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Old 15th December 2013, 07:25 AM   #1
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Default Bluetooth Version questions

So I read all of what I could find with the search on bluetooth. I am trying to add bluetooth to my little amp speaker boxes I have been building. I bought this one here
Bluetooth Music Receiver A2DP Wireless HiFi 3 5mm Stereo Audio Dongle Adapter | eBay

I plugged the audio cable from the BT module directly into the amp. I spliced in a 12v to 5v converter like this

23mm Car Charger DC Voltage Regulator Converter Module 12V to 5V 3A 15W LS4G | eBay

I realize now after reading this forum that I am probably getting the noise problem from the converter not being isolated.

I just ordered a couple of these as suggested by a member

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Now to the actual questions

I see that the original bluetooth module is Version 1.

Is the sound quality alot better with the newer versions? I am looking at this one in particular

Bluetooth 3 0 Music Receiver A2DP Audio Adapter Wireless for Stereo Speaker HiFi | eBay

Is this a good option? I am just looking for low cost, low to no noise.

Would love peoples opinions.

Thanks so much
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Old 15th December 2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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A higher bluetooth version will only work if both sender and receiver support this version. Bluetooth is backwards compatible, so getting a BT 4.0/apt-x module doesn't hurt since it allows for upgrades in the future. "sure hifi" on ebay has a native 12v BT pcb, so you won't need to step down the voltage. I have the BT2.1 starter module and I haven't had any problems with it so far.
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Old 15th December 2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Yep and also check if your phone supports APT-X. I know some Samsung galaxy phones do, like the S4, but the iPhone for example, doesnt.
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Old 15th December 2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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I think higher BT versions support higher data rates but will probably not be any musically quieter. Even with the voltage isolated DC-DC converter, there is still a little noise left if I hold my ear up to the speaker. It is never as quiet as a wired connection. To get it super quiet like commercial BT speaker boxes probably requires a custom PCB with BT and amp integrated together and using the balanced inputs to the amp to cancel out common mode noise from the BT.

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Old 15th December 2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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Yep the sure bluetooth modules also have this high frequency noise when the music stops. I use a wire wound inductor in the + line of the bluetooth power supply to suppress most of it.
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Old 16th December 2013, 11:43 AM   #6
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What value of inductor do you use?
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Old 16th December 2013, 12:07 PM   #7
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I believe it was a few mH, 3 of 4mH. I just tested the module with a few inductors I had laying around and that one worked best.
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Old 16th December 2013, 02:04 PM   #8
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Can you explain what's the effect of the inductor in the power line? Why does it suppress the hf noise?
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Old 27th December 2013, 11:41 PM   #9
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Can you explain what's the effect of the inductor in the power line? Why does it suppress the hf noise?
I'm also curious to know how this works...
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Old 30th December 2013, 07:01 PM   #10
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Little bump, still curious to know how the inductor works. I know it could act as a first order lowpass, but that would filter out other signals too. It would also have to be placed in the signal, not the power line.
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