How to get good quality sound on my patio

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Old 03-13-19, 10:23 AM
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How to get good quality sound on my patio

To start, I don't know much about stereos, speakers etc. so please bear with me.

I'd like to get good quality sound on my patio with my source being Pandora thru my iPhone/ipad. Ideally it would be Bluetooth enabled so I can control the music from my phone while outside. I have tried Bluetooth speakers only but there is no bass and the sound is not great. I do have an old Fischer stereo and old outdoor speakers that I can use. I currently have the outdoor speakers hooked to the Fisher stereo and use Aux cable to attach my phone. The sound is decent but can't control music from outside. My indoor speakers attached to the stereo go thru a large woofer on the floor. The outdoor speakers do not go thru it. Should the Fisher stereo alone drive enough bass to the outdoor speakers? If I connect the outdoor speakers thru the floor woofer, does that somehow drive more bass to them? Or does that only synch the large woofer with the speakers and only bass is really coming from the large woofer?

I have considered a new Bluetooth enabled stereo and just use it for my outdoor speakers, but its very large and seems like overkill.

Thoughts? Seems like it should be possible to have good sound from Pandora via Bluetooth as my car stereo sounds great.

Are there other good solutions? Thanks for any help.
 
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Old 03-13-19, 11:29 AM
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All I can say is that I have a set of the outdoor speakers that look like rocks, sorry dont recall the brand, hooked up to a $80 stereo receiver and the sound is awesome.
 
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I cant be of a lot of help to you specifically but possibly I can give you some ideas that will help you reach your end result.

Google: "bluetooth audio controler"

I am hoping you will find something that will allow you to attach the receiver to your stereo & have a controller in your hand outdoors that will control the volume on the stereo via bluetooth, indoors.

As for the speakers you have, including the woofer, I am guessing the speakers are "powered" speakers. Therefore, the tweeters/mid range is only connected to the woofer for power, not for sound. The small speakers in my experience, do not require or depend on, the woofer for sound nor vice versa. Its only for a power source. Chances are, your sub woofer plugs into the wall socket, then the small speakers plug into the woofer via a round 4/6/8 pin connector.
 
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Thanks for the replies. Dixie, perhaps this is what you mean?
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/logitec...?skuId=5294033

It appears I could connect this to my old stereo via a cable, then connect to the Bluetooth adapter with my phone and play Pandora. That might be exactly what I need. Thoughts?
 
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Its an idea but I am not sure its worth much at $25.

I am a mobile DJ & I deal with professional sound equipment & the only wireless speaker designs I have researched are very expensive right now as it is a fairly new industry.

My experience is in professional, higher end systems, so I dont know much about these smaller cheaper stuff as I never look at it. So, I am not familiar with the system you are working on. But if you're willing to experiment with $25 and a few days, I'd be interested to know if this thing will work for your application.

I'm betting that the blue tooth wont work very far, maybe 20 ft, more in a stretch.... if there is no interference or walls, corners etc in between you & the stereo/speakers.

In the end, I dont know, I really dont know, but I know it wouldn't be something I'd invest in, even for $25 for my application as a DJ.
Again, I certainly wouldn't condemn you for giving it a shot.
 
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My wife has a Bose soundlink mini and it produces a very good base for the size. There is a ton of portable Bluetooth speakers that sound very good. I would go to the store and hear them before buying.
 
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Old 03-14-19, 11:42 AM
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As with ear buds, the key to decent base is to look at the frequency response listings on the unit. My daughter also has a Bose soundlink mini and she is the envy at school because the sound is so awesome.
 
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I bought the LogiTek Bluetooth adapter and attached it to my old stereo. The sound is very good and the range of the Bluetooth is acceptable.

The adapter can be attached by either a 3.5mm jack or RCA cables. Would one give better sound/quality than the other?
 
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RCA... and thanks for reporting on the new bluetooth adapter. I appreciate it. Again, I just dont have any experience with the smaller systems.
 
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