I hope I've chosen the correct category for this issue. I have a Dell Inspiron 660S desktop computer currently running Windows 7. I need to be able to move around my home from room to room with a single speaker (not a pair of speakers) that provides good volume to overcome other machine noises (not extremely loud noises, but not a quiet environment either). I have tried blue-tooth (two different doggles) and several blue-tooth remote speakers (single-speaker) but the volume is not good and the reception is generally bad. The distance is not more than 20 feet or so but it is through walls (and sometimes up one flight of stairs) and my blue-tooth reception has been sporadic at best. (I haven't tried any speaker "sets" because I often move from room to room and multiple speakers are too cumbersome.)
I gave up on blue-tooth and decided to try a wired USB-powered speaker. I bought a 25 foot USB extension cord and two different USB-powered speakers which worked fine as far as the reception went (of course) but the volume was insufficient on both. I verified that the volume was up 100% on computer as well as on the speakers themselves.
I have small BOSE computer speakers (positioned at left and right sides of monitor) connected to my desktop computer for normal computer activity like movies and playing music and they sound great and I never have to turn the volume up more than about half way. I would like to be able to accomplish the same with a portable remote speaker which I would mostly use for listening to games (baseball and hockey), racing (NASCAR) and audio books. Sometimes I may want to listen to music but I'm not looking for BOSE quality sound for this speaker setup.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can accomplish this without spending hundreds of dollars? Thank you for your help.
Hey there, managed Allan! Thank you for responding. I am a bit of a dunce so if I sound dumb, it's probably because I am...in this area.
I thought blue-tooth was "wireless". Could you give me an example (or examples) of a wireless speaker so that I can look at it (them)? Almost everything I look at indicates blue-tooth and I don't think that is ever going to be my answer. I am not familiar with other types of wireless technologies that could help me here but I'm willing to learn if I had some idea of what, specifically, I was looking for.
I was looking at the speaker link provided by "managed Allan" and a few other similar ones when a friend stopped by. He was aware of my frustration and brought me a present...a BOSE SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II. What a wonderful speaker! With my current blue-tooth doggle, I "linked" this speaker and it is working like a charm. I have traveled all over the house (including upstairs and down) and have not lost the signal once. In addition, the little speaker not only has BOSE quality sound, it can be turned up very loud. Actually, it will go louder than I need it to! I had not looked at this speaker because of the price listed which was $199.00. I didn't want to spend that much money on something that I wasn't sure would come anywhere close to what I needed. Now that I have it, I know that the device is worth every penny, and then some. It just goes to show that you get what you pay for.
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