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[#] Mon Jul 10 2017 12:32:56 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Sennheiser's are wireless. Bose are bluetooth. Sennheiser is like wearing a walkie talkie on your head.

[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 09:54:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wireless audio devices that come with a "base" have a longer range because the radio uses DECT, not Bluetooth.  It's the same technology used in cordless landline phones.



[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 15:06:50 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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I know visualization "breaks the rules", but it's awfully hard to ignore a walkie talkie on someone's head!



[#] Fri Jul 14 2017 10:03:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Here they are, working beautifully.

This pair of Minimus-7 speakers came from Radio Shack, back in the 20th Century when they not only were still in business but actually sold stuff you might want to buy.  The 7's were very popular as extension speakers, which is how this pair was used in its previous life.  They pack a pretty big sound and now seem to have a bit of a cult following on teh internets.  My original plan was to convert them to a set of Bluetooth speakers using the TDA7492p board (also quite popular), but then I found the cute acrylic case that shows off the electronics.

These will be going up on a shelf I'm planning to put over my desk.



[#] Tue Jul 18 2017 09:24:49 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh, did I say "Radio Shack speakers with a Bluetooth amp" ? Sorry, I meant to say "Near field monitors with an outboard DAC." :)

[#] Mon Aug 28 2017 13:06:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I know no one replied to the last two messages, but I'm still very happy with this little amplifier.  If you have an old set of speakers lying around that you might like to turn into a set of Bluetooth speakers, I am highly recommending it.

[ http://tinyurl.com/y8e849fl ] that's the eBay link.



[#] Sat Mar 17 2018 12:09:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Today I learned that there is now such a thing as an "MP5 player."

There's no format called MP5, or even being branded as MP5. But you can buy an MP5 player.

Anyone want to guess (without a web search) what it is?

[#] Mon Mar 19 2018 13:58:04 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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The Military Police 5 player.

It provides a framework for people within the armed services who also function as policemen to provide theatrical performances.

(I ... suspect this isn't the answer you sought).

[#] Mon Mar 19 2018 14:08:07 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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2018-03-17 12:09 from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd

Today I learned that there is now such a thing as an "MP5 player."

There's no format called MP5, or even being branded as MP5. But you

can buy an MP5 player.

Anyone want to guess (without a web search) what it is?



Given that this is A/V Talk, I guess it has nothing to do with Heckler & Koch.

[#] Tue Mar 27 2018 11:45:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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For some reason, the CheapChinese(tm) manufacturers have decided that an MP5 player is a digital device that can play audio and video that you have downloaded onto it, and that it can play MP3 and MP4 files without having to reformat them, or some such nonsense.

So it's all marketing claptrap at this point. And yes, there are CheapChinese(tm) manufacturers already touting MP6 players because it's the next step of evolution of their technology.

[#] Sat May 05 2018 07:23:36 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Car speakers are about to disappear,

Car tech supplier Continental has a pending technology that will create speakers out of other interior parts. It retains the moving electromagnetic coil part of today's speaker but uses it to vibrate some existing part of the car's interior instead of a dedicated speaker cone. A door panel or other interior trim could do... 

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/the-best-car-speakers-may-soon-be-invisible/

In the 80s Stereo Review magazine had ads about using your wall as a speaker.  From what I understand the sound was horrible.  Now that everything is compressed it sounds horrible so it wont matter.



[#] Mon May 07 2018 06:05:44 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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We kinda need Ford to come by and say, "This is progress."

[#] Mon May 07 2018 18:47:57 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Yes. That is exactly what is missing. 



[#] Sun Jun 10 2018 22:36:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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They can keep their wall speakers. I'm more interested in putting speakers *in* a few walls. My wife and I have both developed a habit of listening to media of various sorts in the bathroom (she puts on Netflix while in the tub, I listen to podcasts while showering) so I'm seriously thinking about putting an in-wall speaker with a bluetooth receiver so we don't have to keep hauling portable speakers around.

Moisture could be a problem though. We've already had two digital thermostats fail, and they were both in bathrooms.

[#] Mon Jun 11 2018 09:08:20 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Polk has a speaker that's moisture resistant specifically for use in bathrooms and saunas, or outdoors where it's not getting directly hit with water.

[#] Mon Jun 11 2018 20:31:08 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Does it have integrated bluetooth+amplifier or does it just pair up with whatever you add to it?

I briefly looked at Sonos for multi-room audio, but I quickly determined that I don't like their mesh networking. I want to be able to turn off the mesh and use my own wifi network.

I'm also still trying to get the guy who heads up the sound team at our church to understand why his Sonos mesh keeps failing. I put a beautiful wifi network into that building, with a controller and a dozen access points. He goes and puts in Sonos, which doesn't use our network, but instead uses its own mesh. He keeps insisting that he's been testing it and it works great every time, but when they try to use it on Sunday mornings it fails horribly. I'm trying to get him to understand: on a Sunday morning there are hundreds more transmitters on the air than there are when there are only two or three people in the building.

Feh. I'd rather pull cable anyway.

[#] Tue Jun 12 2018 10:27:51 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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2018-06-11 20:31 from IGnatius T Foobar
Does it have integrated bluetooth+amplifier or does it just pair up
with whatever you add to it?


I assumed you were pulling cable.... It's a wired in-wall speaker.


[#] Tue Jun 26 2018 12:29:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Right. I've been hunting around for the right electronics too. I want to be able to throw a switch and have a Bluetooth speaker come alive and wait for pairing. Pyle makes an absolutely gorgeous in-wall audio station that fits in a single-gang box, that has bluetooth, line inputs, and USB. But incredulously it requires an external power brick plugged into it to operate!
So you end up with a beautiful flush-mount audio system in the wall, connected with a stupid wall brick to the outlet next to it.

I'd be willing to bet that there are plenty of people who are burying the power supply inside the wall, in all sorts of NOT code-compliant ways. In my case, I have a laundry/utility area below my bathroom so I suppose I'd just station a power supply there and run low voltage up into the bathroom.
But at that point I might as well just put a bluetooth receiver there and run speaker wires up into the bathroom.

Or we could just keep bringing our battery powered speakers in :)

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