thoughts about this? Suggestions?

BMW never makes anything easy--or inexpensive...

TIA!
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#985283 - 04/20/17 03:35 PM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: Tasker]
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Simply use a Bluetooth intercom, such as a Sena unit (a very popular brand), pair it to your Nav V, and to your smartphone too, if you like. You can load music onto the Nav V (mp3 file format only), and use the Nav V's Media App to play it, and you'll hear it in your Sena headset. You'll also get navigation instructions in your headset this way. If you choose to load mp3 files onto the Nav V, I suggest you insert a microSD card into the Nav, and store the music there.

I listen to music occasionally on a long ride, but I do not load any files onto my Nav. I have music stored on my iPhone,, and I access it by calling up Siri on my iPhone (all I do is press the "phone" button on my Sena headset, and when Siri responds, I tell it to play -- or shuffle -- all music, or a particular Playlist. To stop, I call up Siri again, and say, "pause all music"). It works pretty well. The downside, though, is that you have to cellular acces to use Siri.

Also, if you have a smartphone (and plan to pair it to your Nav and to a Bluetooth intercom/headset), I suggest downloading the Garmin Smartlink App onto your phone. I find it quite useful, particularly for live traffic, and weather (one-time low-cost subscriptions. Weather was $5).
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#985291 - 04/20/17 04:26 PM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: marcopolo]
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Mark, I do not use a Bluetooth headset in my helmet, instead using custom-molded earplugs with a 3.5mm jack. I plug the earplugs into a mixer (in my tank bag) with my V1 and iPod. If I can get this working, I do plan to use the Garmin app as you suggested. I've looked at the Sena stuff but cannot see where their application addresses this. Thoughts?

Thanks for your input. (Also saw your note on ADV--thanks!)

Tasker
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#985293 - 04/20/17 04:45 PM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: Tasker]
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Originally Posted By: Tasker
So...

As part of my purchase of a new 2016 R1200GS, I also added the BMW Navigator V GPS unit (built by Garmin), mainly because I wanted to be able to use it with the bike info interface. At the time, I did not realize that there was no output jack for a 3.5mm plug for the purpose of pulling audio (music, turn-by-turn, etc.). Thank you, BMW! Being the industrious-kinda guy I am, I figured that I SHOULD be able to use a Bluetooth receiver with a 3.5mm jack to pull the audio via Bluetooth and then plug the receiver into my mixer with my V1 and iPod. NOT!

When I try to do this, even though I'm using a Bluetooth receiver, an error message appears on the GPS screen that says: "An A2DP Bluetooth headset must be connected to listen to music." According to BMW, this headset is a $500+/- option, which I was not told that I needed. Maybe there is another solution or maybe the Bluetooth receiver that I tried was not the right one.

Any thoughts about this? Suggestions?

BMW never makes anything easy--or inexpensive...

TIA!


Evening Tasker

I'm not sure I have a (known) answer for you--

Does your Bluetooth receiver support Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)? If not then that might be the problem.
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#985295 - 04/20/17 04:50 PM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: dirtrider]
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Originally Posted By: dirtrider
Originally Posted By: Tasker
So...

As part of my purchase of a new 2016 R1200GS, I also added the BMW Navigator V GPS unit (built by Garmin), mainly because I wanted to be able to use it with the bike info interface. At the time, I did not realize that there was no output jack for a 3.5mm plug for the purpose of pulling audio (music, turn-by-turn, etc.). Thank you, BMW! Being the industrious-kinda guy I am, I figured that I SHOULD be able to use a Bluetooth receiver with a 3.5mm jack to pull the audio via Bluetooth and then plug the receiver into my mixer with my V1 and iPod. NOT!

When I try to do this, even though I'm using a Bluetooth receiver, an error message appears on the GPS screen that says: "An A2DP Bluetooth headset must be connected to listen to music." According to BMW, this headset is a $500+/- option, which I was not told that I needed. Maybe there is another solution or maybe the Bluetooth receiver that I tried was not the right one.

Any thoughts about this? Suggestions?

BMW never makes anything easy--or inexpensive...

TIA!


Evening Tasker

I'm not sure I have a (known) answer for you--

Does your Bluetooth receiver support Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)? If not then that might be the problem.


According to the package and their website, it does. But the BMW headset is also A2DP-certified. What I don't know (or fully understand) is if there are other pieces to the A2DP puzzle that the receiver I tried didn't have. Based on my search, there are dozens of these things on the market.

Thanks!
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#985299 - 04/20/17 04:53 PM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: Tasker]
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Evening Tasker

You might try calling the tec help line of your receiver manufacturer to see if they can offer any help or possibly have a firmware update for your reciever.
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#985301 - 04/20/17 04:56 PM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: dirtrider]
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Originally Posted By: dirtrider
Evening Tasker

You might try calling the tec help line of your receiver manufacturer to see if they can offer any help or possibly have a firmware update for your reciever.


I did. They were useless. I ultimately returned the receiver in search of another type/model receiver or solution. Thanks!
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#985309 - 04/20/17 05:45 PM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: Tasker]
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Originally Posted By: Tasker
Mark, I do not use a Bluetooth headset in my helmet, instead using custom-molded earplugs with a 3.5mm jack. I plug the earplugs into a mixer (in my tank bag) with my V1 and iPod. If I can get this working, I do plan to use the Garmin app as you suggested. I've looked at the Sena stuff but cannot see where their application addresses this. Thoughts?

Thanks for your input. (Also saw your note on ADV--thanks!)

Tasker


I use custom-molded earplugs that plug into my Sena headset (I don't install the speakers in my helmet). Obviously, the Sena only makes sense if your audio sources are all bluetooth (though I think you can still plug in an Ipod/music player with a wire. I've never done that, and seems to be going/have gone the way of the dodo bird).

In my scenario, the Sena intercom meets the need for a headset to be connected, as that prompt you saw mentioned.


Edited by marcopolo (04/20/17 05:47 PM)
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#985332 - 04/21/17 03:07 AM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: Tasker]
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Tasker I have a V1, I-Pod, phone and NAV V. The V1 and I-Pod are plugged in a Sena SM10 that is paired to my Sena 20S. And my phone and NAV are also paired to my 20S. The in ear speakers (Al's) plug into the Sena.

It all works flawlessly. I keep the SM10 and I-Pod charged through my powered tank bag.

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#985484 - 04/23/17 12:07 AM Re: Pulling Bluetooth audio from a BMW Navigator V GPS unit... [Re: Limecreek]
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I'll look at the items you mentioned.

Thanks much!

Tasker
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