Bose Companion 5 wirelessly connect to MBP

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  1. zxcvb macrumors regular

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    does anyone have an idea how to connect Bose companion 5 (which only has usb connectivity) to my MBP wirelessly? using bluetooth or wireless router maybe?

    the reason I ask is that I move my laptop a lot even in the house but Bose cannot move obviously and I know I could get a longer usb cord but it would be great that I can connect them wirelessly.

    I was thinking is there like a bluetooth emitting product that my Bose's usb cord can connect to, so that my laptop could connect Bose via bluetooth?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Well, you could obviously use an Airport Base Station either through the USB or through the standard Audio (Not sure the connection issues, adaptors would prbly solve that) However, there is going to be a delay of between 1-3 seconds. This really is only relevant for movies, obviously something like VLC could adjust for this, but just a note. Another option would be to use another router logically the USB should work. Finally you could use a speaker that has built in bluetooth, like the AudioEngines. However, you are going to pay a little bit more for these then standard monitors, but then again the Bose is pretty overpriced.


    *My note about my opinion's on Bose. They are good speakers, the 901s are still some of the best speakers of its generation. However, you are probably overpaying, there are other speakers that are better speakers for that price. There are probably better looking speakers for the price. Are you buying bad speakers, probably not, could you make a smarter choice, probably.
     
  3. electrikalex macrumors newbie

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  4. zxcvb thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the replies. after chatting with online tech from apple, they said Airport's usb port is only for a hard drive and a printer, and it wont be able to work with Bose companion 5 or other usb devices. Is that really true? any of you guys hooked up with other devices other than printers and usb hard drive successfully?


    " http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2421 "
     
  5. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Sorry to say but it's true. The USB port on AirPort Base Stations are only for printers and hard drives (AEBS/TC only), with the exception of USB hubs (which will allow you to connect multiple printers/HDDs only).

    However, as somebody previously mentioned, the AEX (AirPort Express) is designed for such a purpose. It has a line out jack to connect to speakers to be used with AirTunes. And since the Bose have an audio jack, just plug them into the AEX and you should be set.

    Taken from the features page on the BOSE website for the Companion 5:
     
  6. tarun101 macrumors newbie

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    I have the exact same setup.

    I can confirm that connecting USB from Companion 5 to Airport Express does not work.

    However, connecting an audio cable from Companion 5 to Airport Express works fine.
     
  7. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    This thread is from 2008. Please, next time consider the date of the last post. I'm sure the original poster has long since moved on.
     
  8. ittahi macrumors newbie

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    Thank you Tarun101 for reaffirming. It has been (and still is) helpful. thanks again.
     
  9. Jelismit macrumors newbie

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    Yes but it is still helpful for people like myself who come along later with the same question. What do you care, people are just trying to be helpful.
     
  10. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    The Aiport Express has an excellent DA converter but another option is the Bose Aptx Bluetooth adaptor.
     
  11. lo100469 macrumors member

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    my experience with Bluetooth APTX adapters is the the stability and sound quality is nowhere near what you get using wifi through the airport express.
     
  12. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    I love both options - I use a Sony Bluetooth adaptor to my Bose headphones for watching Apple TV late at night and the connection is 100% stable and sound quality is great, even though Aptx and Wi-Fi have even better quality potential.

    I have seen a lot of reviews from people who found Bluetooth adators unreliable, but the Bose adaptor completely solved their problems.
     

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