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  • Premier Icon zippykona
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    I know its been done before but I didn’t need to pay attention then.
    Want something that I can plug both my nexus and iPod into that has excellent sound and small enough to take on holiday.
    £100 budget.

    shermer75
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    Minirig!!!!!

    Premier Icon MartynS
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    These here

    For the money these are stunning….

    Quick edit… It’s the xmi ones I have

    Karl33to
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    I’ve heard one of those minrig’s and they sound fantstic, nice and loud and clear! If I had the money it would be top of my list.

    CountZero
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    Depends when you want it. These are looking good; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1423887082/bongo-bamboo-bluetooth-speaker-subverting-the-reta

    When mine arrives I’ll let you know how good it actually is… 😀

    grum
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    Oooh that looks nice. How much is postage to the UK?

    Edit: looks like I’m too late anyway

    Premier Icon DaveRambo
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    I second what MartynS said – I have one and they are excellent.
    You can also chain them together for a louder bigger sound

    stumpy01
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    Mini max II are pretty good.

    JCL
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    Just for the record, no little speakers are “really good”.

    Jujuuk68
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    JCL – you never heard a pair of Linn Kan’s properly driven with a decent Naim stack from an LP12.

    Thats “really good to me”.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Spend £100 more on one of these in brown leather, boxed as new *cough* email in profile

    joolsburger
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    Don’t people listen in stereo any more? If you want some good powered speakers maybe a pair of little active monitors like Behringers or Alesis would sound better than these lifestyle options? Maybe these http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/pc-speakers/198141/m-audio-studiophile-av-40

    Kan’s did sound OK apart from the whole no bass thing.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Thank god it’s not just me.

    joolsburger
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    what isn’t?

    These are about as good as it gets from small drivers:

    http://www.linkwitzlab.com/Pluto/Pluto-2.1.htm

    But the complete Pluto loudspeakers aren’t that small and they’re a little bit expensive…

    To be honest, big speakers have almost as many (but different) problems as small speakers.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    what isn’t?

    Wondering why “mono” is making a resurgence.

    joolsburger
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    It’s strange that’s for sure. These things sound OK if you’re gardening or doing some stuff round the place but I don’t think they compare to proper speakers with a bit of sound stage and what have you.

    shermer75
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    That Bongo: Bamboo looks like it could almost be on the ‘Aaargh! My eye!’ thread

    donks
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    Minirig speaker…..these are amazing but not Bluetooth. But it’s just a cable from your device into the speaker. £95 for the standard and you can get a sub for £150 which turns it into something unreal for the size.

    grum
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    JCL – you never heard a pair of Linn Kan’s properly driven with a decent Naim stack from an LP12.

    Thats “really good to me”.

    *swoon*

    JCL
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    JCL – you never heard a pair of Linn Kan’s properly driven with a decent Naim stack from an LP12.

    Thats “really good to me”.

    Only at shows. Pleasant but where are the bottom 100hrtz?

    CountZero
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    Jools, did you miss the bit about being small and portable, to take on holiday? Seriously, nobody’s going to be taking an amp and a pair of LS3/5A’s in their luggage! Get real, for heaven’s sake! 🙄

    superfli
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    £25 and this little Veho M4 is excellent! Well, good enough for trips away and BBQs etc. OK you wont feel the bass, but you dont expect that.
    Bluetooth, rechargeable and also has SDCard slot so you dont even need a player (very handy feature, I didnt think I’d even use that). I use it in my garage, in the kitchen, my lad uses it with his music on sdcard, used at BBQs over summer and used whilst away camping and hotels.

    One of my best purchases of the year 🙂

    If you want something bigger and better I would consider the M5 considering how good the M4 is:
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/veho-m5-bluetooth-portable-speaker-n64da

    Freester
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    JBL?

    I’ve got one of these. Not a bad sound for such a small bit of kit.

    Looks like this is the latest version.

    Mine came with a bag, all the different iPod adapators and a 3.5mm jack to plug the phone in.

    yunki
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    deffo not my cup of tea, a massive step backwards in sound reproduction..

    but within this category the minirig is getting some high praise indeed

    aphex_2k
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    100 quid for tiny little speakers? sod that.

    $10 for xmini-2. Get a couple. Job done.

    z1ppy
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    Got the g/f a x-mini, as a stocking filler, she uses it a the time (@ home & on the road), its a great bit of kit & recommended on here IIRC

    bikebouy
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    Don’t know if this link will work but I bought some Sony SRS BTX500 speakers a few weeks ago and they’ve been really rather good. Normal Bluetooth connection, rechargeable battery etc. and they sound excellent and compact enough to take anywhere..
    Sony SRS BTX500

    stumpy01
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    For all the ‘dreadful mono’ posters, the Mini Max II I mentioned are stereo.
    And they’re a good solution for portable music.
    Funnily enough they won’t sound like an expensive pair of hefty audiophile speakers, but that’s not exactly a surprise, is it?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Winston Churchill.

    spectabilis
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    Make something….

    Premier Icon p7rich
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    I own these and they’re excellent. Not as tiny as some other suggestions (and a bit over budget) but they’re in a different league. At just 6″ high they’re deffo portable. Like taking your hi fi on holiday. 🙂

    http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Powered-Speaker-Systems/A2B-Powered-Desktop-Speakers

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    For all the ‘dreadful mono’ posters, the Mini Max II I mentioned are stereo.

    Looks like they’ve been superseded.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00B47CW3Q

    Comes in any colour you like so long as it’s toxic.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Hang on.

    With the modular Buddy-Jack design you can connect a row of MAXs for jaw dropping audio, capable of forming an almost endless daisy chain of self-powered, bass-enhanced portable speaker system.

    So there may be two speakers, but they’re not stereo speakers. WTF is the point of that then?

    I’m going back to one of these. Who’s with me?

    stumpy01
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    Cougar – Moderator
    Hang on.

    So there may be two speakers, but they’re not stereo speakers. WTF is the point of that then?

    Yeah. That’s why I didn’t recommend those ones. The Mini-Max II’s are NOT the same.

    Here:
    http://www.libertylondongirl.com/2010/10/15/gadgets-xmi-x-mini-max-2-portable-speakers/

    They are a pair of speakers that come with a stereo cable – as in one connector is labelled L & one is labelled R; stereo…….if you play something like the beginning of Dude Looks Like a Lady, you get the L/R separation of the intro. Like I said; stereo….

    I’ve had mine for two years, they’ve been on camping trips, on several holidays, sat in the garden all day while I’m out there and they are still fine. The cable is the weak point I think, as it is very thin gauge wire. I take care with it, as I’m sure one day it will fail.

    sweepy
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    I can’t believe minirig expect people to have a lead plugged in in this day and age. And at that money.
    I got the Mrs a kitsound hive for 25 quid from sainsbury and its good.

    Premier Icon Woody
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    sweepy – how did you get it for that price? Cheapest I can find is £40 and most are £49 !

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