Help me choose a small high quality stereo system

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  1. steffan72

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    if you get one that can stream bluetooth . . . . is there any reason your wife cant use the radio tuner on her mobile phone and stream it to a bluetooth enabled setup. That would open up your options and remove the requirement for fm radio tuner
     
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    What radio tuner would that be?
    There's a particular local station she likes, not available via internet radio.
    Also of course FTA radio doesn't chew any data !
     
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    Why would you rule out the Yamaha I suggested?
     
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    My opinion. For someone who really isn't into Audiophile stuff (most people), just choose one of the very popular units, like Bose or Sonos.

    You can get better bang for buck quality with lesser popular kit but you pay the price elsewhere.

    I have Heos gear and Bose and Sonos. It's all fine for what it is. Don't compare to my proper audiophile gear sound wise obviously

    I'd probably go with the Bose or Sonos, the apps etc are better IMO. Heos has been clunky, works, but clunky.
     
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    The weird thing about the sonos is you need a 2-set if you want to have stereo...
    Seems a waste of time. Why a two room set, why would I want two mono devices...

    I haven't. I didn't realise it had an FM tuner - now I see it does, it's perfect.
    (Well, all but the price but quality costs I understand that).

    Edit: I see quite a few places seem to sell it at $637, with free shipping.
    e.g. https://www.videopro.com.au/p-10238-yamaha-mcrn470-micro-hi-fi-system-silver.aspx
    That's not too bad a price, getting toward my budget. I wonder if anyone can discount a bit further...

    The above link also has the specs laid out in an easy to read manner.
     
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    Ask Eastwood if they can better that price
     
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    Hi vladtepes,

    I find myself in a similar situation, wondering if you did end up buying the Yamaha?

    Any thoughts?

    Cheers
     
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    Mate some financial issues cropped up so no I didn't but I had certainly decided to do so.
     
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    I would recommend a raspberry pi setup (as previously suggested). Its a bit DIY, however it is very easy to setup and the quality is worth it for the $.

    1. Raspberry PI 3 B+ ($55) https://www.littlebird.com.au/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-f1990217-84ed-4cd4-a75a-bd1962465bd8
    2. Volumio software (free) - volumio.org. You can control the raspberry pi from your phone
    3. Raspberry PI HAT/DAC (AUD$90 + postage) - The Boss DAC 1.2 from Allo.com
    4. USB stick or portable HD for music files
    5. Active speakers - Audioengine 5+ ($400) or something similar.

    No CD player, but you did want mp3 compatibility. I wonder if you could use a usb CD drive?

    For radio, you could use digital radio streaming via Volumio.
     
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    Cheers, though that saves only $100ish compared with the warrantied and one-piece easier for wife to use Yamaha.
    Maybe I'll keep on eye on the yamaha price and see if it drops or there's sale...
     
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    That is a great shame you need OTA options.

    FWIW having two Apple Homepods in stereo, or even one, is a really great compact audio system. Sure it's not cheap and you have to at least have an iPhone. But they are really great.

    And an iPhone with streaming services does almost everything :)

    But I guess nothing beats just turning on the radio for enduring simplicity and reliability :)
     
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    "Happy wife, happy life".
     
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    So... Silver or black. I can't decide!!!
     
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    FINALLY have ordered the Yamaha unit.

    Bought it today via the Billy Guyatts ebay store which currently has a 10% discount code "PRIORITY10" bringing the delivered price (free shipping) to just under $550 which is better than available anywhere else.

    Link for anyone else considering one:
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Yamaha-...835897&hash=item364b700034:g:BmsAAOSw4QRcrWd0

    edit: Yes there have been a few -ve feedbacks on this seller in the last month - but many more positive ones. Fingers crossed. I'll let you know

    Cheers all :thumbup::)
     
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    DId I mention - it arrived quickly and it's great. Cheers :)
     
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    Glad you liked my recommendation.
     
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    Yep thanks mate :)
     

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