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Old 10-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #31
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

Lots of really good discussion in this thread. At this moment in time, I think I am going to pass on the Touch Audio stereo and just ask Reace to run speaker wires to front and back of the trailer, and to also run 12V power to a future stereo location. I will keep my eyes open for a Bluetooth compatible am/fm car stereo and speakers that I will install myself.

With respect to listening outdoors, I was in Future Shop on the weekend and they had these portable battery powered Bluetooth speakers that could work as a player from an iPod or iPhone and which sounded really (I mean really) good. A bit steep price wise ($150 and up) but it sounded really good. Well worth considering for some future date.


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Old 10-23-2012, 02:09 AM   #32
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Re: Any Regrets with Factory "Touch Audio" Stereo

I was in Costco today (in Maui...) and saw the Bose Bluetooth speakers for a smartphone application. Battery powered ( for outdoors) as well. Great sound. 12v too. Probably just what you (and I) need.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #33
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Touch Audio

After much discussion with Tammy during our 2011 build, we decided to go with the Touch Audio - we couldn't really find anything else we liked without spending a lot more and it seemed easy enough for my "sometimes" technologically challenged hubby - "What button was I supposed to push again?" For the limited amount of time we felt we would be using it, it seemed adequate for our needs. The TV sound comes through the speakers via the touch audio but I had hubby run another audio link so I could also have surround sound (well almost!) when using my Blu-ray player.

There are a couple of idiosyncrasies:
1) Whenever we have to reset the preset stations, we forget how we did it and have to refer to the poorly designed instruction manual.
2) The blue light is great for getting around in a dark trailer but a bit bright for sleeping - we have to curtain it.

I do like that it fits into the cabinetry nicely without sacrificing under cabinet space - it also looks good with the speakers and my color scheme in general! For our purposes, it works fine but if you're a real audiophile or plan to spend a lot of time in or at the trailer listening to music, it's probably worth investing in a higher end audio system.
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