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sawdust123

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I always like to have music playing while setting up. I also have music playing while packing up. This is easy to do with a powered speaker with a BT input and a phone. Plug into the speaker in and start playing. At the end of the gig, do the reverse.

Today's gig was an outdoor celebration of life where the video was set up under a car port. As I was packing I had the speaker sitting on a chair with just music playing from my phone. I decided to back my car up to the car port to pack the video stand and some other items. As my car got within range of my phone (which was sitting on the speaker) the phone switched to the car's BT. Those that were helping to pack up were wondering what had happened since I clearly was in the car and not by the speaker.

I have never looked into BT priority but clearly, my phone thought it wise to switch to the car automatically. I obviously could unpair the car to prevent this but I wonder if there are other ways to prevent the phone from automatically switching BT connections. I am hoping there is some setting buried deep within the Android OS that controls this.
 
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I always like to have music playing while setting up. I also have music playing while packing up. This is easy to do with a powered speaker with a BT input and a phone. Pluto pg the speaker in and start playing. At the end of the gig, do the reverse.

Today's gig was an outdoor celebration of life where the video was set up under a car port. As I was packing I had the speaker sitting on a chair with just music playing from my phone. I decided to back my car up to the car port to pack the video stand and some other items. As my car got within range of my phone (which was sitting on the speaker) the phone switched to the car's BT. Those that were helping to pack up were wondering what had happened since I clearly was in the car and not by the speaker.

I have never looked into BT priority but clearly, my phone thought it wise to switch to the car automatically. I obviously could unpair the car to prevent this but I wonder if there are other ways to prevent the phone from automatically switching BT connections. I am hoping there is some setting buried deep within the Android OS that controls this.
If it’s like apple unfortunately there’s not a priority setting in the phone… but within the app you can sometimes manually select what Bluetooth speaker you want and itll 9/10 stay on it after manually selected. On my iPad which I use via Bluetooth for cocktail hours, I had to remove all other Bluetooth speakers, including my headphones, from my ipad to be safe.
 

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On my iPad which I use via Bluetooth for cocktail hours, I had to remove all other Bluetooth speakers, including my headphones, from my ipad to be safe.
Yeah, I know that will work. I'm trying to avoid that. If I get a new phone, i could dedicate one to doing this. However, since new phones lack 3.5mm jacks, I am less inclined to upgrade.
 

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Bluetooth is a consumer personal device application. It's specifically designed to FOLLOW you based on proximity as long as those devices remain frequently active in your personal directory. It's your car that triggers the change - not the phone. Your phone is imply responding to the car's pre-authorized request.
 
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The BT discussion aside, I never play music during teardown. In fact, I won't play it as they're leaving either. If music is playing then guests get confused, thinking the event is not over. It's best to kill the music, make the announcement to go outside for the send-off, which then usually sees most (if not all) of the guests going where they're supposed to go.
 
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These days I do many casual parties at people's homes where a handful of guests will linger after the main party is over to help clean up. Maybe some of us linger afterwards for a quite a while. My JBL EON Compact weighs only 18 pounds and I just run it off its internal battery. I can have all my cables, other speakers, stands and other stuff packed and in the car while others still enjoy the music. When I did more formal events, my goal was to get out as fast as possible. Those events usually had strict cut-off times as well.
 

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It will still want to connect. The radio, phone, nav, etc are all part of one unit. It never really shuts off. It just connects with whatever connections have been established before whether you are using them or not.
 

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I use a Radial BTPro V2 when I need a bluetooth connection to the system. It's a fully balanced output, Phantom or USB powered, Pin protected and you can use multiple receivers for different users in the same space for seamless change-overs.
 

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I use a Radial BTPro V2 when I need a bluetooth connection to the system. It's a fully balanced output, Phantom or USB powered, Pin protected and you can use multiple receivers for different users in the same space for seamless change-overs.
The Radial unit seems nicely thought out. The specs don't say which codecs it supports or which chipset it uses. While BT 5.0 supports AptX, there are several flavors of AptX (HD, LL, Adaptive, etc). Not all chipsets support all of these. It would be interesting to know. However, the codec or chipset won't change the original issue I had which is getting the phone not to respond to a new connection request.