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    Default Nexus 7 at the heart of your stereo sound system

    I've been trying to connect my stereo system to my Cloud music (Google music) for some time now. I figure some of you may be, too.

    I first realized how great this was when I bought a web-enabled BluRay player, and enjoyed Pandora through my home theater. Nice, but not my music -- and the BluRay player was not user-adjustable in any way.

    I looked at the new web-enabled stereo receivers that allow you to connect directly to the Cloud music, but (a) they are expensive, (b) my receiver works fine, and (c) they don't seem ready for prime time.

    So, I found this Logitech bridge:

    http://mobile.logitech.com/en-us/spe...peaker-adapter

    I've had this Bluetooth system connecting my Cloud music to my stereo for two days, and about 10 hours of use.

    So far, its been flawless. Sound quality is excellent, range is beyond line-of-sight (something I did not expect), and the interface is bone simple -- just turn on Bluetooth on your mobile device and play your tunes.

    Battery life on my Nexus 7 is...many hours. It never died, so I guess its a non-issue.

    I've discovered some other fun uses for this technology. LiveATC sounds much better over a real sound system. Listening to the police scanner is cool, but annoying. Your personal assistant (Siri, on Iphones, Skyvi on Droid phones) sounds awesome, too.

    I've only found one flaw really. When my daughter plays her stuff, the system doesn't remember my device anymore. I have to re-pair my Bluetooth -- a 2 second but annoying to repeat task.

    Overall, this is EXACTLY what I wanted. Maybe someday I will connect the stereo directly to the Cloud music, but for now streaming it through our mobile devices via Bluetooth is great.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
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    Glad you found something that works for you!

    Another thing you might try (disclaimer, I haven't, but plan to) is XBMC running on an old laptop. It's a full featured media center, and connects to Pandora, Google Music, and a whole lot more. Couple that with the Android XBMC full-control remote, and you've got a heck of a system.

    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gravyhead View Post
    Glad you found something that works for you!

    Another thing you might try (disclaimer, I haven't, but plan to) is XBMC running on an old laptop. It's a full featured media center, and connects to Pandora, Google Music, and a whole lot more. Couple that with the Android XBMC full-control remote, and you've got a heck of a system.

    Just a thought.
    My goal was to be untied from a PC. The way I've got everything connected it runs exclusively through the Nexus 7, and it works great!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
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    BTW: In case anyone is wondering, battery life is phenomenal, even with this set up. I've been running WiFi and Bluetooth, playing music for the last 15 hours, and I've still got 25% battery left. Amazing!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
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    I have the same setup in my home and it has been great. Wish the range on the Bluetooth was a bit stronger, but I can still sit on my deck and control the music I am listening to on my outdoor speakers.....
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    Google Music on XBMC? I'd love to see a link to repository / addon that works. Everyone I've tried has extremely limited functionality, or just doesn't work.

    Thanks!
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    Saw the thread title and came in to recommend that exact device. Glad to see that others are enjoying how useful it is. About your issue concerning repairing the device; I have setup NFC tags around my apartment to reestablish a connection when lost. You might try looking into it.

    Also, set one up inside your doorway so when you come home it automatically connects. You'll feel like a badass

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
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    I've had the Logitech device hooked up to my Bose radio for a while now and it works perfectly with my Nexus 7. Also worked great with my Dell Streak 7, and both devices work with my Logitech Bluetooth speakers in another room. All-in-all, an easy and effective solution.
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    I've been doing this ever since I got my Xoom on launch day. The only difference is I don't use a bluetooth gateway as I'm hard-wired into the back of my stereo in my office at work. While I'm in the office I hardly move from my desk so Its no problem. I've thought about getting a bluetooth gateway, but never had a problem being hardwired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjhoneck View Post
    BTW: In case anyone is wondering, battery life is phenomenal, even with this set up. I've been running WiFi and Bluetooth, playing music for the last 15 hours, and I've still got 25% battery left. Amazing!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
    Hmmm I can't get that kind of battery life just using it normally and playing a couple of games for awhile.

    What's your setup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rootbrain View Post
    Hmmm I can't get that kind of battery life just using it normally and playing a couple of games for awhile.

    What's your setup?
    It's funny -- since I posted that I have not been able to duplicate that 15 hour performance. It's down to more like 6 or 7 hours, when connected to WiFi and Bluetooth simultaneously.

    I have no idea what I did to achieve 15 hours that day. Maybe my daughter secretly charged it when I wasn't looking?

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
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    I got this device the other day and it works great except when the Nexus 7 goes to sleep the music still plays but the sound drops out randomly. If I set the
    Nexus to stay awake and not sleep it works great. Anybody else have this problem??
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    Quote Originally Posted by rootbrain View Post
    Hmmm I can't get that kind of battery life just using it normally and playing a couple of games for awhile.

    What's your setup?
    Playing games will use a LOT more battery than playing music via bluetooth with the screen off (I am assuming it's off for much of his playback time). I recently went on a long roadtrip, and was streaming music via bluetooth to my car stereo for most of a ~9hr drive, and still had more than half the battery life left when I arrived. Playing games, though, I would guess a 3-4 hour battery life, depending on how intense the games are.
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    Hi All
    Would this work running Google music all access on the nexus 7, using the Logitech device to connect to a Panasonic blue ray home theatre box? Sounds like just what I'm looking for. Thanks. Andy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Run L1ke H3LL View Post
    Saw the thread title and came in to recommend that exact device. Glad to see that others are enjoying how useful it is. About your issue concerning repairing the device; I have setup NFC tags around my apartment to reestablish a connection when lost. You might try looking into it.

    Also, set one up inside your doorway so when you come home it automatically connects. You'll feel like a badass

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    I took apart my Logitech adapter and stuck an NFC tag inside it. Works great.
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    Can anyone comment on the quality of the audio using Bluetooth? Is there some type of lose like there is with MP3? Seems like most systems toss bits away and the quality takes a hit. I was going to plug the audio out from my Nexus 7 into my system, but this setup certainly cuts the cord and adds mobility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohmslaw View Post
    Can anyone comment on the quality of the audio using Bluetooth? Is there some type of lose like there is with MP3? Seems like most systems toss bits away and the quality takes a hit. I was going to plug the audio out from my Nexus 7 into my system, but this setup certainly cuts the cord and adds mobility.
    Yes, bluetooth adds a level of compression. If you are an audiophile with excellent equipment then you will want to steer clear. If you have average ears, you will be okay.
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    Load your music onto the Nexus and plug into the amplifier

    This is a Dayton DTA-100a mini amplifier with an iPod plugged in, similar idea:
    http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rc...51495398,d.dGI

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