Two Bluetooth headsets, one cup... er cpu.

I have two BTH220 headsets running of a BTD400.

Well... kind of.

Only one connects to audio at a time. The whole reason I bought two was to try and get the two headsets to run at the same time so that we can watch movies with the wife while the baby sleeps and not have to worry about the sound waking up our daughter.

Is there a way to get these both to connect and "listen" to the system audio at the same time?

System = Windows 7 Ultimate x64 or Linux ( I can set it up on either).
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arrorynCommented:
Because of the way the Bluetooth protocol works I don't think this will be possible for you (if another expert trumps this it would be great, wouldn't mind knowing a solution myself!)

Is your machine a laptop? As in, would a 3.5mm jack be a solution - as you should be able to have one wired and one bluetooth headset at the same time. Alternatively, 1 x 3.5mm jack with a splitter.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I also have the BTH220 and BTD400, and had this online chat session with Kinivo:

Joe: on w7, can i run two BTH220 headsets on a BTD400 at the same time, i.e., get the same audio stream simultaneously on both headsets?

Kinivo: Are you trying to use two Bluetooth headphones at the same time?

Joe: yes

Kinivo: Ah I see. Well to explain, it is not possible to have two Bluetooth speakers/headsets/headphones connected at the same time from a single adapter. There are very few devices out there that support this feature, it is called "multi-streaming" Bluetooth is designed for one device at a time. At least one audio device* I should clarify...

Joe: will it work if i have two BTD400 adapters on the same machine?

Kinivo: Unfortunately, it does not. The reason being is that operating systems can only handle one Bluetooth adapter at a time. Windows, Mac, and linux cannot use multiple adapters at the same time.

Of course, agents/reps aren't always right, but in this case I think Kinivo is. The way to achieve what you want is via wired headsets with a one-male to two-female splitter. Regards, Joe
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DrDamnitAuthor Commented:
Jumping on Kinovo support chat was above and beyond. Wow.
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DrDamnitAuthor Commented:
FYI... my current thought is to do this:

Using VLC, stream (pipe & re-stream) what I want over the network, and then have two computers play the stream, and each computer have its own bluetooth adapter and pairing with a headset.

Long way around the barn, but should work.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Ah, very clever idea! I'm a big fan of VLC, but I didn't know it could stream over the network. I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the tip!
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DrDamnitAuthor Commented:
Vlc can read and re stream anything, and even transcode on the fly. I prefer to do it with the Linux version at command line, but I've done it with Windows too.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I knew it could read anything...and it hasn't failed on any audio or video file that I've tossed its way. But I didn't know about its ability to re-stream...or transcode on-the-fly. Great stuff!
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