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Seineseeker
2006-08-21, 03:24
We are having a new kitchen put in and I want to incorporate a Squeezebox into the project. Has anyone got any advice on what to use for the amp and speakers?

I was thinking maybe a car amp and speakers would do the job, but would that be a bit naff? Anyone got any suggestions? I am thinking of siting the speakers in the suspended ceiling, is that a good idea? For the kitchen setup I'm not looking for super amazing sound quality as its a noisy place anyway.

scalesr1
2006-08-21, 03:40
Well, I can make recommendations based on what I didn't forgot to do!

We had a house built and put CAT5 everywhere (except the one spot in the
Kitchen where the SB2 went - so we have a WiFi SB2 there which works great)
- put in plenty of CAT5 and then some more if you can.

Because I failed to think about it - we now have some Samson Active speakers
on a shelf which also has the SB2 - I wish I had gone for ceiling mounted
speakers - unobtrusive etc. So - ceiling mounted would get my vote any day
(for the Kitchen at least)

There are lots of threads around on good amps which take up very little
space - I will go there one day!

Plenty of conduit or wire going from ceiling space to SB location for
amp/speakers etc - I hate visible wires which could have been hidden easily
at build time.

I know I have not answered your question specifically but I hope it helps a
little.

Richard


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We are having a new kitchen put in and I want to incorporate a
Squeezebox into the project. Has anyone got any advice on what to use
for the amp and speakers?

I was thinking maybe a car amp and speakers would do the job, but would
that be a bit naff? Anyone got any suggestions? I am thinking of siting
the speakers in the suspended ceiling, is that a good idea? For the
kitchen setup I'm not looking for super amazing sound quality as its a
noisy place anyway.


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IainHar@aol.com
2006-08-21, 03:57
In a message dated 21/08/2006 11:25:23 GMT Daylight Time,
Seineseeker.2cvxzn1156155901 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com writes:

http://forums.slimdevices.com/member.php?userid=4591


I've recently completed a similar project in a bathroom. I have sunk an SB3
in the wall, mounted ceiling speakers and (Due to water/electricity),
installed the amp in a cupboard outside the room. As cabling was not a problem due to
buiding work, I have connected the SB via ethernet (Router is in office in
another part of house) I actually run it wirelessly though. For speakers I
paid more because of the moisture in the room, they are by Boston and were about
150. Any amp from the cheap web outlets will do. Richer sounds do a quality
amp for about 50 which coupled with decent speakers will surprise and
delight you.

The whole thing is nothing short of brilliant. Allien BBC installed and all
my favorite internet stations are available as well as my collection to listen
to at will........I love it.

I will try and post some pictures of the installation if anyone is
interested in having a look. Any questions regarding it, I will gladly reply to.

regards

Iain

Seineseeker
2006-08-21, 04:17
Thanks both of you, yes I had forgotten about Richer Sounds, thats a great idea. I'm pretty sure I am going to go for ceiling speakers as it would be neat.

iangude
2006-08-21, 04:34
I've just put a SB3 in my new kitchen, dining room, extension and garden. Look at the Octopus system from www.simplyautomate.co.uk - all fab, works a treat !

IainHar@aol.com
2006-08-21, 06:56
I dont have my own web space, so joined Myspace. I have uploaded some pics
of in wall installation of SB3. Quality is not great due to limitations of
site, but it shows what can be done.

Iain.

http://www.myspace.com/iainhar

Skunk
2006-08-21, 08:18
I dont have my own web space, so joined Myspace.

Can't view pics unless logged in.

Any way you can upload a pic to this thread?

Seineseeker
2006-08-21, 08:33
I dont have my own web space, so joined Myspace. I have uploaded some pics
of in wall installation of SB3. Quality is not great due to limitations of
site, but it shows what can be done.

Iain.

http://www.myspace.com/iainhar

Thats really cool Iain, so the speakers, where can you just buy speakers without cabinets (sorry to be ignorant of these things). So you dont have access to the amp, do you leave that set at a certain volume and just use the SB?

IainHar@aol.com
2006-08-22, 06:11
Thank you

Speakers are available via numerous resources. I bought mine via Sevenoaks
(Hi Fi shop), but any decent retailer should be able to source them. You can
buy cheap ones via E-bay but I could not vouch for quality.

Personally I would avoid any of the cheapos and invest in a good brand name,
Boston, B&W, Monitor Audio, Kef all have ranges. Remember the SB3 is a good
quality component which I feel deserves to be partnered with decent kit to
enjoy at its best.

As for the amp, yes I have set this to a reasonable level, and just use the
volume control via the SB.

Once again I cant emphasise enough how good it really is.

Iain.

Seineseeker
2006-08-25, 05:10
Sorry to be dumb Iain, but I can just go into a hifi store and ask for a speaker without a cabinet that I can connect to a hifi? No tweeter or anything like that?

It looks really great your set up.




Thank you

Speakers are available via numerous resources. I bought mine via Sevenoaks
(Hi Fi shop), but any decent retailer should be able to source them. You can
buy cheap ones via E-bay but I could not vouch for quality.

Personally I would avoid any of the cheapos and invest in a good brand name,
Boston, B&W, Monitor Audio, Kef all have ranges. Remember the SB3 is a good
quality component which I feel deserves to be partnered with decent kit to
enjoy at its best.

As for the amp, yes I have set this to a reasonable level, and just use the
volume control via the SB.

Once again I cant emphasise enough how good it really is.

Iain.