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Old 06-14-2016, 05:47 PM   #1
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Outside speakers

We're putting an Alpine AM/FM/sat receiver inside our 21. We have the same unit in our 19 but the sound isnt really audible outside where we spend most of our time unless we crank it up which doesn't make the neighbors (or our cat) happy. We're exploring weather proof outside speakers but really don't want to cut holes in the shell to mount them.

Anybody have luck with outside speakers?

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Old 06-14-2016, 05:51 PM   #2
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I'm interested in some as well. But unsure what i should get.
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That Alpine have Bluetooth?
That's the way to go. And you can find reviews of best rated speakers on The Wirecutter.

Go here: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/bes...tooth-speaker/
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I have no solution but I'm glad to read your comment about your neighbors. Some of us don't even like our own music outside, let alone someone else's. Unless it's Merle...or Waylon...or Beethoven...or Tchaikovsky. Just kidding. I really like to hear rivers, streams, birds, etc., when camping. Thank you for being thoughtful!
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I have no solution but I'm glad to read your comment about your neighbors. Some of us don't even like our own music outside, let alone someone else's. Unless it's Merle...or Waylon...or Beethoven...or Tchaikovsky. Just kidding. I really like to hear rivers, streams, birds, etc., when camping. Thank you for being thoughtful!
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:58 PM   #6
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That Alpine have Bluetooth?
That's the way to go. And you can find revie. of best rated speakers on The Wirecutter.

Go here: The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker | The Wirecutter
It does but so far, I've only found that It will receive audio and play it thru its speakers. Haven't found a way to send the audio to a bluetooth speaker.

I found a pair of 4" 2way boat speakers at West Marine for $20.
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I've been told you can get a Bluetooth accessory for old iPods that plugs into the AUX. jack.
I'd be inclined to go with one of those plugged into the Alpine with the UE Bluetooth speaker.
I've got JBL Bluetooth speaker and it is fine for my ear.
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I've been told you can get a Bluetooth accessory for old iPods that plugs into the AUX. jack.
I'd be inclined to go with one of those plugged into the Alpine with the UE Bluetooth speaker.
I've got JBL Bluetooth speaker and it is fine for my ear.
I use a Blue Tooth transmitter that plugs into the earphone jack; transmits to my Sony Bluetooth speaker up to 25-30 ft away. Speaker has it's own volume control on it. Transmitter recharges from the USB port on the stereo while plugged into the earphone jack.

https://www.amazon.com/Miccus-Mini-j...ter+for+stereo
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What's the manufacturer of your Bluetooth transmitter?
I need to buy something.
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I need to buy something.
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I thought about replacing my outdoor light with a Bluetooth speaker / light combo unit, hard wired and mounted to the exterior. It's kind of expensive though and I already have a portable Bluetooth speaker I really like.

http://kingconnect.com/product/premi...speaker-light/
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I sure like that better that hard wired speakers. Ann uses a bluetooth speaker with her phone that sounds great.
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A hint about outside speakers. Don't place them next to the trailer with the speaker facing out. If possible hang them off the awning aiming BACK at the trailer. You won't need to crank up the volume as much to get a better sound. And, the lower volume will be nicer for the neighbors.
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Love our Bose Soundlink. Rechargeable (no batteries to replace) and great range. Sound quality is top notch for such a small speaker and we can put it anywhere.



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I thought about replacing my outdoor light with a Bluetooth speaker / light combo unit, hard wired and mounted to the exterior. It's kind of expensive though and I already have a portable Bluetooth speaker I really like.

Premium Outdoor Speaker & Light | KING
And you can play remotely with the color, and brightness. No need for the led awning lights folks are buying.
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A hint about outside speakers. Don't place them next to the trailer with the speaker facing out. If possible hang them off the awning aiming BACK at the trailer. You won't need to crank up the volume as much to get a better sound. And, the lower volume will be nicer for the neighbors.
Excellent tip.

That way, if I'm camped next door I'm less likely to use the speakers for watergun target practice, and even if I do it will be harder to get water in the speaker grill to kill them.
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It does but so far, I've only found that It will receive audio and play it thru its speakers. Haven't found a way to send the audio to a bluetooth speaker.

I found a pair of 4" 2way boat speakers at West Marine for $20.
You can buy a module from Amazon that will transmit Bluetooth and connect it with adapters to the output. Then use a Bluetooth speaker outside. Better yet, put all your music on an iPod or a smart phone and use that as a source. The Alpine, if Bluetooth, can slso receive it and play indoors.
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C'Mon folks you're preaching to the choir about campground courtesy. Maybe save that for the toyhauler forum. The Escape Forum is home of the most courteous campers on the planet. All sounds system arent set to auto-annoy mode unlike some "post comment" buttons on this forum.

Hey Brian, that include mine
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Call me "old school," but I use 20+ year old Bose patio speakers that are hard wired to my Lepai amp and hooked into my MP3. They're rugged and sound great. And I think they're still available.
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Call me "old school," but I use. W0+ year old Bose rally going speakers that are hard wired to my Lepai amp and hooked into my MP3. They're rugged and sound great. And I think they're still available.
hmmmm....I found a couple adequate outside speakers. We're trying to get sat radio outside so the mp3 route isn't really going to do it. If Bluetooth doesn't workout, guess the idea of hardwiring is my only option. Any reason I cant hide a couple simple plug in speaker jacks someplace? I have no intention of cutting holes in the shell.

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