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    Touch + which compact powered speakers?

    I am looking to use a spare touch to replace a (fading screen) Boom. But I need some powered speakers to go with it. I would like to keep it very compact (the touch + the speakers), so looking for suggestions on small powered speakers to pair with the touch.

    Any recommendations for speakers in the $100-150 range (or happily less if possible)?

    Thanks,

    TomS
    SB3(1), Boom(2), Radio(3), piCorePlayer (1)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomS View Post
    I am looking to use a spare touch to replace a (fading screen) Boom. But I need some powered speakers to go with it. I would like to keep it very compact (the touch + the speakers), so looking for suggestions on small powered speakers to pair with the touch.

    Any recommendations for speakers in the $100-150 range (or happily less if possible)?

    Thanks,

    TomS

    Not sure they'll work for that budget, but my new, shiny white AudioEngine A2s are wonderful little things, very impressive in spacious sound for such small units. I believe a slightly earlier version may get in budget on the secondary market - and they got very good reviews too, being more or less the same cones and amp.
    8.2.1 - 1639114554
    Win11
    Control: Web GUI; MaterialSkin on Android phones / pads

    Machines / devices are in France, in two locations.
    a) Livebox 6
    Internal HDD (FLAC music; mp3 voice), LAN Desktop
    3 x Touch - 1 wireless, 2 LAN. (8.0.1-r16862)
    2 x SB Radios [wireless] (8.0.1-r16881)
    2 x SqueezeAmps

    b) Freebox
    External SSD, WiFi Laptop
    1 x Touch LAN (Firmware:8.0.1-r16862)
    2 x SB Radios, Wireless (8.0.1-r16881)

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    I bought a set of Neumi speakers, I posted about them here:
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...=1#post1024799

    They are pretty nice I guess but probably don't fit your definition of compact. The price has gone up $30 USD since I bought them.

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    I like the Wirecutter reviews, because they usually do a good job of explaining their choices with a minimum of jargon, so you can decide if your criteria are the same as the reviewers'. The Presonus Eris 3.5 is their budget pick for "best computer speakers" and is within your price range:

    https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/r...s-eris-e3-5-bt

    The version without bluetooth is just $100. I see mostly good reports on these speakers, but I have never heard them in operation.

    The Mackie that's their top choice is out of your price range, but some smaller Mackie models are under $150. Be sure to read the comments about those in the section on "The Competition," though.

    It might also be worth your time to visit the section on powered speakers in their guide to bookshelf speakers:

    https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/r...helf-speakers/
    Usually running latest beta LMS nightly on Raspberry Pi OS with virtual players (Squeezelite and Airplay bridge). Occasionally using SB Radio, Boom or Classic.

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    I'd consider the Edifier R1280T: $100. Got to be the value leader at that price.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016P9HJIA/

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