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Old 02-05-2018, 08:42 PM
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Blue tooth approach to music: working great

I finally got some music installed in my truck. I considered installing a stereo in the dash and running speaker wire, but decided it just wasn’t to my liking.

I installed a large, nice sounding (plenty of bass) blue tooth speaker and control it from my phone. It’s working out very nicely so far.

1 UE Mega Boom speaker. BestBuy has some colors on sale to $179 instead of $250:
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ultimat...?skuId=8749545

Setup is easy:
Install Mega Boom app on phone from the AppStore.
Connect first time to speaker over blue tooth.
Open the app and go to settings, enable “Remote Power”

I used some wide Velcro straps to hold the speaker from the hood vent rod like so:



I also have a dual USB charger behind the dash for the speaker and phone





Now when I get in the truck, I just put my phone on its holder, open the app and turn on the speaker. Then I fire up whatever tunes I want to hear, usually a playlist in Spotify. When I park, I hit pause and the speaker will turn off automatically after 15 minutes of quiet.


Pulling the speaker out to use it at a picnic or something like that is really no problem. The speaker has 20 hours of battery when off the charger.
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Really awesome idea!! It's amazing how many options like that we have nowadays as compared to just a few years ago.
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I’m using Bluetooth in my truck too!
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I had already decided not to install a stereo. I was just going to install nice speakers and a Bluetooth amp. This thing looks pretty good. I may have to rethink the plan.

I assume the sound quality is comperable to a good “system?”
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Nice! My plan also I'm staying 6 volt, so I will not have a charger unless I find a way to make it work. Rock on Wallace
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Now that my boy is a great idea!......... thanks for sharing....
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Great idea for simplicity and lack of intrusion into your interior albeit at the sacrifice of some sound quality .
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I tried that,but my truck is too loud and I still couldn't hear it. I'll be installing some sound deadener at a later date,so I hope that helps. L8R ZFLASH
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This is really cool! I was waiting in line at a Walgreen and noticed a Blue tooth speaker on clearance for about $79.00. I wondered if it would work in a vehicle. Apparently it will. I'm not a techie and have l never streamed or used my smart phone for music, but why not? I remember putting a CD player in our Cutlass convertible. I didn't want to cut the dash for a newer CD player so I left the original AM radio in the dash and bought a CD player with remote and mounted the player in the glove box, ran wires to 4 speakers, etc. Then found out the remote wouldn't work thru the glove box door! Anyway what a hassle. I always have my phone, so why not? Can you stream a local radio station also? I still like news and a different variety of music. Thanks, Greg.
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Can you stream a local radio station also? I still like news and a different variety of music. Thanks, Greg.
If your local station is on IHeartRadio, or if they stream on their own app or website, yes you can. Otherwise you cannot receive a radio signal on a phone.

I rarely listen to regular FM and never to AM. I almost always listen to stations on Amazon Prime. No commercials and I can listen to the types of music I like and am in the mood for. I have rarely been in an area it can’t buffer well, but even then I have about 20 hours of music on my phone.
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If your local station is on IHeartRadio, or if they stream on their own app or website, yes you can. Otherwise you cannot receive a radio signal on a phone.

I rarely listen to regular FM and never to AM. I almost always listen to stations on Amazon Prime. No commercials and I can listen to the types of music I like and am in the mood for. I have rarely been in an area it can’t buffer well, but even then I have about 20 hours of music on my phone.
I too listen to Amazon Prime and when I get Henry back, I will be installing one of the above in him. Or I might use the trick that one of the other members used by hinging the speaker grille and mounting a current radio behind it. The only problem with that is speaker location. Or just use ear buds and forgo the entire hassle of providing sound in your classic truck.

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I use siriusxm but I know not everyone subscribes to it. I have a portable set up for my vehicle that I use for work and can move it around with no problem. It works for me.
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FYI you can get SiriusXM on your phone or tablet (computer too) if you have it in one of your other vehicles for $5.
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I tried that,but my truck is too loud and I still couldn't hear it. I'll be installing some sound deadener at a later date,so I hope that helps. L8R ZFLASH
This particular model speaker's sound quality is quite impressive. That said, like you, I measured my cab noise on the highway at 95 DB which the app said was equivalent to food blender

I can still here the music though.

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I had already decided not to install a stereo. I was just going to install nice speakers and a Bluetooth amp. This thing looks pretty good. I may have to rethink the plan.

I assume the sound quality is comperable to a good “system?”
You can demo them at Best Buy, etc. The sound quality is closer to amazing. I don't know how they do it.

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