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Do you also broadcast the music outside along with FM?

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This whole time I thought most of you only FM broadcast... but reading some more posts today, I believe that you are also putting speakers outside for the people that walk by??

Is that true?

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I do actually do this myself. This past year I used my PC's speakers, however, next year i am planning on two rock speakers near the sidewalk.

With them being close to the sidewalk, I can keep the music low, so its loud enough to hear, but, not loud enough to be heard by the neighbors, or far away.

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Yes, I do it too. This year I put out 4speakers. KLH and Bose. It sounded really nice. I just hooked them up to a reciever in side the house, and tuned it in to the station 88.1 and it worked great. I also had a CD player hooked up too so that I could play other music outside during the day.

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Obviously, I am very new to all this stuff, but can someone check out this website for a FM transmitter?

http://www.wholehousefmtransmitter.com/?gclid=COm9sqXMtokCFRzBSgodz2ACLw

I really need asuggestion on what type to purchase, keeping in mind that I really need a plug and play box.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks!

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I use a Y splitterI got from Radio Shackfrom my AL mp3 board to cheap computer powered speakers and to my FM transmitter.

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I did invest in a wireless speaker this year, that I hid amoungst the display. It was OK, and will have to do for my set up, but if possible, I would suggest some wired speakers. It helps for those that are walking by instead of driving. My neighbors loved it.

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kpharr40 wrote:

Obviously, I am very new to all this stuff, but can someone check out this website for a FM transmitter?

http://www.wholehousefmtransmitter.com/?gclid=COm9sqXMtokCFRzBSgodz2ACLw

I really need asuggestion on what type to purchase, keeping in mind that I really need a plug and play box.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks!

I have used this transmitter 2 years now, and have had no problems. It is a great starter, and at a reasonable price.

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these are the speakersI use. I bought mine at Bestbuy for about 20 bucks. The bose were a little more expensive though.

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I put a couple of "rock" speakers out in the shrubs around my main display circle. By aiming them towards a spot about 4' back from the sidewalk, the sound was nice and clear for the onlookers - but almost inaudible at the neighbor's house. Perfect!

This year I tried several music sources and various ways of turning the music on at the same time as the display. It was a last minute addition, so it ended up being something I had to turn on and off manually. Maybe I'll get it right next year.

This year I was streaming music from the Christmas Radio Network

http://www.christmasradionetwork.com

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I used to, I don't anymore. 99.9% of our viewers stay in their cars. With our touchy neighbor issues, I decided to eliminate the speakers (even though they specificlly said that wasn't a problem -- they actually didn't even know we had any).

When I did have speakers, I did it in my classic "on the cheap" style: I used a couple of old boom-boxes with detachable speakers, one on each side of our driveway. I placed the speakers under our mini-trees, which are about 8' back from the curb. Everything got wrapped in plastic for weatherproofing, and they were on an X-10 channel to turn them on and off. The boomboxes were tuned to our frequency, of course. Worked very well, and cost me nothing since I already owned the boomboxes.

The only caveat-- these were old analog-tuning radios, and sometimes the frequency would drift to a nearby strong station (these old analog tuners had something called auto frequency lock or something like that, and would try to lock on a strong station for you), and I'd come out and hear totally incorrect music. If you have a digital tuner, that would never happen.

The trick is to place the speakers very close to the road (or whereever your people would gather) and keep the volume low. You don't want to place the speakers near the house and crank them, or you'll likely have crabby neighbors too.

-Tim

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I have this Whole House FM transmitter.

I used it this year and had no problems.

I purchased it via a christian online book store.

It was a little cheaper from them.

It has 4 FM frequencies available for use and

it comes with several different power sources.

I tried the belkin mod but could not get the buzzing noise out of it.

The whole house was clear with no noise.

Harbs

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