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CapnRon47 11-21-2015 11:03 AM

bluetooth speakers
Are there any comments or recommendations for bluetooth speakers on a sailboat. There seems to be a number of waterproof bluetooth speakers available, I am wondering if anyone is using these in the cockpit or down below.

I am thinking of putting a bluetooth stereo mounted down below and this would avoid running wires where ever I want speakers.

A related question is there any stereo remote that would work if the stereo is not in direct line of sight from the cockpit?


Faster 11-21-2015 11:24 AM

Re: bluetooth speakers
We're using a Bose bluetooth speaker with our iPods on board now.. our cockpit & locker configuration and layout below precludes installation of cockpit speakers. The Bose sounds great and seems fine with being outside, under the dodger if necessary or on the cockpit table when things are quiet. This is a portable unit, not 'installed'. You can even pause the track from the speaker when you're paired with the iPod.

Very pleased with it. we have the 'compact' model in the link below, but I see they have 'better' models too.

BLUETOOTH® Speakers | Bose

RobGallagher 11-21-2015 11:37 AM

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Better sounding than the new Bose stuff is hard to find.

However, Waterproof and floats that still sounds great?... I simply move it inside or outside as needed. You can take a call on it as well. As far as battery life, it's great. Mine has been around the globe twice(ish) and seen plenty of use both on my boat in summer and traveling abroad in winter.

I'm actually thinking of an upgrade for myself :)

One good thing about moving the speaker outside as needed is that you can do things down below while the noise is outside, yet still here the music. I used to have internal and external speakers and it's impossible to hear down below if one wants to take a beverage order or listen for running pump, engine, etc.

At night, move the speaker down below and even if it's loud you are less likely to bother someone but your guests can still dance :)

chasbound 11-21-2015 11:41 AM

Re: bluetooth speakers
I have a Nuu Splash. It works great for us. It's on sale at Amazon. Splash Trail Edition: Electronics

XSrcing 11-21-2015 12:01 PM

Re: bluetooth speakers
I have an Altec Lansing Jacket that is water proof, sand proof and floats. Sounds really good and battery life is listed at 8 hours, so I expect to get around 5. Edit: one cool feature of this one is that it has a threaded adapter on the bottom to mount it to tri-pods or whatever you want.
My friends just gave me a Cobra AirWave that is also water proof and floats but I haven't really used it that much.

CapnRon47 11-21-2015 12:19 PM

Re: bluetooth speakers
thanks all for these ideas. I will have to do some more research before I add one of these to my Xmas list.


eherlihy 11-21-2015 12:55 PM

Re: bluetooth speakers
I bought an Ayfee Waterproof(? - more like spashproof) speaker for about $40 through Amazon. There is no volume control on the speaker, but for $40 it works GREAT!

jephotog 11-22-2015 11:44 AM

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UE Boom 2 review - CNET

I have the original one. The UE-Boom-2 sounds even better. At $200 not cheap but fill my boat, fills my yard, we gave away the our stereo for the porch. The coolest feature is if you want to spend even more money you can pair up many of them and get stereo out of two or more UE-Booms.

XSrcing 11-22-2015 12:06 PM

My good friend has 2 UE Boom minis. They were awesome new, but now only have a 10 foot range to the BT source and one has a battery life of 1 hour after one year of use. My $60 Altec Lansing is out performing them in every aspect and is just as old.

jephotog 11-22-2015 03:49 PM

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I had the opposite experience.
My full size UE Boom is still kicking after over a year with long battery life. My Altec unit pre Bluetooth gave up before I was done with it.

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