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Old 09-01-2015, 09:19 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.

Family affair is back in production. we had to cancel and then move....but we are back at it.

We are wanting to have the stereo installed, has anyone had one installed and only used Bluetooth speakers?

Or do you have Escape installed speakers and bluetooth models?

Thanks for the advice

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Hello everyone.

Family affair is back in production. we had to cancel and then move....but we are back at it.

We are wanting to have the stereo installed, has anyone had one installed and only used Bluetooth speakers?

Or do you have Escape installed speakers and bluetooth models?

Thanks for the advice

Don and Brenda
We use both. The trailer has Alpine speakers installed fore and aft, and I use a Bluetooth transmitter plugged into the earphone jack on the stereo to talk to a Bluetooth Sony speaker box we use on the picnic table outside the camper. Nice thing about the remote Btooth speaker is it has it's own volume control so we can listen without disturbing neighbors.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:31 PM   #3
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I carried a Jambox Bluetooth speaker in the trailer for approximately 3 years and never used it to listen to music outside, so I gave it to my son in law who wanted one. Generally, I listen inside, and I think I would rather have the fixed speakers ETI installs rather than a Bluetooth which would have to be stored when traveling to keep it from bouncing around, or needing to be charged when one decides to use it and the battery is dead. I did, however, install a Bluetooth module on the stereo as the Jensen ETI installs is not Bluetooth capable. It allows us to stream our music collection to the stereo from an iPod. But I would think the real answer to your question lies in your intended use and your listening habits.
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Charlie - do you plug the Bluetooth transmitter into the audio port on the front of the Jensen stereo or is it more complicated than that?
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Charlie - do you plug the Bluetooth transmitter into the audio port on the front of the Jensen stereo or is it more complicated than that?
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I don't have the Jensen, you'd need to use the earphone output jack if that's on the front. I use the pre-amp output channels on my Alpine, but it's basically the same thing. Note you need a Bluetooth transmitter, not a receiver. Similar to this: Amazon.com : Bluetooth Transmitter, TaoTronics Wireless Portable Transmitter (Connected to 3.5mm Audio Devices, Paired with Bluetooth Receiver. TV Ears, Bluetooth Dongle, A2DP Stereo Music Transmission) : Electronics
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Charlie - do you plug the Bluetooth transmitter into the audio port on the front of the Jensen stereo or is it more complicated than that?
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Jan, the Jensen has output lines in the back which you can use for a Bluetooth transmitter. They are stuffed inside the cover. Have are ace expose them at pickup time. They have RCA plugs. Most BT transmitters have a mini-headphone plug. You will need an adapter to go from RCA to mini. Most likely available on Amazon. You could probably send the parts to ETI and have them install it during the build. Would probably take 10 minutes tops.
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We rarely used the installed stereo in our trailer, as we are not in their often. Pretty sure I would opt for a portable option if I were to do it again.

When camping I mostly use my smart phone, which has about 8,000 songs on it, and play it through a bluetooth receiver connected to my Milwaukee construction radio, which uses the batteries of one of my cordless sets. It is often on during the day while we play bocce or other games, or are just sitting around imbibing in cocktails. During the evening we are usually on guitars, though when we are not, often have some tunes in the background.

Keep in mind, we don't generally do RV campgrounds, where I would respect other campers when playing music.
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ETI appears to be switching to a Boss stereo which will Blue tooth connect to your iPhone or whatever. I have it and on occasion use it to enjoy some music or an audio story (like a Stuart McLean Vinyl Cafe story). The main reason we have a stereo is to get weather and news when boon docking, but we plan on long trips where we will want our music playing quietly. The Boss doesn't transmit to other Bluetooth devices, but the phone does if I wanted to buy a portable BT speaker.


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ETI appears to be switching to a Boss stereo which will Blue tooth connect to your iPhone or whatever. I have it and on occasion use it to enjoy some music or an audio story (like a Stuart McLean Vinyl Cafe story). The main reason we have a stereo is to get weather and news when boon docking, but we plan on long trips where we will want our music playing quietly. The Boss doesn't transmit to other Bluetooth devices, but the phone does if I wanted to buy a portable BT speaker.


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Do you mean Bose (rather than Boss)?
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No, I mean Boss. I wish it was a Bose though. The Boss unit retails for around $70.
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No, I mean Boss. I wish it was a Bose though. The Boss unit retails for around $70.
Bob, I probably should have Googled Boss before asking. I never heard of them, not that I keep current with the audiophile stuff. I did just Google them and I would guess that they are a relatively new company. I had been told the Jensen was Bluetooth compatible, but the model ETI uses isn't so I had to use a module and the input jack on the front of the unit. Had I known it wasn't Bluetooth ready, I probably would have purchased a higher tech radio and sent it to ETI. I kind of looked at 12v stereos after taking delivery. I found many that were BT capable if you wanted to stream music to them, but could not find a single unit that would stream via BT to a remote speaker. I came to the conclusion that the only way to do it would be with a BT transmitter like Charlie mentioned. But since I didn't use the Jambox I mentioned in an earlier post even once, I decided I didn't need music outside.
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We have a UE Boom Bluetooth speaker that we use inside (mostly) and outside (occasionally) which we connect to a cell phone via Bluetooth. We listen to music stored on the phone or to radio stations via TuneIn Radio app if we are in cell phone range. The UE Boom speaker has a big enough battery that we usually need to charge it before a trip and not again until we return.

We chose to have a wider rear door in the storage compartment over the bed rather than space for speakers. The fixed speakers seemed too limiting to us, like use outside.
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Have a great Jensen motorcycle St ereo with four wired in speakers, all installed by ETI during the build. Also have an awesome wireless Bluetooth Bose speaker. We hardly ever use any of that while camping and much prefer to visit and enjoy our surroundings.
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For some reason my Bose speaker won't sinc with my I phone the phone seems to be attempting but the Bose doesn't work any more
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For some reason my Bose speaker won't sinc with my I phone the phone seems to be attempting but the Bose doesn't work any more
Don't mean to offend by suggesting the obvious, but have you rechecked the Bose Manual? And if it's the same Bose I have in my garage, did you push the button which puts it in BT mode?
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I did quite a bit of research on this subject, from integrated wired entertainment systems to inexpensive portable wireless. I found there are significant trade offs to both, and of course cost is a big factor. We ended up getting the Sony X55, and it sounds really fantastic for a portable BT stereo. I read a lot of reviews and went to several stores (Target, Best Buy) to listen and compare all the units. We thought this one sounded best for its price point. It allows us to listen inside as well as out, and it's a simple solution to having portable, high-quality, relatively low-cost audio. I'm very happy with it.

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I did quite a bit of research on this subject, from integrated wired entertainment systems to inexpensive portable wireless. I found there are significant trade offs to both, and of course cost is a big factor. We ended up getting the Sony X55, and it sounds really fantastic for a portable BT stereo. I read a lot of reviews and went to several stores (Target, Best Buy) to listen and compare all the units. We thought this one sounded best for its price point. It allows us to listen inside as well as out, and it's a simple solution to having portable, high-quality, relatively low-cost audio. I'm very happy with it.

Amazon.com: Sony SRSX55/BLK Powerful Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Black): MP3 Players & Accessories
Same one I have, super sound and the charge lasts a really long time at campground table volumes. BT working range is around 20-30 ft (since our trailers are fiberglass!)
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