Nov 6, 2018
I recently purchased the Bose 700 Soundbar and have not been able to connect via bluetooth my Akai Professional BT500 vinyl player. In doing research, I saw some suggestions that the only way to connect to the 700 Soundbar via bluetooth is with a device that has a screen, but surely this can't be the case for an $800 speaker.
How can I connect the vinyl player?
Mar 15, 2018
Thanks for writing in and sorry to hear about the Bluetooth issues!
Tony A - Community Support
Feb 26, 2019
Thank you for following up on this!
I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying your vinyls this weekend, and that you were able to find a solution, as faulty as it currently appears.
In this instance, The Soundbar 500 and the Soundbar 700 are set up in such a way that means there is only 1 input for hard cable, as this is designed for usage with a TV.
For example, a TV would either be connected via the optical cable, or via the HDMI ARC cable.
As you are trying to use 2 different sources from each of these cables, which the Soundbar is trying to play as one, this is why the system requires the TV to be on in this setup.
As you observed, when the HDMI ARC is disconnected, the Soundbar will no longer consider this the source, and will solely play from your vinyl player.
As for the Bluetooth side of this, have you checked that both the Soundbar and the vinyl player are both in Bluetooth pairing mode before trying to pair these? Pairing mode for the Soundbars can be achieved by holding down the Bluetooth button for 10 seconds to clear the Bluetooth pair list and place this into a "Ready to Pair" mode.
If you are able to get this to work with Bluetooth, the system views this as a separate source, so you would not have the issue you're having with the TV.
I hope this helps!
If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know!