Q: I saw your article about using a Bluetooth speaker on the other side of the room (away from the TV, near the listening area) to play television sound. My living room television and soundbar are close to a hallway that leads to a nearby bedroom, so I would like to do this for late-night viewing so I don't wake up my wife. Are there any speakers designed especially for this purpose?
A: Other than the $129 OontZ Angle 3XL, I am not aware of any products that are designed and marketed as remote television speakers. I did find the OontZ Angle 3XL to work extremely well in this capacity, whether used on its own or paired with a companion Angle 3XL speaker. Remember that you must have Bluetooth to transmit the signal, and that audio-video sync problems are possible and not 100 percent predictable. If the TV or set-top box does not have Bluetooth, you can add it with a transmitter such as the $30 MPOW Streambot. See the speakers and transmitter at theoontz.com and xmpow.com.
If you have a Bluetooth speaker, I suggest you try it and see how it works before you buy another one. If you are looking for something specialized for the purpose, I recently tested two other Bluetooth speakers that would be ideal for use as remote television speakers, as well as hi-fi music speakers.
The first speaker is from Soundmatters. I have written about Soundmatters products going back many years, starting with its MAINstage TV sound system more than 10 years ago. I have always found its people, products and service to be top-notch. It also is generous. It has donated and shipped quite a few of its MAINstage systems overseas for use in military recreation rooms.
The Soundmatters DASH7 was hailed by CNET as "Top of the Microwireless Speaker Class" and sports a micro-profile combined with big sound. The DASH7 is less than 2 centimeters high and the speaker faces up, radiating sound over a wide area. I can't imagine any other speaker being so unobtrusive, and the solid sound and wide dispersion are very satisfying for audio and video. The DASH7 works as a speakerphone, comes in three colors, is ideally sized for travel and has many expansion possibilities. Through March 15 you can save 20 percent and get free shipping with the code happy2016 (soundmatters.com).
Next up is the $249 Libratone ZIPP Mini (libratone.com). Libratone speakers look like upward-facing tubes wrapped in removable fabric covers that can be changed to match your décor. The design creates a 360-degree stereo soundfield over a large area, which the company calls "FullRoom" sound. Although Libratone speakers will work well as remote Bluetooth TV speakers, they can do much more with their Wi-Fi connectivity and multiroom capability. With the Libratone app you can control multiple speakers all over your home, playing different sources over different speakers or linking up to six in a group. Like the Soundmatters DASH7, it has even more capabilities and is worth checking out.
Send questions to Don Lindich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get recommendations and read past columns at soundadvicenews.com.