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A/V Bluetooth speaker

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Spraduke, 16 Oct 2021.

  1. Spraduke

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    Does anyone have recommendations for non-smart bluetooth speakers? It is simply to stream music/radio from a phone. Could be portable but it will probably live in the kitchen.

    Would like something that doesn't sound like a tinny mess but not currently looking to spend a fortune (up to £100 but would stretch further if it is much better).
     
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    Panomama I once signed up on uniform dating

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  3. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman World's worst stuntman. Lover of bit-tech

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    We've got a JBL Charge 3 which is great, but it's old and you can't really get them now, but the charge 4 can be had at scan for £100, or the flip 5 is less than £75 and the flip looks to be of a similar makeup of the charge 3
     
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    Marshall, every time. We have a Stanmore in the kitchen and that thing rocks (as it well should). They did miss a trick by not making it go up to 11, but it never distorts, at 10 and with the bass right up.

    There is a cheaper version within your budget and although I admittedly have no experience of this one, if ours is anything to go by I wouldn't hesitate to at least give it a go if I needed a new one (nearly bought one for the eldest but decided it was way more than necessary).

    At the other end, we also have an original Anker Soundcore, which is only £25 and a Soundcore 2, which is actually rather neat, considering. It does for holiday and listening in the garden, goes quite loud (again without distorting - we actually have to turn it down outside sometimes to avoid being a nuisance) and as long as your source is of good quality, it's got decent bass too. There are newer versions here and here, but I don't know what they're like although reviews seem good.

    EDIT: Apologies, I just checked and the Soundcore we have is actually the Soundcore 2, not the original.
     
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  6. Spraduke

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    Thanks for the suggestions all. Saw the cheaper Marshall on richer sounds clearance but will also check out the others
     
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    Minirig every time.

    Unbeatable sound, excellent build quality, and totally bullet proof design (had mine for over 10 years!)
     
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  8. Spraduke

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    Should have updated this. Ended up going with the Marshall Emberton on richersounds (this one https://www.richersounds.com/headphones/marshall-emberton.html).

    It has USB C, great battery life, waterproof and a pleasing sound. Its no amp & speakers but it certainly isn't offensive on the ears. The little joystick on the top is a little finickity for turning it on and off (it tends to just change the volume) but nothing I could really complain about as it hibernates itself most of the time.
     
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