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Old 12-01-20, 03:16 PM
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Black Friday gift to myself lol

Always wanted a Bose but was/is too cheap and/or broke to shell out the dough. Found this portable Bose speaker for Bluetooth for $70 so I finally got a Bose. Dang sounds great for a small portable speaker. Will be cool on the road and on fishing/camping trips to listen to some tunes off the iPhone or whatever. Anyways very impressed with the sound quality given the size and portability or this little speaker.


Water resistant as well. Be great out on the water.
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Old 12-01-20, 03:26 PM
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Some years back they came out with a small clock radio looking item called "Wave" IIRC. I had never heard such a small speaker with the fidelity it had. I am sure this is equally as impressive. Nice on you.
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Old 12-01-20, 05:31 PM
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bose, the honda accord of audio equipment.
i was really hoping this was going to be a thread about how you splurged on a quality case of beer.
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Bose vs. Consumer Reports went to the Supreme Court
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Old 12-01-20, 05:49 PM
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Don't take that hiking. Bluetooth speaker is grounds for trail divorce, playing Rhianna makes it morally acceptable to leave a person for dead.
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Old 12-01-20, 08:10 PM
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I don’t care it plays my music sounds good and I can’t get a divorce, since I divorced society years ago And all my Hondas run to 300K even my Honda lawn mower..
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Old 12-01-20, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I donít care it plays my music sounds good and I canít get a divorce, since I divorced society years ago And all my Hondas run to 300K even my Honda lawn mower..

If that mower has the ďredĒ engine put it in your will.
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
bose, the honda accord of audio equipment.
i was really hoping this was going to be a thread about how you splurged on a quality case of beer.
How did you know a Honda Accord was in the stable? Much less than an Acura and itís the same car!

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I was going to get a bluetooth speaker with my Amazon points, but then Amazon Prime day came and they had this one for the price of the medium sized one, so I got it instead - too heavy for a hike, but great for yardwork. I've had it for two months and only charged it once.

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Old 12-01-20, 11:35 PM
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Looking for one that just plays the radio, don't care for using my phone to stream music to it. (Wouldn't even know how)
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Old 12-01-20, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I was going to get a bluetooth speaker with my Amazon points, but then Amazon Prime day came and they had this one for the price of the medium sized one, so I got it instead - too heavy for a hike, but great for yardwork. I've had it for two months and only charged it once.

I got the cheap "Billboard" branded knockoff of that JBL speaker. It's ... okay.

The neutral sound is kinda woolly but it responds well enough to EQ. It's reasonably well made (although the cloth grill cover is not well suited to outdoor use), handy, etc.

The main problem is it wipes out my old DSL router on the same 2.4GHz spectrum. So I can't stream music without switching my phone to the data plan. Which my new phone did automatically, wiping out my November data with a week to go in the month. I didn't realize for awhile it was automagically switching to data when wifi dropped.

Yeah, my other bluetooth devices can interfere a bit with wifi -- my earbuds (which I only use outdoors so, no biggie), my Wahoo Ticker (barely has any effect on wifi). But the "Billboard" knockoff of that JBL speaker completely wipes out my wifi.

I'll probably use it only with an older phone wired to the speaker to avoid needing to use bluetooth indoors. Which kinda defeats the convenience of operating it from across the room. But, whatever, it's not a substitute for an indoor sound system.

I'm still considering a true weatherproof bluetooth speaker for casual bike rides. Not sure I'd want to tie up a bottle cage with one, but I've seen a smaller JBL that could fit on a stem/handlebar.
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Old 12-02-20, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
Looking for one that just plays the radio, don't care for using my phone to stream music to it. (Wouldn't even know how)
My Moto android phones came with a pretty good FM radio receiver. Even my older flip phones had built in FM radio capability. They basically work as a remote with a bluetooth speaker.

Works fine. It uses a wired headset plugged into the headphone/earbud jack as the antenna. Or any cable that fits will work as an antenna. I can plug in my old muffled sounding cheap wired headset as an antenna, then use my bluetooth earbuds to actually listen... or the outboard bluetooth speaker, although it wipes out my wifi, as described above.
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Old 12-02-20, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I was going to get a bluetooth speaker with my Amazon points, but then Amazon Prime day came and they had this one for the price of the medium sized one, so I got it instead - too heavy for a hike, but great for yardwork. I've had it for two months and only charged it once.

I have the smaller brother to this. It fits very well in a bottle cage. Exceptional little speaker with a good range of sound. It is also marginally water resistant so works in weather too.
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Old 12-02-20, 07:58 AM
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One of my friends sold expensive audio equipment years ago and Bose products were easy to sell, but they didn't think much of their performance at his store.

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Old 12-02-20, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I'm still considering a true weatherproof bluetooth speaker for casual bike rides. Not sure I'd want to tie up a bottle cage with one, but I've seen a smaller JBL that could fit on a stem/handlebar.
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I have the smaller brother to this. It fits very well in a bottle cage. Exceptional little speaker with a good range of sound. It is also marginally water resistant so works in weather too.
It is the original JBL Charge that fits perfectly in a WB cage. I am on my third one and use it for every solo ride I do. They can handle very light rain but too much water will kill them. I lost the first two by being careless/lazy with approaching storms, but found low priced replacements on ebay. Now they go for more than the new later models which is not worth it.

The later JBL charge models (2?, 3, 4) are all larger and do not fit in a cage. That is unfortunate as the smaller models are not quite loud enough and are more of a hassle to mount. The JBLs are one of the better BT speakers.

I have not checked the size of JBL Flip 5 it may fit a cage too.

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Back in the late-1970s early-1980s the Bose lineup was considered pretty average, as was the Harmon Karden. Both are seen as better quality today. I sure wish there were a few audio stores around so my ears could sample a few products as I need some new room speakers for my audio set-up (nothing spectacular, just a good receiver with USB hookup, equalizaer amp, CD player, turntable combo).
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
One of my friends scolds expensive audio equipment years ago and Bose products were easy to sell, but they didn't think much of their performance at his store.
Bose has a terrible reputation
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Back in the late-1970s early-1980s the Bose lineup was considered pretty average, as was the Harmon Karden. Both are seen as better quality today. I sure wish there were a few audio stores around so my ears could sample a few products as I need some new room speakers for my audio set-up (nothing spectacular, just a good receiver with USB hookup, equalizaer amp, CD player, turntable combo).

The thing to understand about Harmon/JBL is that they basically have two divisions. They have the crap you could buy at Circuit City, and then they had/have a high end line. Harmon Kardon and JBL both make exceptional products on the audiophile end. The studio monitors that used to be known as "L##T" are some of the best speakers you could buy in the price range/standard type drivers.
Many of the audio product manufacturers do a similar thing. Sony/Denon/Onkyo all make a FAR higher end product that average and can be really good stuff.
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I retired my Accord yesterday (130k on the ODO). That car is foo-famous for being the inspiration for the "Beautiful Cars" thread. For BT speakers, I really like my Oontz (Cambridge Soundworks) XL. And my Angle 3 for the garage.
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I retired my Accord yesterday (130k on the ODO). That car is foo-famous for being the inspiration for the "Beautiful Cars" thread. For BT speakers, I really like my Oontz (Cambridge Soundworks) XL. And my Angle 3 for the garage.
The Oontz angle speakers are the ones that got me interested in Bluetooth speakers. I don't use my component stereo much anymore due to them.
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We have the older, heavier Bose Soundlink Mini - very happy with it for music, radio or podcasts when travelling or in the kitchen. I guess psychologically I feel a speaker with a bit of heft to it has to sound better - it would be interesting to hear the newer lightweight models.

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It's very nice gift I think - to buy what you want ))
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I was going to get a bluetooth speaker with my Amazon points, but then Amazon Prime day came and they had this one for the price of the medium sized one, so I got it instead - too heavy for a hike, but great for yardwork. I've had it for two months and only charged it once.

That fire looks warm as Iím freezing in the garage working on some bikes bad azz speaker you have there. 50s is cold in S Texas.
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The skulls make the black heavy metal sound better time to break out the warm weather gear.

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That fire looks warm as Iím freezing in the garage working on some bikes bad azz speaker you have there. 50s is cold in S Texas.
​​​​​​FFS! It was almost 50 today, you could wear a t shirt as long as you stayed in the sun.
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