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Blackfiction
2016-02-28, 06:27
Hi all,

I have bought a second hand squeezebox touch to replace my squeezebox boom. The sb boom moves to my daughters bedroom.
Now I have a sb touch in a 17m2 kitchen. I would like to have a good quality single speaker to play my music at low to moderate levels. Stereo speakers is not an option due to the placement in a small cabinet.
Currently, I'm thinking of connecting the touch via aux or via optical out to

Bluesound pulse 2
Bluesound pulse mini
Sonos play 5
Audio pro allroom air one
Audio pro addon t10

My budget is about 800 euro. Do you have any experiences on any of the speakers above or do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks!

Pascal Hibon
2016-02-28, 06:55
Have you considered in-ceiling speakers?
In-ceiling speakers provide a lot of advantages: nice spread sound, almost invisible, no visible cabling etc.
I've done that in the bedroom and am very happy with the result.

Almost every brand has them in their lineup but I used speakers from Art Sound. As an example, the following speakers look interesting for your kitchen (2 pairs): http://artsound.be/en/products/loudspeakers/p/detail/hpro650

I used a pair of these in the bedroom:http://artsound.be/en/products/loudspeakers/p/detail/dc101
In-ceiling speakers are fairly easy to install (even when you're not in the construction phase of your home).

I know you just bought an SBT but a Raspberry PI with piCorePlayer and an amplifier hat fitted would be the ideal 'driver' for those speakers.

Blackfiction
2016-02-28, 08:57
Have you considered in-ceiling speakers?
In-ceiling speakers provide a lot of advantages: nice spread sound, almost invisible, no visible cabling etc.
I've done that in the bedroom and am very happy with the result.

Almost every brand has them in their lineup but I used speakers from Art Sound. As an example, the following speakers look interesting for your kitchen (2 pairs): http://artsound.be/en/products/loudspeakers/p/detail/hpro650

I used a pair of these in the bedroom:http://artsound.be/en/products/loudspeakers/p/detail/dc101
In-ceiling speakers are fairly easy to install (even when you're not in the construction phase of your home).

I know you just bought an SBT but a Raspberry PI with piCorePlayer and an amplifier hat fitted would be the ideal 'driver' for those speakers.

I did not consider those. Thanks for the suggestion but I think I just would like to place a single box speaker in a cabinet.

Pascal Hibon
2016-02-28, 10:17
Thanks for the suggestion but I think I just would like to place a single box speaker in a cabinet.

Cambridge Audio also has a nice range of (wireless) speakers. Most of the wireless / bluetooth speakers have an aux input too:
https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/wireless-sound

JBL has (bluetooth) speakers: http://be.jbl.com/bluetooth-speakers-en-docks/

I have a UE speaker which works quite nice as well. The model I have is a small one I use during travelling. Although they are small, the sound they produce is quite big. UE was bought by Logitech some time ago: http://www.ultimateears.com/en-us/ueboom2#intro-slide

There are a whole bunch of other (wireless) speakers you could look at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395030,00.asp

So in short, a lot of choice... good luck

chrissy
2016-02-28, 10:35
Hi,

Maybe you want to take a look at the Nubert NuPro100. Unfortunately the nubert.de Website is only available in german. They are small active speakers with all necessary Inputs (spdif, toslink, USB and analog) and it is possible to use them stereo or single. I own a paar of nuvero 60 and the are really great.
Greets
Christian

Apesbrain
2016-02-28, 11:17
The PLAY:5 sounds great and using "Autoplay" can act as a basic powered speaker for your Touch:
http://blog.sonos.com/tips-and-tricks/tip-using-line-in-on-sonos

If you have room for a PLAY:5 you might consider a pair of Audioengine A2+ or A5+ one to each side of the Touch:
http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Powered-Speaker-Systems/A2-plus-R-Powered-Desktop-Speakers

bernt
2016-02-28, 13:01
I have SB3 connected to a Audio Pro T3 in my kitchen. The sound is clear and powerfull and it can play very LOUD.

RonM
2016-03-02, 05:56
The ideal solution would have been a Radio rather than a Touch, I suspect. All in one, small size. Probably cheaper too. You might be able to sell the Touch (in great demand) for enough to get one.

Blackfiction
2016-03-02, 06:11
The PLAY:5 sounds great and using "Autoplay" can act as a basic powered speaker for your Touch:
http://blog.sonos.com/tips-and-tricks/tip-using-line-in-on-sonos

If you have room for a PLAY:5 you might consider a pair of Audioengine A2+ or A5+ one to each side of the Touch:
http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Powered-Speaker-Systems/A2-plus-R-Powered-Desktop-Speakers

2 A2+ would fit probably. But will an PLAY 5 not offer better sound than 2 A2+?
2 A5+ would be too big I think. I have added kitchen photos; the boom will move and I have one shelf (or the top shelf) for a speaker replacement.
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epoch1970
2016-03-03, 04:23
You could also use an airplay device and repurpose the Touch to a more SQ-critical mission if you don't mind controlling the player through an app.
With philippe_44's airplay bridge plugin you have audio sync if you want.

castalla
2016-03-03, 04:34
You could also use an airplay device and repurpose the Touch to a more SQ-critical mission if you don't mind controlling the player through an app.
With philippe_44's airplay bridge plugin you have audio sync if you want.

Don't forget any SB controller (Touch, Radio, Controller) can control any other SB device. I often use my Touch to control a wide variety of SB devices around the house.

bernt
2016-03-03, 05:04
Chromecast Audio connected to Audio Pro Addon T3 and you can move it around in the house (or anywhere). T3 runs on battery, has both AUX and can power a USB device like Chromecast.

Use the Chromecast Bridge plugin and control it like a SB.

woodster
2016-03-03, 07:27
Hi,
I would suggest an AirPlay speaker and the AirPlay bridge plugin.

Simple solution, with a minimum of hardware.
Martin

Blackfiction
2016-03-29, 07:25
I have decided to go with the sonos play 5 connected through the squeezebox touch. So I can control via app and screen and still use the great LMS / iPeng control.

Thanks for all your suggestions!

woodster
2016-04-20, 05:17
I have decided to go with the sonos play 5 connected through the squeezebox touch. So I can control via app and screen and still use the great LMS / iPeng control.

Thanks for all your suggestions!

Hi there,

Another option could be a Jungo speaker - I have just purchased a Jungo S3 spearker and it works with the UpnpBridge plugin. Was discovered by the plugin without a lot of fuzz.
After a quick test the speaker seems to quite a good bargain. Build quality seems good, nice size, and the sound is for sure OK as a kitchen speaker or for ambient music.

Gives the same control option as the other players - just not sync.

Martin

pablolie
2016-04-20, 22:10
Score a Boom! it is a great sounding system if you are bought into the SB ecosystem. (The Radio is not, sounds awful in comparison).

if you start from scratch there are many offerings that sound good. i LOVE our ecosystem, but i would not recommend it to mainstream customers these days. :-(