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$40 Upgrade: Give Your Home Stereo or Surround Sound Wireless Playback & Control

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These days, when playing music through a stereo or surround system, the audio isn’t coming from records, tapes, or CDs. It’s likely coming from an iPhone or laptop utilizing an auxiliary input on the stereo. It works great, but it’s wired. The device can only be as far away from the stereo as the cable you have it plugged in with, and that usually means choosing between playing music, or using the device in other ways. In a world where all of our entertainment has become wireless, being tethered to a speaker system is one of the last wired chains to be cut.There are a bunch of new (expensive) options on the market for wireless music and sound. You know what Sonos has that your current audio setup doesn’t have? Wireless capability. Seems silly to spend $400 to replace that perfectly decent stereo or 5.1 surround system you’ve got hooked up. Luckily, you can get the same functionality for only 10% of that price.

The Wireless Speaker Adaptor from Logitech takes a traditionally wired audio experience and allows you to play the sound on your speaker system from smart phones, tablets, laptops and any other Bluetooth enabled device.

Setup is extremely simple: Plug the Logitech box into an input on your stereo, hit the Bluetooth pairing button, connect with whatever device you want to use, and go. It works just like a Bluetooth headset; once the device is paired with the Wireless Speaker Adaptor all you have to do is turn it on under your Bluetooth settings on your phone, tablet, or laptop anytime you want to use it.

It makes sharing YouTube videos with the room a cinch. And being able to control a music playlist from anywhere in your place has obvious appeal. As always, don’t just take my word for it, it’s got over a thousand Amazon reviews with a 4.5 star rating.

The Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter is $39 on Amazon.

 

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  • Sean

    Dang. This could be a game changer!

  • Tom

    Awesome. Took me seconds to purchase after reading this

  • Judson M

    I was actually looking at one of these yesterday! Perfect timing!

  • hi

    nice referral link. what’s with you and advertisements? same with the comments, subtle ads everywhere.

  • Alan

    Or you can just use an Apple TV…I guess it’s more limiting depending on how many Apple products you have, but same basic deal.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Alan,

      I admittedly don’t know much about Apple TV, which is shameful as a Mac guy, I know. Can you only use Apple products with it? It is twice the price also, can you wirelessly stream video with it too?

      • Alan

        Yeah, limited to Apple products. But newer generation iPads, iPhones, and Macbooks all support video mirroring, which is pretty excellent. At a minimum, so long as Apple product is on same wifi network, you can stream music to/from an Apple TV.

        I guess price point would work for someone who wants the wireless connectivity you mention and uses Netflix/Youtube/iTunes, but does not have another device to get media to the TV.

        Good to know about alternatives though!

  • Tony

    I’ve had one of these for a few years and it’s awesome.

    • Ryan

      Just bought one. Listening to it right now. Hooked it up to my receiver and it works flawlessly.

  • mikemcguire

    referral link. and andrew deletes the posts of people that are critical of him

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hi Mike,

      If you dig into the comments on many Primer articles, you’ll see there are plenty of comments offering criticism. I see Primer as a community and every reader’s voice is an important part of that. I will delete comments that use clearly fake email address (I have no way of getting in touch with you to discuss or fix a problem) and don’t use their name so they can leave trolling comments that offer no value. And if somebody isn’t interested in discussing or fixing a problem then it isn’t constructive at all.
      The first link is to Logitech’s website which is not a referral link or advertising of any kind. The second is an Amazon referral and is outlined in my disclosure page. Affiliate links have no bearing on which products or what content we produce. Ignoring Amazon’s referral program, I would still have linked to them anyway as they are essentially the only place I order products from because of their service and cheap shipping.
      I’d be happy to continue this discussion here or in an email or on future articles. But do so with your name and email address. Anonymous comments that are rude or ignorant and take away from the experiences of other readers are quickly and proudly removed.
      Thanks for reading, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to chat, Andrew

  • bwglover

    This Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver does the same thing and can be had for $15 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F8Z492TTP-Bluetooth-Music-Receiver/dp/B0047T79VS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371208683&sr=8-1&keywords=belkin+bluetooth+music+receiver

    Worth checking out, and I use one with my stereo.

  • Tim Kinberg

    I have a few Apple Airport Express around my house. Another worthy option. They work seamlessly with the iPhone. Not to mention they also boost your wifi around the house. I’ve got one hooked up to a Bose Sounddock and another even hooked up to my 1960s Magnavox console stereo. They can be found on eBay for cheap. The Apple Airport Express has a farther range than bluetooth and unlike bluetooth it does not compress the music being played. If you are invested in the Apple Ecosystem I would definitely check these out.

  • kooky pirate

    Spelling Police.. It’s a “wireless speaker adapter” not a “wirless”. :P

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      It’s wir-free also… :-/ Thanks, I fixed it!

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