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Old 11-25-2014, 09:24 AM   #1
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Music in and out of the interstate

I think I know the answer but just want to make sure. So thanks for listening...

I enjoy easy listening music in the morning but don't want to use the chassis battery.

I'm guessing that the Kenwood in the dash is only powered by the chassis is that correct?

Any suggestions?

I'm not opposed to using an old school battery operated "boom box"

And any cool products out there that could pipe music outside of the Interstate in
an elegant way?


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Old 11-25-2014, 09:24 AM   #2
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:37 AM   #3
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Actually, I believe that most of the Kenwood head units are powered by the house batteries.

Mine isn't, but that's because when my original Kenwood head unit was stolen, the subcontractor that my Airstream dealer hired to install the replacement unit couldn't get a copy of the wiring diagram from Airstream (I have no idea why they wouldn't send him a copy), and so he wired it like he does with most vehicles, to the chassis battery only. So, when the key is off, so is the stereo, period. It wasn't until the subject cropped up here on the Forums that I realized that mine was wired differently from normal.

As for simple and elegant ways to get the music outside, the obvious thought is bluetooth stereo speakers. Pair the speakers to the Kenwood unit, and you're set, as long as you're in range. And since you have exterior outlets on the passenger-side quarter panel to power the speakers…
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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Great idea thank you
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:25 PM   #5
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We are looking at Bluetooth speakers. DH is an audiophile. Someday we hope to install an outdoor theater set up.
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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I was going to say, "use headphones; road noise is too loud on the Interstate!" then realized you were talking about your motorhome....Bluetooth is way to go, as was mentioned...we have the Bose speaker unit and like it, but it is a little big and needs to be charged, unless plugged into external AC. Our kids got us the Soundfreq last Christmas and it works great via Bluetooth using cell phone recorded music or Pandora. Rechargeable or AC, but size is nice and quality pretty good for size and weight.
The other nice thing about this unit is you can move around, keeping volume low if needed, so neighbors not affected..
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:55 PM   #7
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Music in and out of the interstate

The Kenwood unit is normally powered by the coach battery unless you disconnect the coach battery via the Disconnect Switch. Then it is powered by the starter battery. Bluetooth is a great way to go for outside music.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:52 PM   #8
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I gave my Bride a Bose Mini. It just flat works, inside, out...
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:20 AM   #9
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I know most modern car stereo head units will receive Bluetooth signal from another device or phone, but will it transmit a Bluetooth signal to a Bluetooth speaker? I've never seen or heard of that application.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:26 AM   #10
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I've become a big fan of those little Bluetooth speakers in camp- your music is right in the middle of the action, and you don't have to blast out your neighbors. I don't really like the whole pairing thing, as it takes a long time, lots of fiddling, and large metal objects can block the signal. I tried to pair my speaker with the head unit in my trailer, and got very bad reception. I put silvered home-style tinting on all my windows, and that turned the trailer into a partial Faraday cage. At least I don't have to wear my foil hat to block the signals from the extraterrestrials anymore! You also have to dash back in to change the music, very inconvenient!

So I put the biggest SD card that would fit into my phone, and loaded it full of music. I can pipe that through the Airstream stereo, or take my phone outside with the Bluetooth speaker. I use a 6" audio cable to get the music to the portable speaker. Doesn't work for getting the Sirius/XM outside, I guess I'll have to get a really long cable for that.

As an aside, if you have a large collection of MP3s, you might try MediaMonkey to organize it. Works great! There's an app for the phone, as well.
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:35 PM   #11
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I use my Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, with my IPod. Works great. I get to listen to all the music I want, and not bother anyone. Except my poor husband, the noise canceling really works I can't hear him.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:43 PM   #12
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We used to carry a transistor radio which was iffy at best. Now we stream Sirius or Pandora from the smartphone via Bluetooth to a small speaker. No drain on the house battery and sounds great.
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:45 PM   #13
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I bought the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker after comparing it to some of the larger Jambox's and found it to be a perfect option for us. The sound is less artificial and amazing for the size. It's also great to throw in a backpack to take on longer hikes or trips along the river.
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I got a JBL Flip to use with my iPhone via Blue Tooth. It's small but puts out great sound for it's size. It has a nice zipper case that allows sound to escape but affords good protection even on the sand at the beach. Great indoors or out.

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