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Default What external stereo speakers to buy? Wireless! - 12-14-2009, 05:02 PM

Hi,

I find that the speakers in the 10v Mini are **** even for what the device is. I dont want to tie it to any audio cables.

So are there Stereo Speakers that will work through Wifi? With OSX and Windows alike preferrably.


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Default 12-14-2009, 05:26 PM

How about Bluetooth speakers?


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Default 12-14-2009, 06:16 PM

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How about Bluetooth speakers?
My Mini 10 did not come with BT.


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Default 12-14-2009, 06:32 PM

Too bad - BT is a much better fit for this. I have not heard of WiFi speakers. You can probably find wireless speakers that use a transmitter dongle. Or buy an inexpensive BT USB dongle.


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Default 12-15-2009, 04:10 PM

I agree. My mini has BT and I got a dongle that sits in the iPod dock connected to my stereo. When I turn the dock on to turn on the "iPod" the device becomes a BT stereo speaker. I think it says headset in the BT manager under Win7 and as speakers on Mac OS X. I haven't tried to connect to it with Ubuntu so I don't know if it works.

Link below, took about 2.5 weeks to arrive. Works nicely for me.
DealExtreme: $25.87 Universal Bluetooth V1.2 A2DP Stereo Receiver Dongle for Speakers with iPod Data Port


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Default 12-15-2009, 08:43 PM

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I agree. My mini has BT and I got a dongle that sits in the iPod dock connected to my stereo. When I turn the dock on to turn on the "iPod" the device becomes a BT stereo speaker. I think it says headset in the BT manager under Win7 and as speakers on Mac OS X. I haven't tried to connect to it with Ubuntu so I don't know if it works.

Link below, took about 2.5 weeks to arrive. Works nicely for me.
DealExtreme: $25.87 Universal Bluetooth V1.2 A2DP Stereo Receiver Dongle for Speakers with iPod Data Port
Alright cool. I'll probably get the BT module and install it myself for this matter.

bsoplinger, looks neat. Are the bluetooth speakers there right away after booting the Mini? I dont want it to output any sound anymore, not just music but system sounds, browser content too.


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Default 12-15-2009, 09:06 PM

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1744992. I just ordered two.

As for speakers, I dunno. Searching for "bluetooth speakers" or "a2dp speakers" (A2DP is the specific BT profile for "HQ" audio) shows that they do exist, but I don't have any recommendations.

You should be able to set the system to output all sounds to BT speakers, but I'll admit that I haven't used A2DP speakers or headphones.


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Default 12-16-2009, 03:35 AM

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bsoplinger, looks neat. Are the bluetooth speakers there right away after booting the Mini? I dont want it to output any sound anymore, not just music but system sounds, browser content too.
You have to pair the computer to the device once. After that the BT shows as a sound device in the Sound PrefPane. Just select them instead of the built-in speakers and then all sounds will go to the BT device. Similar for Win 7 but its a control panel not a PrefPane. Again you need to pair them once before you can select them as a sound output device.


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Default 12-16-2009, 12:31 PM

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You have to pair the computer to the device once. After that the BT shows as a sound device in the Sound PrefPane. Just select them instead of the built-in speakers and then all sounds will go to the BT device. Similar for Win 7 but its a control panel not a PrefPane. Again you need to pair them once before you can select them as a sound output device.
Okay. I'll try getting my hands on a BT module then.

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Default 12-16-2009, 12:42 PM

If you want to use the BT speakers in multiple OSs, I believe you'll have to re-pair them each time you change OSs (unless the speakers can multiple pair).

Also, I looked on Wikipedia, and you'll be reliant on A2DP drivers included with whatever device you buy. Windows doesn't include A2DP drivers.


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