Add Bluetooth streaming to any speaker Video
Add Bluetooth streaming to any speaker Video Transcript
You've seen Bluetooth speakers like the jam box and ihome before. They started about 80 bucks and promise wireless music streaming from your phone, computer or tablet. But what if you've already got speakers that you like but wish they have that wireless Bluetooth feature. I'm Sharon Zackman for CNET with a quick guide to making any speakers, Bluetooth compatible. To get this done, you'll need a Bluetooth adapter. There are several on the market including ones from Sony and Balcon. But today I'll use the Logitech wireless speaker adopter. It's 30 bucks and as Bluetooth to any speaker with an auxiliary input or a pair of hard speakers. The setup is simple. Just grab the adopter and plug it in to an outlet. It's a little annoying that it requires power but that's a small price to pay for wireless streaming. Now plug your speakers into the appropriate connection. I'll use auxiliary for these guys. Now, press the connect button on the top. In a couple seconds, you'll hear a little alert come through the speakers to let you know they're all set. So that's it. You can use your speakers with just about any Bluetooth ready device which sadly doesn't include either enough tablets or the Kindle Fire. But to test it out, let's see how it works with my iPhone. First, I have to pair my phone with the speakers so I'll head to my Bluetooth settings and scan for devices until Logitech shows up. I'll tap to connect it and now I can start streaming music. When you play a song, your device should automatically stream the music to the speakers. But if it doesn't, just change the audio output using the appropriate settings. For the iPhone, that option is here and if you have an Android, you'll find that option here. Now one thing to know is that when you stream music over Bluetooth, some compression will happen. So expect slightly lower audio quality. If that turns you off, you can look into air play products for IOS devices or WiFi based streaming product but they are much more expensive that this $30 adopter. If you have any questions, hit me up on Twitter and subscribe to my Facebook page for more tips like this. For CNET, I am Sharon Zackman.
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