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bhaagensen
2010-07-06, 13:01
Hi all,

looking for cheap speakers as in subj. They also need to be fairly small/light, as I plan to use them as portable speakers for an iPhone - i.e. they must be equipped with a suitable analouge input-option.

Any hints appreciated as I don't know of any alternatives.

TIA,

Bjørn

TiredLegs
2010-07-07, 10:52
There a lots of options for portable iPhone/iPod speaker systems. What's your price range? And how does your plan involve Squeezeboxes?

bhaagensen
2010-07-07, 12:10
There a lots of options for portable iPhone/iPod speaker systems. What's your price range? And how does your plan involve Squeezeboxes?

Cheap as can be done while: maintaining a sound-q much better than the iPhone and preferably also better than that of an average laptop and being portable enough for traveling locally and perhaps even non-locally (though not necessarily hiking).

Until iPeng gains playback capability this system is maintained independently of the Squeezebox'es. I'm relying on the iPhone 3G capability for network connection while away. When/if iPeng can be used as a player I'll simply switch over. Shouldn't have any implications as far as this purchase goes.

Added: I have no idea about prices, but lets say around 50USD as a start. Go or no-go?

Soulkeeper
2010-07-07, 12:19
Buy a Squeezebox Radio and a battery if you can get your hands on it. The Radio can be used as an active speaker. There's even a cable bundled, so you can connect your iPhone to it.

bhaagensen
2010-07-07, 12:28
Buy a Squeezebox Radio and a battery if you can get your hands on it. The Radio can be used as an active speaker. There's even a cable bundled, so you can connect your iPhone to it.

I had considered that - but thought/hoped that it would be possible to trade the rather advanced features of the Radio for something with better sound-q and lower price.

Its a good idea though.

Soulkeeper
2010-07-08, 01:05
A lower price is certainly possible. Better sound quality may also be possible, but personally I haven't seen (heard) anything better in the Radio's price/size class.

Remember the Radio has a bi-amped speaker, and a DSP which is probably quite optimally programmed to fit the acoustics of the physical box it's in. The sound is not bad at all, for such a small device. The Radio is not dissimilar to the Boom in this regard. Have a look at the Boom's white paper (http://wiki.slimdevices.com/uploads/a/ad/Logitech_Squeezebox_Boom_Audio_Design.pdf).

bhaagensen
2010-07-08, 02:30
Better sound quality may also be possible, but personally I haven't seen (heard) anything better in the Radio's price/size class.


Slightly discouraging - but please do come with specific (brand/models) suggestions if something crosses someones mind.



Remember the Radio has a bi-amped speaker, and a DSP which is probably quite optimally programmed to fit the acoustics of the physical box it's in. The sound is not bad at all, for such a small device. The Radio is not dissimilar to the Boom in this regard. Have a look at the Boom's white paper (http://wiki.slimdevices.com/uploads/a/ad/Logitech_Squeezebox_Boom_Audio_Design.pdf).

I was slightly disappointed by the sound of the Boom - I probably shouldn't have read the whitepaper before hearing it for the 1. time - expectations where probably too high. Though I would be happy with some powered speakers with the sound-q of the Boom if they where significantly cheaper.

bhaagensen
2010-07-08, 02:35
There a lots of options for portable iPhone/iPod speaker systems.

Thanks for the 'google'-words. While I've seen many iPhone/iPod-speakers, I simply wasn't aware that so many of them where also battery powered. In fact so many, that the problem is finding some which sound reasonable. I suspect the sound-q to vary greatly among models/brands.

I hope someone has some specific suggestions which I could check out. I'll take a tour locally, but its also likely that buying online could get me a better deal - provided I know what to look for :)

simbo
2010-07-08, 12:33
The Altec Lansing iMT237 Orbit (http://www.alteclansing.com/imt237-orbit-ultra-portable-music-speaker%20for-phones.html) seems to be getting good reviews at the moment, like this one in The Register (http://www.reghardware.com/2010/06/28/ten_essential_travel_speakers/page5.html). And it's cheap (£15).

bhaagensen
2010-07-08, 13:42
The Altec Lansing iMT237 Orbit (http://www.alteclansing.com/imt237-orbit-ultra-portable-music-speaker%20for-phones.html) seems to be getting good reviews at the moment, like this one in The Register (http://www.reghardware.com/2010/06/28/ten_essential_travel_speakers/page5.html). And it's cheap (£15).

Looks quite promising. Most reviews seeem very favourable - conidering price and size. I'll have a gloser look at them - thanks.

Soulkeeper
2010-07-09, 00:48
I was slightly disappointed by the sound of the Boom

Not me. I just hoped it would match or surpass my Tivoli Model Three, which it did surpass. But I think I understand what you mean nonetheless. The sound is good but not "perfect" (whatever that is) and nowhere near Audiophile-Land.

Comparing the Boom and the Radio, I found the Radio less boomy (no pun intended), and it was of course not so loud, but actually a bit clearer and brighter.

I don't know which parameters you appreciate in music, but most music lovers appreciate clarity. Maybe you should go to a shop that sells the Radio and have a listen. ;)

plympton
2010-07-09, 11:31
Not sure how they sound, but Griffin makes some interesting stuff. Li-Ion speakers - might trade some sound quality for and huge increase in convenience.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Griffin-Technology-Evolve-wireless-ipod-speaker-system-/170509842232?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item27b32db738#ht_8241wt_1082

Rocketfish stuff is supposed to be pretty good, too - I've got a set of transceivers, but am embarrassed to say I've never hooked them up. :-/ :-) You'll need a mains for it, but it's "portable" in a tethered sort of way.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+2.4GHz+Wireless+Indoor/Outdoor+Speaker+with+Wireless+Sender/Receiver/9426089.p?id=1218103733077&skuId=9426089&st=rocketfish&cp=1&lp=2

And of course, no idea of these are in your neck of the woods...!

-Dan

bhaagensen
2010-07-12, 01:50
Not sure how they sound, but Griffin makes some interesting stuff. Li-Ion speakers - might trade some sound quality for and huge increase in convenience.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Griffin-Technology-Evolve-wireless-ipod-speaker-system-/170509842232?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item27b32db738#ht_8241wt_1082


Thanks. I'm sure these are much better soundq-wise, than what I ended up with (see next post).

bhaagensen
2010-07-12, 01:59
Hi all,

thanks for all the answers. I've decided on one of the suggestions - the Altec Lansing Orbit.

I'm reasonably satisfied. Its very portable - slightly bigger than what will fit in a normal-sized pocket. It runs on three AAA-batteries. Soundwise, its much better than the iPhone's builtin speaker and a bit better than an average laptop - in terms of quality as well as loudness. No special apple-dock, but connects via mini-jack.

I did also listen to another similar speaker:

http://www.retrevo.com/s/Cygnett-CY-3-BBR-Speakers-review-manual/id/23495dj082/t/1-2/

Its slightly smaller than the Orbit - it fits in a pocket (kind of). Uses a builtin non-replacable battery which is charged via a USB-connector. Sound is similar to the Orbit, but a bit brighter. At max-volume it sounds a bit better than the Orbit. Perhaps because it doesn't try to put out quite the same amount of bass as the Orbit - which on the other hand, at high volumes becomes extremely distorted in the bass.

Anyway. I'm ready for the road :)