Apple TV & JBL Reflect BT earphones: Help!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by DonnaMarilyn, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. DonnaMarilyn, Nov 1, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2014

    DonnaMarilyn macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    I hope someone here can advise.

    Background: I wanted a set of wireless headphones so that I could watch movies on my TV screen with no possible danger of disturbing the neighbours.

    Yesterday I bought the JBL Reflect BT set of earbuds.

    After some frustration due to the lack of information in the instructions (even two workers at the local Apple store had a hard time figuring out how to set up the connection correctly), I was able today to sync the device to my iPad Air, MacBookPro, and iPhone. The buds work well.

    However, no luck with the Apple TV. In the Bluetooth section of the menu, the 'searching' circle just kept spinning, and I got the message that I need to use a bluetooth keyboard to control my Apple TV. I'm presuming that means I need a bluetooth keyboard for my iMac, as that's where my movies are being streamed from.

    OK. Easy enough to buy a new keyboard (e.g. the Logitech K11). Unfortunately, the expensive (ca. €120) and highly effective ergonomic mouse I bought recently (due to carpal tunnel symptoms) is wireless (not BT).

    I'm wondering whether there's any kind of workaround whereby I can either pair the mouse with a bluetooth keyboard somehow (an online search was fruitless), or whether there's a way to sync the bluetooth earbuds with Apple TV without using a bluetooth keyboard.

    I hope the question has made sense. I'll be grateful for any advice.

  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008

    the aTV supports bluetooth keyboards directly. But only the current version that apple makes.
    It doesn't care what's plugged into your mac.

    from what i can see, it does not support bluetooth speakers/headphones.
  3. DonnaMarilyn, Nov 2, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014

    DonnaMarilyn thread starter macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Thank you for your response.

    Ah well. I'm glad I can at least use the JBL earphones with my other devices.

    I wonder then what kind of earphones (wireless or otherwise) would be appropriate for watching DVDs or Netflix series/movies on my TV screen: namely, anything not dependent upon ATV.

    Any suggestions?

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