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    We have a cabin and I use the Touch out of my Expedition with a 2TB Toshiba USB powered hard drive full of FLAC. I use the Touch built-in mini server plus I keep an old WiFi Router at the cabin so I can use iPeng to control everything. We have a pair of AudioEngine A5+ powered speakers we take when we need music at the cabin, at a picnic, working outside, or where a standard stereo system isn't available. More audio then a Boom with just a little over two times the size.

    More expensive then a Boom, but a Touch, RPi, and AudioEngine A5+ speakers makes a great portable system to replace a dead Boom. In fact, if one builds an RPi with a touch screen and installs a HiFiBerry Amp, then all one needs is a pair of speakers to replace the Boom.
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    Media Room:
    ModWright Platinum Signature Transporter, VTL TL-6.5 Signature Pre-Amp, Ayre MX-R Mono's, VeraStarr 6.4SE 6-channel Amp, Vandersteen Speakers: Quatro Wood Mains, VCC-5 Reference Center, four VSM-1 Signatures, Video: Runco RS 900 CineWide AutoScope 2.35:1, Vandersteen V2W Subwoofer

    Living Room:
    Transporter, ADCOM GTP-870HD, Cinepro 3K6SE III Gold, Vandersteen Model 3A Signature, Two 2Wq subs, VCC-2, Two VSM-1

    Office: Touch with Vandersteen VSM-1s
    Kitchen: Touch in-wall mount w/ Thiel Powerpoint 1.2s
    Bedroom: Squeezebox BOOM
    Bathroom: Squeezebox Radio
    Around the House: SliMP3, SB1, SB2, SB3
    Ford Thunderbird: SB Touch, USB drive
    Ford Expedition: SB Touch, USB drive

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    Senior Member Howard Passman's Avatar
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    Sounds like a solid plan. As a matter of fact I had a pair of Audio Engine A5's and used to haul them outside. I wasn't all that thrilled with their indoor performance and liked the Radio outside just as well. Probably because around my pool isn't a great place to use stereo. I just need decent tone and volume.

    I did build a RPI/Touch/HiFiBerry compo and am not happy with that either. I like everything but the tone with whatever speakers I've paired it with. I know I sound terribly picky at this point. My goal is a small self contained unit. The Radio is perfect. Even better with the battery pack. Recently I tired a large BT speaker (Not using BT) a pi and a Anker battery. Worked good, but the fidelity lacked and the volume was insufficient. It's not a huge area, but there is a stone wall, lots of trees and it's on a slope. It sucks up sound.

    For now I will probably take the Boom out there. I have power available in a couple of good spots. I just hate to take it outside constantly.

    Do the A5+ sound like the old A5 models? Know of a good single cabinet powered speaker solution that has the balanced sound of the Boom. That's what I'd really like.

    Thanks,

    Howard


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    We have a cabin and I use the Touch out of my Expedition with a 2TB Toshiba USB powered hard drive full of FLAC. I use the Touch built-in mini server plus I keep an old WiFi Router at the cabin so I can use iPeng to control everything. We have a pair of AudioEngine A5+ powered speakers we take when we need music at the cabin, at a picnic, working outside, or where a standard stereo system isn't available. More audio then a Boom with just a little over two times the size.

    More expensive then a Boom, but a Touch, RPi, and AudioEngine A5+ speakers makes a great portable system to replace a dead Boom. In fact, if one builds an RPi with a touch screen and installs a HiFiBerry Amp, then all one needs is a pair of speakers to replace the Boom.

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