Smartphone and tablet speakers are just too small and tinny-sounding to produce good output. But crummy sound isnt limited to your smart devices; the cheap speakers in your flat panel TV arent that good either. However, you can get great sound for your smart devices and TV, simply and inexpensively, with Bluetooth speakers.
Smartphone and tablet speakers are just too small and tinny-sounding to produce good output. But crummy sound isn’t limited to your smart devices; the cheap speakers in your flat panel TV aren’t that good either. However, you can get great sound for your smart devices and TV, simply and inexpensively, with Bluetooth speakers.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
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Battery-powered Bluetooth speakers are fine if you need portability. But if you largely enjoy your smart device entertainment in one area, or plan to upgrade your TV audio, choose AC-powered bluetooth wireless speaker units. Youll eliminate battery-charging hassles and get much better sound. Prices start at about $100 for bookshelf-size speakers and go up in price based on size, power rating and transmission technology. Well give you some buying advice and show you how to make Bluetooth wireless speakers work with other devices, such as your TV and old stereo equipment.
Wireless speakers receive sound wirelessly through Bluetooth, but they do have wires. Every pair has an active unit that plugs into an AC receptacle and a cable that connects the active to the passive speaker. The active unit houses the wireless receiver, amplifier, volume and tone knobs. Many active speakers also have a stereo jack and speaker terminals that allow you to connect directly to your smart device or TV using a cable. Bluetooth technology is supposed to work up to 33 ft., but dont count on thatits really more like 10 to 15 ft. In fact, plan on being within line-of-sight with your Bluetooth speakers because the signal doesnt travel well through walls. There are significant sound-quality differences among brands, so its best to shop for wireless speakers at a retail store where you can compare sound quality rather than blindly ordering online.
Teach old dogs new tricks with Bluetooth add-ons
You can easily retrofit your TV, computer or old stereo to work with Bluetooth. Just plug a Bluetooth transmitter (one example is the TaoTronics No. TT-BA07; $30 at taotronics.com) into the external speaker or headphone jack on your TV or computer and pair it to your speakers. To retrofit your old receiver, just add a Bluetooth receiver (such as the BrightPlay Home HD; $30 at brightechshop.com).
Uses for Bluetooth Wireless Speakers:
Play directly from your smart devices or computer using Bluetooth. What you’ll need:
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a wireless transmission technology thats used for device-to-device connections, for example, between your phone, tablet or laptop and Bluetooth equipped speakers or headphones. Bluetooth can also be used to transmit data between two devices. In perfect conditions, Bluetooth can transmit up to about 100 ft. But in your home, youll find its closer to 10 to 15 ft. Bluetooth doesnt transmit well through walls or around corners. Setting up a Bluetooth connection between two devices requires a special pairing procedure. Pairing has to be done only oncethe devices remember each other after theyre paired.