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I've got a cube shelf modular system in the kitchen and I'm looking for either a pair of small active speakers or a sound system to use with the Squeezebox.

 

At the moment my system is:

 

Source: Squeezebox III

Amp: Trends Audio Ta10.2

Speakers: B&W 601

 

This system is taking far too much space, I'd like to reduce the number of components and cables.

 

I cant decide whether to go for a pair of small active speakers like the Audioengine A5+ or a sound system like the Geneva S or M:

 

http://hifionsale.com/compact-hi-fi/geneva-model-m-sound-system

 

The Audioengine sounds pretty good but I've never had the chance to audition the Geneva.

 

Of course I don't expect this system to be audiophile grade, I'm looking more for a lifestyle, background music system but with a decent SQ.

 

Each cube is 420mm (W) x 270mm (L) x 420 (H).

 

Any suggestions? Any feedback on Geneva? 

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We have a Geneva S in the kitchen. It's a nice looking and sounding unit, and it is a compact all in one box.

I've never heard the audio engines though, so can't comment on a comparison.

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I've got the Audioengine A5+ pretty damn good actually. Not audiophile grade even though they claim that but still excellent for the price check out PC Case Gear I'm pretty sure this is the best price new you'll get anywhere.

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18527&zenid=cb03ad3c1281f3150bf9d3ffb44dd316

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Hi Amadeus,

 

If you want something more in a lifestyle type product for background listening, this seems quite good.  (personally I think black is nicer)

 

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Very decent sound, has a CD slot, internet and FM radio, and an i-thingy dock and it does some other fangled things.  Saw these at the last Hi Fi show, the sound connected by bluetooth from my phone at the show was impressive.  I think CAV has them on special at the moment.

 

Have you considered a pair of Sonos Play 1 or something like a Peachtree item?  

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If you are looking for background sound that is half-decent and a small footprint, try one of these.

The only component I have bought that my wife loves to use - all bluetooth from the iphone, streaming Spotify, stored music and radio.

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If you are looking for background sound that is half-decent and a small footprint, try one of these.

The only component I have bought that my wife loves to use - all bluetooth from the iphone, streaming Spotify, stored music and radio.

 

I was using my UE Boom outside and people have flat out refused to believe it was the only thing making the sound.  I also use mine in the kitchen and when on holiday. 

 

I've also heard a Sonos Play1 in a commercial setting sound quite good for background music,

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I've got the Audioengine A5+ pretty damn good actually. Not audiophile grade even though they claim that but still excellent for the price check out PC Case Gear I'm pretty sure this is the best price new you'll get anywhere.

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18527&zenid=cb03ad3c1281f3150bf9d3ffb44dd316

I've got a pair of Audioengine A5+ connected to an iMac 27, same as you. How does the ODAC option works?

 

For the kitchen system I'd prefer a sound system as missus is not too crash on having too many speakers and wires taking up space in the cube  :(

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The ODAC is quite simple I just run it from a USB from the Mac with a short cable and then a 3.5mm from the odac to the speakers input RCA's lots of those cables available I don't hear any sound degradation and the only extra cable that you would need is the short usb one from the Mac quite simple really for a much better sound. 

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You could run the Audioengines from an Apple airport express I haven't tried that with these particular speakers yet but I'm sure it would work fine it might alleviate some of those dreaded cables but I don't know what your setup is at home.

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