Why use a mini speaker at home

Pourquoi utiliser une mini enceinte à la maison - Quark

Are you looking for a mini home speaker with Bluetooth ? If possible practical, simple and wireless? A small object that has style without overdoing it? At Quark we appreciate DIY culture and good sound. I invite you to discover the world of our home speaker. An object that will easily find a place in your daily life.

mini bluetooth speaker from Quark - the Qube

Using a mini speaker for the home

A mini Bluetooth speaker for home is a small, portable speaker that connects wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as smartphones or tablets. The mini speaker allows you to play music or other sounds. Mini speakers may be small and portable, but they often offer impressive sound quality for their size.

The Quark mini home speaker is a small cube measuring 12 cm on each side . The speaker is light and weighs 890 grams. It moves very easily throughout the house. It connects to the sector in order to avoid all questions related to autonomy.

Why use a mini Bluetooth speaker?

Mini speakers are popular for several reasons:

Portability : They are small and easy to transport. Which makes them ideal for travel, outdoor activities and evenings with friends.

Sound quality : Some mini speakers can produce high-quality sound, despite their small size.

Wireless connection : Most mini speakers feature Bluetooth technology, making it easy to connect them to a compatible device without any cables.

Ease of use : Mini speakers are often very simple to use and configure,

Affordable price : Mini speakers are often affordable and inexpensive, making them accessible to a wide audience.

In which rooms of the house should you use a mini speaker?

You can use the mini speakers in several rooms of the house, depending on your music and sound needs. Here are some suggestions:

  • Bedroom : To listen to music or radio broadcasts in the morning or before sleeping.
  • Bathroom : To listen to music or podcasts while taking a shower or brushing your teeth.
  • Cooking : For listening to music while preparing meals or doing dishes.
  • Living room : To listen to music or watch a film with family or friends.
  • Garden or terrace : To listen to music while you enjoy the nice weather outside.

Don't forget that your usage also depends on the size of your house and the power of the speaker. Some mini speakers are better suited for use in small spaces, while others are suitable for larger spaces.

Can I have a party with the Quark mini speaker?

The Quark mini speaker has a 20 W RMS amplifier with a 20 W Faital Pro brand speaker (this is the Faital Pro 3FE25 of 4 Ohm).

In general, a 20W speaker can be powerful enough to fill a small to medium-sized room with clear, powerful sound . On the other hand, if the room is very large or there are a large number of people present, you will need a more powerful speaker or multiple speakers to fill the room with sufficiently loud sound. It is therefore important to consider the specific needs of your situation before choosing a speaker.

The Quark mini speaker will not have enough low frequencies to provide ambiance for a party of 6 people. So do not place false hopes in this forum. It is perfect for cocoon use, with family, for an aperitif... But we do not recommend it for hosting an evening :)

What does the Quark mini speaker offer?

The Quark mini home speaker is an atypical object. The speaker is Open Source and we are going to tell you more about what it has in its belly!

The enclosure

First of all, here's a quick definition to get you started. Open source represents a software development and distribution model in which source code is made available to the public for review, modification, and sharing. This development model is based on sharing and collaboration, with the aim of creating better and more reliable software. Contributors can suggest improvements, report bugs, and work together to develop better software. Open source software is often distributed free of charge and users can use it for commercial or personal purposes.

Let's start with the engine

The Quark speaker is based on an ESP32 microcontroller. We can compare this chip to the “brain” of our speaker

The ESP32 is a microcontroller chip integrating a dual-core processor and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It is developed by the Chinese company Espressif Systems. This chip is popular in Internet of Things (IoT) projects due to its features such as low power consumption, real-time processing capability, and wireless connectivity options. Many developers use it to create connected objects such as home automation systems, sensors, displays and wearable electronic devices. The ESP32 is often chosen for its features, convenience, and affordability compared to other microcontroller options.

Electronic card with TAS5727 and ESP32

What have we put in the brain?

We added the Squeezelite-esp32 to our chip. This is its internal software, also called Firmware. Find the project on Github. The firmware community is simply fantastic! We thank her again here for this work and this passion! The speaker is Bluetooth 5 compatible but it can also act as a Squeezelite Receiver. Warning the eyes.

The electronic card of the Quark Bluetooth speaker - TAS5727

Small clarification: Squeezelite is an open source project which allows you to run an audio streaming server on a computer or a compatible device. It is designed to be lightweight and fast, with low system resource consumption. Squeezelite is compatible with the Logitech Media Server audio streaming protocol. Which means the speaker can be used to play music from a computer or network storage. The Squeezelite project is often used to build home networked music systems , where users can stream music from a centralized music library to multiple audio playback devices in their home.

So what exactly is a Squeezlite Receiver?

A Squeezelite Receiver is an audio playback device that uses Squeezelite software to receive and decode audio streams from an audio streaming server . It can be used to listen to music from a computer or network attached storage . It is compatible with the Logitech Media Server audio streaming protocol. Squeezelite Receivers are often used to build home networked music systems , where users can stream music from a centralized music library to multiple audio playback devices in their home. You can use Squeezelite Receivers with wireless speakers, audio amplifiers and other audio playback devices to create a complete, multi-room music streaming solution with Squeezelite.

It is possible to connect multiple speakers with Squeezelite. By configuring Squeezelite Server with the Logitech Media Server audio streaming protocol, you can send music to multiple speakers simultaneously (Squeezelite receivers). This allows the user to broadcast music in different rooms of their house. However, the exact configuration will depend on the model and configuration of each speaker. It is therefore necessary to have some technical knowledge to correctly set up such a device.

And Apple Air Play in all this?

The Squeezelite-esp32 team, which developed the speaker firmware, added AirPlay to the engine . It is an audio streaming technology developed by Apple for Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. It allows these devices to stream audio, video and photo content wirelessly to AirPlay-enabled speakers, TVs and receivers. This means users can listen to music or watch videos on streaming devices without having to connect cables or transfer files. Too bad, Android devices are not compatible with AirPlay without the use of a third-party receiver .

Don't hesitate to ask us your questions in the comments of this Blog article. Your curiosity is always welcome and we will be there to provide you with the answers you are looking for!

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