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Nov 3, 2020
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Recommend a sound system

I'm looking for a replacement for my 20 y-old Sony sound system that refuses to die! (two speakers, total of 200 watts)

Can someone recommend a sound system with the following criteria:
- smallish (not much bigger than Marshall Woburn II)
- minimum 200 watts RMS: the more, the better!
- integrated amplifier
- must have AUX input or Airplay2 feature

I was looking at the Marshall Woburn 2, but it seems underpowered at 110 watts?
Not interested in Sonos, because they brick speakers (see recycle mode lol).

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$$ budget ??

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not going to be much help because I don't pay attention to these things, but Bluesound makes a $900 one called Pulse 2i
They get even more expensive than that. https://www.naimaudio.com/mu-so-qb $1300
or B&W Wedge https://www.bowerswilkins.com/en-ca/formation/wedge ($1200)

If you actually want something that is audiophile quality, $2000 will get you the KEF LS50 Wireless
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I'm not a fan of those all-in-one-box streaming systems for providing quality sound with engaging imaging & stage presence. They're OK for background music.

There are quite a number of powered speaker systems (integrated amp) available now. Everything from models for consumer listening to units supporting near field studio mixing which many people buy for use in their homes. Size wise, the right and left channel speakers side by side take about the same volume of space as the Marshall Woburn but you would place one a few feet from the other, hopefully at ear level. The consumer models offer all or some of these input/output options

Bluetooth with aptX / aptx HD/ AAC codecs
Optical input
Aux or dual RCA input
A very basic Phono pre-amp
Subwoofer out

They provide very nice quality balanced "HiFi" sound from their ~1 inch silk dome tweeters (typical) and 5.25 or 6.5 inch main drivers. With all the inputs you can also use them with your TV for which the subwoofer out is great though the speakers listed below all provide well defined punchy bass at medium volume levels;

But..... no Airplay or Airplay2. Some do offer the AAC codec for Bluetooth input for Apple.

But it looks like you could make them Airplay2 functional with this:
https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-thea ... t-express/


Klipsh "The Fives" https://www.klipsch.ca/products/the-fiv ... d-speakers
Kanto "Tuk" https://www.kantoaudio.com/powered-speakers/tuk/
Totem "KIN Play" https://totemacoustic.com/product/kin-play/

Kanto and Totem are Canadian companies.

There are a lot of video reviews of these on YouTube and in writing on various HiFi sites.

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PS.... re " minimum 200 watts RMS"

I don't think you should have this as an absolute must.

I run dual powered speakers with 1" silk dome tweeters and 5.25 main drivers, non-ported (so not the most efficient), having an internal class "D" amplifier providing 2x 35W of power. I use these for music while I work out in a large two car garage with a 10 or 11ft ceiling and with the speakers mounted at shoulder height. These are seldom run with the volume set higher than about 2/3's as I find the louder volume is irritating and distracting from the workout. They're quite loud.

Many, if not most, of these recent consumer type powered speakers utilize DSP to optimize the sound from the speakers so they sound loud but clear and at some point some models actually modify the output to prevent damage to the speakers.

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+1 for the Marshall. My friend has the smaller portable version and it is really good. Sound fills even a large room and it doesn't sound like a portable speaker

Also saw this recently - https://www.engadget.com/bang-and-olufs ... 35333.html - which claims to be future proof

Though if portability is not a concern, why not get some nice powered bookshelves. I picked up a pair of Aktimate Micro for around $250 a while ago and they are excellent speakers. Have an older pair hooked up to AV receiver, as I killed the amp board inside, and they work great externally amplified too
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Have you thought about sound bars? The Sonos Arc sells for $950 at Costco but I think you could take advantage of the Sonos deals being posted. It’s a pretty epic sound and might be what are looking for and if you don’t like it return it.
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