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Need some help selecting a home sound system

by britgirly / September 17, 2013 10:30 AM PDT

I am looking to get my husband a sound system for the house.

In an IDEAL situation we would like the following attributes I don't know if something like this even exist, but this is best situation ...

Has a good sound quality
Can stream music
Connect with our android device
Be loud enough that we can hear it throughout the house
Control it from his Samsung Galaxy device
Ideally maybe be either portable or have a wireless speaker.
Have wireless capacity.

We don't NEED a surround sound system for our TV we need something for upstairs where we don't watch TV. I haven't made a decision on price range and at this point I am considering all options.

I am looking for specific information on models that might suit my needs as I have spent 3 days trawling through sites and have gotten nothing but confused!

Thank you for your time.

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Knowing the relative budget would help
by Pepe7 / September 17, 2013 11:24 AM PDT

I'm not sure a single portable device can do *all* of those things. At least nothing I've run across.

That said, knowing which features are 'must haves' could make the process easier too. Ballpark even- $300-400; 600-700, etc.

Personally, I believe you may be better off with a traditional receiver & speakers, since you can find very feature filled models on sale, and they can handle other types of music sources (CD, DVD, etc.). Some of the newer ones can also easily be added to a home network, and accommodate a simple iPod Touch, which would inherently give you a heck of a lot of streaming/app/internet music streaming/service options. Bottom line is that separate speakers/AV receiver nearly always sound better since you can physically separate the right and left speakers in a room to improve the sound (and locate them higher or lower to improve things).

If you weren't married to the idea of having a traditional stereo component for discs (etc.), and wanted mostly an [internet/network music based] streaming component that has halfway decent speakers built in, I would look at a basic Sonos Play3 system. It's ~ $299. See here:

Their wireless bridge would give you some additional flexiblity too.

I can give you more hardware options if you give more specifics on what types of music sources you need/want (e.g.pandora, CDs, iTunes library, youtube streaming, etc.).

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Thank you for your feedback...
by britgirly / September 17, 2013 1:04 PM PDT

I guess I would like to spend under $1000. I am not set on a wireless system, I would just like maybe the ability to add a wireless speaker if needed. Our house isn't huge so I don't need something that's going to be big enough to fill Buckingham Palace, just something that my husband can "crank up" when he's exercising, we can happily listen to if we're in the shower or outside on our deck.

We like to listen to Slacker, Pandora, ect. We don't use iTunes and I don't think I've seen a CD in our house forever!

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In that case, definitely see the Sonos site
by Pepe7 / September 18, 2013 1:47 AM PDT

You can see the various options of equipment that may suit your needs. It should be inside your budget for the most part.

Adding (separate) wireless speakers instead of a whole unit (like the Sonos system does) would be a different animal- closer to a real AV receiver. Long term though, you might want to throw up/install simple pairs of speakers in your deck areas if you don't end up with a portable unit like the Sonos (etc.)


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