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    some of these Bluetooth speakers are pretty good . incredible bass on some of them . last summer my lads were doing the garden with me and they put one of these small boomboxs in a dustbin on its side [it was raining !] my word the neighbour from some way came out and said the bass was going through his kitchen !!
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    you might be interested in this thread

    http://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/12...omment-2156159
    modwright 36.5 DM /MSB s200 , / Marantz sa8005/bel canto 3.5, vbs , bel canto fm1
    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/ proac studio 125

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    this would be good too , just needs some speakers

    http://petertyson.co.uk/index.php/de...070-10546.html
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    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/ proac studio 125

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifinutt View Post
    this would be good too , just needs some speakers

    http://petertyson.co.uk/index.php/de...070-10546.html
    Funnily, enough I bought one of these (or rather the precursor model) when I first came back to the UK a few years back and was waiting for my shipping container to arrive with my main hifi equipment. Surprising good performance for the price (I think I paid 199 at the time). Basically, a modern day take on a radiogram (less speakers of course). I spent most of the time listening to DAB radio and to mp3 files from a memory stick. Shame it didn't do FLAC files though. Was more than happy with it for the month I used it. You've reminded me that it's been in a cupboard since my main system was delivered.

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifinutt View Post
    you might be interested in this thread

    http://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/12...omment-2156159
    Interesting but I too am a wrinkly!


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    Sometimes we have to do things on a shoestring, prior to '08 my income was 1500/annum.

    I built my current HI-Fi rack from four large broom handles and MDF shelves, perhaps laughable, but functional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharos View Post
    Sometimes we have to do things on a shoestring, prior to '08 my income was 1500/annum.

    I built my current HI-Fi rack from four large broom handles and MDF shelves, perhaps laughable, but functional.
    We cut the suit according to the cloth. Mind you, this sounds like hifi on a broomstick not a shoestring!

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    perhaps these guys had something to do with it

    http://www.witchhatservicing.co.uk/
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    For a "shoebox" system perhaps some powered monitors would be the way to go? Look in any Pro Audio, recording gear catalog, and they've got small powered monitors at all prices. And sizes. From 4" woofers to 8" woofers, and built in amps. Made for recording, they are supposed to have very flat response. Quality and prices vary. Then drive them with a digital front end, an iPod loaded with Flac files, CD or better quality playback. Some nice powered monitors with 6" woofers for $500 the pair, a few more hundred in a nice iPod, or just use your smart phone, super portable.

    Headphones could be a real alternative, but true high end head phones are rather pricey, not "shoestring" budget devices


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    If the system has to travel, what about a solar powered one? DC powered equipment fed via compact NIMH batteries, charged by a folding solar panel or two. There much DC powered gear, including obviously ICE stuff, which is necessarily compact and can be very good.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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