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Spent a decent amount on your system? want a reality check?

Discussion in 'audio' started by PhilofCas, May 3, 2019.

  1. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    Go buy a SONOS One and see what you think.

    Could happily live with one of these and enjoy my music.

    Something this small cannot sound this good, but it does!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, is this a result of hearing a tuned active speaker?
  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I rate Sonos, have a Beem & a Play 3. The Beem is amazing for the money, transforms TV viewing. I listened to my 3 for a while when I had a problem with nap250, I don't this it stands up to critical listening but I could easily live with one if I didn't know any better. I think the new amp is a potential game changer also.
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  3. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Pair two. Very capable Stereo system.

    My HiFi is in a different league, but the Sonos One (or the less functional but sonically equivalent Play 1) is a cracking little thing.
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  4. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    We have a little Cambridge Audio One in our kitchen, paired with a little set of Tannoy speakers. Dirt cheap but quite capable, covering radio (FM & DAB), streaming, CD etc. - but quite a long way behind the systems we have in our other rooms. Still quite capable though.
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  5. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    I think perhaps we have a different idea of what constitutes a decent sound.
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  6. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I think it is possible to enjoy both for what they are? Let's not descend into snobbiness.
  7. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    Or reverse snobbery.
    Woodface likes this.
  8. MattSPL

    MattSPL pfm Member

    Has anyone heard the Minirig Bluetooth speakers?

    I use a Minirig 3 speaker and a Sub 2 subwoofer in work.
    This setup has real bass, clarity and can play as loud as a small Hifi.
    The battery will last all day on full volume or upto a week on low.
    You can link as many speakers and subs together as you like.
  9. Paul Burke

    Paul Burke pfm Member

    Compared my dewalt work radio to one of these. It’s the top end one, so a whole £200, and walked all over the sonos. Wasn’t impressed. Sure it’d work ok for background music/kitchen etc but not something for the living room for me. Source & software are nice/user friendly though
  10. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    Truth is, Sonos is easily good enough for the vast majority of people.
    Ok, it doesn’t do hi-res, compared to a lot of “proper” Hifi, yes it’s lacking, but...........
    It allows people to listen to a wide range of music, it doesn’t take up much room, the app is the best out there & it just works.
    Us Hifi geeks may know & care that there is much better stuff out there, but we are a small minority.
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  11. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    I have a ruark r1 in the kitchen that I really enjoy.

    Don’t think I could live with the sonos.
  12. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Spent a fortune on my system over the years culminating in a full Linn Klimax system (albeit purchased used over a few years), sold out of necessity over a year ago.

    I’m still listening to music just as much through an early 2000s Linn LK setup, a 90s Linn LK setup with a pair of Royd Sapphires I paid £60 for... but the real bargain setup is the one in my workspace, the line out of my iMac (already in place for work stuff), a Linn LK85 I paid £150 for, and a pair of Q Acoustics 3010s I paid £28 for, I got some off cuts of Black Rhodium speaker cable and a cheap cable off Amazon to connect the amp to the Mac, it’s a joy to listen to for just £200.
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  13. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Interesting, a friend had one, I thought it was nothing special. I only have a Play 3 in the kitchen diner, plays quite loud & excellent for background listening. Having said that Sono does have a signature sound.
  14. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    There’s something to be said for DSP crossovers, I’ve heard a few small actives seemingly defying the laws of physics... okay, they can’t actually defy the laws of physics and they’re never going to rattle the the foundations but played at sensible listening levels, they can be made to sound remarkably big.
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  15. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    I’d go along with that, the bass is pretty amazing for a single small speaker.
    linnfomaniac83 likes this.
  16. Andrew C!

    Andrew C! Been around a while....

    I have Sonos, and a main system. Both have their place.

    The Playbar, situated in the bedroom and rigged to the telly, is very good at what it does, etc.

    I also like how Sonos integrates with Roon.
  17. Charlie_1

    Charlie_1 pfm Member

    A friend of mine has Sonos with sub and all sorts. It sounds very clear, has impressive deep bass and moves the music along well enough. It feels likes reconstructed music to me though, or a facsimile, rather than hearing the real thing, albeit distorted (analogue). My own streamer setup for the family is no different though (Linn Sneaky, M109s).
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  18. dannybgoode

    dannybgoode Active Member

    Different systems for different uses. I happily use a JBL Flip 4 for background music or on the rare occasions I work out in the garage. Similarly my Bose QC35II’s get regular use when watching films or listening to music in bed - no chance of disturbing the Mrs and I can’t hear her snoring.

    The Alexa too is perfectly fine for a bit of light entertainment.

    But when I want to kick back and actually *listen* to music it’ll be the full system any day.
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  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Can you pair these things for proper stereo the way you can with the Apple equivalents? I’m fine with mono for the bathroom (I just have an old Roberts FM radio), I guess the same if I wanted something in the bedroom or kitchen, but for ‘serious’ listening (or for TV) I need a good believable stereo soundstage.

    FWIW I’m convinced I could live perfectly happily with my JR149 near-field system, so I’m not a ‘high-end snob’, but I do like a soundstage as well as decent tonality etc!

    I’ve never heard the Apple things (can’t remember what they are called). I bet a couple of them setup properly on decent stands would be pretty good, though the price is getting on for a pair of active studio near-fields (Genlec, Neumann etc), which would likely be my choice if on a tight budget and buying new.
  20. Del monaco

    Del monaco pfm Member

    Sonos One is convenient and quite nice sounding but you could put together a second hand separated system or a Pi based system that would better it for the same price.
    booja30 likes this.

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