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Take the Party Outdoors

Take the Party Outdoors
by Gary Woods

With all those tunes you have and all those great days we all share we've just got to get them together. These gorgeous winter and spring days are just crying for entertainment and with everything being wireless today you don't really need to bury a lot of speaker wire out in your garden if you want to take the party outdoors. You also don't necessarily need to have AC power out there by the BBQ when there are rechargeable batteries around.

The system I saw by Rocketfish which is Best Buy's private label brand retails for $185 and consists of a 2.4 GHz wireless transceiver that you connect to an analog sound source like a PC, A/V receiver or MP3 player. With a fresh set of alkaline batteries the system is rated at around 12 hours but I'd get a couple of sets of eight 5,000 mAh NiMH C-cells and keep the party going forever.

A single speaker operates in mono, but you can pair two speakers to one transceiver to achieve stereo. You can also send music to additional locations around the house or yard with more units. Rocketfish claims a wireless range of 164 feet for the transceiver and outdoor speakers so you shouldn't have too much trouble getting the music all over your yard.

The speaker cabinet is fabricated from lightweight plastic which Best Buy says is weather resistant but I think if I saw the rain clouds gathering I'd scoop everything up and hustle it inside. The speakers sounded good and delivered entertainment throughout the area.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc