Best small stereo?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by iostream.h, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. iostream.h macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2004
    Albuquerque, NM
    I figured I would ask this question here, as you all and I probably share the same aesthetic tastes. I'm looking for a smaller size, high-quality stereo I can put on my table. I need the sound be extremely high quality, and for the actual component size to be small. I'm looking to spend less than $600.00 USD. The only thing necessary on the receiver is a tuner, CD player, and a place to plug in my iBook or iPod. Thanks in advance.
  2. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    I would recommend looking on newegg. They have a lot of stereo systems/computer speakers for resonable prices. Whats the most speakers you want? Newegg has a lot of good deals on 2.1 setups.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    I think io is asking for a recommendation of quality of sound, not quantity of low prices. There are many $300 and up mini stereos that sound like @#$%. NewEgg and the other discount sellers will hype these just as much as the ones that sound decent.

    The thing to do is to take CD's that you are very familiar with, go to stores and listen to as many units as you can. Start building a list of those that are good and bad. You can't judge solely on the suggested retail price, brand name, size or feature count. Only by ear.

    <story>I went with a JVC unit for the bedroom, from Radio Shack of all places. We had walked in to buy our final choice (which was a Sony if I remember) and the salesman said "Don't buy this one -- it's a good unit but the JVC one I have at home is better, and is on clearance on the online store for $100 less than the Sony with free shipping" Well, that certainly surprised us, so we went home and ordered it online and it's great. </story>
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    If I were you, I would buy a used NAD integrated amplifier (search eBay for NAD integrated or NAD receiver, but stay away from any with surround sound), and some good bookshelf speakers by PolkAudio, B&W, Advent, etc. Add in some nice speaker cable, and you'll have better sound than any "2.1" computer speaker setup could ever get close to.
  5. wowser macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2004
    Inglaterra, Europa
    What about one of those Bose CD alwarm clocks? They sound superb. Not sure about the iPod thing, though.
  6. roadapple macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2004
    The old Bose Wave Radio is great for an office, and has an aux input. Not sure about the new version, the one with the slot loading CD and no buttons (only a remote? WTF). While your at your local mall, stop and check one out, should be under $500.
  7. MrKahuna macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2005
    Have a look at the Cambridge Soundworks 740 . They sound pretty nice and are not very big at all.
  8. Rob587 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Orlando, FL

    The Bose wave radio is the best sound quality you will find ever for its size. Its perfect for what you want to do and its pretty clean looking. If their has ever been anything that I have been 100% sure on, it would be this!!!!!! I swear it is AMAZING!!!!! Ive had and have quite an array of bose products myself and ive never been happier. The quality is absolutley amazing. If anyone tries to tell you that their is something better out there, theres NOT! Go listen to it for yourself. You will deffinatley know what im talking about when you hear it.

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