Audio Systems/Wireless speakers

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Hello,

I need to know the best way to hook up no more then 6 wireless speakers and run them off a tablet and or phone via blue tooth.  This set up will go in one of our restaurants.  The speakers will be at the farthest 50 feet apart. Quality of sound needs to be middle of the road.  Please Advise.

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Hi Neil,

Sadly, you can only run one bluetooth speaker per phone or tablet. Bluetooth also only has a dependable range of about 15'-25' (32' Max).
Bluetooth is 1 device to 1 speaker.
However, wifi is 1 device to  many speakers.
I have no idea what your budget is but there are very viable WiFi solutions available.
This link will give you an idea of one perfect solution:
http://www.crutchfield.com/cart/default.aspx?wm=tn1
This is a full system that can run up to 16 speakers at up to 100' apart. Each speaker will relay the sound so the location of the BOOST module is only relative to the mobile device.
It would also allow very custom settings per speaker.
For example:  Different volumes per speaker or you could even use multiple tablets to have different tunes playing on each (or more) speakers.
All prices are per unit (except for these mounts which are 50.00 for two):
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_735PMT90W/Definitive-Technology-ProMount-90-White.h

Speakers are 199.00 each
The BOOST is 100.00 (this will be the WiFi hub that your device will hook to via WiFi.
The mounts are up to you but please note what I said about the Definitive-Technology-ProMounts @ 2 each for 50.00:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_616PLAY1W/Sonos-PLAY-1-White.html
Figure about 1500.00 for this setup depending on the mounts.

This system is so flexible that I cannot cover it in text and be really concise at the same time.
If you would like to discuss this setup I would highly suggest calling Crutchfield at 1.888.955.6000 and ask to speak to Norm . He has installed many of these and is a top notch support person. If you do call them please tell them that Jerry from AllExperts sent you.
You can call them until midnight (East Coast) on weekdays.

Good luck, thank you for the fine question and thanks for choosing AllExperts.com
Regards,
Jerry Mael  

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My forte is audio.. Car/Home/Boat. You name it, I will help you even if it is just a link to more assistance. If you want to interface new gear to your factory radio I can do us both a favor and tell you to go to crutchfield.com or call them at 1.800.555.7088. They really are top notch at doing that for people with great support. I will re-direct most questions of that nature to them. The rest of it... I am eager to help you with. I am also not a 'Master Installation Technician' that will tell you I cannot assist you with cars not made in the USA. Talk to me about any audio upgrades including 'bang for the buck'.
Specialties include: Overall Acoustics, Gain structure/settings and Enclosure design, system design/consultation, when/where to get which upgrades as well as other pertinent info for the mobile audio enthusiast and much more.
I also am NOT interested in buying your used gear so do not waste our time asking me.

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My specialty as it is offered here, is Mobile and Home Audio Consultation.
Eight years IASCA - Pro 251-500 watt class
With Allexperts since 1999 (on and off).
35 years of overall professional sound and acoustical/electronic experience (since 1977) including: Sound Offs, Home audio, Mobile audio, Live sound, Churches, Theater, Live DJ and Studio Recording (analog and digital software and hardware), Effects, Looping, analog/digital mutli-track and mixdown . My mother was a record producer so I picked up a lot of additional professional knowledge and experience through the years. I was a Drum Tech for the Banshee reunion tour and toured as sound man with a regional act called Champion so I have practical knowledge for many aspects of audio.

If I cannot directly answer your question I will use my vast resource network to help you get a usable answer.


Favorite Mobile components:
Any amplifier based on ZED principles. Examples are Diamond, Zapco, Hifonics, Autotek, ect. And of course, Nakamichi (yes, still in business)
McCaulley, Polk and Dynaudio Speakers.
Clarion/Nakamichi headunits and processors.


Education/Credentials
>35 years of real world, audio experience.

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