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Right, I am massively out of touch with meeja these days, whilst I did move from 78s to CD in the early '80s my 'Hi Fi' got binned out of the living room a long time ago, including the 2' high speakers etc. I have used an i-Bone 3GS with a dock as a sort of juke box for the last 5 years.

I would like something that does not rely on massively complicated NAS drives, Sonos Bridges and other bits of technology that cost enough for me to invest in property as an alternative.

Decent quality, discreet, and preferably that Mrs Pat can switch on without going all "Mrs Brady" on me. Does such a thing exist?

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Richer Sounds will sort you out.







I'm still using a Topping VX1 amp/dac plugged directly into the PC via USB. Works a bloody charm.
Add a set of speakers and job done.
Phones can also be plugged into it via USB.


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I was in the same situation. Now just have a big speaker thing with Bluetooth and stream Spotify from phone to it. Very easy to setup and operate.

Works well for us.
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I just Googled "Big speaker thing" and got a bajillion hits
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I just Googled "Big speaker thing" and got a bajillion hits
Hits....sorry misread that.
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Right, I am massively out of touch with meeja these days, whilst I did move from 78s to CD in the early '80s my 'Hi Fi' got binned out of the living room a long time ago, including the 2' high speakers etc. I have used an i-Bone 3GS with a dock as a sort of juke box for the last 5 years.

I would like something that does not rely on massively complicated NAS drives, Sonos Bridges and other bits of technology that cost enough for me to invest in property as an alternative.

Decent quality, discreet, and preferably that Mrs Pat can switch on without going all "Mrs Brady" on me. Does such a thing exist?

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There are lots of options out there... which one will suit your needs best will depend on budget, space available and listening needs. Try to get either a good bluetooth speaker with a USB and audio line-in connection
https://www.richersounds.com/headpho...akers.html?p=2
or if you can spend a bit more/have a bit more space a mini hi-fi bundle which might also have DAB, FM and CD.
https://www.richersounds.com/hi-fi/s...tem-deals.html

I agree with Nev that Richersounds would be worth a look
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/SANDSTROM-S.../dp/B00MPPEIWE

This is the thing I got. Now unavailable. Cost about £90 I think from memory.

Works well, decent sound and portable for outside use etc. That and a DAB radio and we are all covered!
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But I realise its a bit on the basic side.... Perfect for our family who are rubbish with tech. You may prefer something more complex.... Plus side is, all can use it without having to look up a YouTube video....
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Basic is fine. Mrs Pat can’t work the telly since it has a free view box, a telly and a soundbar. Music out of a box from the Internet is going to be like witchcraft and ‘streaming’ is something you do with a net and a Jam jar.
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Best keep it simple then
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Why not just upgrade your soundbar to one with Bluetooth and decent output? I have a Sony soundbar, surround sound etc and just use my phone to play music, I've also got one on top of the kitchen units, and a bose mini link in the bedroom, it works for us and has too much power to use fully in our house.
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Get something that looks retro and cool
to allay the fears of the technophobes of the household...?


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0716JMC9Y/
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Richer Sounds will sort you out.
Chrishendrix seconded this, I would third it. Their shops are usually staffed by people who understand what they're talking about, and the prices are reasonable.

Take with you a song on CD you're very familiar with, which features a range of bass and treble, and they might be able to demonstrate a set up for you.

But don't necessarily junk your old speakers. When I thought of replacing my 1975 Celestion speakers everyone said: keep 'em.
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My 1989 speakers gave up the ghost in the late 1990s, their replacements are still in the garage, £200 (then) MS and nice on the bass.
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MS FTW!


Anything taken your fancy yet?
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The Marshall is nice, but Mrs Pat won’t like it. The link Alfabeat posted had a Bose gadget on the same page which looked nice, but £150 and only 30w output and tiny. Better looking one was £300
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Check out the thread(s) on home theatre/soundbars.

As chrisi7146 says, that could be a route.
And I was quite impressed with the soundbases
with integrated sub. The Sony I "installed" at
my folks served well on xmas music duty.
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Just seen the Homepod is available to preorder. (Hate that word!) So if I choke £1100 on an iPhone X and £319 on the speaker I'll be able to listen to Terry Wogan's 'Floral dance' in the comfort of my own home
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Will you possibly want to move it outside on the one sunny evening to enjoy some tunes around the bbq? If so then portability is key!
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I have an older version of this in my kitchen, excellent bit of kit, mines in lacquer red, looks gorgeous.

It has a USB port, SD card slot, CD player, DAB Radio and a remote control.

Uncomplicated as they come.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roberts-Blu.../dp/B008R89PS0

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It's almost as big as the microwave!
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Hence “micro”
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What do we all think of the Bose soundtouch 10? £149 in John Lewis atm.
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