I had been watching the Bluetooth 1.2 Wireless HI-FI Stereo Speakers at Sharper Image for some time now. Original price $200 down to $99. Priced them at Amazon too, they also had reduced them. Since I had store credit, I decided to buy them at the store. I’ve kind of grown irritated by the tiny speakers in my laptop and the other pair of speakers on my HP w22 LCD. The display looks great, but the speakers … well uh…suck! I think Talking Elmo has a better speaker in it!
I listened to the speakers in the store for about 5 minutes, the downside is the store is not geared around listening to speakers from a variety of music, etc. But then again I am not looking to buy great speakers. I should have brought a pre-compiled CD with various music I listen to on it, as I would have been able to pop it in the player and listen to my taste. Instead I watched Nemo, and jumped around the movie for some of the better parts that had talking (for clarity) and the music scores listening to the various instruments.
Setup on Windows Vista
Since my laptop is a dual boot machine, I decided to first try out these speakers from Windows. It took me longer than I had wanted to get things working. First I had to add a device…I kept pressing the pairing button on the front of the speakers and was waiting for the Bluetooth service to pop up an information window asking me if I wanted to pair. But it never did, so I eventually figured out I had to manually Add a Bluetooth device… Once completed, Vista searched for yet another driver. I didn’t have high hopes it would eventually find the correct one, but it did after 3-4 minutes.
Once the drivers were installed, I changed the default device Control Panel->Hardware/Sound->Manage Audio Devices. There is a Bluetooth Audio render that actually shows up.
I played some sample music included with Vista/Windows Media, Jazz, Beethoven, and it all sounds great. Highs/Lows…the clarity is very good even as I increase the volume. Next was some of my music. 🙂
I’ll keep ’em! Now to test them on Kubuntu (Linux) and find a more permanent home for the speakers. I like the idea of putting them in the workout room next to my office. Maybe it will convince me to workout more?!? It would be nice to have a set of speakers in both rooms so I can just have the music follow me!