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Kaizen28
2006-07-01, 19:05
Hi All

I'm extremely happy with my SB thus far and primarily use it in the master bedroom with a rather large pair of speakers, amp, tuner etc. from an existing set of components I have.

My better half however wants me dump these in favour of something substantially more "understated and stylish". As every now and then Internet connectivity impacts the radio streams I lsiten to, I'm not sure I'm confifent enough to dump a radio completely go with a small speaker/amp combination.

So... the challenge is, can anyone recommend radio or speaker/amp combination (should I bite the bullet?) to compliment my favourite toy of 2006 and what is a superb piece of engineering?

Thanks in advance.

cparker
2006-07-02, 10:19
Have you thought of using ceiling speakers? Not as powerful but more stylish as the bulk of them will be in your attic/loft space, leaving a nicer slim profile in your bedroom.

bpa
2006-07-02, 10:27
Tivoli model 2 (Silver & Black) - it has aun AUX switch missing from Model 1.
http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php?cat=262

Kaizen28
2006-07-02, 11:32
Have you thought of using ceiling speakers? Not as powerful but more stylish as the bulk of them will be in your attic/loft space, leaving a nicer slim profile in your bedroom.

Actually, this is really not a bad idea. Excuse my ignorance though but where would the amp go?


Tivoli model 2 (Silver & Black) - it has aun AUX switch missing from Model 1.
http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php?cat=262

Hmmm, showed these to the important person who said: "It must be a guy thing. Why would I want something dragged out from the 19th century in my bedroom?"

I guess that's a "no" then. :-)

JJZolx
2006-07-02, 11:57
I'm extremely happy with my SB thus far and primarily use it in the master bedroom with a rather large pair of speakers, amp, tuner etc. from an existing set of components I have.

My better half however wants me dump these in favour of something substantially more "understated and stylish". As every now and then Internet connectivity impacts the radio streams I lsiten to, I'm not sure I'm confifent enough to dump a radio completely go with a small speaker/amp combination.

So... the challenge is, can anyone recommend radio or speaker/amp combination (should I bite the bullet?) to compliment my favourite toy of 2006 and what is a superb piece of engineering?
I would fight tooth and nail to keep separate speakers. Even in-wall speakers would be better than some confounded table radio. You can reduce the clutter significantly with a receiver or a small unit like the Linn Classik.

http://www.knekt.com/spec_sound/product_display.cfm?ProductID=153&activeNavBar=products&activeSubNavBar=independents

davidcotton
2006-07-03, 04:41
How about one of those denon mini systems with the sb3 hooked up through the aux analogues? Meant to sound quite descent as well.

stuorguk
2006-07-03, 04:44
I was in the same predicament until recently. I had a quality set of speakers next to my bed, but they were just too big to be practical. So I got myself a set of Acoustic Energy Aego M speakers. They have 2 small (but heavy) satellite speakers, and a subwoofer with built in amplifier that I put under the bed. Thay are great... no seriously, they really are! The only small niggle, is there is a little hiss when idle, but I cured that by using a relay and the AMPSwitch plugin to power them down when not in use.

http://www.acoustic-energy.co.uk/Product_range/Aego_series/Aego_M.asp

Stuart.

Kaizen28
2006-07-03, 05:59
Hi All

Thanks for some excellent suggestions. It's now time for me to do the leg work and check them out.

Thanks again!!

nicky6
2006-07-12, 11:16
Don't forget this nice little amp: http://www.wireless-experts.com/products/saa.htm

A friend of mine has a smart home with 5 SliMP3's and Boston inwalls, powered with this little amp. The amp doesn't get warm, which was essential when doing an inwall mount.

Paul_B
2006-07-12, 12:31
I spent a lot of time looking for a small amp to use in-wall for the kitchen and power a set of in-wall in-ceiling speakers. I ended up going with this Amp http://www.audiotrak.co.uk/music_production/dr_amp/dr_amp.shtml and will probably buy apair of sensitive in-wall units from B&W

Pale Blue Ego
2006-07-16, 22:56
Another vote for the Aego M. Fantastic sound quality, and the sats are only about 4" high. Stick the sub under or behind the bed and you have a superb-sounding system that's practically invisible.

The sats look great, too. They match the curves of the SB3 and are available in white or black. They are small enough that you can position them for incredible imaging. Great build quality, too.

For $200 you can't go wrong here. I actually do more listening on the Aegos than on my big home theater rig, with no regrets.

You can get them at www.ccrane.com or www.audioadvisor.com

At C Crane the Aegos include free shipping.

SadGamerGeek
2006-07-22, 15:12
Based on the comments in this and other threads, I bought myself a set of Aego M speakers. I'm impressed! That's a great sound for a little money.

I got them for an incredibly low 90 ($163) inc. delivery from Superfi:

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo-1.cfm/Product_ID/2543

I'd get a second pair if I can only decide where to put 'em!

Kaizen28
2006-07-24, 18:10
Hi

As an update to this thread I believe that I have come to a decision and have chosen to go with the option of using an alarm radio (Bose WaveRadio or PolkAudio iSonic) to which I'll connect the SB3 rather than using speakers, amp and SB3 only.

The reasons I have chosen this option are:
- Internet radio is great but not there yet and the interruptions to service can be painful. This is not specific to the SB as network outages etc. can impact the service.
- I don't want to install wall-mounter speakers in my bedroom. Not this time and not in this house.
- I do like the alarm functions of the iSonic.
- um, that's really it.

Thanks again to all who contributed and thanks for some excellent suggestions that I'll seriously consider in the next room. ;-)