Can I add wireless speakers to a YAMAHA dual-zone bluetooth receiver?

Jaj886

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I have a Yamaha dual zone receiver that has built in Bluetooth that allows me to control it through the Yamaha app on the iPhone. I have a 5.1 Polk ceiling speaker set in my living room. I have 2 additional ceiling speakers outside on my lanai and 2 upstairs in my master bathroom. The 2 sets of additional speakers are plugged into a selector box. So the 5.1 in the living room I can watch Cable and the two sets of lanai and bathroom speakers I can listen to music (the lanai and bathroom are on the same channel with volume control knobs). I now want to add some wireless Bluetooth speakers to my pergola out in the backyard since it isn't connected to the house. Can I do this?
 
Many 2 zone receivers have a line level RCA zone 2 stereo output. You can connect a BT transmitter to this connection. Most transmitters will only pair with 1 receiver. Some will pair with two.
https://www.amazon.com/High-Fidelity-Bluetooth-Transmitter-simultaneously-headphones/dp/B00WEKDB78/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1446138507&sr=8-6&keywords=audio+transmitter+bluetooth
If you use two separate BT speaker you will not get stereo but dual mono. Usually that's fine for distributed audio.
If you don't have this connection a speaker to line level converter can be used
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_142LOC80/Scosche-LOC80.html
to provide the input for the transmitter.
 

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I am looking at a pair of Bluetooth speakers that are connected (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C404VC2/ref=ox_sc_mini_detail?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A4RWQRCTJ6CYV) . I really only need pair. Will this allow me to play my Pandora audio through the receiver to the wired ceiling speakers on my lanai and to the Bluetooth speakers simultaneously? Will there be an audio difference?
 

Natsukage

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Hello.

Do remember that bluetooth uses 2.4ghz, so you need a powerful transmitter if you're trying to go outside. You will need something like this connected to your Yamaha if you want to use those SA speakers:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00713RSE0/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RT3HZND1JT3Q7WEBZET8

Even then, it might not work well. What is the exact distance and number of walls you're trying to go through?

I don't exactly recommend those SA speakers as well. You might have pairing and sound issues.
 
The speaker you link to should work but since they require a 12v power supply they may not play loud enough for you.
I would not like to leave them powered up all the time especially if they are exposed to water.
There may be a time delay between the BT speakers and the wired ones. Might be very annoying.
 
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