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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:13 pm 
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Has anyone tried these wireless bluetooth speaker kits from Rockler? I was thinking it may make for a cool Christmas gift, but would like to know what someone who's used them thinks (or has a source for something better).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:28 pm 
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I have not tried one, but for that price, it looks like it'd be a fun project to make something you can use for listening to the radio or podcasts, where sound quality doesn't have to be that good, or even listening to music in places like the garage or shop where you're probably making other noise and aren't looking for home theater anyhow!

If you take the plunge, let us know how it goes.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:13 pm 
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you might also check parts express and some of the stuff they stock. They cater quite a bit to the DIY speaker builders out there. Also might check out the project gallery to see what others have done, they usually have a parts list and sometimes a full how to.

http://projectgallery.parts-express.com/


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:49 am 
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I can't provide any feedback on that Rockler product, though it certainly looks to me to be a worthwhile project, and you can't beat the price.

However, you might be interested in a rig I made for my shop. Instead of bluetooth speakers, I put a small audio amplifier together with a bluetooth receiver, and a wall-wart power supply in a small wood cabinet, and wired two tiny (but REALLY GOOD) speakers to it, and drive this off of an Android tablet. Total cost was about $45, and is loud enough to hear over MOST machinery in the shop! :mrgreen:

The amplifier: http://a.co/2eGB9Nc
The bluetooth receiver: http://a.co/bUGcieN

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:35 am 
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Steve Sawyer wrote:
I can't provide any feedback on that Rockler product, though it certainly looks to me to be a worthwhile project, and you can't beat the price.

However, you might be interested in a rig I made for my shop. Instead of bluetooth speakers, I put a small audio amplifier together with a bluetooth receiver, and a wall-wart power supply in a small wood cabinet, and wired two tiny (but REALLY GOOD) speakers to it, and drive this off of an Android tablet. Total cost was about $45, and is loud enough to hear over MOST machinery in the shop! :mrgreen:

The amplifier: http://a.co/2eGB9Nc
The bluetooth receiver: http://a.co/bUGcieN


So the kicker is... what are the speakers and how much for those? :) But this is a great idea for a shop, can't beat $45 to put together a powerful amplifier w/ Bluetooth connectivity, especially if you've got any old decent speakers laying around decommissioned anyhow!

The thing I like about Bluetooth when working in the shop (or the kitchen, for that matter), is that you still have that flexibility of listening to anything that's fit for a mobile device, but that you can leave said expensive mobile device out of harm's way from tools, dust, and shavings (or for the kitchen, liquids, powders, heat, and utensils).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:50 pm 
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Steve Sawyer wrote:
I can't provide any feedback on that Rockler product, though it certainly looks to me to be a worthwhile project, and you can't beat the price.

However, you might be interested in a rig I made for my shop. Instead of bluetooth speakers, I put a small audio amplifier together with a bluetooth receiver, and a wall-wart power supply in a small wood cabinet, and wired two tiny (but REALLY GOOD) speakers to it, and drive this off of an Android tablet. Total cost was about $45, and is loud enough to hear over MOST machinery in the shop! :mrgreen:

The amplifier: http://a.co/2eGB9Nc
The bluetooth receiver: http://a.co/bUGcieN



Not bad specs on that amp. Should be enough to power 2 of the 5.25" speakers I have in the garage.... the ones I have no idea where they came from. :) I don't see a balance control on that, so I'm assuming it is mono, and not stereo?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:17 pm 
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Brian/Jayed - the amp is stereo, just stripped down (hence no balance). I believe the original application for these was in cars. As to the speakers, they're old Realistic (the old Radio Shack house brand). They're small (about 4" x 4" x 6" tall) have two speakers in each housing, and the housing is made of metal!! They'be been knocking around the shop for years, and I really didn't expect much from them, but WOW, they are great little speakers. I'll sometimes go down into the shop to listen to something with a bass line I'm trying to learn, as the bass response through that little amp and on those tiny speakers is often better and clearer than even running something through my bass guitar amp!!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:10 pm 
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Thanks Steve. I might check into them further. Don't really need them atm, have a car stereo and 4 6x9 3-ways in my garage, so not lacking for sound but sometimes one needs a little bit more. :)


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