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    Join Date: Jun 2017

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    I'm vicki.

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    Hi everyone,

    Over the years, like a lot of people, we have stopped buying CD's and have been buying music through iTunes and more recently through spotify. We are a family of five, and for us, the family spotify account is the solution. Because of this though, we don't really have any hifi equipment. We have a few jam speakers, which are great for music on the go, and we can stream through our smart tv and the computer of course.

    I am looking for

    - possibly 2 speakers that will sit on a shelf and give a more stereo sound - a bonus would be if they were pleasant to look at.
    - must be bluetooth so I can just send the music from my iPhone and not have to hitch up
    - don't mind them having a power cable as I don't intend to move them around, in fact this would be preferable as I don't really want to have to charge them up.

    If there is a single system that would give a good stereo sound without that tinny single speaker thing going on, then I would consider that.

    Budget is up to 200.. I am happy to just spend 100 if there is a solution that does the job. I'm not after perfection, just a vastly improved sound experience to the Jam speakers we currently have.

    I would love some help from people that know what the specific names/numbers are that I need, as I have no clue. I have searched and searched but find that I am unaware whether the things I am looking at will actually do the job.

    Many thanks


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    It'll be difficult to find speakers with integrated bluetooth that are either in-budget, or sound good.

    My suggestion would be:

    Pick up a pair of Mission 780SE or 760i speakers for under 70, the ones that look like this:



    There's some compact all-in-one Amp / DAC / bluetooth units that you can plug into them, such as the Tangent Ampster BT: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/iqn/Tange...er/B0183LP818/ or at a budget: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SMSL-SA-36...-/272579268055

    Basically search for "bluetooth DAC amp" to have a look at integrated units...
    Last edited by Yomanze; 07-06-2017 at 07:54.
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    How about a pair of decent quality active speakers plus a simple bluetooth receiver with stereo out? ok, you would need 2 power points and a cable from the receiver to the speakers. Or a pair of bluetooth active speakers http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-17832-tib...-speakers.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit1cat View Post
    How about a pair of decent quality active speakers plus a simple bluetooth receiver with stereo out? ok, you would need 2 power points and a cable from the receiver to the speakers. Or a pair of bluetooth active speakers http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-17832-tib...-speakers.aspx
    These look interesting, thank you

    Would I need anything else with them, or would they be plug and play - as it were!

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    Thanks Yomaze,

    Have I stumbled upon a potential gap in the market then. Maybe what I would like doesn't exist as a single unit/pair of

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    Quote Originally Posted by VICTORIA PLUM View Post
    These look interesting, thank you

    Would I need anything else with them, or would they be plug and play - as it were!
    I would say plug and play for bluetooth streaming from phone, tablet etc plus you can plug in any thing with a optical or stereo output.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit1cat View Post
    I would say plug and play for bluetooth streaming from phone, tablet etc plus you can plug in any thing with a optical or stereo output.
    AMAZING! HUGE thanks

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    https://shop.ruarkaudio.com/products...speaker-system

    If you can find a deal, bluetooth and an optical in. There's an older version too... Mk1, s/h you see them, I don't think it has the optical input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfin View Post
    https://shop.ruarkaudio.com/products...speaker-system

    If you can find a deal, bluetooth and an optical in. There's an older version too... Mk1, s/h you see them, I don't think it has the optical input.
    How the mighty have fallen, from fabulous maker of quality speakers to lifestyle meh. Their website upsets me when I think of Epilogues, Crusaders, Prologues etc

    Apologies to the op, I am sure what was linked to will more than serve your needs, please forgive an old man crying into his milk at long lost audio companies golden age.
    Regards Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by VICTORIA PLUM View Post
    Thanks Yomaze,

    Have I stumbled upon a potential gap in the market then. Maybe what I would like doesn't exist as a single unit/pair of

    Well well well, look what I just found!

    https://www.sevenoakssoundandvision....gloss-red.aspx

    Perfect. RRP 350, going for 179.

    Q Acoustics have been getting a great reputation for HiFi sound at a budget.
    Mana Acoustics Racks >> Custom Silent Media Server >> Halide Bridge USB (with AQVOX USB power) >> Pedja Rogic's Audial Model S DAC + Pioneer PL-71 turntable / Vista Audio phono-1 mk II / Denon PCL-5 headshell / Reson Reca >> LFD DLS >> LFD PA2M (SE) >> Royd RR3s.

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