Orrrr, $200 Stereo Bluetooth compact Speakers - Recommendations?

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 sure the Sprout 100 is a nice little unit but I was amused that the phono input is labelled "Vinyl", not phono.
Not sure I can jam an LP into that little hole. Maybe just for 45's?
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I'm sure the Sprout 100 is a nice little unit but I was amused that the phono input is labelled "Vinyl", not phono.
It caters to a different market from PSA's other components. Basically, younger listeners who want to dip into better sound without killing their budget (vs. spending thousands on a Stellar stack), and many of those buyers are more familiar with the term "vinyl" than "phono." So there was a conscious reasoning behind that choice. The auxiliary input is similarly labeled "Analog" and the USB or Toslink input are under the "Digital" input. (USB overrides Toslink if both are connected.)
 
It caters to a different market from PSA's other components. Basically, younger listeners who want to dip into better sound without killing their budget (vs. spending thousands on a Stellar stack), and many of those buyers are more familiar with the term "vinyl" than "phono." So there was a conscious reasoning behind that choice. The auxiliary input is similarly labeled "Analog" and the USB or Toslink input are under the "Digital" input. (USB overrides Toslink if both are connected.)
Yeah, the kids play the vinyls.

Besides, what’s a phono(graph) anyway?
 
Vinyl does make a lot more sense than phono. When's the last time anybody, much less a young person, has talked about their phonograph? As opposed to what, plugging in your wax cylinder?
 
^^^ I was gonna suggest an input labeled REKKIDS.
Glad I saw that I didn't have to!;)

EDIT:

Oh!
"They" need one labeled Mylars, too.

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Maybe soon an anniversary retro version with a Polycarbonates input, too?



I guess the old British term Wireless wouldn't be too good for a 21st Century tuner input, though.
 
^^^ I was gonna suggest an input labeled REKKIDS.
The old Grundig tabletop radio has a PU input. PU being pick-up, as in a phono pickup, aka a crystal phono cartridge. But it works perfectly as an AUX input. But that would have been one too many letters where the rest are FM, BC, and SW.

Try explaining "tape monitor loop" to the young 'uns, though...
 
I have a Klipsch bluetooth speaker I used in my motorhome and now in my bedroom. It has good sound--nice tone and good clarity. It sounds better than the Heresys and LaScalas I owned in the past, I'm not kidding.

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It's really astonishing how good gear of this kind can sound nowadays. I looked at that speaker, but the Canada tax was about 200% on it, so up here, it was unaffordable. In the US of A, it's a steal.
 
It's really astonishing how good gear of this kind can sound nowadays. I looked at that speaker, but the Canada tax was about 200% on it, so up here, it was unaffordable. In the US of A, it's a steal.
That's actually an older model. The latest regresses on the retro styling with a newer look (which isn't bad, but I like the retro look way better). This is The One Pro (as opposed to The One, The One II, and The A-One-and-A-Two-and-A-Three "Lawrence Welk Champagne Bubble" edition...OK, just kidding about one of these).

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There are still a few used or refurbished examples of the earlier generation out there.

I had friends who lived up in Goderich who used to have things shipped to my house, and we'd meet in Port Huron to swap goods. (They would drive over once or twice a month to buy groceries and other staples for the house.) Saved them a ton of money, especially when they bought a projection TV for the basement gaming room. (The company sold it for $700 less in the US than in Canada.) If you could work out a similar arrangement with someone on our side of the border, that might be a future option for you.
 
That's actually an older model. The latest regresses on the retro styling with a newer look (which isn't bad, but I like the retro look way better). This is The One Pro (as opposed to The One, The One II, and The A-One-and-A-Two-and-A-Three "Lawrence Welk Champagne Bubble" edition...OK, just kidding about one of these).

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There are still a few used or refurbished examples of the earlier generation out there.

I had friends who lived up in Goderich who used to have things shipped to my house, and we'd meet in Port Huron to swap goods. (They would drive over once or twice a month to buy groceries and other staples for the house.) Saved them a ton of money, especially when they bought a projection TV for the basement gaming room. (The company sold it for $700 less in the US than in Canada.) If you could work out a similar arrangement with someone on our side of the border, that might be a future option for you.
I think I'll wait for the Ma Bell Throwback Special Edition, The One True Ring.

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A slight nudge and addition to this thread.

I found a refurbished Klipsch The Three II for around $200. I was worried about it being DOA and sure enough, plugged it in and...nothing.

Crap. I need this as a Xmas gift. Which is why I tested it the moment it arrived.

Turns out the connectors inside are prone to falling off (per the seller), and sure enough, I found the ribbon cable for the control panel on top, sitting inside the case. I plugged it in and she fired right up. Some of the connectors are supposedly held together with some kind of adhesive glopped on top of them, but this connector had the adhesive and it fell out anyway during shipping.

So, I'm not exactly thrilled about the internal build quality. (I've seen others listed that are new but won't power on. My guess is they have the same issue.)

As for the sound? I've done a direct comparison between the JBL Boombox 2 and Klipsch The Three II. I own both...at least for now. The Klipsch I bought for my better half (so once it's gifted, it's no longer "mine," right?) She redid the living room, including all new furniture, and the grey/walnut Klipsch actually is a perfect match for the room. For her use, it will be just fine. The JBL, on the other hand, I bought for portable and outdoor use; indoors, it looks out of place and, well, awkward, being a "typical" electronic gadget from a major company these days. The winner on looks is the Klipsch, especially given its retro design theme.

Based on sound, however, I found the JBL is the winner. It reaches deeper in the bass. Dynamics are better, and it can play louder. Highs might be a little forward in the JBL, but the Klipsch sounds a little distant and even "mushy" in comparison, especially as it gets a little louder. Bass is also muddy in the Klipsch where it is clearer and cleaner in the JBL, and extends deeper. The JBL dips to around 39Hz, whereas the Klipsch struggles to reach 46-49Hz, or in other words, missing about four lower notes on an acoustic bass or bass guitar. And overall, the weightiness is better with the lower bass extension. These were compared near, but not in, a corner of the room, which provides just the right amount of reinforcement. (And I swapped them in and out of the same position, to be fair.)

Imaging is...well...what can you expect from drivers maybe twelve inches apart at best? But it's interesting to note that my RIVA Arena speakers are very small, but have some proprietary feature where they get a wider stereo image from an array of three speakers--left side, front, right side.

Connectivity is on par with both. I have no issues pairing Bluetooth to either unit. Both do not offer any type of network connectivity (the Klipsch is the "phono" edition that has a switchable line level/phono RCA input on the rear--not my choice, but for the price I'm not complaining). Both, however, have 3.5mm stereo auxiliary inputs. And for that, I have already provisioned (or sacrificed?) one of my Chromecast Audio pucks to use with the Klipsch.

My better half will be happy with the Klipsch--it beats her computer speakers, or the speakers in the TV.

But if I had to choose only one, it would be the JBL. To be fair, refurbished, it was $50 more, but it does include a battery which, played at background music levels outdoors, will play several hours on a charge. Take away the battery and I'd say that value-wise, they are about on par.

The Klipsch doesn't sound bad by any means but on the other hand, I didn't enjoy it as much as I do the JBL.
 
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