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Re: bluetooth speakers

I bought the Marley "Chant Mini" Bluetooth speaker this summer. My boat is a 22 so I don't need much but this little speaker is unreal. Somehow it actually has bass, a lot of volume and the sound quality is awesome (and its the size of a coffee cup!) It has a carabiner so I just move it around as I need it. Also, I've run it over a whole weekend and it didn't die. I have the worst luck with buying electronics so I'm still amazed at how great this speaker is.

The bigger Bluetooth speakers are even better and can be moved just as easily. I definitely wouldn't go back to a wired system.

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We love our Fugoo. It's small, has good sound, excellent battery life and is waterproof/shock proof. It's also got a small rail mounting attachment so we can easily put it on the bimini frame or steering binnacle in the cockpit. My full review is here: A Sailing Rockstar - Fugoo Bluetooth Speaker

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Re: bluetooth speakers

We have a large-size Jambox Bluetooth speaker aboard. Battery lasts about 9 hrs. Great sound and can be brought ashore. Not waterproof to my knowledge, but I don't often play tunes while sailing and tend to try to stay dry at anchor.

One big advantage of these bluetooth speakers is that guests can easily synch with their own smartphone and play their music too.


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I have a Bose SLIII, love it. Had just bought another brand, took it to show a friend...who had SLIII, went home an ordered, gave $70 unit away. Sony has offered wired commander for years, I recently upgraded, mostly I demand an off switch at the helm.
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Re: bluetooth speakers

I have multiple bluetooth capabilities aboard. First, just some portable bluetooth speakers for fun beach side. Then I bought a bluetooth receiver (charges via internal lion battery via microusb) and plugged that into the aux of my head unit on jendai. Its a poor mans bluetooth enabled head unit. Lots of fun. I *WISH* bluetooth could do true stereo but unless your speakers have some capability (UE Booms do), connecting one bluetooth source to multiple listeners is still a chore. Maybe bluetooth 4.0 will fix that.

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I'll throw in, I've got the Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth speaker as does my GF. Spent hours in Bestbuy trying them all. absolutely the best sound. Its LOTS of high quality sound for in the cabin or on deck. I use mine at home and travelling in the offseason. Its not waterproof.
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Re: bluetooth speakers

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Let me open this thread up again and ask, doesn't a Bluetooth Receiver (like a Sony Bluetooth Marine Receiver at West Marine) mean that it will broadcast to Bluetooth Speakers or does it only connect to a Bluetooth source (stream music from your Iphone) to wired speakers? Obviously I could just stream music from the Iphone (etc) directly to the speakers. But if I have music on a usb stick is there a receiver that I can plug it into and stream music to the Bluetooth speakers?


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Let me open this thread up again and ask, doesn't a Bluetooth Receiver (like a Sony Bluetooth Marine Receiver at West Marine) mean that it will broadcast to Bluetooth Speakers or does it only connect to a Bluetooth source (stream music from your Iphone) to wired speakers? Obviously I could just stream music from the Iphone (etc) directly to the speakers. But if I have music on a usb stick is there a receiver that I can plug it into and stream music to the Bluetooth speakers?


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Yes they do make what you are looking for. Amazon sells some with USB playback, but I can't vouch for the quality.

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Let me open this thread up again and ask, doesn't a Bluetooth Receiver (like a Sony Bluetooth Marine Receiver at West Marine) mean that it will broadcast to Bluetooth Speakers or does it only connect to a Bluetooth source (stream music from your Iphone) to wired speakers? Obviously I could just stream music from the Iphone (etc) directly to the speakers. But if I have music on a usb stick is there a receiver that I can plug it into and stream music to the Bluetooth speakers?


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If I wanted the versitility of multiple sources (Bluetooth, USB, SD card, aux input etc) I think I woudl install an in-dash unit and hardware speakers below and above. Most speakers will have limited display and selecting music can be difficult. Most indash units have at least some ability to select music from a menu.

Bluetooth is great for quickly listening to music from smart phone, but that is the limit.

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Re: bluetooth speakers

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That seems to be the case. I spoke with a Sony rep concerning their marine receivers and he indicated that the Bluetooth capability is limited to the source streaming music to the device. The speakers are wired to the receiver.

I purchased and ECOCARBON waterproof speaker. So far I am pleased with the volume, the sound and the ease of connecting to my iphone as the music source.

I have a blank spot at my Nav station where an old Loran display used to sit. I suspect that space will be filled by a tablet computer of some sort which will have bluetooth capability to stream music to at least this speaker, among its other functions.

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