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Need Audio Amp -Bluetooth Direct to Speakers

Ok, I thought there would be tons of threads on how to bluetooth stream direct to speakers via a standalone bluetooth audio amp. I need a hardware solution.

I am looking to do this for the onwatch crew so they can listen to their own audio without needing the belowdecks stereo. Also the offwatch should be able to listen to what they want below.

My idea is to have cockpit speakers wired to a standalone bluetooth receiver audio amp. The helmsperson can listen to their phone/device as they like. Not looking to shake the hull with huge sound. It would be nice to have a unit that could kick out moderate volume so that the deck crew can hear it. Boat -Norseman 447.

I would love to hear recommendations on what works well. I looked at several of the commercial "marine" solutions. Some by Jensen. Most are small instrument sized flush mount solutions but in my looking at reviews of these units they all seemed to be very small units and several reviews remarked that they got very hot and some failed due to heat. -I will be sailing in the south pacific/Mexico and other hot climes so these aren't going to cut it. Anyone use one of these?

There are several remarkably low priced units that do what I require found on Amazon etc. I am really needing some guidance from someone to help me sort out which of these might work. I'm sure some of these really cheap units are chinese junk.

It would also be nice to have an energy efficient unit. The amp needs to run on 12v.

I have heard bluetooth audio can squash dynamic range but on the other hand a buddy of mine heard a stereo system that was playing bluetooth and he said is sounded awesome. The bluetooth solution would be best. Having a mini-stereo plug on deck would not last long and it would get tripped over.

Open to suggestions!! Gracias in advance!

s/v Loki lying Ensenada, Mexico
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