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bonze
2006-08-08, 10:46
I'm thinking about buying a set of powered speakers for output from an SB3.
At the moment the output is fed through an old boombox, which works OK, but is a bit cumbersome and unsightly.

This SB3 is located in a wooden summerhouse at the bottom of the garden so I don't want anything too 'flashy/metallic' looking.
Something in a nice wood finish would be ideal.

Anyone here using a similar setup?? and could make a recomendation??

Oh, and I'm in the UK ;-)

Christopher Biscoe
2006-08-08, 10:54
I think the Apple speakers, the Ipod Hi-Fi, is a brilliant, low-cost
solution with pretty good sound quality. I am an audiophile with
McIntosh labs equipment, but needed something portable for a summer
house. These worked perfectly, providing inputs from any source and
also connecting directly to the Ipod. It can be battery powered, if
you want to take it on the go, and comes with a simple remote...

Chris


On Aug 8, 2006, at 1:46 PM, bonze wrote:

>
> I'm thinking about buying a set of powered speakers for output from an
> SB3.
> At the moment the output is fed through an old boombox, which works
> OK,
> but is a bit cumbersome and unsightly.
>
> This SB3 is located in a wooden summerhouse at the bottom of the
> garden
> so I don't want anything too 'flashy/metallic' looking.
> Something in a nice wood finish would be ideal.
>
> Anyone here using a similar setup?? and could make a recomendation??
>
> Oh, and I'm in the UK ;-)
>
>
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Mark Lanctot
2006-08-08, 11:03
The Tivoli PAL (http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php?cat=266) would probably fit the bill.

Understated (provided you don't go for the flashy colours, look at the bottom of the page), extremely good audio quality, comes with a very good tuner. NiMH batteries and AC adapter included.

It isn't stereo, but you're not getting much stereo separation out of a boombox anyway.

stinkingpig
2006-08-08, 22:00
On 8/8/06, Mark Lanctot <
Mark.Lanctot.2c8gmb1155060301 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
>
>
> The 'Tivoli PAL' (http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php?cat=266) would
> probably fit the bill.
>
> Understated (provided you don't go for the flashy colours, look at the
> bottom of the page), extremely good audio quality, comes with a very
> good tuner. NiMH batteries and AC adapter included.
>
> It isn't stereo, but you're not getting much stereo separation out of a
> boombox anyway.
> \


I have a Tivoli Mark Two with subwoofer, and a pair of Edirol MA-20D's.
Either would meet the requirements, though I assume you're not leaving them
out in the weather, both are too nice for that. Both sound fabulous, but the
Tivoli adds radio capability.
--
"I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin,
So across the Western ocean I must wander" -- traditional

notanatheist
2006-08-08, 23:50
I can only think of one thing: "search"

Powered speakers have been brought up a few times.

This is not meant as a flame in any way. Just trying to keep things tidy.

Andyoz
2006-08-09, 00:41
Search for "active speakers" or "powered speakers". There were quite a few models discussed in this thread:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=23115

Andy

bonze
2006-08-09, 03:39
I can only think of one thing: "search"

Powered speakers have been brought up a few times.

This is not meant as a flame in any way. Just trying to keep things tidy.
I apologise for re-inventing the wheel.
I had done a few searches in the forum, but most threads seemed to reference either US web sites or products.

I'm also trying to keep the budget down as much as possible, anything over 100 seems a little excessive for what I require.

I suppose what I'm looking for is more along the line of a set of PC speakers (either stereo or 2.1), something nice and simple that can be 'unobtrusive', eg. mounted to the wall.

I'll do some more thinking/research.

Thanks for everyones suggestions. :-)

Andyoz
2006-08-09, 03:44
These seem to be popular with owners but no timber finish though:

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/836204/Acoustic_Energy_Aego_Music_System/Product.html

Andy

audiofi
2006-08-09, 03:59
These seem to be popular with owners but no timber finish though:

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/836204/Acoustic_Energy_Aego_Music_System/Product.html

Andy

Another vote for those, or the Edirol MA10/15D

All excellent speakers for the money

nacmacfeegle
2006-08-09, 04:06
I got a set of Aego speakers too, and they sound pretty good in my kitchen.

bonze
2006-08-10, 02:08
These seem to be popular with owners but no timber finish though:

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/836204/Acoustic_Energy_Aego_Music_System/Product.html

Andy
Thanks for the link.
The black version might be OK :-)

Andyoz
2006-08-10, 05:40
AE really have got their act together in terms of value for money.

Best price I have seen is here - 90 incl. UK delivery.

http://www.hifix.co.uk/shop.lasso?shop=ACOUSTIC%20ENERG

luga00
2006-08-10, 07:59
I went for the Edirol MA-15D's about a year ago. Both my kids have them in their rooms but as a composer of music for computer games I am quite picky with monitors and these are so good for the price. Also they have a dedicated optical input.

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/page/shop/flypage/product_id/5965

Russ

Mark Lanctot
2006-08-10, 08:02
I went for the Edirol MA-15D's about a year ago. Both my kids have them in their rooms but as a composer of music for computer games I am quite picky with monitors and these are so good for the price. Also they have a dedicated optical input.

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/page/shop/flypage/product_id/5965

Russ

Optical input you say? (I notice it has coaxial too). Have you compared the sound to the analog sound coming out of the SB2/3? i.e. how do the DACs compare?

My 2-channel amp just died and if I can't fix it I'll be getting some active monitors for my SB2 in the basement.

audiofi
2006-08-10, 08:04
I bought Edirol MA10D and MA15D for Squeezebox demo's and other things and they are excellent speakers.

The Acoustic Energy AEGO's are also impressive, especially for the price and excellent build quality, I installed a set of the older AEGO 2's for a client and found them very capable.

audiofi
2006-08-10, 08:06
Optical input you say? (I notice it has coaxial too). Have you compared the sound to the analog sound coming out of the SB2/3? i.e. how do the DACs compare?

My 2-channel amp just died and if I can't fix it I'll be getting some active monitors for my SB2 in the basement.

I used mine with an optical input and didn't notice much difference in sound quality, I imagine the DAC is quite a decent one, plus an optical cable seems much more tidy when trying to sell the things!

audiofi
2006-08-10, 10:16
Just noticed Superfi have the AEGO's on offer here:
http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo-1.cfm/Product_ID/2543/source/kelkoo

Marc Sherman
2006-08-10, 10:16
audiofi wrote:
> I bought Edirol MA10D and MA15D for Squeezebox demo's and other things
> and they are excellent speakers.

Have you ever tried the Edirol MA7A? They seem to be a smaller version
of the 15D, without the digital in. Any comments on their quality?

> The Acoustic Energy AEGO's are also impressive, especially for the
> price and excellent build quality, I installed a set of the older AEGO
> 2's for a client and found them very capable.

Does anyone happen to know where I could find either the Edirol or AE
speakers in the Toronto area, by any chance?

- Marc

Mark Lanctot
2006-08-10, 10:21
Does anyone happen to know where I could find either the Edirol or AE
speakers in the Toronto area, by any chance?

This would be good to know for me as well - I'm 2 hours away (London).

Note that Edirol is owned by Roland. I'm guessing music stores may stock them or could get them as many of them are Roland dealers.

audiofi
2006-08-10, 10:26
audiofi wrote:
> I bought Edirol MA10D and MA15D for Squeezebox demo's and other things
> and they are excellent speakers.

Have you ever tried the Edirol MA7A? They seem to be a smaller version
of the 15D, without the digital in. Any comments on their quality?

> The Acoustic Energy AEGO's are also impressive, especially for the
> price and excellent build quality, I installed a set of the older AEGO
> 2's for a client and found them very capable.

Does anyone happen to know where I could find either the Edirol or AE
speakers in the Toronto area, by any chance?

- Marc

I haven't had a chance to try the MA7A, but the MA15D are better built than te MA10D.
The MA7A are newer, like the MA15D so I imagine they should be well built, sound quality won't be quite as good as it lacks a separate tweeter and I think is designed more for PC use.

I'll try and find out a stockist for you and let you know

Andrew

Stuart Cooper
2006-08-10, 10:39
There are of course the new Acoustic Energy Aego M units:

http://www.multitask-computing.co.uk/catalog/default.php?manufacturers_id=44

These come in at 99.95 and are available in black or white, conveniently
matching the Squeezebox. :o) I have a set of Aego 2s myself, and for tbe
price they're excellent.

Stuart.

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notanatheist Wrote:
> I can only think of one thing: "search"
>
> Powered speakers have been brought up a few times.
>
> This is not meant as a flame in any way. Just trying to keep things
> tidy.
I apologise for re-inventing the wheel.
I had done a few searches in the forum, but most threads seemed to reference
either US web sites or products.

I'm also trying to keep the budget down as much as possible, anything over
100 seems a little excessive for what I require.

I suppose what I'm looking for is more along the line of a set of PC
speakers (either stereo or 2.1), something nice and simple that can be
'unobtrusive', eg. mounted to the wall.

I'll do some more thinking/research.

Thanks for everyones suggestions. :-)


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lanierb
2006-08-10, 13:47
Just an idea: why not get a Sonic T-amp and some decent speakers? The T-amp will run you about $45 (including a power supply) and is tiny. Then you can use whatever speakers you want. I have a SB3 hooked to a T-amp powering some Onix XLS speakers ($200) and it looks and sounds great!

Lanier

ericj
2006-08-10, 19:32
Acoustic Energy has some distribution again in the US. I just got a pair of AEGO's from Audio Advisors in the US. $199 including shipping.
http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=AE26-06B&product_name=Aego%20iPod/PC%20Speaker%20System

They sound wonderful. And one can hide the subwoofer easily, make a great setup for those who want to minimize visual impact, yet have good sound. I would think these are a very good solution for those who want a Slim Clock Radio for example, with good sound.
Only a very pleased customer

street_samurai
2006-08-10, 20:35
Thought I'd throw in my $0.02. I absolutely love my Tannoy Reveal Actives. I have a $15k Linn system that is my pride and joy... but I'm constantly shocked at what I can hear on the Tannoy's that I can't on the Linn system.

The Tannoy's are studio speakers so they are designed to be neutral in sound. Personally, I like this more "true" sound but some may find it a bit harsh (especially when compared to a softer sound like the Linn's).

Tannoy's have been used in audio engineering studios for years so many of the CDs that you listen to may been mixed using these speakers... so in the ideal world, you are hearing the mix as close to what the engineer intended as possible.

They're a bit pricey but well worth a listen.

ss.

bonze
2006-08-22, 02:38
Thanks for everyones help in this thread.
I bought a set of Aego M (black) and am very pleased.
The main unit sits under a table so is fairly well hidden.
And the satellite speakers are mounted neatly on a wall joint, with a set of the strangest brackets I've ever seen :-)

Many thanks again, even Mrs.Bonze is happy....

GeezerD
2006-08-22, 09:34
Before I bought a new quad receiver I used a set of Logitech speakers with a subwoofer. They plug into the Squeezebox like headphones, and sounded quite good.

Of course the new Sony receiver connected with an optical cable sounds better...but not that much better, at least to my non-audiophile ears.

Plano_Mike
2006-08-27, 17:14
Blue Sky Audio MediaDesk.

Intended for mixing. A little pricey, but very accurate sound.

http://www.abluesky.com/asp/catalogue/products.asp?linkid=20&prodcode=00012

Pale Blue Ego
2006-08-27, 21:21
The Aegos have a WAF that is off the charts. They're extremely easy to integrate into almost any decor (or hide completely). Great sound for the price. I've got 3 sets of them and they work beautifully with the SB3. Excellent computer speakers, too.

RF Dude
2006-12-25, 21:16
Here is a slightly different spin... your comments or alternatives appreciated.

I have a pair of underutilized PSB Alpha bookshelf speakers so the need is for a self contained 2.1 amp and sub to work with the SB3 or iPod, laptop, etc.

My interest is gravitating towards the Logitech Z-2300 (THX certified) which can be bought easily from most computer stores or even Dell on-line for around $100. Seems to have plenty of power and the review from the computer community is good. I'm intending on using my Alpha speakers as the satellites instead of the Logitech's.

Thanks,

RF Dude

RF Dude
2006-12-26, 13:03
Boxing day... I couldn't resist ... Got a good deal on the Logitech Z-2300. Hooked it up to SB3. I used my PSB ALPHA bookshelf speakers instead of what the Logitech came with. Primary application is for MP3 and internet radio. Very clean and surprising clarity. Mid-range is dependent on the PSB's and is not a concern. No hiss when idle. Plenty of power all around from the amp. It gets painful before it gets distorted. Sub is actually a bit overpowering and needs to be turned to minimum depending on the programming. I'm pleased and the price point did not impart any risk.

The only limitation is that the Z-2300 doesn't have a second (aux) input. There is no auto-power-off, but this requires some more investigation if needed to add the auto-off circuit others have published in this forum.

Codmate
2006-12-27, 09:10
I'm enjoying my active Wharfedale Diamond 8.2 monitors.

Active crossovers and bi-amping is great for the money, plus they have a very useful bass roll-off switch.

The 8.1s are also good - especially for smaller rooms. M-Audio also do cheap powered monitors which will floor any 'computer speakers'.