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    Hi all! First, I will preface this with - not sure how to categorize this!, as its not really a prop Q, and not really a music-specific question either. Rather a general speakers set up..

    In the past, I've run with a Jambox (company now obsolete, I think - but essentially a mobile BLUETOOTH speaker box with rechargeable battery) for my October music/sound effects needs outside. The unit it not waterproof per se, but has proven to be durable enough (has been dropped a few times) and easy enough to move/bring inside daily, or move to different areas of the yard. Also it has the ability to produce a big and loud sound given its relative small size.

    This year, I want to up my game with the audio. My idea would be two speakers on opposing sides of my yard playing the same signal. To produce a surround-sound effect, sort of. However, I'm lost with what exactly to explore. Here are my thoughts (I'm sort of tech-challenged, but learning):

    - Ultimately I'd love TWO Bluetooth-enabled speakers - connected to the same signal that is - that are rechargeable (no power chord needed). but apparently Bluetooth is a single connection signal, which means it'll connect to only one speaker only at a time (unlike a wifi signal), so I can't have two Jambox-type units going at once.

    - Wifi-enabled speakers DO allow for multiple speakers connected to the same source to be going at once, but I can't find any power chord-less speakers.

    We have Sonos speakers inside for the TV room and they are fantastic - but run on the wifi setup, which means they'd still need to be connected to power as well (This is ultimately not a problem, just more chords out in the yard come October). Sonos also currently doesn't make an "outdoor" speaker and I'd be nervous putting such a pricey product outside and get hit by an unexpected rain shower.

    So long story short...... how to you do sound outside in October?? (or other times of the year!)

    Thanks!

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    There are in fact bluetooth speakers that operate in a pair, left and right channel. I have a pair made by Jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Man View Post
    There are in fact bluetooth speakers that operate in a pair, left and right channel. I have a pair made by Jam.
    Thanks! I'm browsing their site now. Do you have the Double Chill speaker(s)? Do you think two would cover a large outdoor area?

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    I have a pair of ION block rockers that pair to each other. (you'd pair one to the other speaker, then one to your phone/source) Used to be perfect for my yard, one in front, one in back. After our house expansion though, that distance is too great for bluetooth, so I run them individually.

    Could have sworn I saw a 4 pack of wireless/chargeable speakers at a greater image location around the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nbad311 View Post
    Thanks! I'm browsing their site now. Do you have the Double Chill speaker(s)? Do you think two would cover a large outdoor area?
    The pair I have are the small round ones, great in the house but definitely not suited for outdoor.

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    I have personally purchased from Outdoor Tech and have really loved their Big Turtle Shell speaker for casual music listening while working indoors and out. They are super rugged and waterproof, which is nice, but they come at a higher price tag. They can only pair up to 15ft apart, though.

    https://www.outdoortechnology.com/co...nt=35123828174

    A quick search on Amazon returned these less expensive ones. They are water-resistant and can pair up to 100ft apart (so it says).

    https://www.amazon.com/AOMAIS-Blueto.../dp/B07JP48M9K

    Don't buy into the "superb deep bass" gimmick. They might have some oomph in a smaller indoor space, but outdoors, they won't have any low end. Hopefully you're just looking to have ambient audio rather than a heavily-orchestrated soundtrack.

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    I have a very similar Sonos /Bluetooth speaker desire that you mention. A friend recommended AmpMe as a possible solution to allow me to play to multiple BT speakers as well as my Sonos. I have not tried it but may be worth investigating. If I find out more when I tackle it I will update you.

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    Like J-man, we have the little Blue-tooth Jam speakers that can be used either as separate speakers or paired. They're small, and certainly not a speaker that would work with an overall yard ambiance approach, but they're great fun for a single prop needing a specific sound.

    We have a single speaker in our cauldron creep for his bubbling and fire noises. It works great because it's not enough to drown out the overall sound track to the haunt, but as you walk by him, you distinctly hear the fire crackling and the cauldron bubbling. And best of all, it's battery lasts just slightly over four hours, which is the length of our Halloween night. So, that's one soundtrack that's not taking up anymore wired electricity.

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    Not sure if they are big enough, but the Ultimate Ears company make water proof bluetooth speakers that pair via a phone app, You can actually pair more than 2. Google search UE BOOM and you will see the lineup.

    I thought I saw a company selling outdoor yard speakers that looked like rocks. Not sure if any good though . If I remember where I will post.

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    I use the Ryobi outdoor speakers for this - you can hook up to 5. I have 4, one in each corner, then one (the main one) by the front door as the controller. Works really well, though depending on your yard, might not be loud enough.

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