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Bluetooth Surround Sound

by mrbroske / December 16, 2013 1:04 PM PST

Here is my idea:
Get two Oontz bluetooth speakers and set them up as a surround sound for my laptop through wireless. They would play the same music to make the same surround sound effect.

Here is my question:
Is this possible? And how do you do it?

INFO: Using a laptop with Bluetooth and Windows 8.1. Also note that these are the speakers that I want to use and that I just want to know if its easy and possible. THANK YOU!
P.S. HP Laptop

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More info needed on the 'bridging' aspect
by Pepe7 / December 16, 2013 11:58 PM PST

I was unable to find any documentation on whether or not you can 'bridge' two of these speakers together via bluetooth. You will likely have to contact the company for those specs.

That said, for a similar price (or possibly less), you might consider going with a pair of external speakers over wifi instead for better sound quality. You could find a refurbished apple airport express to make this happen very easily.
Range will be better than bluetooth as well.

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i'd prefer bluetooth
by mrbroske / December 17, 2013 3:07 AM PST

Theres gotta be someone who knows how to do this, it can be that hard, can't you go to the computer's sound properties and set up surround sound that way?

In reply to Pepe7, I have wifi that comes in and out, and I am looking to see if you even can do surround sound with two small portable speakers.
P.S. Please dont give me speaker recommendations, I know which speakers I want.

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Here's the thing
by Pepe7 / December 17, 2013 3:42 AM PST
In reply to: i'd prefer bluetooth

Usually, bluetooth only pairs with a single device at a time. And there's no such thing as surround sound from only two speakers. Matrixed sound is as close as you would get, and with such small speakers, it's more of an echoing-type effect than anything. Heck, even Walmart 2.1 systems (with bass module) can sound much better than these 'boombox' type small portables IME. Stereo (physical) separation is what greatly improves the sound field.

Basically, you are shooting yourself in the foot by limiting yourself to this particular speaker type.

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HD Bluetooth Audio is not hard just awful.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2013 3:45 AM PST
In reply to: i'd prefer bluetooth

I guess we need to broach the subject about how the studios wanted to block HD audio except over "protected" links. Windows 7 didn't ship with surround sound support over BT. It was done much later.

Now I may be wrong but it sounds as if you want to ADD TWO SPEAKERS and send the 2 back channels there and leave the front channels on your existing speakers.

If so, you have left the reservation, climbed up a tall tree and then gone out on a limb. That is, I wonder if anyone has this setup.

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