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Laptop speakers for a presentation to 200 people?

I'll be giving a presentation to an audience of approximately 200 people and want to show a video from my laptop. Venue has projector and screen but no speakers. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jun 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Silent TV, quiet speakers

I want to buy I new TV and put it on the wall I share with my neighbor's bedroom. But I want to be a good neighbor, so I thought I would buy a TV and also buy wireless speakers, and then configure everything so sound only comes from the speakers (which would be close to the couch, and far from my neighbor's bedroom). So my question is, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by middlethird on Mar 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Help my existing computer speakers play nice with the Amazon Echo Dot

I'm going to buy an Amazon Echo and an Echo Dot. I would like the Dot to send music through two separate sets of speakers, which are both currently wired into my desktop PC. Help me make it happen. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Mar 24, 2016 - 5 answers

Any ideas for speakers for a conference about how I.T. benefits people?

I'm helping organize a 2017 conference on I.T. in higher education; the theme is going to be how I.T. benefits people on a daily basis. We've got an array of prospective speakers already, but in the interest of broadening the pool... any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Surround me in sound

I'm moving into a new apartment that, although built in 1790, seems to have hookups for speakers in the living room, dining room, and kitchen. I don't know anything about speakers or stereos, but I would like to take advantage of this set up. [more inside]
posted by thefang on Feb 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me find a loud portable speaker for sweet jams

I am looking for a portable speaker to use with an iPhone that has excellent volume and moderate sound quality, in a price range of $100-200. Please help me find one! [more inside]
posted by beware the frog person on Feb 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Speaker repairs for the soldering-averse

I have a set of Harman Kardon Soundsticks with a broken jack plug. I know I could replace it with something like this, but that would involve soldering which I've never done before. [more inside]
posted by Chenko on Jan 24, 2016 - 3 answers

Please suggest Speaker for my vsx-45 pioneer

I have a VSX-45 pioneer elite audio receiver. I have Samsung 65' tv hooked up to a wall. I am looking for decent speaker system preferably 5.1 sorround. My budget is 300 more or less. Please suggest something.. The setup is in the basement about 18 feet tall x 10 feet wide. I am not looking for a greatest speakers in the market, just something decent with good surround and sound quality. I will be watching movies, play call of duty on xbox one on this. I have Harmon, Bose, JBL in my mind.
posted by samcivic on Jan 22, 2016 - 7 answers

What model is this speaker?

I saw a pair of these speakers at a bar and I'd love to know their make and model. Here's a photo: https://imgur.com/pDIO9fJ It may not be that clear, but there's also an array of four horns below the main enclosure.
posted by mazarov on Jan 21, 2016 - 4 answers

In search of a sound system.

Can you recommend a sound system to hook up to a TV, our phones, and that also has a radio? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Subwoofer rises to the occasion only occasionally

My Altec-Lansing 885 computer speakers, bought from Dell in 2001, are not thumping, only gently pulsing, if even that. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Dec 2, 2015 - 5 answers

What's the best set up for streaming music in our house?

We want to stream music to our living room. Maybe throughout the house later. What set up should we look at? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Nov 12, 2015 - 24 answers

Play music from NAS to desktop speakers via…what?

I have a Synology NAS with all my MP3s on it. I also have some older speakers that I would like to put somewhere in my house (e.g., the kitchen) so my wife can listen to music, which she selects via her iPhone. And I would like to do it cheaply, natch. Right now she turns on the TV and uses the Roku's Pandora or I (heart) Radio apps, which take a lot more power than some dinky speakers. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Good speaker for Chromecast Audio?

I just bought a Chromecast Audio device so I can stream podcasts and audio while (mostly) cooking or working on my laptop on the kitchen table. My question is: is there a good cheapish speaker that would work well with this? Stereo would seem to work well, but most stereo speakers I've seen on BestBuy (the only real choice for online shopping in Canada) are unpowered. Most of the selection I've seen here and there are for home entertainment systems, and I just want something basic that is good for streaming radio or music.
posted by Nevin on Oct 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Stereo Receivers: Bought one for life, or buy something modern?

Considering replacing my stereo receiver from the 90s. Do I even need to do this? [more inside]
posted by kpraslowicz on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Blown speaker?

I just recently picked up a pair of 1980s-era Celestion 3 bookshelf speakers and they sound great. Well, the right one sounded great until something happened today. I may have been listening to The Cars' "Candy-O" a little too loudly when the speaker started going, "thup-thup-thup" and then lost the woofer. [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Sep 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Setup for computer calls that doesn't involve a headset

I take work calls from my computer, and want a solution to improve my sound that isn't a headset or Bluetooth. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jul 26, 2015 - 5 answers

What would I need to make my in-wall speakers work?

The house we have just moved into has in-wall speakers (Jensen EHT-8) and outdoor speakers all wired to a bunch of jacks in the wall where, as I understand it, they would have had an AV receiver connected. I don't own a TV or video, but I wouldn't mind using them for music if there's a relatively cheap way to do so. Is there? What manner of thing would I have to buy to make the music that is currently on my computer play through these and how would I hook it up? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Optimal speaker set up for a computer playing Spotify?

What is the optimal speaker set up for a computer playing iTunes and Spotify primarily (quality ~320 kbps)? I primarily listen to music on Spotify, and am looking for a new office speaker setup to connect to my iMac, but I'm not sure what the optimal plan is. Bookshelf speakers? Sonos? Computer speakers? DAC? Receiver? I'd prefer speakers to headphones, and am looking for the best sound out of those files.
posted by quickasfoxes on Jul 3, 2015 - 13 answers

I want my house to be alive with the sound of music

How can I get music from my computer to play all over my house? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jun 26, 2015 - 12 answers

What are some good choices for portable speakers?

I'm interested in getting some kind of WiFi based speakers for my apartment -- preferably something small and reasonably portable that I can move from room to room (or alternatively, something cheap enough to get a unit/pair of speakers for the kitchen, one for the living room, and one for my bedroom). There are a lot of similar devices on the market now and I'm not sure how to start combing through them. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jun 15, 2015 - 10 answers

CD stereo system recs?

I listen to most of my music on CD, and want to replace the cheapo Philips stereo and speakers from my student days with a better quality system. Recommendations for receiver and speakers please? Total budget around $500. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jun 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Where to find some speakers and receivers in Reno, NV?

I recently went to the "Doctors' Wives" garage sale thing that was happening a couple of weeks ago and bought a nice pair of speakers for $20. They were a steal and although I have to do a minor amount of work on one of them, they're amazing! I hooked then up to my parents' amp and we've been having a great time with them. However, I didn't realize this garage sale was only once a year, and they had a lot of other nice, vintage speakers for $20. I want a pair for my room and a new amp so I can listen to music or the radio in bed. While craigslist has some good speakers and amps sometimes, and the SPCA also has some good stuff, I was curious if there was a store or another thrift store that sells that kind of stuff. Googling only returns Beat Buy and car audio places. Thanks!!
posted by gucci mane on Mar 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Any thoughts on more Bass?

I have a Bose 28 series home theater system. Before anyone starts jabbing me lets just know it was a gift and I am tryin gto work with it as best as possible. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me fix my entertainment system.

AV experts, can you help me? I set up my current home entertainment system 11 years ago, and it's worked well for me. Now it is failing, and consumer electronics have moved on. I can't just replace the failing component with a new one because it is not being manufactured any longer, and I only need some parts of it. I'm having trouble integrating new things into the old setup. I need to upgrade/reconfigure my AV, and possibly wireless. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Dec 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Portable speakers on par with the Retina Mac

The speakers on my 15" Retina MacBook Pro sound remarkably good for portable, low-profile speakers, and even the best ultra-portable speakers I've heard can't compare, especially on the high end. Do any ultra-portable speakers use the same "advanced design" as the Retina Mac, or are there ultra-portable speakers that truly match the levels of volume and clarity in the mids and high end as the Retina MacBook? (I'm hoping for responses specifically from people familiar with the sound of the 15" Retina Mac.)
posted by eschatfische on Dec 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Cheapest way to stream audio over a wired LAN?

I'd like to use the LAN at work to push music out to remote speakers throughout the building. The speakers would be wired into the LAN, and the music would be streamed from a single PC running iTunes (or something similar -- it doesn't have to be iTunes itself). [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Dec 4, 2014 - 5 answers

She took his amplifer

So my daughter came home from college for a visit, and when she left, she took her Les Paul and the cute little Line 6 amplifier I'd been using for my synthesizer rig. So now I'm using this incident as an excuse to upgrade myself with a pair of powered monitors (and perhaps a subwoofer, too). [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love on Oct 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Turning off mains power on Audioengine A2+ speakers

Can I turn off a pair of Audioengine A2+ speakers by cutting the mains power (e.g. flipping the switch on the wall socket)? Will this damage the speakers? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Sep 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Is it a bad idea to connect a amplifier and speakers to a monitor?

I want to hook up my computer monitor with 3.5mm headphone jack on it to a pair of bookshelf speakers and an amplfier with a 3.5mm jack on the front for when i want to listen through my headphones rather then the speakers. I'm using this for my ps4 on a computer monitor. And my hd 558s don't quite get loud enough either through the monitor output jack or the the headphone out on the monitor. It seems like its roughly the same price of the playstation headset I was contemplating buying.
posted by mamamia88 on Sep 9, 2014 - 5 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

Looking for good wireless speakers that sync easily to devices.

I'm trying to help my Dad find the right speaker or speaker system. Ideally he wants something wireless, something with incredible sound quality, and something that allows him to really easily play music from his phone or computer from anywhere in the house. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on May 2, 2014 - 19 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

Which wall speaker mounts to get and how to install?

I'm not sure what wall/ceiling speaker mounts are appropriate for my system or how to install them in the type of walls I have. Suggestions welcome! [more inside]
posted by droplet on Apr 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Calling all cable experts

Tomorrow I'm hosting a presentation where the speaker would like to hook up a laptop to two decent-sized external speakers. All that's lacking is a cable. I'm hoping to run out to the electronics store tomorrow morning to buy a cable (or two?) to do this, but am completely baffled as to what to get. I plan to call the store in the morning, but simply because I am nervous about the presentation and would like to sleep peacefully tonight, can anyone here recommend exactly what kind of cables I should get? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Fun with Impedance

I have some fancy new stereo speakers. I'd like to be as correct as possible when wiring them up, which has led to some possibly-unusual questions about speaker impedance. Halp! (Inside: Series or parallel?) [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Mar 6, 2014 - 11 answers

How to 'blast' music on speakers for mixing, living with parents

Hey music people I'm wondering if you maybe have figured out a solution to this issue I'm having. Basically I need to master/play electronic music on my studio monitor speakers, usually at a VERY LOUD level so I can hear if all the frequencies are where they should be. I'm living with the folks and they got super pissed when I was doing that in my closet. So I moved outside with the speakers facing away and they were still pissed. Keep in mind this is all in the middle of the day. [more inside]
posted by wavecal22 on Feb 27, 2014 - 22 answers

Pick an amplifier for me, please?

I just moved into a new house, and the kitchen has a built in set of Niles OS3 speakers wired in. I'd like to drive them from my computer (headphone output). What's a good reasonably low cost amplifier to drive them with? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jan 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Monitor speaker recommendations

In an effort to simplify my system, I'm looking for some straightforward monitor speakers to use with an Alesis MultiMix. Specific details? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Jan 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Wireless Speakers, Piece by Piece

I'd really like to get some wireless speakers I could plug my ipod or iphone into in and have it play throughout the house. Money is tight at the moment, which got me thing that one way to do it would to buy speakers piecemeal. To start, get one speaker that is portable. As money comes along, add more speakers to it. But I am afraid I have no idea what to look for when looking at speakers. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Jan 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Using a 13" MacBook Air as an audio delay.

This is for live sound at a party. I need to add a delay to a set of speakers to synchronize them with the main stacks. I don't have a digital console or an effects box capable of this. Could I use something like Audiomulch to do it? How would I set up my 13" MacBook Air so it won't shut don't or cut the audio for several hours? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Turn up the music: rent vs. buy speakers for a party

I've got a house party coming up in a couple weeks. I will be playing downloaded, not great quality mp3s from a laptop via Winamp (please assume this setup cannot be changed/improved). Should I rent a standing speaker, or buy something suitable from a store like Best Buy? I am not looking to crank the music super loud, but it there will be dancing and I want the music heard. Details: party to happen on main floor - open concept, approx 45 people, detached house. Minimal room for speakers. Simple set up desired. Budget - around $200. Location - Toronto
posted by walkinginsunshine on Dec 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Airport Express help!

I have an Airport Express base station - the older one not new (around 2009) version. Recently got a new iMac with with latest version of OSx and no longer see the the option under the sound button (top right corner of screen) to choose to either play with local speakers or speakers (or both) associated Airport Express base. When I go to settings - sound - output, I can see the the local speakers and the Airport Express but it says the selected device (Express) has no output controls. It used to be an option with any playback on any application. How to remedy? I can use my iphone (using iOS 6 not 7) to play on the airport express speakers. The only thing that seems to pickup the base is Itunes but other programs are not picking it up and I use Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, etc.. If I manually go in under the settings - sound - output I can click on Airport Express and it will play but not both sets of speakers. We like whole house music.
posted by lasamana on Dec 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Audio setup with Airport Express

I have a small apartment. I would like a speaker setup for listening to music. It's an Apple apartment, so I figure the path of least resistance is to get an Airport Express and then connect speakers somehow. Can anyone recommend either (1) a specific set of powered speakers that reproduce music accurately, or (2) a separate amp to put between an input like the Express and a pair of bookshelfs like the Pioneer SP-BS22-LRs. [more inside]
posted by caek on Nov 5, 2013 - 17 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

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 TV has good sound?

I finally upgraded my Direct TV service, the old Tivo bit the dust. So naturally I'm looking to upgrade the television... [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 6, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I make a speaker cabinet for planar / isodynamic speakers?

I managed to acquire a set of high and midrange isodynamic (aka orthodynamic) Sawafuji drivers, and i want to build a cabinet for them. One problem -- no clue what that should look like. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Sep 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me figure out how to choose and set up an outdoor speaker system.

I would like to surprise my husband with an outdoor speaker system. Please give me advice about whether to go wired or wireless, which speakers to buy, other things I should know before I start this project. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jul 28, 2013 - 4 answers

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