Orrrr, $200 Stereo Bluetooth compact Speakers - Recommendations?

A moniker like Wonderboom certainly makes me think accurate sound reproduction.
:confused: :confused::confused::confused::confused: :rolleyes::redface:

Ahem. Sorry. I am actually interested in the topic, my characteristic snark notwithstanding. The one BT speaker in this house might have been named Wonderwhizz. On the plus side, it was cheap and locally available when I "needed" one -- and it does work. :)

EDIT: PS I am amused (at least in the wry state of mind I am manifesting this morning) by the notion of street price when it comes to audio reproduction components. Mind you, I am not averse to picking up hifi from the side of the road -- but I might draw the line at street vendor hifi. ;)
I’ve heard the Wonderboom multiple times, and I would definitely not label it Wonderwhizz. For what it is, it has a nice, full sound. For $60 I think it’s a steal.
 
I blame marketing. They take what us engineers do and slap some ridiculous name on it.
Hey now. In defense of us marketers, our dilemma is often that you engineers have created something that’s not really different than the other things. And then we’re left with “wonderboom” ;)
 
Hey now. In defense of us marketers, our dilemma is often that you engineers have created something that’s not really different than the other things. And then we’re left with “wonderboom” ;)

Yeah, and most times the consumers would never understand the technical details, or they just don't care. So marketing comes up with a ridiculous name to grab consumers' attention.
 
Yeah, and most times the consumers would never understand the technical details, or they just don't care. So marketing comes up with a ridiculous name to grab consumers' attention.
Enter all the times I've been standing in some random aisle of a box store to overhear somebody proclaiming "These speakers are better they're 400 watters!"
 
Seeing as how my compact amp thread is already starting to swing towards Bluetooth speakers, I thought maybe I'd better actually start one about them. Bluetooth speakers, that is.

Let's ballpark $200 USD as a ballpark. New or easily available used.

Space is limited, so compact is good. Sound quality is paramount. Wifi not available, so Bluetooth is a must. Being able to plug in my computer is a plus.

Thoughts?

It seems to me that it wasn’t that long ago when you caused a pronounced gasp ripple across Havendom when you loudly announced “I’m a Sonos Man Now!” while proudly waving the Haven flag with it’s distinctive Brussels Sprout emblem.

Anyway, they’re on sale again now at their lowest price yet.

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Enter all the times I've been standing in some random aisle of a box store to overhear somebody proclaiming "These speakers are better they're 400 watters!"
Hey! That was me and my buddies back in the 70s when we were young and before I started reading audio publications and educated myself. Then the THD wars started and everyone was quoting that spec for the “best” receiver or integrated amp. I still here it today from some people I know.
 
The one BT speaker in this house might have been named Wonderwhizz.
No, that's found in the urinal aisle of Homey Depot.

I’m looking for a new mattress and that review is pretty convincing. I don’t like pillow-tops, though. So pass.
We broke the bank on a Stearns & Foster almost four years ago and haven't had better sleep prior to that. Pretty sure it's a pillow-top though, but it's not like the thing is mushy or shapeless--it has quite a lot of support and firmness. We just couldn't find anything at a lower price that was comfortable, or would hold up for more than a few years. We got ours from American Mattress, formerly US Mattress (they are an online shop, but have some locations in the area to try some out in person).

Enter all the times I've been standing in some random aisle of a box store to overhear somebody proclaiming "These speakers are better they're 400 watters!"

"Vhere's Plotchney?"

"Feefty watts per channel, babycakes!"

(If you were in Detroit in the 80s, you know this commercial! 🤣

 
Is this a good time or a bad time to remind everyone of the PS Audio "Sprout" of a few years back -- possibly still in production?
IIRC, there was even a Sprout 2.
Sprout 100, I guess...

HH Scott had a line of receivers made in Belgium in the late-60s or early-70s. It would be really cool were the PS Audio "Sprouts" made in Belgium. :confused: :rolleyes::redface:
 
Is this a good time or a bad time to remind everyone of the PS Audio "Sprout" of a few years back -- possibly still in production?
IIRC, there was even a Sprout 2.
Sprout 100, I guess...

HH Scott had a line of receivers made in Belgium in the late-60s or early-70s. It would be really cool were the PS Audio "Sprouts" made in Belgium. :confused: :rolleyes::redface:
The Sprout, like Sprouts, was a little underrated thing. I really liked it.
 
Is this a good time or a bad time to remind everyone of the PS Audio "Sprout" of a few years back -- possibly still in production?
Sprout100 is currently in production, and I think PSA is having a sale all through the weekend on everything (have to reread Scott's email). List price is $600 more than the OP's $200 budget though. The power section uses IcePower modules, so it has a very clean sound. Also a subwoofer output. Works great in my desktop system. I've wanted to try it in my "big boy pants" system but it's too much work to move wiring around to try it out...

(If $800 seems expensive, that was only $270 in 1980 dollars, and I could think of many components back then for $270 that sounded a lot worse back then!)
 
I'm sorry that my predictably feeble attempt at humor was interpreted as an on topic response!
I was riffing off of a few sprout-related posts of the Brussels kind. No more, no less.
I am so ashamed.
:confused: :redface:

Zero experience with PS Audio's Sprout.
 
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