I’m in the process of prepping for a long motorcycle trip in June. As part of that preparation, I’m also trying out a new GPS – the TomTom Rider 400. Just getting going with it, not enough to say about it yet to post anything. At a later date, that.
I like to listen to music on the road. Helping me do that are my Etymotic ER4-P earphones. I love these things and I don’t want to have to give up using them simply because almost every device I own now, including this new TomTom GPS, is Bluetooth enabled. Yes, I have a couple of different Bluetooth headphones that I use with my phone from time to time, including a Plantronics Backbeat Fit, an Mpow Swift and a couple of other no-name cheapie ones – one of which I literally picked up in a bubble pack in the checkout line at Fred Meyer for all of, I think, $8.99. Anyway, these various headsets are fine for a commute or a short period of time on a walk or the like, but they don’t at all work well under a motorcycle helmet. So, I stick with my most excellent Etymotics.
So back to the TomTom – there is no auxiliary audio connector of any kind on the unit. If you wish to listen to audible driving directions, you must use a Bluetooth headset or nothing at all. My music device on the road tends to be my good ol’ iPod Classic, though on this trip I will almost certainly be experimenting with Amazon Music and Apple Music via my phone as well.
So, I have a device that will only do Bluetooth. I have another that never did Bluetooth even when it was brand new. I want to listen to both at the same time, so, what’s a boy to do?
My solution, after a little poking around, research and testing is to set up like this:
The TomTom will only pair with Bluetooth headsets – in other words, only those Bluetooth audio devices that adhere to either the HS or HFP profile. I’d first tried a Roverbeats Unify receiver (which is a great sounding little unit, by the way) but it’s set up for audio and control with A2DP & AVRCP profiles, so the TomTom could not see it.
So now I have a nice little setup that sits conveniently in my tank bag. Actually, it’s all small enough to sit inside a couple of pockets of my riding jacket. It’s just easier to get to when it’s in/on the tank bag.
‘nuther problem solved.