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Question #93507 posted on 02/23/2021 3:38 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I’m just going in circles trying to Google this.... let me tell you what I want and hopefully you can tell me how to make it happen.

I want to have my iPhone use Bluetooth to hook up to two speakers at the same time. One speaker in one kid’s bedroom and the other speaker right across the hall in the other kid’s bedroom. Our house is one-story and 1200 sq ft.

How do I pull this off? What speakers can do this magic? And of course the cheaper, the better. I’m not concerned with high quality.

-scripture story podcast time

A:

Dear Scripture Story Broadcast Time,

I didn't think watching Youtube ads would come in handy, but there's actually an app that I've seen that seems like it should work well for you. It's called AmpMe, and from what I understand, it allows you to connect multiple phones' audios together and add in a range of other devices including Bluetooth speakers. If just the speakers don't work, you could try connecting one phone to each speaker and using the app to play it simultaneously on both.

Just in case that didn't work, I've also looked up some other apps that do similar things that you can check out if you think they'll work better, but AmpMe looks like it should work best if you want to add in non-phone devices.

If you haven't bought speakers yet, I would try this out in the store to make sure it works. Or, you can use one of the apps to just use phones and not have to use speakers at all. That's what a lot of them are designed for, when you have a couple of phones but no Bluetooth speaker.

One other thing that could work if you want it is getting smart devices like Amazon Echo or Google Nest and then pair the speakers. They seem a bit pricey, but depending on what devices you have, they normally can connect to Wifi and also control lights if you want.

Or, you could do it the old fashioned way and buy an audio splitter and some aux cables.

The last thing that might work is hosting some kind of meeting on a phone or computer on Zoom or someplace else and play the audio on the other device, but that seems like it might lag a little. Hopefully the other ways work.

Best of luck!

Inklings

posted on 02/23/2021 12:35 p.m.
Sonos is a company that produces speakers that can do this through your network (not bluetooth). It's a great system that allows you to play different music through each speaker if you want (i.e. your music upstairs, your kids' music downstairs or whatever) OR you can play the same music simultaneously everywhere. Plus, the app allows you to stream music from your device or any streaming service (Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube Music, whatever). I'm not sure what you consider to be expensive, but if you're a frequent music listener, Sonos might be your move.

-The Man with a Mustache
posted on 02/23/2021 10:35 p.m.
My friend is literally launching a company right now to make speakers that can connect together like this on a budget. Check out dioconnect.com and sign up for the mailing list so you'll know when they're released! (Unfortunately it only works with iPhones to begin with but looks like you're good on that front!)

-guppy of doom