Makeshift Bluetooth Outdoor Stereo

Hey guys, I need help with the design of my outdoors stereo. My requirements are essentially:

1) Stay under $100
2) Drive 2 speakers (possibly more later)
3) Connect Android/iPhone via Bluetooth
4) Important factor is cost and ease of use, not quality.

<div>My patio is between the garage and the house, about 16'x16' (we'll say) for a place to start.

I'd like to put a Lepai LP-2020A+ T-Class amplifier in the garage to drive 2 speakers on the patio; I can run the wires through the garage wall.

Then, when friends come over, I'd like to have the ability for anyone to connect to it via bluetooth so I found a GOgroove BlueGate to handle that piece.

The thing is, I'm not sure if this design will work. I'm tired of buying parts, (for various projects) sending them back and getting new ones, paying for shipping along the way, etc. And you can't always find a support number to ask these questions beforehand.

Q1: Will this design fit my requirements?

Q2: If there is a better way, does anyone have alternate ideas? Confirmed "works" is always preferred Happy<div>
Thanks in advance,


Discussion is locked

Reply to: Makeshift Bluetooth Outdoor Stereo
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: Makeshift Bluetooth Outdoor Stereo
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
- Collapse -
Does not sound makeshift.
- Collapse -
I like the idea of the Miccus

It's small, portable, flexible, and seemingly universally adaptable. Good to know it works as well, thank you.

- Collapse -
Seems straight forward to me and should work

Understand though, like w/ any project where you combine various types of low priced electronics, there are sometimes 'bugs'. It's part of the game. Start working with slightly higher priced gear/standard AV receivers that offer more features, etc. and there's a greater chance that what you need to accomplish will work w/o problems.

- Collapse -
Most of my projects

Most of my projects are computer-related and spending seems to cure a lot of ills; I hear you. No reason this end of the pool should be any different Wink


- Collapse -
Update: HiFi Bluetooth Recievers

The <span id="INSERTION_MARKER">Jambadoo is designed for this type of application. It's a new project on Kickstarter so, at this time, we will still have to wait, but...

A Hi-Q device is coming. As their site states, "It will go into mass production on the 15th of November 2013". It is 94 British Pounds (69 for unit, 25 for shipping) or $150 USD.

You can pre-order here.
Until then, there are these other options:
</div>Mass Fidelity / Relay: $250
Kanex / AirBlue: $30

For now, I'm going with the Kanex; it fits the budget and throws quality in for nothing. The down-side is that I'll have to buy a plug to bridge wall power to a USB cable as it does not come with its own plug.

Cheers all.

- Collapse -
Sounds spammy to me.

But at nearly 10x the cost of my Miccus unit, I can't write I'd buy one.

CNET Forums

Forum Info