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Cost effective (cheap) streaming/speaker options

Discussion in 'Streamers & Network Music Players' started by nictry, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. nictry

    nictry Active Member

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    Situation is this, will have a main TV (which has weak speakers as most modern plasmas do) and blu ray player and PS3 connected and currently no separate amp/speakers etc.

    Plan is to have separate speakers and then to be able to use the speakers to have music either directly from a stand alone HDD or via a laptop on itunes etc.

    Nothing in place currently and will plan to have a wireless router for BB (sky) and can easily use homeplugs to network anything up but main question is what to buy in terms of speakers/streaming options.

    Dont really want an Amp, dont really want a combined dvd/br home cinema system but open to anything that keeps costs to a minimum but enables the listening to music in a wireless/homeplug type arrangement?

    Hope that is clear (I may have confused things with my description) and cost wise can I reiterate this has to be as cheap as possible (<£200 total if possible)

    Thanks in advance
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    Just a bit ;)

    You'll do lot better 2nd hand for that sort of money. What about a set of AudioEngine A2 self-amped speakers hooked up to the TV, then use your PS3 to stream music/video from laptop running Twonky media server? There's a set of AudioEngine A2 on t'Bay now for £140.

    If your TV only has S/PDIF out, you can get simple DAC to feed the A2s for less than £20.
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    Thanks and I guess at does away with the need for a separate amp, problem is would that not still require the TV to be on even wen streaming music, ie to have the Ps3 on running through the TV?
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    Yes, the TV would need to be on. As you already have iTunes, an Apple Airport Express at the £80 mark is by far the cheapest streamer which will be integrate right in with iTunes. If you bumped up your budget to Audio Engine A5/A5+ speakers, they have RCA input for the TV and a 3.5mm input for the Airport Express.

    However that would be pushing you closer to £400 all in.
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