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Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:29:32
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I am going to start from scratch, dithc all my current audio gear.

My goal is to be able to acceoss my MP3 library in an easy manner, and then be able to play it in any room of the house using wireless speakers (while still having a kick-ass audio setup in the TV/ Game room).

Help! I have no idea where to start. Would like to by as much of it through amazon.com.au as possible.


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Sun, 04 Feb 2018 06:12:58
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I know nothing of audio, but from what I've heard Sonos is by far the best when it comes to multi room audio. You can also set a couple of them up around the sofa and have them perform as a surround system.
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Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:56:30
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aspro said:

I am going to start from scratch, dithc all my current audio gear.

My goal is to be able to acceoss my MP3 library in an easy manner, and then be able to play it in any room of the house using wireless speakers (while still having a kick-ass audio setup in the TV/ Game room).

Help! I have no idea where to start. Would like to by as much of it through amazon.com.au as possible.

I don't know if there is a one solution set-up for all your needs.  Depends what your priorities are.  A good surround sound set-up to accompany your TV for the best movie and gaming experience would not make for a good sound set-up to enjoy your music on.  Music is (with very few examples) recorded in stereo so has zero benefit from a surround rig.  In fact to my ears it sounds much better on a dedicated stereo set up.  Also the range of frequencies you need varies greatly between the two (though I suppose it also depends on the kind of music you want to be listening to).  I mostly listen to bass-heavy music on vinyl so I need a very good low end whilst also having adequate performance in the mid and high sector.  I have a KRK 10-inch sub-woofer and a pair of KRK 6-inch monitors.  The three of them cost me about 850 euros.  I consider them ridiculously good value for money for the quality you are getting.  A similar rig by most other reputable brands would cost at least 300-400 more and might not even be of the same quality.  But this is just for my music.  Plus I also have a mixer to EQ everything on the spot and fine tune it accordingly.  It would be rubbish for movies and games I think, dialogue and most sounds would sound muffled like on The Dark Knight Rises.

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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:42:13
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^Bugsy, I'd say for the game room TV my priorities would still be music. Any good music setup would be good enough for games and TV (given that I am not an audiophile, but still would rather appreciate getting the most out of a system for music.


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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:18:46
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No no no. You are getting it all wrong. Forget about this expensive wireless, every room music.

Keep your living room gear and buy a cheap but good wireless bluetooth speaker with built in rechargable battery. I have a yellow Betron one which is awesome with suprisingly excellent audio quality. The battery lasts like 12 hours so I only recharge it like once every two weeks. It connects easily to your phone and is light enough to move easily from room to room. You can even put it in a ziplock bag and have it in the bathroom while you shower.

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:42:38
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^I guess.

I think the biggest problem I am trying to over come is accessing my mp3 library easily from anywhere in the house and listening to it through some quality speakers.  I am not sure a phone is what I'm after.


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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:28:14
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aspro said:

^I guess.

I think the biggest problem I am trying to over come is accessing my mp3 library easily from anywhere in the house and listening to it through some quality speakers.  I am not sure a phone is what I'm after.

Your phone is an mp3 player. The phone doesn't really impact on the quality of the sound output. It's the wireless transition method. You can get newer bluetooth speakers with zero compression.

All you need is speakers to connect it to easily. Bluetooth is the easiest method.

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Okay. So I took the very expensive plunge and have started "investing" (expression men use for when they overpay for a luxury item) in Sonos sound gear.

Basically, you get these speakers, they sound great, and you have to get the connected to your wifi. From there you can "cast" from Windows music stored on your PC.  There is also an option to stream music from free services (like radio stations around the world) or from the usual suspects.

You use an app on your Apple, Android or Window mobiles/ Tablets to control the speakers in each room -- what they are playing and at what volumes.  You can set them up in stereo or surround sound.

For a small speaker the outlay is $230 AUD, a full home theatre set is ten times that.

Honestly I barely use it to stream my own music, I rely on internet radio genres (so if you select 80's music, there are about 60 different stations around the world that are streaming nothing but 80's music 24-7 for free).

So, so far so good. Only way this turns pearshape is that it relies largely on current operating systems, but if I don;t update my phones as I replace them, or tablets, they should be permenant remotes.


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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:00:54
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I use a phone radio app that has like 50 stations on it streaming from the internet and it works with my bluetooth speaker.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:47:43
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I've been tempted to get myself a Sonos speaker for years now. But then I always remember I hardly listen to music while at home...

I was surprised to read the price you paid. A Sonos one speaker costs 230EUR here, it always seemed to me that stuff was in general more expensive in Australia, at least purely nummerically speaking.
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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:05:13
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When you said you started investing, I was expecting that meant going full audiophile and spending ten times the ten times figure quoted. Nyaa

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:23:03
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I've been tempted to get myself a Sonos speaker for years now. But then I always remember I hardly listen to music while at home...


I was surprised to read the price you paid. A Sonos one speaker costs 230EUR here, it always seemed to me that stuff was in general more expensive in Australia, at least purely nummerically speaking.

I went this path because I recognized that I was not listening to music anymore and had forgotten how therapeutic it can be.


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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:29:51

So did you get a couple of Sonos ones to deploy around the house, or did you invest in a couple as a home theatre set as well?

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:41:58
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So did you get a couple of Sonos ones to deploy around the house, or did you invest in a couple as a home theatre set as well?

I've only bought two speakers so far just to tip my toe in the water, but the plan is to get a full theatre setup and a maybe 3 more speakers for around the house.


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