Whole House Bluetooth Suggestions

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Old 07-09-20, 07:03 AM
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Whole House Bluetooth Suggestions

Looking for some suggestions, products and or ideas for a large area (for this we'll just say whole house) bluetooth audio to single amp.

Here is the background or setup;
~4100sqft house with 50ftx18ft attached garage.
- Entire house wired Cat5e
- Whole property covered by Ubiquiti AP Pro wireless mess (3 radios)
- Single amp with manual speaker selector covering garage interior (3 speaker pairs), screened in sitting area (1 speaker pair) and back deck (1 speaker pair), all wired speakers.
- Goal is to transmit music from cell phone, tablet, etc from 1 of the 3 areas to amp.

I would assume there would be bluetooth over TCP devices similar to the HDMI over TCP we use throughout the house/garage, but no such luck so far. The roof/attic area is currently open over all areas in question as we're in a major repair/reno, so cabling if needed is easily done.
prefer bluetooth as audio could be MP3 or online radio streaming.

The Google Earth image attached shows roughly the area to be covered. (Note: image is a bit old as trees in back yard have been reduced greatly).

Thoughts or suggestions?

 
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Old 07-09-20, 08:53 AM
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I use "Soundwire" which is a computer server / android app that streams audio over WiFi to android phones.

I've repurposed several OLD Android phones (FroYo/2.2.2 & 2.3) into WiFi sound sources for old computer speakers (mostly Altec-Lansing powered speakers) in the house and in the back yard.

So, on the back patio, I've got a pair of $10 thrift shop JBL speakers hanging off the back of an outdoor couch with cushions that is up against a wall so the speakers are mostly protected from rain. The music stream comes from a 9 year old android 2.3 phone tucked under the cushion to keep it out of the rain. (If I KNOW it's going to rain, I unplug them.)

When I want to have must on the porch, I click SoundwireServer and it auto connects and plays outside.
If you just want the same music indoors and outdoors, I'd just go with the free version, although there is a delay, it's not a big deal.
For playing room to room indoors, I eventually purchase the "pro" version of Soundwire because data compression and faster processing gets the sound delay down to around 30ms, which is short enough that you don't hear an echo, but a nice "concert hall" reverb effect as you more from room to room.

 
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Old 07-09-20, 11:13 AM
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Hal_S,
Not sure that will really fit what I'm looking for. Looking for a more permanent solution

Would prefer some sort of bluetooth mesh similar to the wifi setup as all devices we would use have bluetooth and you can stream the audio from any program (youtube, net radio, mp3 file on cellphone).
 
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Old 07-09-20, 03:11 PM
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Let me make sure I understand this correctly. You want to stream music over a mobile device (phone/tablet) to a receiver or amp via Bluetooth to three separate sets/pairs of speakers around the house?
 
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Lets see if I can simplify this.
Looking for a solution where I can be anywhere in the red with a phone/tablet and stream audio to the amp located about where the blue dot is (top right). Ideally bluetooth as you can stream any audio without having to do anything special on the phone.

To put the distances involved into perspective, the garage (right part of the home), is 50ft long.

Ignore the mention of the speakers as that part is already solved.

 
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Old 07-09-20, 04:54 PM
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without having to do anything special on the phone.
How do you define "special"? Of course, you will have to use a streaming app like google play, or some other music player. Would that be considered "special"?

So something like this: https://www.logitech.com/en-us/produ...ddisttype=gpla

(Googled "Bluetooth receiver for stereo")
 
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Something I might try is instead of trying for the short distance that Bluetooth can handle, use devices that are meant to connect to your already installed wifi system. I know a few of my customers who put Google mini's (small areas with quieter sound), Google hub Max's (more bass, very loud) and similar devices to "broadcast to all" through Google home to provide the whole home audio. Sadly there isn't a way I know of to have it triangulate your position to nearest speaker to follow you through the home, but hopefully this will provide an idea or two beyond the current scope.

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After reading your concerns, I would place either an Amazon Echo or Google audio speaker near your amp (which I assume can be paired to Bluetooth) so the idea would be to pair the speakers output via Bluetooth to the amp, that way you stream audio through the device -> amp -> current speaker system
 
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