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kicker22
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Bluetooth Speakers rec
Looking for recommendations on Bluetooth speakers that can be synced together. Not looking to break the bank with anything like Sonos, Bose, etc. Just want to be able to play music in the house and extend outdoors.


CAD703X
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
they're all terrible.

bluetooth is the stupidest technology ever esp. when it comes to speakers unless you're trapped in a car and your phone can't wander.

any speaker you set up by the pool or bbq grill will go out the second you go to use the restroom and forget your phone is in your pocket.


Fat Batman
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
It's got limited range, sure. But I don't know if that qualifies it as 'the stupidest' tech ever. You can take it literally anywhere and listen to music from any enabled device. The conveniences are far more numbered than the inconveniences and the one main inconvenience immediately breaks down when you take your phone out of your pocket.


CAD703X
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
I'm just saying I threw my last speaker in the pool I got so frustrated with it. Everyone wants to connect their phone and it's a damn nightmare to pair more than 1 with it. Then you walk to the other side of the pool and the speaker starts skipping.

Now I just drag a Sonos 1 outside and everyone that comes over can play music on it just by inatalling the free Sonos app on their phone. Couldn't be more idiot proof.

Haven't had an issue since
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ellunchboxo
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
Sonos makes a battery powered speaker. Works on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It’s pricy though.


Ace Midnight
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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Sonos


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pricey


In the dictionary under "redundant", it says: "See redundant."



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Fat Batman
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
1. Grow up and stop throwing tantrums.
2. Connecting to Bluetooth has way less friction than downloading a dedicated app.
3. 10 people wanting to connect to a Bluetooth device and play a song at the same time is the exact same as problem as 10 people wanting to play a song at the same time on a Sonos.
4. Only being able to connect one device at a time solves the PROBLEM of a bunch of dipshits trying to control the music.
5. Limit your expectations and appreciate that Bluetooth fills a huge gap between having to plug shite in to communicate and building out a large wireless network and it does it in a teeny tiny package that fits in some really small devices.
6. OP asked for recs on a decent Bluetooth speaker, probably well aware of it's limitations and nothing you've contributed is relevant to that. You could have at least named the speaker you had, offered that you thought it's operational distance was lacking compared to other Bluetooth speakers, and recommend he look elsewhere.


CAD703X
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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Grow up and stop throwing tantrums.
I'm trying to save the OP a bunch of hassles. Bluetooth sucks.

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Connecting to Bluetooth has way less friction than downloading a dedicated app.

spoken like someone who has never tried to pair more than one phone to a Bluetooth speaker. This couldn't be further from the truth
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10 people wanting to connect to a Bluetooth device and play a song at the same time is the exact same as problem as 10 people wanting to play a song at the same time on a Sonos.
serious? Here's the process:

Step 1 - person 1 to group: hey can I take over the music now?
Step 2 - there is no step 2.

Now describe the process of pairing and getting 10 other phones to connected and disconnected from the same Bluetooth speaker.

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Only being able to connect one device at a time solves the PROBLEM of a bunch of dipshits trying to control the music.
see step 1 above.

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Limit your expectations and appreciate that Bluetooth fills a huge gap between having to plug shite in to communicate and building out a large wireless network and it does it in a teeny tiny package that fits in some really small devices.


The huge gap is everyone groaning because the speaker is skipping or won't pair correctly with the phone again after the person playing the music walked out of range.
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OP asked for recs on a decent Bluetooth speaker, probably well aware of it's limitations and nothing you've contributed is relevant to that. You could have at least named the speaker you had, offered that you thought it's operational distance was lacking compared to other Bluetooth speakers, and recommend he look elsewhere


So if the OP was asking which McDonald's they should visit to have a healthy lunch you wax eloquent over their burgers?



ArkLaTexTiger
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Member since Nov 2009
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
Have you considered the Google Home Max? Decent speaker with many ways to connect to them - wifi, BT, 3.5mm, etc. They can be set up as a group and of course they have Google Assistant. They currently sell for $300.


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Fat Batman
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Member since Oct 2019
246 posts

re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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see step 1 above.

I guess this is preference, but I don't think I'm alone here. I don't want to listen to music curated by 10 people.
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spoken like someone who has never tried to pair more than one phone to a Bluetooth speaker.

What system allows two clients to control the speaker at the same time? Does your Sonos play 2 songs at once?
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Now describe the process of pairing and getting 10 other phones to connected and disconnected from the same Bluetooth speaker.

Unpair device 1, pair device 'n'. No app to download.
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The huge gap is everyone groaning because the speaker

Can't think of a situation where it would be ideal to have 10 people controlling the Bluetooth speaker at the same time. Also, that statement was a response to your hot take that Bluetooth is the worst tech ever. Don't discount the many many other applications where it is useful.
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So if the OP was asking which McDonald's they should visit to have a healthy lunch you wax eloquent over their burgers?

Grilled chicken salad no dressing. I'm more of a 20 piece and a large fry kinda guy...when in Rome.


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CAD703X
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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I guess this is preference, but I don't think I'm alone here. I don't want to listen to music curated by 10 people.
serious clark? you've never been the 'dj' outside and your wife wants to switch to motown or your kids want some specific pop tune? this happens ALL the time. i don't want to have to constantly be looking for my phone just because someone requested something different. we spend all day out by the pool in the summer and if i need to run to the store or something i'm more than happy to let someone else 'drive' the music.

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What system allows two clients to control the speaker at the same time? Does your Sonos play 2 songs at once?

"at the same time?" where did i say that? maybe you can't think past the one-device-at-a-time 'bluetooth mentality' but anyone can change the music simply by clicking the song they want on any phone and hitting 'cast'. everyone shares the ability to play music on the speaker.

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Unpair device 1, pair device 'n'. No app to download.


ok. let's just agree to disagree on this point. i have yet to find a bluetooth device that isn't an enormous pain in the arse to change devices on. there's always a point where someone has to delete the device off their phone..or delete the device from the speaker..turn the speaker off and back on to get it into 'paring mode' again or turn bluetooth off completely on their phone to get it to pair with a different device. stop lying that this is not a huge limitation of bluetooth.

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Can't think of a situation where it would be ideal to have 10 people controlling the Bluetooth speaker at the same time. Also, that statement was a response to your hot take that Bluetooth is the worst tech ever. Don't discount the many many other applications where it is useful.


oh i never said it wasn't useful..say..when you're in a car and your phone can't wander or you have bluetooth earbuds and you keep your phone on you. hell my active2 watch sometimes spontaneously disconnects from my phone and i'm holding my phone. bluetooth has been around for 20 years now and its really not gotten much better.



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Fat Batman
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
Glad the Sonos works for you, bro. Bluetooth speakers definately have a place, let's talk about those.


CAD703X
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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Bluetooth speakers definately have a place, let's talk about those.


Lets do.

1. Its absolutely delightful when you're listening to music on the speaker constantly interrupted by the sweet chirping of notifications from your phone mixed with the song and the phone ringing. BONUS - You instinctively answer the phone and your baw starts talking on the speaker across the patio for everyone to enjoy as you get to experience the unfettered JOY of fumbling around on your phone to shut the fricking bluetooth off so everyone isn't listening to your friend's colorful language. Everyone enjoys waiting for the music to start back after you're done with your phone call.

2. Nothing is quite as joyful as going to take a leak and you're still in range of the speaker so everyone hears you listening to some funny youtube clip posted on tigerdroppings or pornhub as you realize you're STILL CONNECTED TO THE SPEAKER.

3. Finally let's talk about how fun it is to have to leave your phone on a rock next to the speaker because as you were walking around working the party you forgot bluetooth has about a 15ft range before you get cut-outs in the music.


who wouldn't enjoy those things?
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Fat Batman
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
your opinion appears to be unpopular.


CAD703X
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
Well I'm guessing I know where my single down vote is coming from on each reply

What did I state that wasn't true?

I'm happy to be educated on how Bluetooth gets around all those issues.
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Fat Batman
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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What did I state that wasn't true? 

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bluetooth is the stupidest technology ever


Not me on the down votes, bro.


Puffoluffagus
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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Looking for recommendations on Bluetooth speakers that can be synced together.


I had a jbl charge 3 that can pair with other jbl devices.

Mostly used it at gatherings/get together. Was nice to be able to have the same music on the inside and outside.

Obvious limitations as noted in this derailed thread - devices have to be kept in a certain range of each other and phone needs to be near the main device. ...but I never had a problem generally as I wasn't on my phone 24/7 at gatherings i was hosting.

But won't break the bank. There are better/more elegant solutions.


CAD703X
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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What did I state that wasn't true? 

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bluetooth is the stupidest technology ever

Seems I backed my claim up with solid arguments; none of which you addressed.

A Bluetooth speaker is functional (barely) but nobody is syncing music across multiple speakers. Just buy a couple $99 Sonos play 1s which can do everything the OP wants with ZERO hassles.
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tlsu15
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re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
Nobody can torpedo a thread on this board faster than Cad. OP hasn’t gotten one decent recommendation yet.


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MightyYat
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New Orleans
Member since Jan 2009
20592 posts

re: Bluetooth Speakers rec
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Seems I backed my claim up with solid arguments; none of which you addressed.

A Bluetooth speaker is functional (barely) but nobody is syncing music across multiple speakers. Just buy a couple $99 Sonos play 1s which can do everything the OP wants with ZERO hassles.



You can do everything expect pick up your Sonos and take it in the boat, tubing down the river, in the golf cart, on the beach............ all for 1/3 of the price.

Saying Bluetooth is essentially useless is asinine, Cad. This is a worse take than your Amazon bitch threads.


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