Bluetooth portable music system
With advances in mobile phone technology and the virtues of Bluetooth connectivity, you can have personalised, high quality music on demand - anywhere!
This article shows you how to play music wirelessly through your home (or car) speakers from a mobile device..
Bluetooth is a short range wireless technology, named after a famous viking (just in case you're interested). It is typically used to connect devices such as speakers, headphones and headsets to mobile phones and other devices.
It can be recognised on your phone by the little rune logo
The Music Player
Bluetooth has been around on mobile phones for many years now. Even many older, non-smart phones were equipped with it. I am currently using my Samsung Galaxy SII with a 32GB MicroSD card to store my music. You can use the default music player or download something with more functionality such as Winamp for Android.
Connecting the speakers - at home
This part depends on where you want to play the music: in-car or through a home hi-fi system. Either way it will take a gizmo to complete the task (unless your amp/car system already supports bluetooth).
At home I use a cool device from Taiwanese company, Calltrend. Technically known as the BTA-S2A1, this little box is the size of a fag packet and currently retails at JayCar for $80. It comes with a cool LED display on the front and input (and output) RCA jacks on the back for plugging into the amp.
Bluetooth connectivity happens via the externally-mounted arial. Turning the device on initiates its 30 second 'pairing period' during which time you can 'discover' it from your phone. In practice this took a few turn-ons for my phone to find the box.
Once paired, click on the device name to connect to it through bluetooth. A nice feature of the BTA-S2A1 is that when I turn it on, it automatically reconnects with my Samsung phone and is ready to play.
Connecting to a car player
Newer vehicles are coming out with Bluetooth-enabled music systems but for those without, there are gadgets aplenty to fill this niche. The buzzterm to look for is Bluetooth FM Transmitter.
Powered from the car's cigarette lighter socket, these devices connect to your bluetooth device and then convert and transmit the sound signal on an FM radio channel. They come with a range of FM bands and all you need to do is select one which is not a local station and tell the transmitter to use that band. Then simply connect to that channel using your car's FM radio. The whole process is seamless and the sound quality really is the dog's bollocks!
The ability to rip digital music into individual tracks and store them on portable players and mobile phones has rendered Compact Discs all but obsolete. Compact storage cards have allowed us to store thousands of such high quality music tracks onto a tiny MicroSD card the size of a fingernail. Now with Bluetooth we are able to connect and play music and video wirelessly through high quality sound systems, both at home and in our cars.
If like me, you were brought up using LPs, 45s and musicassettes, the future looks bright for digital, mobile music!
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