The Bluetooth Quick Connect extension (extensions.gnome.org/extension) should be built-in functionality in GNOME.

It’s a hugely cumbersome process, otherwise, to connect to headphones that you’ve already paired (especially if you also use them with your phone, etc.)

#GNOME #usability #bluetooth

@aral Maybe you have an idea: I have Bowers & Wilkins Bluetooth headphones. Under Linux, no matter which distro, no matter which desktop, they can only be connected with Mono. Stereo simply does not work. Is there something I'm still missing? By the way, I'm not a Linux superuser, just a user.

@westsideblogger @aral It could be a profile setting, such as HSP/HFP versus SBC, mSBC, LDAC, AAC AptX, etc.

You want one of the latter ones for normal headset usage, otherwise they'll be in low quality mono with the microphone enabled.

There's no way to have a high quality codec on with a mic on too, regardless of the operating system. This is a Bluetooth audio limitation.

LDAC is the best, followed by AptX HD, AAC, etc. It depends on your headphones' support.

@garrett
Ah! "There's no way to have a high quality codec on with a mic on too, regardless of the operating system. This is a Bluetooth audio limitation."

This is the point I missed, I think. Thanks for your help!

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@westsideblogger I hope it helps!

Support isn't perfect, but PipeWire (and even PulseAudio before it) worked with every audio device I've thrown at it. Hopefully that means it'll work with your headphones in a higher quality profile too!

@garrett I will give it a try and make use of your hints. Thanks a lot!

@garrett That's totally crazy... After the upgrade to the new Ubuntu and Budgie desktop the headphones are working out of the box in stereo mode. But to be fair, the settings are exactly the way you described. Thanks again!

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