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Because we all need another gadget.

I'm looking for an awesome bluetooth headset/handset/gadget. It should play well with an up to date android tablet. Do you know of a bluetooth device cooler than the Sony SBH-52? [more inside]
posted by nobeagle on Sep 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Is it possible to stream turntable to Sonos?

I want to stream music from my turntable to a Sonos. Is it possible to stream from a phono preamp's RCA line out to a Sonos device? Bluetooth transmitters allow me to treat RCA line out as a Bluetooth source, and I believe I can receive this as an audio source on my Android phone, but is it possible to then send this signal on to a Sonos? Or, and this begins to look like an unstable kludge, do I need a Bluetooth transmitter from the phono preamp's line out, and then a Bluetooth receiver at the Sonos device's RCA line in?
posted by mr_suboptimal on Sep 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommend me a bluetooth speaker!

I just want a simple to use bluetooth speaker that I can plug-in in whichever room I'm in throughout the house and have my i-Device play music through. I listen to a lot of 80s and 90s, and would like good sound, but my budget is about $100. I just need to keep my toddlers entertained/danced out to tunes, and feel overwhelmed by the choices, so what would you recommend? Thanks!
posted by cestmoi15 on Sep 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Bluetooth headphone recommendations for running?

I'm looking for a new set of headphones to wear while running and I'm interested in trying Bluetooth. I want to still be able to hear the world around me as I do most of my running on the road. Track/volume controls would be nice to have. Can any of you recommend something you've had a good experience with? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Aug 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Bluetooth Pony request...

So i have a bit of a weird one here. I'm aware that there are speakers that can pair to eachother so you can use two as a stereo sound pair, or just two at once(E.G. jambox mini, beats pill XL). What i'm looking for though, is sort of the reverse. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jul 8, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I safely use my iPhone 5 when I'm driving?

I want to make and receive calls when I'm driving, but I want to do it as safely as possible. I've tried two different Bluetooth devices, and they were both terrible. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on May 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Can I send audio & video to different places, using my Macbook?

I have a pre-2010 Macbook Pro which I use to watch DVDs on my TV, using an HDMI cable with mini display port adaptor. However the audio doesn't go through the cable and has to play through the laptop speakers, which is less than ideal. I'm thinking of buying one of these bluetooth adaptors so that I can play the audio through my stereo system. Has anyone tried to do this at the same time, and will it work?
posted by superfish on May 17, 2014 - 11 answers

I ♥ my White Apple Wireless Keyboard, but it's time for a change!

I am looking for suggestions on a full-sized, wireless keyboard (Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth) that would be a worthy replacement for my old, disgusting White Extended Apple Wireless Keyboard. [more inside]
posted by melorama on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a good bluetooth mouse?

I'm fed up with my crappy mouse. Can you recommend a good bluetooth mouse (for a mac)? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Apr 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Pumping Up the Jam at 20 MPH

What is the best way to play music of decent audio quality and volume while riding a bicycle? (not headphones) I'm riding the MS-150 bike ride this year from Duluth to the Twin Cities. I've done it the last few years with a cheap handlebar-attached speaker that runs on AA batteries and barely delivers enough sound for myself to hear, let alone my riding companions. This year I'd like to improve on that, because it really helps to have some sweet tunes while tooling down the road. [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Apr 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me hear the music, please!

Hi! Over the weekend, the receiver/speaker combo I use to listen to vinyl and my iPhone (cobbled together from stuff friends didn't want anymore) reached a critical point of sounding crappy. Can you help me find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by justjess on Apr 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Quieter bluetooth headsets?

I just bought a Plantronics Marque M155 Bluetooth headset for use with my cell phone. The lowest volume setting on it is too loud for my probably-overly-sensitive ears. Any suggestions for quieter headsets? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Mar 20, 2014 - 2 answers

I'm looking for a bluetooth button. No features. Just. A. Button.

So I used WAZE for my morning commute on my iPhone. It's on my dash and out of easy reach. But sometimes I get an idea for a thing I need to do when I get to the office. Or a text I need to send. So I have to stretch and reach over for the iPhone button to hold it down and dictate it to Siri. Then I thought: What if I just had a button. On me. So that's what I'm looking for. A button I can have close to me that I can press to activate the same function on the iPhone. Not a headset. Or a speakerphone. My car's functionality there works great. Just a button to trigger the thing that's a foot out of easy reach. Now It'd be great if it was like a pin on and didn't look awful so it could be semi decorative. But frankly even if it was big and ugly and I could mount it on the wheel that would work too. So...anyone know any straight button options?
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Why are there no Bluetooth 4.0 keyboards?

I can't find any Bluetooth 4.0 keyboards from any of the usual places. This makes me suspicious. Alibaba has some, but I'd prefer to buy a single one from somewhere I have used before. What's going on?
posted by devnull on Jan 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Skipping Bluetooth Audio

I just bought a Lenovo T440s laptop, and the audio is skipping when streaming it to my bluetooth speakers, no matter what distance I sit away. I had previously been using my iPhone 5s for this, and it was wonderful. Is this par for laptops, is it fixable, or am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Jan 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Bluetooth Headset Which Mutes Calls

Is there a reasonably priced (<$50) bluetooth headset for Android (HTC One) that can mute calls? I've done a healthy amount of research & I'm not sure why what seems like such an obvious feature is so curiously difficult to find.
posted by forallmankind on Dec 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Question about Bluetooth security and speakers.

I am about to buy some bluetooth speakers to be used in conjunction with a Windows computer and Itunes. I have heard vague rumblings to the effect that bluetooth has security issues that regular wifi devices do not. Ordinarily, I would buy wifi speakers but the few I can find are awfully damned pricey. Would I be putting myself at risk of compromising my computer's security if I set up a pair or two of bluetooth speakers in my apartment? In general, are there any bluetooth security issues I should be aware of, as a new user of this technology? Many thanks for your time.
posted by jason's_planet on Oct 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Is it common for bluetooth wireless headphones to produce a faint click?

I bought a pair of Kinivo BTH240, and they've been great, but every once in awhile they'll start clicking and popping over the audio. When I notice it, I can close the audio-producing app, reopen it, and the clicking is gone. Has anyone else experienced this with bluetooth headphones? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

iPhone controlled Bluetooth Home Speaker system with multiple zones

Are there any good alternatives to the SONOS system that would let me control music across my entire house from my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Oct 10, 2013 - 8 answers

What's the verdict on bluetooth multicasting using Windows 7?

Mrs. Van and I enjoy watching movies at night using XMBC on our HTPC (which runs Windows 7)... But in a Manhattan apartment with two kids under the age of 2, we're usually stuck watching foreign subtitled films, using bulky headphones with a splitter, or turning the volume up and down constantly on a Hollywood blockbuster. I bought a couple of bluetooth headphones and an adapter a while back. I got one of the headsets to pair, and while that works beautifully, I don't think there's a way (using the normal Broadcom drivers) to pair two at the same time. Is there a software product or workaround that would allow us to pair *multiple* bluetooth headsets, allowing both of us to listen to audio coming from the computer? Thanks.
posted by BobbyVan on Oct 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Who is that smooth character?

Between sketchily edited track titles, Google Play music uploads, and Bluetooth stereo sync, somehow a Chinese character (link to picture, with apologies for sun glare) got encoded on the artist title of this song playing on my car stereo. Can any sinologists out there identify this character? I know it's just an artifact, but maybe it's something serendipitous.
posted by planetesimal on Aug 16, 2013 - 1 answer

Silence incoming phone calls during music play on blue tooth speaker

With a Motorola Droid Razr HD, is there a way to silence incoming phone calls and/or texts so that when using a bluetooth speaker, the music played from an internal playlist is uninterrupted?
posted by morganannie on Aug 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find a Not-So-Dumb Phone

I am looking for a simple, non-smart phone with the following features: * Long battery life * Bluetooth (to connect to a Parrot in the car) * Good speaker and microphone for hands-free * Low SARS rating This last point has been the hardest for me to find. For some reason, it seems that new smart phones have much lower SARS rating. I don't really care that it has a keyboard. I should also mention that I am in Europe so it needs to be 2G/3G/4G which I think is different from the States. Appreciate any help! I've been looking on CNET, Google and across the web without much luck...
posted by BigBrownBear on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Going from RCA to Bluetooth and back again.

Is there a bluetooth bridge that will work between a set of RCA jacks? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 30, 2013 - 9 answers

These thumbs weren't made for typing

Suggest a portable keyboard to use with my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Good inexpensive keyboard for Kindle 8.9 tablet?

Looking for recommendations on a low end keyboard for the Kindle Fire 8.9 HD model. Hoping to get something on sale $30-40 (and i do realize this limits quality a bit...). I need to order it today if possible. Again, not expecting any whiz-bang but something rather basic and simply functional.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Stop my ass from ghostwriting!

Is there a case that can hold both my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and not allow buttons to be pressed? I carry this around with me and use it habitually in tandem with my laptop and magic trackpad because they save me considerable finger, neck, and wrist pain. However, because of how I store the keyboard in my Timbuk2 Command size medium messenger bag (in the red sleeve flush against my laptop), the buttons get pressed, and the battery degrades when it isn't in use (by me). Does anybody have suggestions for how to get past this?
posted by oceanjesse on Oct 29, 2012 - 5 answers

iPad keyboard recommendation

I need a recommendation for a cover/keyboard setup for my iPad 3. I will be using this to replace my clunky laptop when I travel. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

How to unlock my front door via bluetooth proximity

Can you suggest a USB motor / solenoid / actuator that can by activated via the command line on my Windows 8 PC? I would like my front door to automatically unlock every time I approach it. Details are as follows: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Sep 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Bluetooth headphone recommendation with Windows 7

Looking for Bluetooth headphone recommendation to replace Motorola S305 which don't work with Windows 7 [more inside]
posted by hokie409 on Aug 15, 2012 - 0 answers

Best cheap little wireless speakers?

What's the most portable, cheapest, best quality wireless/Bluetooth speaker(s) out there? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jun 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Minimizing bluetooth interference with multiple devices running simultaneously?

Advice to minimize bluetooth interference and maintain connectivity across multiple devices in a huge public space? [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Jun 18, 2012 - 2 answers

How to play music wirelessly on home theater system.

Rdio/Bluetooth/home theater receiver/iPhone...please help me out of this mush. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I connect my laptop to my speakers wirelessly?

Are there any simple wireless audio adapters that plug directly into 1/8" (or 1/4") audio jacks on a laptop or other mobile device? Perhaps bluetooth or some sort? [more inside]
posted by Kolath on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Bluetooth no worky

My new Motorola S9 HD bluetooth headphones are paired with my HP Elitebook 8440p laptop (Windows 7 32-bit) - yay! But no sound comes through. The laptop has A2DP technology, according to the downloadable manual. Both are "on" - headset & computer BT transmitter. Clues?
posted by IAmBroom on Apr 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Need bluetooth form-fitting earbuds to wear while mowing.

Looking for molded/custom bluetooth capable earbuds to use for music listening while operating my tractor... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Apr 6, 2012 - 4 answers

And if it could respond to "hello, Computer," that would be nice.

Help me do everything humanly possible with my car's Bluetooth functionality. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Apr 5, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to feel like I'm piloting a spaceship with four wheels.

Autofilter: is one bluetooth-enabled ODB2 scanner better than another? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Mar 5, 2012 - 3 answers

A whole new world with iphone keyboard?

How can I best use my new bluetooth keyboard with my iphone? [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Feb 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Wireless USB storage?

Having left my flash drive at work more than once, I'm looking for mobile USB storage that I don't need to physically plug in. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jan 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Recommendations/thoughts for Bluetooth audio transmitters?

Any experiences or recommendations for Bluetooth audio transmitters (3.5mm to Bluetooth)? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Jan 14, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I get my Android tablet to stop popping up the soft keyboard when using a Bluetooth keyboard?

I've got a Galaxy Tab Android tablet and an Apple bluetooth keyboard. Whenever I'm using the keyboard, the onscreen soft keyboard still keeps popping up and it's sodding annoying. Is there any way to make the soft keyboard get gone and stay gone while the bluetooth keyboard is active? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jan 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Bluetooth prototype

What is the easiset way to prototype a small bluetooth device. [more inside]
posted by Ad hominem on Jan 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Argggh, I just want a radio that doesn't think I'm in Guam

I'd like to purchase an aftermarket radio for my Ford Freestyle. I purchased an eclipse radio 4 years ago but it has turned into an epic POS. I'd like the following features: -Bluetooth -ability to plug in my iPhone to play podcasts and Pandora etc -gps navigation -xm would be nice, but the other features are more important I researched my last radio and got the worst POS imaginable. So your suggestions are welcome. I'd be ecstatic if I could find something that functioned at this point.
posted by bananafish on Jan 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Recommend bluetooth headsets for my android

Please recommend a bluetooth headset for my samsung android. [more inside]
posted by julen on Dec 30, 2011 - 5 answers

A Flip-Phone Style Bluetooth "Headset"

Does-this-product-exist-filter: a bluetooth "headset" that looks and acts like a mid-late 90s flip-phone? [more inside]
posted by hoople on Dec 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Great Car Bluetooth Adapters

Help my dad get the best bluetooth car adapter! [more inside]
posted by nat on Dec 4, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me purchase bluetooth headset.

Is anyone familiar with a product which would let you pair any Bluetooth headset, such as the motorokr's, with a desk phone, similar to the plantronics bluetooth headsets?
posted by TuxHeDoh on Nov 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Problems with music over Bluetooth

I'm having problems playing music in my car from my iPhone via Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Nov 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Wireless audio for my computer and phone?

Which Bluetooth headphones will work well with an iPhone 4 and late-2008 iMac? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Oct 10, 2011 - 4 answers

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