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bluetooth or other wireless speaker recommendations?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by daturbosix, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. daturbosix

    daturbosix AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Aurora, IL
    the fatherinlaw is getting rid of his bookshelf system in his living room and wants something modern that he can stream media to via bluetooth or other wireless means.

    i dont even know what to tell him to look into. anyone of you guys have experience with this sort of thing?
  2. cgutz

    cgutz AK Member

    SE South Dakota
    I have never heard a set of actual bluetooth speakers that sound better than a basic but quality system with a bluetooth receiver plugged into the AUX in port, which is what I do.
    My son has a new Yamaha integrated amplifier with bluetooth, Spotify, etc. built in. Sounds really good, but it wasn't cheap.

    Then again, I've never tired a really high end set of bluetooth speakers, do they exist? I have a set of AR bluetooth indoor/outdoor speakers on my porch. True stereo, 4 inch driver and tweater. Sound is only adequate...
  3. KeninDC

    KeninDC Nanker Phelge Subscriber

    I have kids and have purchased and listened to many bluetooth speakers.

    Audioengine makes good (sound and looks) stuff. Not super-expensive, but not cheap. My local audiophile store carries Audioengine. Easy to use and accurate, pleasing sound.

    For cheaper (but not junk) and portable, I'm a fan of the JBL series and have 3 of 'em. The Flip 3 is as small as you should go. Surprisingly decent sound w/o distortion. The EQ is a bit like a vintage "loudness" button to compensate for the size.
  4. BillyTheKid

    BillyTheKid Active Member

    The 860
    I hate to bring it up, because i know it causes controversy here...But i have the Bose Soundlink 3. Yea, it's expensive, and no deals are to be had on it. But, most everybody i know has some kind of bluetooth speaker, and i haven't been impressed by any of them 'sound wise'.
    To me the Soundlink clearly sounds better, it can go from a whisper to pretty loud, with sufficient bass.

    If i was getting rid of my entire system and going down to 1 thing, i would want that 1 thing to be awesome.
    Plus, anything labeled 'Bose' has potential resale value, whether we like to admit it or not.

    What you really need to do is go to Best Buy with your device, and try them all....decide for yourself what sounds best. I'm sure the style of music your fatherinlaw listens to is going to make a big difference in what you buy.

    Just my 2 cents.
    Now you can bash away.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
  5. crn3371

    crn3371 Active Member

    I'm a big fan of SONOS.
  6. RamblinE

    RamblinE (╯°□°)╯彡┻━┻ Subscriber

    Does he want to stay plugged in or go portable? The UE Boom is a great portable option. It's kind of like their middle of the road version. The smaller ones don't have nearly enough displacement. The larger one is too honky and boomy.
  7. Wildcat

    Wildcat ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Subscriber

    SCS, MI (near a lake)
    This is almost begging for some powered speakers and Chromecast Audio. Just one option among many. The new Oppo Sonica speakers are supposed to sound pretty good, but they are not inexpensive (especially if you buy a pair).
  8. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Wireless would be easier as Bluetooth currently does not have the bandwidth. At AXPONA, this year, Goldmund was there with their 98K a pair wireless speakers. They sure did sound nice but would I spend that much? (that is another question). I asked them about bluetooth and they said would not use it in the current spec.
  9. r3v3nant

    r3v3nant Member

    SF Bay Area, CA
    Sonos is also my recommendation. We moved to a place where cabling up 7.1 was going to be a total pain so on recommendation we got a playbar with sub which quickly turned into a 5.1 system with the addition of two play-1's and I have to say, it's remarkable how good the system works and sounds. Not cheap but I am continually impressed with how great the system sounds for movies and music. The timing is spot on and audio quality is up there.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017

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