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Well made, good sound, Linux-friendly
on 25 February 2015
The NEET B-BOX jnr is attractive, feels solid and well-built, and sounds better than you'd expect for its price; noticeably better than any laptops in the house. Not unreasonably, it failed to match our Roberts "Revival" radio, but that costs six times as much. It works perfectly with my Linux laptop (Kubuntu 14.04) using the bluetooth icon in the panel to pair it, then in KDE's System Settings -- Multimedia -- Audio and Video Settings -- Device Preferences making it the preferred option for whichever amongst "Notifications", "Music", "Video", "Communication", "Games" and "Accessibility" is desired. Thereafter, just turn on the NEET, boot up the laptop, connect through the panel's bluetooth icon, and sound will automagically come from the NEET rather than the laptop. I think it's highly likely that the NEET will also work with Unity and GNOME3 desktops under Ubuntu and other up-to-date, Debian-based Linux distributions. Older bluetooth clients, though, don't recognise bluetooth speakers; my wife's MATE desktop (a reboot of the discontinued GNOME2) uses the outdated "mate-bluetooth" which issues a pairing number to enter on the NEET (impossible). The MATE developers are hoping to replace their existing client with "blueman"; this may work better but isn't ready yet. I also tried pairing the NEET with my friend's Apple MacBook Pro running OS X "Mountain Lion" which refused to see it as anything other than mass storage and offered only to browse the device; it's possible that the NEET would work with more recent versions of OS X but I can't confirm this.
UPDATE: I've tried the NEET with two other Linux desktops, Linux Mint's "Cinnamon" and Ubuntu's "Unity", and it works flawlessly with both. It also works perfectly with Apple's mobile iOS platform (on a 2014 iPad Air)
UPDATE 2: The MATE desktop needs the latest "blueman" to pair with the NEET (and with other bluetooth speakers). There's a PPA that works for Ubuntu-MATE 14.04 and other Debian-based distributions:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cschramm/blueman
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install blueman pulseaudio-module-bluetooth
Audio Sink (A2DP) can now be enabled.