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Date: 6/26/13 12:20 PM

We have a situation where we have dance practices with other people and want to dance to our own music. They dance to cha chas and sambas while we need to work on our waltz and fox trot. We thought there might be a blue tooth solution, but haven't managed to find one. And we tried the My Stream app but have had nothing but trouble with it. Bear in mind DH is a computer guy and it won't cooperate for him at ALL. And wired in with a splitter won't work when we go in for the
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So searching around online I was reminded of the FM radio transmitters and headsets that are sometimes used for people who are hard of hearing. Sounds like a low tech solution, but how expensive is it? I see transmitters to use in cars inexpensively, but the head phones I have seen look pricy. It doesn't have to be great sound. It just has to work.

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Date: 6/27/13 8:55 AM

What about just using an ipod?

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Date: 6/27/13 10:00 AM

Patty - an ipod sort of works except both of us need to be able to hear the music. It is an interesting experiment to have just one person hear the music (usually the man) but it is not a good long-term solution. There's an app that supposedly synchs phones or other devices so you can both listen to the same music, but on your own device, but we can't get it to even begin to work. Bluetooth only works on one device at a time. It is a puzzle.

I know they have fm transmitters in places like theatres so hard of hearing people can hear better through fm receiver ear pieces. It is old technology and should be cheap. I just need to find the right equipment.

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Date: 6/27/13 1:12 PM

How's your hearing? Suppose your husband wore the device with a sound splitter and then wore the second set of earphones at his chest pocket. You could count your way through the contra check.

Wonder if it would work to start with a sound splitter and then split to one set of headphones and one device to transmit to a Bluetooth headset.

If you both had iPod nanos the music should transfer identically. If you can dance together you should be able to coordinate starting your nanos at the same time. Perhaps family members would volunteer equipment to test this and/or to test splitting to two separate Bluetooth devices.

Happy dancing.

.....if you decide to coordinate devices, you could repeat your music with rests between repetitions before transferring the music from the computer to the devices.

I have yet to give up my mini disk players. They are bulky by today's standards but are so very versatile. They can be purchased super cheap on ebay. I can record from the stereo, tv, computer and microphone to the mini disk player.

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Date: 6/27/13 6:36 PM

7yr - I think you are onto something. He wears the ipod, ear phones with a splitter and a set of speakers strapped to his chest! Seriously though, a very small speaker in his chest pocket might just do the trick. We had little speakers that the kids used to put under their pillows to have music at night. Here I go off to shop!

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