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  • ChrisE
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    I have a Sonos Zoneplayer ZP100. It’s in one room playing stuff from Napster and the like.

    What speakers do I need, what’s the best configuration (number) of speakers I can connect up just using fairly cheap speakers and what so I need. I only want small ones I can ‘hide’ in the room.

    What does all that 3.0, 5.1 and all that stuff mean?

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    CountZero
    Member

    3.0 means left/right and centre, 5.1 means front left/right/centre/ rear left/right and sub, 7.1 is front l/r/c rear l/r/ side l/r and sub.
    Don’t know about speaker setup for a Sonos, I would expect it just drives stereo pairs, but I will happily be corrected on this.

    fr0sty125
    Member

    For music I think stereo setup is best. I’ve looked at the ZP100 and you can have several setups.

    But if it is for music then I would go 2.0 either Mission MX1 speakers or Boston Acoustic A25s.

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    Most music is only available in Stereo format. All the Dobly 5.1 stuff is pretty much films only. We just put the output of our iMac (head phone socket) through a Marantz PM6004 Amp and a pair of Mordount Short speakers and it’s sounds fantastic playing music or watching films.

    ChrisE
    Member

    Are there some cheap speakers (say £30 a pair) that are good and small (say no more than 6″ cubic)?

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    fr0sty125
    Member

    I think a pair of Boston Acoustic Soundware satellites would meet the size requirement and are very highly rated in a surround sound setup. Hopefully they will be ok in stereo though they might be lacking in the lows not sure how much they would cost but I doubt they are that expensive.

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