ION Audio BlockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C - Frequently Asked Questions

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ion audio blockrocker ipa56c main3Blast your music whenever and wherever you want: Block Rocker Bluetooth iPA56C is a powerful and flexible all-in-one sound system for iOS devices, MP3 players, microphones and instruments.  The Block Rocker Bluetooth iPA56C also has Easy Pair capability allowing your NFC-capable device to 'bump' and connect via Bluetooth for easy pairing!  This article walks through many Frequently Asked Questions about the BlockRockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C, including a walk through of the Easy Pair process.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What are the new features in the BlockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C?

The main new features are the ability to use the Easy Pair function to quickly and easily connect your NFC-capable device to the BlockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C and the addition of a second USB device charging port which doubles the charging ability and allows for the connection of multiple devices.

 

What is Easy Pairing? What is NFC (Near-Field Communication)?

ion audio br bluetooth ipa56c nfcEasy Pair is a form of NFC tap pairing, otherwise known as 'bump pairing'.  NFC stands for Near-field Communication and is the power behind the technology used in the ION Audio BlockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C.  More information on what Near-field Communication is can be found here and here.  


Basically, NFC allows a device, usually a mobile phone, to collect data from another device or NFC tag at when it is moved into a close range. In many ways, it’s like a contact-less payment card that is integrated into a phone. In other ways, it’s similar to Bluetooth, except that instead of programming two devices to work together, they can simply touch to establish a connection.

 

Is my device Easy Pair capable?

Many popular Android smartphones have this feature.  To date, there is no iOS device that has this feature.  You may need to refer to your device information, manual, or support to determine if your device is NFC-capable, however here are a couple of links that may help to determine if your device has this functionality:

 

How do I use Easy Pair to connect my NFC capable device?

NFC (near-field communication) allows data exchange from devices, such as pairing, by gently bumping them together. Check in your device’s manual to see if this feature is supported.

To use NFC to pair with BlockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C:

  1. In order to use NFC, your device must be turned on and unlocked.
  2. Enter your device’s Settings menu and check that NFC is turned On (one time step).
  3. Power on the BlockRocker Bluetooth.
  4. Gently bump your device against the ‘N’ logo located on BlockRocker Bluetooth’s top panel, and hold it there for a couple of seconds.
  5. Follow the pairing instructions that appear on your phone. If a passcode is required, enter “0000”.

 

Do I need to take the case off of my device to Easy Pair it?

Not likely.  In most cases, you do not need to remove any outer covering that you have on your phone in order for the NFC pairing to function as it should.

 

I'm having difficulty pairing using Easy Pair.  What should I do?

  1. First, be sure you have an NFC or Easy Pair compatible device: Is my device Easy Pair capable?

  2. Next, carefully follow the Easy Pair pairing steps detailed above.

  3. The NFC chip in your phone or device is quite small.  Be sure you know where the chip is located in your device, and make sure you're touching this exact spot to the against the ‘N’ logo located on the BlockRocker.  If you don't know exactly where the NFC chip is located inside your phone or device, visit the phone/device manufacturer's website to find out.

  4. While most users won't need to remove their case, if you've come this far and you're still having difficulty, try removing your phone case (if you have one).

  5. If you're still having difficulty, please contact ION technical support for further assistance.

 

Can I still pair a Bluetooth device without using the Easy Pair process?

Absolutely!  All Bluetooth-capable devices can still be paired via the standard Bluetooth pairing process outlined below.

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth device.
  2. Power on the BlockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C and it will automatically go into pairing mode to search for Bluetooth devices. You will know you are in pairing mode when the LED is blank.
  3. If your Bluetooth device is not able to pair to the amp, press the disconnect button on the amp to break previous Bluetooth connections and reset the Bluetooth module.
  4. Navigate to your Bluetooth device’s setup screen, find “Block Rocker” and connect.
    Note: If your Bluetooth device prompts for a pairing code, enter ‘0000’.
  5. The BlockRocker Bluetooth LED will light up solid when it is 'paired'.
    Note: Users should consider updating their OS if experiencing trouble with pairing or playing music.
  6. To disconnect pairing, press the ‘Disconnect’ button on the BlockRocker Bluetooth.
  7. To connect to another Bluetooth device, repeat steps 3-4.

    Note: Maximum range will be achieved when using devices with Bluetooth 4.0.

 

Can I connect a device to the USB ports to send audio?

The two USB ports included on the BlockRocker Bluetooth iPA56C are for charging devices only and do not tranfer audio to or from the BlockRocker Bluetooth.  This edition of the BlockRocker Bluetooth has added increased amperage to the charging USB ports to allow for a stronger and faster charge for devices such as the Apple iPad, etc. 

 

I get feedback when I use a microphone. How can I prevent this?

There are a few easy steps you can take that can help reduce the likelihood of feedback.  Check out the following article to learn more:

 

 

 

Further Product Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a ION product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the experienced ION technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

  • www.ionaudio.com/support
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