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Old 05-08-2019, 04:44 AM   #1
Kevin Palm
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Default Small Bluetooth transmitter?

I know there was an earlier thread on this, but no satisfactory resolution, so I apologize for asking something that's been asked before. Has anybody used a small Bluetooth transmitter with their electronic pipes successfully and, if so, what model did you use? I've been thinking about attaching one to my TechnoPipes since I have a favorite pair of Bluetooth earbuds that I'd like to use with it, but the only ones I can find online have a cord attached. I was hoping to find one that has the audio plug as part of the body so there aren't any dangly bits!

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Old 05-08-2019, 06:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Small Bluetooth transmitter?

In short, "no."

I've heard/read that it's not the greatest for our needs. Blair has a good article on this here: https://blairbagpipes.com/bluetooth/

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Old 05-08-2019, 06:41 AM   #3
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Default Re: Small Bluetooth transmitter?

I tried it once, using a small bluetooth transmitter linked to a bluetooth speaker (rather than earbuds) but there was too much of a lag between what my fingers were playing and what came out of the speaker so I gave it up as a bad job.

A shame, but as Scotty might say, ‘Ye cannae change the laws of physics, Jim!”

If anyone does find a solution I’d love to hear about it
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:14 AM   #4
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You can find small inexpensive blue tooth transmitters on eBay and Amazon.
As already mentioned the lag between fingers and earpiece is terrible.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:18 AM   #5
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I have had the same experience. The lag time makes it almost impossible to play. If it was either longer or shorter it might have been manageable. I can only assume that the Bluetooth protocols include some data compression. If you could find a device that allowed you to control that, you might be able to reduce the lag time but I haven't seen one yet.

If you are serious about wireless capability, you would probably do better with a wireless mic setup from a musical instrument shop.

I hope this helps,
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:11 AM   #6
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Someone else mentioned it but you really need a professional UHF transmitter/receiver. These have the bandwidth and no lag.

With bluetooth there's around a 300milisecond delay and creates a lot of lag that makes it impossible (I find anyway). You can find UHF transmitters that aren't stage gear/pro audio (read: $$$) and are more suited to occasional use. I'm heading that direction I think.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:34 PM   #7
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Thanks, guys! Having only used Bluetooth to listen to music from my phone, I had no idea that there was a lag! Guess I should stick with my regular earbuds, wires and all! ;-)
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