View Full Version : Wireless Speakers

02-08-2009, 03:00 PM
Looking to set up wireless speakers in rooms around the house. (lounge, bedroom, deck) The idea is to have a laptop transmitting to a wireless router which would then transmit to a set of speakers in one of these locations. In other words have each ot the sets of speakers on the network. Is this a possibility (without first talking nicely to the Reserve Bank) or has this technology yet to be refined.

02-08-2009, 03:02 PM
Cheapest option is to get a few second hand AirPort expresses and set them up in either WDS or Client mode.

That was you could stream music wirelessly.


02-08-2009, 03:09 PM
Logitech Squeezebox boom kind of thing?


Have seen them on special much cheeper - even on 1day.co.nz

02-08-2009, 07:32 PM
Or if you want the best of the best then have a look at the Sonos (http://www.playback.co.nz) units.
I have one of the bundles with the old controller and won't use anything else now. :punk

02-08-2009, 11:01 PM
Just had a look at a few places that sell the Sono in NZ --:eek: Sheeeeet not exactly cheap. -- Thanks but no thanks - while it would be good - For that price they can keep it.

04-08-2009, 10:41 AM
Hi bugalugs67

Here's how I do it. Same result, cheap, effective but not quite what you want.

Get hold of a Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter. Now go HERE (http://www.instructables.com/id/Belkin-Tunecast-II-FM-Transmitter-Mod/) to mod it. There where many similar versions produced, all can be souped up the same way.

Now you have a good quality FM Transmitter that can be plugged into your laptop headphone plug. It will also send the signal up to approximately 10 - 12 metres from the lappie. This is more than enough for a home situation.

Now simply connect your speakers to a good quality stereo tuner and amp. Tune in - simple. Repeat as necessary.

Considering how cheap this is, it is amazing effective. Not suggesting it is for audio freaks with a sensitive ear but if you are playing mp3's then you are not one of those anyway.

There are other advantages too. Working on the car, no problem, listen to your music on the car stereo. Got a barbie going? Grab the old ghetto blaster and you have music outside. Got an old stereo in the shed? Then you can have your music there too.


04-08-2009, 11:48 AM
Thanks Burnzee; looks like a good solution, I'll check it out. Just a bit wary about the legality of radio transmissions.

I had a look at the Sono earlier and for what i wanted it was an expensive (overkill) solution.

04-08-2009, 12:12 PM
Hi bugalugs67

Not sure about the legals but surely the same would apply regardless how the transmissions are sent. Just shorten the new antenna to rescrict the range so signals don't upset the neighbours.