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ObjetDart
2007-04-19, 13:55
I'm looking to expand my "squeeze network" with a 2nd SB in the bedroom. I'm sure this is something that has been covered before many times, so maybe just a pointer to a FAQ somewhere would be helpful (I poked around but couldn't find anything.)

All I'm looking for is a recommendation for a reasonable, low-profile amp & speaker setup to hook the SB up to. The *only* thing it will be used for is the SB, it will never be used for CD or even radio playback, so I don't need anything but audio in from the SB (digital or analog), speaker out, a power button, and maybe a volume knob. Literally just something to plug the SB into to get some decent room-filling sound coming out of 2 speakers. It doesn't have to be audiophile quality because it won't be used for critical listening, but I don't want a cheap POS either.

It's hard to find the right solution because most products today are loaded with all sorts of features that I don't need...and I hate paying for stuff that I don't need. Budget is...say $300-$500 (not counting the SB).

I'd really like to use the alarm clock feature with this setup.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

aubuti
2007-04-19, 14:11
For those kind of settings one appealing way to go is to forget the amp and go with active speakers. Two models that routinely get high praise around here are Aego and Audioengine. I forget the specific model numbers, but search the forums for those names and you'll find the details. Both are well within your budget.

Or if you'd rather go with passive speakers, look at one of the T-Amps, like the Sonic T-amp, or another whose name escapes me right now. Inexpensive, simple, good quality.

Eric Carroll
2007-04-19, 21:09
I took my old Rotel amp and old Matrix 805s and put them in the bedroom with an SB3 when I upgraded. Makes a great alarm clock.

Kyle
2007-04-20, 06:43
The Audioengines can be found here: http://www.audioengineusa.com/. They have great build quality for $350 powered speakers. They come in white or black and even have a power outlet on the back, so you can plug your SB right into the speaker. Unlike the Aego's, they don't require a sub.

vain4
2007-04-20, 07:21
any of these will work.
just plug into the headphone jack.
http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=mul_spk_csw

grimholtz
2007-04-20, 07:36
any of these will work.
just plug into the headphone jack.
http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=mul_spk_csw

I can vouch for this. I've been using this model (http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=mul_spk_csw&item=c1pcwzzzz) for a year in my bedroom for alarms, news in the morning, and some occasional music. It does a great job. Although probably intended for PCs, it's a great little set... I own 3 of them total.

Sb42
2007-04-20, 07:56
Since the value of the SB3 for me was getting rid a computer in the bedroom, I simply connected the SB3 to the AUX of our Bose WaveRadio - may be an answer for you and within budget.

ObjetDart
2007-04-20, 08:26
Thanks for all the great recommendations. So many great options...I have some research to do!

In another thread someone mentioned the Swan M200's... only $199/pair at Newegg. Those Audioengine 5's also look tasty...

grimholtz
2007-04-20, 08:28
Note the Cambridge Soundworks system is $49.99.

peter
2007-04-20, 11:22
aubuti wrote:
> For those kind of settings one appealing way to go is to forget the amp
> and go with active speakers. Two models that routinely get high praise
> around here are Aego and Audioengine. I forget the specific model
> numbers, but search the forums for those names and you'll find the
> details. Both are well within your budget.
>

Problem is, they usually have bright leds that show you when they're on
which is annoying anywhere but esp. in a bedroom. Of course if they have
an auto-power function that may not be an issue.

> Or if you'd rather go with passive speakers, look at one of the T-Amps,
> like the Sonic T-amp, or another whose name escapes me right now.
> Inexpensive, simple, good quality.
>

I have a T-Amp in my bed room and two fairly inexpensive speakers. It
sounds even better than my living room system (probably due to the
carpeting, curtains and bed). I leave it on 24/7, it's in a closet and
it uses very little energy and produces no hiss.

Regards,
Peter

Patrick Dowling
2007-04-20, 11:32
To add an additional option I just picked up a Tivoli Audio Model
Three AM/FM clock radio along with the additional speaker and sub for
$400. It's a great sounding and has an alarm clock in each speaker.

http://www.tivoliaudio.com/product.php?productid=145&cat=262&page=1

On Apr 20, 2007, at 10:26 AM, ObjetDart wrote:

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> Thanks for all the great recommendations. So many great options...I
> have some research to do!
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> In another thread someone mentioned the Swan M200's... only $199/pair
> at Newegg. Those Audioengine 5's also look tasty...
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Pale Blue Ego
2007-04-20, 11:38
For a great "stealth" bedroom system, try the Aego-M. The sats are tiny, made of a metal alloy, and can be placed almost anywhere. The sub can be placed under the bed or behind the headboard. The set sounds excellent and the price, at $200 shipped, is reasonable.

grimholtz
2007-04-20, 14:55
For a great "stealth" bedroom system, try the Aego-M. The sats are tiny, made of a metal alloy, and can be placed almost anywhere. The sub can be placed under the bed or behind the headboard. The set sounds excellent and the price, at $200 shipped, is reasonable.

That's exactly what I do with this $49.99 Cambridge Soundworks setup (http://www.cambridgesoundworks.com/store/category.cgi?category=mul_spk_csw&item=c1pcwzzzz). Sats are tiny cubes, and the subwoofer goes under the bed.

bklaas
2007-04-20, 15:34
Some good advice on this thread already that I'm echoing

I have Cambridge SoundWorks in my office hooked up to my computer--insanely nice quality for the price.

I have a Tivoli Model 1 in my bedroom hooked up to an SB1. You'd never think that mono could sound so good...

cheers,
#!/ben

Pale Blue Ego
2007-04-21, 06:32
The Tivoli stuff is really nice. We use the Tivoli "iPal" as a portable system, sometimes fed by an iPod, often just using the radio. We take it outside while doing yardwork or hanging in the yard. The little 2.5" mono speaker is amazing, and the built-in rechargable battery can go for many hours.

Yipes! - now I see they offer the iPal in PINK! Can't let my wife see that...

grimholtz
2007-04-21, 07:58
The Tivoli stuff is really nice. We use the Tivoli "iPal" as a portable system, sometimes fed by an iPod, often just using the radio. We take it outside while doing yardwork or hanging in the yard. The little 2.5" mono speaker is amazing, and the built-in rechargable battery can go for many hours.

Yipes! - now I see they offer the iPal in PINK! Can't let my wife see that...
Bringing it into the yard sounds awesome. Do you know of any wireless audio setup that might broadcast custom music to it (instead of using its radio)? I know Brookstone has a couple wireless speaker systems, but I don't know the quality.