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« on: April 15, 2014, 10:11:30 pm »

I need some advice on a decent Bluetooth transmitter that will broadcast on multiple headsets at the same time. Not wanting to spend over $ 100.00.  I have found some that broadcast on a single headset but haven't found one that will  broadcast on multiple (4)headsets at the same time .  Thank you
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2014, 11:31:42 pm »

I haven't used Bluetooth for audio myself.  So, I'm a bit out of my element.  However, my understanding is that although a Bluetooth transmitter can "pair" with multiple devices it can only actively be streaming audio to a single device at a time.  That appears to be a limitation of the Bluetooth audio specification.  In other words, multiple headphones would require multiple transmitters -or- theoretically a single device containing multiple transmitters.  Then you would need to pair each Bluetooth headphone with its own unique transmitter.

It might be easier to use standard RF headphones.  One RF transmitter could support as many RF headphones as you could gather around it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 12:52:08 am »

not sure its bluetooth capable but Frosty has a setup which allows for multiple wireless headphones.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 10:26:15 am »

Thank you for help.  What I'm trying to do is listen to audio with wireless headphones (at least 2 sets at the same time) without having to use my outdoor speakers.  I work shift work so my days off are during the week which limits me to only 1 movie per showing and I have to adjust the volume to a lower setting because my neighbors.  On weekends i don't have to worry about the volume but out of respect i don't do a double feature.  I thought a Bluetooth transmitter was needed. Any ideas would be appreciated.  i will message Frosty and ask about his set up 
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 02:16:08 pm »

I have tried several bluetooth audio solutions for video - not specifically outdoor movies, but for portable set-top box when travelling. One problem I saw with bluetooth audio is that it often would get out-of-sync with the video - sometimes it might correct itself after several seconds or minutes, and sometimes I'd have to stop/restart the video to correct it.

Given this experience I think either an RF solution or infrared headset solution would be the way to go.  The RF solution can either be a dedicated transmitter/headset-receiver system, or using something like the FM Whole House transmitter and personal/portable FM radios.
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 02:32:18 pm »

I'm a fan of the Whole House Transmitter. We use it for those movies that have language you don't want the 5 year old next door (or his parents) to hear. I have an older unit with the wire "antenna", the new one has a "real' antenna. Can't speak for how the new version works, but the old version works great.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 05:25:16 pm »

Thank you for help.  What I'm trying to do is listen to audio with wireless headphones (at least 2 sets at the same time) without having to use my outdoor speakers.

If all you need is two sets of headphones then for about $20 this device might do the trick:

  http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082703&p_id=9722

Here's the manual:

  http://www.monopricehub.com/files/manuals/9722_Manual_120808.pdf

You'll probably want one of these cables as well to adapt the 3.5mm TRS plug to RCA plugs:

  http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021815&p_id=5612

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