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MISSION MX3i Floorstanding Speakers with 6 Years Warranty £149.00 Richersounds

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£149.00 @ Richer Sounds
5 Star What Hi-Fi review https://www.whathifi.com/mission/mx3/review Read More
5 Star What Hi-Fi review https://www.whathifi.com/mission/mx3/review
pavel76 Avatar4h, 17m agoFound 4 hours, 17 minutes ago16 Comments
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Realistically speaking you want something to plug straight into for general everyday use I would suggest getting a decent sound bar with Bluetooth capability.
I've got a similar set of speakers running through an amp. But I hardly use it as I find my Bluetooth speakers much more easier and convenient.
But then again each to their own.....
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jpoolfitz
is it possible to connect a smartphone to these speakers?
They're passive speakers, you need an amp :)
So I'd only need an amp and nothing more to get me started? Anyone have any student budget recommendations pls?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B014J0TUR0/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495659484&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=bluetooth+amp&dpPl=1&dpID=412Wm0RYhrL&ref=plSrch

And add speaker wire.
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jpoolfitz
is it possible to connect a smartphone to these speakers?
They're passive speakers, you need an amp :)
So I'd only need an amp and nothing more to get me started? Anyone have any student budget recommendations pls?
you are student? and you dont have a clue how to connect speakers.... god save us

My daughter is a student medical doctor and she has no idea how to connect speakers.

Be sure to check if she's learnt how if you ever see her at your GP.

At least you edited your post to post some vaguely useful information.
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jpoolfitz
is it possible to connect a smartphone to these speakers?
They're passive speakers, you need an amp :)

So I'd only need an amp and nothing more to get me started? Anyone have any student budget recommendations pls?



you are student? and you dont have a clue how to connect speakers.... god save us



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try some cheap av reciever or stereo amp with bluetooth like last year yamaha or onkyo


Edited By: pablozzzzz on May 24, 2017 21:09: edit
for the price you probably won't get better. you will need an amp with the right connections to allow the relevant devices to attach.
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DOSS Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Speaker with High-Definition Sound Quality & Superior bass - £22.94 Sold by DossDirect and Fulfilled by Amazon

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£22.94 @ Amazon
Good reviews - seems like a good value deal.. Think ill get one as my AMP got stolen :( Be quick! Read More
Good reviews - seems like a good value deal.. Think ill get one as my AMP got stolen :( Be quick!
ZaGaZ Avatar7h, 48m agoFound 7 hours, 48 minutes ago2 Comments
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No need to be quick it's normally around this price.

Edited By: g8spur on May 24, 2017 15:22
Free 5 day delivery - Just ordered one :D
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splash proof speaker, was £18 now £5.00 @ sainsburys Lincoln few left still

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£5.00 @ Sainsbury's
Splash proof speaker, not bad sound either, good for holidays by pool... Read More
Splash proof speaker, not bad sound either, good for holidays by pool...
andrew08uk Avatar8h, 56m agoFound 8 hours, 56 minutes ago1 Comment
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I picked up one from Norwich a few days ago, they're surprisingly powerful for the price! For a fiver I can't fault it!
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UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Waterproof and Shockproof Wireless Speaker (multiple colours) £99.99 Amazon

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£99.99 @ Amazon
Usually hovers around £129.99 on Amazon UK... this seems like a good deal. Read More
Usually hovers around £129.99 on Amazon UK... this seems like a good deal.
Korben_Dallas Avatar12h, 49m agoFound 12 hours, 49 minutes ago1 Comment
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It's been cheaper lots of times Same price at John Lewis
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Google Home Hands-free Smart Speaker, £119.00 with code @ Currys

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£119.00 @ Currys
Google Home - £129 at currys. Use code SMARTHOME10, gives £10 off. Giving a price of £119. This deal is not as good as chancis post a few weeks ago, which is showing as expired on HUKD, which also Read More
Google Home - £129 at currys. Use code SMARTHOME10, gives £10 off. Giving a price of £119. This deal is not as good as chancis post a few weeks ago, which is showing as expired on HUKD, which also
shalton Avatar17h, 57m agoFound 17 hours, 57 minutes ago5 Comments
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pezley
can you use the codes if you collect in store ? I can;t seem to find any where to put it

No you can't
can you use the codes if you collect in store ? I can;t seem to find any where to put it
The free chromecast is available:

Currys Google Home with Chromecast

And you can still use the voucher with it.

I'm not going to bite yet as I think these will drop further.
obsydian
I've bought and returned this twice from JL, to me its a beta state product and way overpriced, but worst of all it does not offer the full but only a bare minimum of Google Assistant / Mobile integration (yes stated at IO they will close the gap), you can't even make or take calls, well you can take in a rather messy way not available outside the US.
All in all better deal if £60 mark - as even my Samsung level boxes can do ALLOT more, just can't talk to them as well (well you can if you keep it plugged in and dock your mobile then Google voice wake works).
Thanks, I will hang on a while then.
I've bought and returned this twice from JL, to me its a beta state product and way overpriced, but worst of all it does not offer the full but only a bare minimum of Google Assistant / Mobile integration (yes stated at IO they will close the gap), you can't even make or take calls, well you can take in a rather messy way not available outside the US.

All in all better deal if £60 mark - as even my Samsung level boxes can do ALLOT more, just can't talk to them as well (well you can if you keep it plugged in and dock your mobile then Google voice wake works).
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£20 off GPO Retro Speaker and Vinyl Turntable Only £49.95 with Voucher @ I Want One of Those

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Hive 2 Bluetooth Speaker from £60 to £18.00 instore at Asda Home

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£18.00 @ George (Asda George)
Not sure if this will be a local thing but I saw this at my local Asda home store (Durham Arison) looks a good discount and they had a few other speakers on offer Read More
Not sure if this will be a local thing but I saw this at my local Asda home store (Durham Arison) looks a good discount and they had a few other speakers on offer
The.Crew.Designs Avatar2d, 10h agoFound 2 days, 10 hours ago2 Comments
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Just got the last one from Asda Barnsley at £14, bargain! Well pleased, perfect for my Echo Dot.
I got a blue one in store at the Arnison on Tuesday last week for £14.00 (barcode 503057893129), either price is great, especially as I saw them in Tesco for £50!
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Samsung UE43KS7500 Curved SUHD HDR 1,000 4K Ultra HD Quantum Dot Smart TV, 43" + FREE R3 Wireless Multiroom Speaker @ John lewis - £749.00

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Samsung UE43KS7500 Curved SUHD HDR 1,000 4K Ultra HD Quantum Dot Smart TV, 43" + FREE R3 Wireless Multiroom Speaker Plus 5 year guarantee included Read More
Samsung UE43KS7500 Curved SUHD HDR 1,000 4K Ultra HD Quantum Dot Smart TV, 43" + FREE R3 Wireless Multiroom Speaker Plus 5 year guarantee included
Mac007 Avatar2d, 12h agoFound 2 days, 12 hours ago6 Comments
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bandit17
Good deal, that's my next upgrade from Hisense H49M3000, I will probably wait until Black Friday to see if I can get a better deal. I find the 49" screen to be too big for my bedroom as I'm watching it from my bed less than 2 metres away from the TV.
You could be suffering ophthalmic HDR syndrome
Heat, paid more. Like has been said, if you don't want a massive TV then you're limited with your choices. Felt wonderful moving the 55 inch into the bedroom and having a modest TV again in the living room.

The speed of the menus and general interaction is fantastic, joy to use.
Good deal, that's my next upgrade from Hisense H49M3000, I will probably wait until Black Friday to see if I can get a better deal. I find the 49" screen to be too big for my bedroom as I'm watching it from my bed less than 2 metres away from the TV.
AJ92
oO a lot of £ for 43" TV. Wouldn't you need the TV near you to notice the quality??

Only the extra resolution, other benefits like the higher quality screen, low reflectance coating and HDR support don't depend on viewing distance.

If you want a higher quality medium-sized TV then this is one of the few options out there, the only option if you want some genuine HDR support.
AJ92
oO a lot of £ for 43" TV. Wouldn't you need the TV near you to notice the quality??
This is one of, if not the best TV's you'll get at this size though. Plus Samsungs new QLED range start from 49" and up so its not like the new range has a direct replacement.

And not all people use TV's from a far distance. I've just bought this screen and plan on mounting it above a monitor. 4K is not the key selling point of it, either... It's a 10-bit panel, quantum dot, proper HDR. I'm replacing Samsungs model from the year before as I want the (much) improved motion rate, colours, contrasts...

Sell the speaker and this would have cost around £600. Not bad as the one I bought was £520 and a refurb.


Edited By: mamboboy on May 22, 2017 10:47
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KS Hive bluetooth speakers and earphones -£19.99 (free C+C) @ Robert Dyas

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£19.99 @ Robert Dyas
https://youtu.be/kR1hLTQG7LE speaker review and earphones have decent reviews on amazon at £8.50 Enjoy impeccable audio wherever you go with this Kitsound Set. For listening on your own plug into Read More
https://youtu.be/kR1hLTQG7LE speaker review and earphones have decent reviews on amazon at £8.50 Enjoy impeccable audio wherever you go with this Kitsound Set. For listening on your own plug into
robbiewahi Avatar3d, 4h agoFound 3 days, 4 hours ago5 Comments
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I went for the individual speaker which is £15 on Amazon as it comes with the carry case, can't see the case in this package? Works out cheaper as with postage this is £24 if you can't use c&c. I can see the case being more useful as I don't need the ear buds and wouldnt think they would sound great judging by the cost. Especially since getting the akg ones for a tenner recently.
3guesses
Seems like a decent price for a speaker and headphones set - anyone know what the sound quality is like?
Decent sound and bass for the price....
3guesses
Seems like a decent price for a speaker and headphones set - anyone know what the sound quality is like?


I ordered seeing the reviews but the similar NFC model (unsure if this has NFC) review is in description now
Second that - have the ear buds and they are brilliant.
Seems like a decent price for a speaker and headphones set - anyone know what the sound quality is like?
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6x4 inch speakers for classic cars (Mk2 Golf,SAAB 900 etc) £6 inc. Delivery at Amazon £6.00

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£6.00 @ Amazon
Direct replacement for the most certainly knackered current ones in my MK2 golf, and definitely better than wrecking the parcel shelf. £6 is a steal for this rare speaker size. Tends to be for vehicle… Read More
Direct replacement for the most certainly knackered current ones in my MK2 golf, and definitely better than wrecking the parcel shelf. £6 is a steal for this rare speaker size. Tends to be for vehicle…
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Wired speakers, B&M, £2.99

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£2.99 @ B&M Retail
I needed speakers for the kids laptop, found a wired set (USB, 3xAA or 5V PSU powered) @ B&M. Marked with an MRRP sticker @ £14.99 down to £7.99, further marked down to £2.99. It's the intempo Read More
I needed speakers for the kids laptop, found a wired set (USB, 3xAA or 5V PSU powered) @ B&M. Marked with an MRRP sticker @ £14.99 down to £7.99, further marked down to £2.99. It's the intempo
aLV426 Avatar3d, 12h agoFound 3 days, 12 hours ago4 Comments
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Don't look weird to me?
parisp
These are terrible! The sound is crackly to the point I put it in the bin!
After using them for a bit I have to agree! They don't appear to be stereo either, aw well they do they job and are louder than trying to use headphones as speakers :p
parisp
These are terrible! The sound is crackly to the point I put it in the bin!


Putting it in the bin won't make it any less crackly
These are terrible! The sound is crackly to the point I put it in the bin!
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Original Xiaomi Bluetooth 4.2 Speaker - SILVER - GearBest - £21.47

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Original Xiaomi Bluetooth 4.2 Speaker - SILVER - GearBest - £21.47 Code: XiaomiB4 reduce it to £19.09 (can only be used once per account) Specification Primary Features Brand: Xiaomi Desig… Read More
Original Xiaomi Bluetooth 4.2 Speaker - SILVER - GearBest - £21.47 Code: XiaomiB4 reduce it to £19.09 (can only be used once per account) Specification Primary Features Brand: Xiaomi Desig…
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Cheap outdoor Bluetooth speaker £14.99 @ Lidl

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Had been looking for a decent outdoor Bluetooth speaker to take camping etc. Would love a UE Boom but can't justify spending that much. Went into lidl for a little pizza and bought this for 14.99,… Read More
Had been looking for a decent outdoor Bluetooth speaker to take camping etc. Would love a UE Boom but can't justify spending that much. Went into lidl for a little pizza and bought this for 14.99,…
AliPurkis Avatar5d, 5h agoFound 5 days, 5 hours ago26 Comments
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brilly
which pizza did you get?
Obviously those naughty little chilli and tomato ones from the bakery, bloody delicious m8. Thinking of posting them on HUKD to enlighten people that haven't had the pleasure of eating or yet.
ah ... the sweet chilli focaccias... quite partial to those myself :{

Edited By: brilly on May 20, 2017 22:59
Anyone know how it compares to a Hive 2?
andrewt1
I wonder if it would be comparable to the UE Boom 2, JBL Flip, JBL charge... or does cheap=rubbish

My mate has a UE Boom so I'll try them out together one day and make comparisons. I'm expecting better sound quality and deeper bass from the UE Boom and I imagine it'll go louder but for 14.99 I cannot complain about this.
brilly
which pizza did you get?

Obviously those naughty little chilli and tomato ones from the bakery, bloody delicious m8. Thinking of posting them on HUKD to enlighten people that haven't had the pleasure of eating or yet.
If this is bottle cage size I'd love one for C2C and long rides on the bike
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Anker Soundcore Nano Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker £8.49 Amazon Lightening Deal (Sold by AnkerDirect and Fulfilled by Amazon)

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Excellent speaker for the size and price, kids love it. Looks to be the lowest ever price according to camel camel and previous lightening deals have been a pound dear, normally around £11.99 Read More
Excellent speaker for the size and price, kids love it. Looks to be the lowest ever price according to camel camel and previous lightening deals have been a pound dear, normally around £11.99
eslick Avatar5d, 13h agoFound 5 days, 13 hours ago3 Comments
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b1g1an
Odd, I was looking at these a couple of weeks ago and the cheapest these had been on Camel then was £4.99!
odd using the link it shows as £9.99 search for it and it shows £7.99 something might be wrong with the camel :(
lightning deals dont show up on camelcamel as its still full price... just amazon apply a discount at checkout
not seen it at 4.99 for sure, i reckon this is the cheapest its been but uncertain
b1g1an
Odd, I was looking at these a couple of weeks ago and the cheapest these had been on Camel then was £4.99!

odd using the link it shows as £9.99 search for it and it shows £7.99 something might be wrong with the camel :(
Odd, I was looking at these a couple of weeks ago and the cheapest these had been on Camel then was £4.99!
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Buy 2 x Flexson PLAY:1 Stands for £78.00 instore only @ Richer Sounds

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Buy 2 Flexson Play 1 stands from Richer Sounds (£49 each) and save £20. This is an in store offer only, they don't give this offer online. https://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-stands/flexso… Read More
Buy 2 Flexson Play 1 stands from Richer Sounds (£49 each) and save £20. This is an in store offer only, they don't give this offer online. https://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-stands/flexso…
Qwan Avatar5d, 14h agoFound 5 days, 14 hours ago1 Comment
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If you can't get to a richer sounds store, these are £82 delivered on Amazon
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Kitsound Boombar Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker £12.00 @ Tesco / Ebay

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Product Description Enhance your entertainment experience with the KitSound™ BoomBar Bluetooth® speaker. Despite its size, the Bluetooth® portable speaker delivers a beautifully rich sound by emittin… Read More
Product Description Enhance your entertainment experience with the KitSound™ BoomBar Bluetooth® speaker. Despite its size, the Bluetooth® portable speaker delivers a beautifully rich sound by emittin…
mcseguy Avatar6d, 4h agoFound 6 days, 4 hours ago41 Comments
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phanco
Mine arrived today - its ok but pretty disappointed in the sound - was expecting more based on comments on here - distinctly average. Nice travel case though so will probably keep for summer BBQs (where its wont ever go loud enough to bother the neighbours....)

Should've gone for the Soundbot SB571?
Mine arrived today - its ok but pretty disappointed in the sound - was expecting more based on comments on here - distinctly average. Nice travel case though so will probably keep for summer BBQs (where its wont ever go loud enough to bother the neighbours....)
Bought one of these from Tesco about 2 years for £20, been really good and well built up until about a fortnight ago and it will now no longer charge, it's not been used that much maybe 40 hours over the 2 years, it could just be the battery which is replaceable but not very happy with the amount use its had.

Edited By: margamboy on May 22, 2017 19:17
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Sir_Deadpool_of_Awesome
The Mrs bought this speaker around 5 years ago for £30+ and still uses it most days while getting ready (which I can verify takes at least 120 minutes) so its lasted well so far. Its certainly louder and bassier than any phone, tablet or laptop I've ever used so I would recommend it over those. However, I bought this Bluetooth speaker that's safe to use in the shower and its far more powerful as its 5w, and charges via micro USB, like my phone whereas this one uses mini USB
You might want to be careful with that second speaker - lots of 1-star reviews stating that it has good sound but stopped working quite quickly due to corrosion after being used in the shower...
Naa mate, been using it most days every week for over a year now. It's fine. It's not designed to be submerged so it's possible people have encountered corrosion if it's fell into water or had a power shower blasting directly on it, but if kept just out of the stream (e.g. On a shower screen or wall using the built in suction cup) then it's definitely not gonna corrode - there's a decent rubber seal around the charge port to prevent splashes getting in. If I had any negatives about it, I'd say the battery life probably only lasts an hour or so, but for the price I don't think there's much better out there, from the few I've tried.
Sir_Deadpool_of_Awesome
The Mrs bought this speaker around 5 years ago for £30+ and still uses it most days while getting ready (which I can verify takes at least 120 minutes) so its lasted well so far. Its certainly louder and bassier than any phone, tablet or laptop I've ever used so I would recommend it over those. However, I bought this Bluetooth speaker that's safe to use in the shower and its far more powerful as its 5w, and charges via micro USB, like my phone whereas this one uses mini USB

You might want to be careful with that second speaker - lots of 1-star reviews stating that it has good sound but stopped working quite quickly due to corrosion after being used in the shower...
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Juice Sound Stand Bluetooth Active Speaker - Black @sainsburys alder Hill poole.. was £45..now £20.00

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Slim Bluetooth® enabled stereo speaker with built-in standWireless range of 10 metres (33ft)Delivers around 6 hours of continuous audio from a single charge A slim Bluetooth® stereo speaker, the Ju… Read More
Slim Bluetooth® enabled stereo speaker with built-in standWireless range of 10 metres (33ft)Delivers around 6 hours of continuous audio from a single charge A slim Bluetooth® stereo speaker, the Ju…
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Also £20 (yellow sticker) in Tesco stretford.
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Scandyna 100W MicroPod Subwoofer Speaker with Spike Feet Single - Black £99.00 Amazon sold by Sevenoaks Sound & Vision On-Line.

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Compact subwoofer for both stereo and surround, a powerful 100 watt Class D digital amplifier. MicroPod Subwoofer delivers the fast responses needed to keep time with your loudspeakers Maintaining com… Read More
Compact subwoofer for both stereo and surround, a powerful 100 watt Class D digital amplifier. MicroPod Subwoofer delivers the fast responses needed to keep time with your loudspeakers Maintaining com…
Loxust Avatar6d, 9h agoFound 6 days, 9 hours ago8 Comments
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Hey johnf007. The sub comes with only one cable with 3.5mm jack one end for Sub Out and stereo phono plugs the other into the speaker. Although you can get single rca to stereo rca quite cheaply. Unrelated but easily solved was that sub came with a Euro two pin power plug!!!
ok. thanks for the info :)
Hey johnf007. The sub comes with only one cable with 3.5mm jack one end for Sub Out and stereo phono plugs the other into the speaker. Although you can get single rca to stereo rca quite cheaply. Unrelated but easily solved was that sub came with a Euro two pin power plug!!!
marcus.neem
Strange it's expired. I just checked Amazon and Sevenoaks still have it at £99 in black. Now I ordered it yesterday Thurs, arrived today Fri. Rigged it up to my Scandyna small pods and the punch it's giving these wee speakers is superb. Big fan of Wharfedale too. Just sold a pair of Pacific Evos and shouldn't have!!!!!


is it connected by one cable to the subwoofer port? I have oli Roth powa 5 speakers with an rca type port saying "subwoofer". would this sub work like that?
Strange it's expired. I just checked Amazon and Sevenoaks still have it at £99 in black. Now I ordered it yesterday Thurs, arrived today Fri. Rigged it up to my Scandyna small pods and the punch it's adding to these wee speakers is superb. Big fan of Wharfedale too. Just sold a pair of Pacific Evos and shouldn't have!!!!!

Edited By: marcus.neem on May 19, 2017 19:53: clarity
the wharfedale sw150 at £139 is a far far better buy. sold by superfi through Amazon. it popped up as I took a look.
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Jam Daze Wireless Speaker Was £14.50 Now £12.50 (£11.25 each if you buy 2) FREE Delivery @ Tesco Outlet eBay

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Was £14.50 about 3 weeks ago and now down to £12.50. These are also on "Extra 10% off when you buy 2 or more", so if you buy 2 you'll get them for £11.25 each. FREE delivery. Read More
Was £14.50 about 3 weeks ago and now down to £12.50. These are also on "Extra 10% off when you buy 2 or more", so if you buy 2 you'll get them for £11.25 each. FREE delivery.
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dont bother. i got two of these and they dont connect to Android 7.0
OOS
Can't see any of those Onite speakers under £20 and the lights don't react to the music like the Jam speaker here does.
Wigwam851
Got one from flea bay. £15 plays radio, usb stick, micro sd card or Bluetooth.


sorry, should say it's not this item. it's 'onite' if you wanna search it
Got one from flea bay. £15 plays radio, usb stick, micro sd card or Bluetooth.
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Philips izzy Bluetooth speaker £30.00 Asda instore

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Philips Bluetooth speaker £100 down to £30 in Aintree Asda...... 2 left n Read More
Philips Bluetooth speaker £100 down to £30 in Aintree Asda...... 2 left n
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Haissky Bluetooth Shower Speaker £22.99 Sold by HAISSKY UK and Fulfilled by Amazon

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This is a great saving on a already good price product. It works realy well the charge last realy long and the sound is great. Read More
This is a great saving on a already good price product. It works realy well the charge last realy long and the sound is great.
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Samsung R3 Speakers - £50 off with voucher - £178.99 at BT Shop

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Both Black and Ivory (white) colours available. Price seems to be at RRP everywhere, £229, but this voucher takes it to £179. I've not used the Samsung range but gets good reviews. Use vouchercode C2… Read More
Both Black and Ivory (white) colours available. Price seems to be at RRP everywhere, £229, but this voucher takes it to £179. I've not used the Samsung range but gets good reviews. Use vouchercode C2…
msbinks Avatar1w, 2d agoFound 1 week, 2 days ago12 Comments
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I can never decide what I prefer with this.

Internal AC/DC is cleaner, but external makes it easier to replace when it dies.
After syncing the R3 to my Samsung Multiroom app and despite having all 4 R1 speakers connecting to my Deezer account, I was struggling to get the R3 to stream music from the same account.

After a bit of head scratching and a few expletives, I remembered having a similar issue when I first got my R1s.

You need to go into the Samsung Multiroom app on your phone/tablet and do the following:

1. Click on 'Settings' (gear icon).
2. Scroll down to the 'Device Settings' section.
3. Click on 'Speaker Software Update'.
4. Tap the switch for any speakers that need to be updated.
5. Tap 'Update' at the top of the screen.

All my speakers are now updated to the latest version, which is v3112.5 / 180R
Well, mine have arrived already!

Placed the order @ 12:24 yesterday and they were delivered less than 24 hours later despite opting for free delivery and not next day delivery @ £9.99.

Both mine have the Deezer promo sticker on the outside of the box, but only one had the Deezer code card inside. On closer inspection, the one with the missing card has been resealed. oO.
The only downside I find with the R1s is the fact they've got a trailing PSU (like a laptop power supply) as opposed to a PSU integrated into the speaker itself. The larger speakers like the R5/R6 as well as the R3 (AFAICT) have a C7/Fig8 plug which means a little less clutter.
http://s13.postimg.org/v36kioclz/samsung.jpg

Edited By: Ripperoo on May 15, 2017 18:09: e
I have 4 of the R1s (two of which are in a surround setup) throughout the house, they are fantastic. I posted a deal a while back and picked them up from Curry's.

I've no doubt the R3s are just as user friendly and I expect put out an ever better sound. Voted hot.
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Touch Control Table Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker - Led Smart Touch Lamp with LED Bluetooth Speaker Smart Touch Control Night Light with Bluetooth Speaker LED Light Bedside Lamp Reading Lamp Warm White £16.14 (Prime) Sold by FLYGlobal and Fulfilled by £21.13

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£21.13 @ Amazon
just see this cracking little touch lamp and bluetooth speaker great reviews 4.3 out of 5 its a lightning deal and theres roughly 2 and a half hours left to run.selling on ebay for roughly 23 pounds s… Read More
just see this cracking little touch lamp and bluetooth speaker great reviews 4.3 out of 5 its a lightning deal and theres roughly 2 and a half hours left to run.selling on ebay for roughly 23 pounds s…
ihatebingo Avatar1w, 3d agoFound 1 week, 3 days ago7 Comments
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Ooo 15 meter rage!
Turnip
ihatebingo
Turnip
Anyone know if this is Bluetooth or touch control? It doesn't mention it in the title anywhere....
Yes it's Bluetooth and touch control
Brilliant. Thanks for that.
No problem turnip
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Turnip
Anyone know if this is Bluetooth or touch control? It doesn't mention it in the title anywhere....
Yes it's Bluetooth and touch control

Brilliant. Thanks for that.
Turnip
Anyone know if this is Bluetooth or touch control? It doesn't mention it in the title anywhere....
Yes it's Bluetooth and touch control
Anyone know if this is Bluetooth or touch control? It doesn't mention it in the title anywhere....
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DeWalt DCR006 Bluetooth Speaker £36.00 @ Tradepoint

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This is a deal for anyone with a B&Q Trade point card for tradesman! Sign in my local B&Q states buy the DeWalt DCR 006 Bluetooth Speaker for £36 with your tradecard. Down from £84 which is Read More
This is a deal for anyone with a B&Q Trade point card for tradesman! Sign in my local B&Q states buy the DeWalt DCR 006 Bluetooth Speaker for £36 with your tradecard. Down from £84 which is
Martini Avatar1w, 3d agoFound 1 week, 3 days ago1 Comment
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they're currently offering them for free if you spend £600 on a kitchen or bathroom. my guess is they ordered a shedload and can't get rid. good deal though heat added.
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Mickey Mouse/iron man/captain america Bluetooth rechargeable speaker @ Smyths - Colchester

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Mickey Mouse rechargeable speaker. You can connect by Bluetooth or cable. Available IN STORE ONLY but a few on shelf in Colchester. Was £9.99 now £5. Also available is Iron Man and Captain Am… Read More
Mickey Mouse rechargeable speaker. You can connect by Bluetooth or cable. Available IN STORE ONLY but a few on shelf in Colchester. Was £9.99 now £5. Also available is Iron Man and Captain Am…
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New KitSound KSHIVEBL Hive Universal Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker £17.50 delivered @ Tesco eBay outlet

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Enhance your entertainment experience with the KitSound Hive. Designed with innovative features that produce outstanding levels of sound quality, the Hive has been made to stay true to its craft. Read More
Enhance your entertainment experience with the KitSound Hive. Designed with innovative features that produce outstanding levels of sound quality, the Hive has been made to stay true to its craft.
not_the_messiah Avatar1w, 4d agoFound 1 week, 4 days ago1 Comment
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Original Xiaomi Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker White £15.36 Delivered with code @ Gearbest

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A stylish little speaker this, seems to get great reviews for its build and sound quality :) Use code XM40SAFF at checkout to receive discount. Description: Xiaomi bluetooth speaker c… Read More
A stylish little speaker this, seems to get great reviews for its build and sound quality :) Use code XM40SAFF at checkout to receive discount. Description: Xiaomi bluetooth speaker c…
msmyth Avatar1w, 5d agoFound 1 week, 5 days ago17 Comments
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Never used them.
Ash265
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Ash265
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M7TI2RM/
Try this. extremely loud and multifunctional.

FFS - just bought this and do not have a clue why.. thanks kind stranger for spending my money for me :D


You won't regret, certainly I don't.


Do you know how this compares with JBL 3 or UE Boom 2?
mattbrap
Ash265
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M7TI2RM/
Try this. extremely loud and multifunctional.

FFS - just bought this and do not have a clue why.. thanks kind stranger for spending my money for me :D


You won't regret, certainly I don't.
Ash265
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M7TI2RM/
Try this. extremely loud and multifunctional.

FFS - just bought this and do not have a clue why.. thanks kind stranger for spending my money for me :D
Solid speaker. I needed a cheap one for travelling and this survived six months backpacking round India! Gets very loud for its size too.
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Bose soundlink wireless speaker black just £64.99 @ currys

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Bose soundlink wireless speaker black or white just £64.99 at currys with free c and c. Features include: Bluetooth Aux in & USB Up to 7 hours of battery life Read More
Bose soundlink wireless speaker black or white just £64.99 at currys with free c and c. Features include: Bluetooth Aux in & USB Up to 7 hours of battery life
coffeebanana123 Avatar1w, 6d agoFound 1 week, 6 days ago8 Comments
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rvcshart
This 5v charge?
I want the best speaker at 5v for camping. As my solar panels only 5v and tamping it up to 13v would lose too much juice, I think.
Camping at a festival, is a very good solar panel I have but background noise is high so unsure which 5v speaker set to take. Aux or bt, but bt is fairly good these days for battery usage so shouldn't matter much.
By sheer coincidence I purchased the white version of this speaker this morning from Argos (£64.99). On the bottom of the speaker it clearly states 5v --- 1.0A Hope that helps.

Does, greatly. Thanks.
rvcshart
This 5v charge?
I want the best speaker at 5v for camping. As my solar panels only 5v and tamping it up to 13v would lose too much juice, I think.
Camping at a festival, is a very good solar panel I have but background noise is high so unsure which 5v speaker set to take. Aux or bt, but bt is fairly good these days for battery usage so shouldn't matter much.
By sheer coincidence I purchased the white version of this speaker this morning from Argos (£64.99). On the bottom of the speaker it clearly states 5v --- 1.0A Hope that helps.
unuspromulti
rvcshart
This 5v charge?
I want the best speaker at 5v for camping. As my solar panels only 5v and tamping it up to 13v would lose too much juice, I think.
Camping at a festival, is a very good solar panel I have but background noise is high so unsure which 5v speaker set to take. Aux or bt, but bt is fairly good these days for battery usage so shouldn't matter much.
Better to set your solar panels to charge a portable battery and have the battery recharge the speaker as and when?

Aye that's what i do.

But I meant the best speaker that charges via 5v usb. Nearly bought the silvercrest one but turned out to be 12v charger sadly. Which is a shame as for the price that thing was very nice.
Thanks for posting, not going to buy, but hot from me.
rvcshart
This 5v charge?
I want the best speaker at 5v for camping. As my solar panels only 5v and tamping it up to 13v would lose too much juice, I think.
Camping at a festival, is a very good solar panel I have but background noise is high so unsure which 5v speaker set to take. Aux or bt, but bt is fairly good these days for battery usage so shouldn't matter much.
Better to set your solar panels to charge a portable battery and have the battery recharge the speaker as and when?
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Veho Portable M3 360 Bluetooth Speaker | £4.99 + delivery | @ Zavvi.com £6.98

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Portable 360 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with rechargeable battery for all portable devices: iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, laptop, Netbook, mobile phone and Bluetooth devices. Features: Veho Bluetoot… Read More
Portable 360 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with rechargeable battery for all portable devices: iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, laptop, Netbook, mobile phone and Bluetooth devices. Features: Veho Bluetoot…
hybridandy Avatar2w, 4h agoFound 2 weeks, 4 hours ago10 Comments
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I got one free in a conference pack a couple of years ago.In my opinion its a little bit better than most phone speakers, louder but the sound quality isn't great.

A good bit more money but the quality difference is massive
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-SoundCore-Dual-Driver-Distortion-Microphone/dp/B016MO90GW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1494532804&sr=8-5&keywords=anker
Great device for blaring out tin sounding music from the back of the bus or just in public - if that's your thing.

More suited to non-public places.

Edited By: burhaan7777 on May 11, 2017 14:03
Will it keep playing while on charge?
united4eva
are these Bluetooth speakers any good? I'm speaking in general as I see many such deals of late. what I mean to say is how much better are they than decent phone speakers?


This is louder than any phone speaker, but I wouldn't describe the sound as 'better'.

For better sound spend a bit more.
Heat added BLAZING hot value, paid £17.99 few years back for mine still use it daily.
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JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker in a variety of colours for £99.99 delivered (normally £149.99) @ eglobalcentral.co.uk

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Been waiting for this to come down to the £100 mark. Seen it for £119.99 but this is the lowest yet. 5 stars from What HiFi - review here "There’s no riddle where the JBL Charge 3 is concerned Read More
Been waiting for this to come down to the £100 mark. Seen it for £119.99 but this is the lowest yet. 5 stars from What HiFi - review here "There’s no riddle where the JBL Charge 3 is concerned
me_lee Avatar2w, 5h agoFound 2 weeks, 5 hours ago4 Comments
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This company really should be banned from here by now. I wonder why it hasn't. HUKD must make a lot of money from them.

Bilbo1968
Indeed - terrible company if there is a problem for the saving it's really not worth the risk.
A bit more info would be useful as I haven't hit "Buy" yet!

WOT has 2 neg reviews but lots of people who've clicked "Trust" and, as I said above, Trustpilot seems mixed... have you had issues with them personally?

This deal didn't seem to do too badly...



Edited By: me_lee on May 10, 2017 17:55: .
Toybhoy
This company really should be banned from here by now. I wonder why it hasn't. HUKD must make a lot of money from them.

Indeed - terrible company if there is a problem for the saving it's really not worth the risk.
This company really should be banned from here by now. I wonder why it hasn't. HUKD must make a lot of money from them.
Mixed reviews of the website - seems to be 5* when people have no problems but when customer service get involved then it's 1-2* so you pays your money and takes your choice :).
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Denon AVRX2300 plus Monitor Audio Bronze 5 5.1 Bundle In Store £1,299.00 @ Richer Sounds

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Great saving for anyone looking at a new system. In store deal only. Best prices for buying separately are: Denon AVRX2300: £349 Monitor Audio Bronze 5 5.1 System: £1486 Total: £1835 Saving: £5… Read More
Great saving for anyone looking at a new system. In store deal only. Best prices for buying separately are: Denon AVRX2300: £349 Monitor Audio Bronze 5 5.1 System: £1486 Total: £1835 Saving: £5…
Quaker_Boy Avatar2w, 11h agoFound 2 weeks, 11 hours ago16 Comments
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Rhythmeister
Is that not a really dear price for the bronzes? The tweeters are nowt on the silvers oO
I'm not sure how to answer that. This price is for a denon amp as well.
..and what are you talking about the silvers? Those have been around for ages and the reviews are universally positive.
"Monitor Audio Bronze 5 5.1 System: £1486" that seems rather dear for RRP on Bronzes, given, as I say, that their tweeters are noticabley duller than Silvers...

Edited By: Rhythmeister on May 22, 2017 16:29
I have the Denon 4300 and that would do those speakers more justice.

Also someone above mentioned the Audyssey roll-off. Can get the Audyssey app now that allows you to adjust the Audyssey curve so that you can get a flatter response which I have but not used yet.
This is good for music especially. And especially for SACD and DVD-Audio which can handle up to 100kHz signals. Don't argue we can't hear them, this is not an AV forum.
Rhythmeister
Is that not a really dear price for the bronzes? The tweeters are nowt on the silvers oO

I'm not sure how to answer that. This price is for a denon amp as well.

..and what are you talking about the silvers? Those have been around for ages and the reviews are universally positive.
Is that not a really dear price for the bronzes? The tweeters are nowt on the silvers oO
This should be hot I think. I have these speakers except the sub with the older ax2200w amp and they are great. They have a much rounder sound than the Q acoustics in my opinion, but they also seemed cleaner sounding than the bronze 6 speakers. So I find them ideal for both cinema and music. For reference I have a bk electronics p12-300 sub in the matching black ash. I've not thought for a second that I made the wrong choice and in a 5m square room there are plenty of reserves in the volume stakes on both amp and speakers for any film. Can't comment on the atmos performance yet as the speakers are still waiting to go into the roof.
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Philips Izzy BM6B/10 Portable Speaker - £50.00 at Asda In-Store

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Spotted in Asda Taunton. RRP £140. Reduced to £50. 4 Units on the shelf. http://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/BM6B_10/izzy-wireless-multiroom-portable-speaker
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great deal if you can get it.
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£20 off Retro Speaker and Vinyl Turntable with Voucher @ IWOOT

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Goodmans MODULE Connected Home Speaker Adaptor CRAZY PRICE!!! - £9.99 delivered @ CapturePix / Amazon

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-Full control from your smartphone and seamless playback using Spotify Connect -Hi-Resolution audio playback -Smartphone control using the Qualcomm Jukebox app, control audio sources and create play… Read More
-Full control from your smartphone and seamless playback using Spotify Connect -Hi-Resolution audio playback -Smartphone control using the Qualcomm Jukebox app, control audio sources and create play…
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They've refunded me for the replacement and told me to just dispose of it, I guess because it's not economical for them to refund me the £3.40 postage for a second time.

That's decent of them but I do really want a second Module so that I can have continuous music between two rooms, so I might have to order another one at the current price of £13.99 and hope I'm luckier this time!
Still toying with the idea of getting one of these off eBay, but thanks for the updates - I'm guessing it's not a good idea, and there was a good reason why Goodmans withdrew these? :|
krato
Same has happened to mine. My phone stopped detecting it, so when I checked it was turned off. I felt underneath it and it was *really* hot, could have easily started a fire. I've tried everything I can think of, but the best I can get is a red light which turns off for a moment when pressing the button on top. It won't reset or anything. I'm guessing they have a design fault, hence the cheap price. The other two I purchased seem to be working fine for now, but it's a bit worrying knowing how hot the faulty one got. I've requested a replacement, did the seller refund your return postage?

That's exactly what happened with mine. Red light comes on when plugged in but goes off when pressing the button.

The seller did refund my postage. I've requested another replacement and they suggested I contact Goodmans as they said they've had a few people contacting them about problems and Goodmans have been able to assist them to fix "a wrong setup" but I've told them this is clearly a physical fault that Goodmans won't be able to assist with.
Same has happened to mine. My phone stopped detecting it, so when I checked it was turned off. I felt underneath it and it was *really* hot, could have easily started a fire. I've tried everything I can think of, but the best I can get is a red light which turns off for a moment when pressing the button on top. It won't reset or anything. I'm guessing they have a design fault, hence the cheap price. The other two I purchased seem to be working fine for now, but it's a bit worrying knowing how hot the faulty one got. I've requested a replacement, did the seller refund your return postage?
Damn replacement has died as well now! I noticed the light was completely off and it's rather warm underneath, so I replugged it and the red light came on but it just goes off when I try and turn it on.

The other one I bought is working fine and isn't really warm at all, so I've obviously had bad luck with the other one. Hopefully I can get it replaced again.
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COMISO Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Speaker with Dual 5W Drivers Strong Bass £18.99 (Prime) / £23.74 (non Prime) @Sold by Pandamimi--The Great ULAK Case Company and Fulfilled by Amazon

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speakers bang olufsenBuying Speakers: The Basics

Speakers are essential. A good speaker setup is the only way to get the most out of your expensive 4K flat screen TV or deluxe home stereo setup. Speakers turn ordinary smartphones into formidable portable music systems, and they enhance gaming experiences as well. Entertainment is unimaginable without a good pair of speakers, so it’s vital to find the right product for your needs.

Good Music Needs Good Speakers - Which Ones Are Right For You?

Today’s speakers are generally electroacoustic transducers (or loudspeakers) which turn electric signals into audible noise. Their ancestry can be traced back to the 1920s when Edward Kellogg and Chester Rice patented the first “dynamic speaker”.

Rice and Kellogg realised that by passing an alternating current through a piece of coiled metal, they could induce it to vibrate and, when this coil was applied to a diaphragm (a cone shaped sheet of material), this resulted in a particular type of noise.

That basic design has endured, although massive developments have taken place, resulting in crystal clear sound quality, clearer trebles and deeper bass with every passing generation. Cone materials have changed, the electromagnets used in speakers have been refined, but the speakers we use today would be recognisable to Kellogg and Rice.

However, the way they are setup may not be. Recent years have seen wires falling by the wayside, to be replaced by wireless and Bluetooth speakers, while “smart speakers” have emerged that can stream from digital sources, use voice recognition technology and can interact with devices around the home.

There’s a wide variety of audio products available, which means it’s not always easy to make the right decision. Here are some of the main types of speaker to help you choose one that meets your needs.

How Speakers Work, and Their Basic Variations

Speakers tend to have several elements in common. There’s the conical diaphragm which creates the sound, and the electromagnet and coil which turns current into vibrations, but there are also different types of speaker within most units. These include:

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  • Tweeters - Designed to produce high frequencies, tweeters are the part of your speakers that generate clear melodies at high pitches (the “treble”).
  • Woofers - On the other hand, woofers are specially designed to generate sound at low frequencies, and work in tandem with tweeters to create a full, rounded sound.
  • Subwoofers - Work at even lower registers than woofers, creating rich, deep bass notes and a truly immersive sonic experience.
  • Full and mid-range Drivers - Drivers is a catch-all term for tweeters and woofers, but also includes speakers that can cover all ranges, usually at moderate quality (full-range drivers) and speakers that specialise in medium registers (mid-range drivers).

The Different Types of Speakers Available to Buy

Tweeters, drivers and woofers are all vital components of high-quality speakers, but the way they are arranged and the technology that goes with them varies enormously. When you search for speakers at the HotUKDeals listings, you’ll find plenty of choice, including:

  • Multiroom - Multiroom speakers are systems that are designed to work across the home, with popular examples including Sonos PLAY and Bose SoundTouch. They differ from less sophisticated multiroom options like Amazon Echo in that they can play the same tracks in different rooms simultaneously, with very little loss of fidelity as you move from room to room.
  • Portable - On the other end of the size spectrum from multiroom systems, portable speakers can be wireless, Bluetooth or USB, and are designed to hook up to laptops and smartphones during travel. Some models are purely battery powered. Others connect to mains or laptop power. Some (like the Amazon Dot) have voice recognition capabilities and some are more resilient to damage than others. All of them are small, light and tend to have much less oomph than larger speakers.
  • Soundbars - Slender, bar-like speakers that are designed to sit underneath TV or computer screens, soundbars are an essential item for serious movie and gaming fans as they enhance the sonic capabilities of existing devices. They are also handy as an alternative to surround sound home cinema set ups due to their small size and relatively high power, producing plenty of sound but taking up little room in the process. Popular models include the Bose Solo and the Samsung HW.
  • Sound Bases - Sound bases are an alternative to soundbars and tend to be bulkier, often requiring support from a cabinet if they are placed beneath a TV. Because of the addition of base drivers, sound bases dispense with the need for large base woofers, enabling them to deliver deep bass sounds in a far smaller unit. They usually produce a richer sound than soundbars, while soundbars tend to spread sound more evenly across wider spaces.
  • Computer Speakers - Speakers that have been developed expressly for use with computers or gaming consoles. You’ll find a variety of different kinds of computer speakers around. Some of them feature a large separate subwoofer that needs to be stored near the computer, along with smaller “satellite” speakers that can be place wherever you like. Others do away with the subwoofer unit and include bass amplifiers inside the smaller speakers, losing a little bass quality in the process, but keeping the overall size of the system much smaller. Be careful when buying computer speakers, as not all have multiple connections. Some will only connect to computers or consoles, and won’t be able to interface with TVs or sound systems as easily, which may limit their usefulness. Some have built in controls, which can be fiddly, others have remotes, while advanced computer speakers incorporate voice recognition and smartphone controls, which can be much more convenient. Popular brands include Logitech, Bose and Yamaha.
  • Smartphone Speakers - If you want to buy speakers solely for use with your smartphone, be sure to go for Bluetooth-enabled versions. That way, you should be able to synch them with your smartphone-based streaming services. Check that the Bluetooth versions on your phone and the speakers are compatible before buying.

Sonos Home Sound System

Buying Surround Sound and Dolby Speakers

If you really want to pump out some serious sound in your home, surround sound is the only way to go, and there are a couple of options at your disposal:

  • DTS (which stands for Dedicated to Sound) - Specialises in creating a surround sound experience, the kind you encounter in cinemas. The latest product is DTS:X, an audio codec which works with standard home speakers, including multi-speaker home setups, but not all speakers are compatible, and very few Blu-rays feature the codec as yet. However, the future looks bright, with speaker and Blu-Ray manufacturers signing up for future releases.
  • Dolby Atmos - Introduced in 2012, Dolby Atmos is an "immersive sound experience" for the home. As with DTS, it was designed for cinemas, but has been extended to home speaker setups, and uses the Dolby TrueHD codec with disc or movie files to create its sonic effects. Unlike DTS, Atmos requires specialist speakers to function proper1ly in the home.

With DTS and Dolby, to get the best effects, speakers need to be strategically placed around your room, with between 7 and 34 speakers recommended. For both systems, you'll also need an AV decoder to turn the code from discs into signals that speakers can understand.

Atmos builds on older 5.1 surround sound systems which used 5 speakers and a subwoofer. The new system is much more precise and more powerful, and is fast becoming the cinema standard, but older 5.1 systems can still work fine in home surround sound setups.

What About Wireless Speakers?

More and more people are choosing to do away with cumbersome wires and opt for wireless speakers, which makes perfect sense. However, before you purchase a set of cable-less speakers, it’s important to recognise the differences between wireless and Bluetooth varieties.

  • Wireless - Wireless, or wi-fi speakers, connect to home networks and should be designed to link up in networks featuring multiple speakers. They also usually rely on AC power and will be able to link to web-based streaming services like Pandora or Spotify.
  • Bluetooth - Bluetooth speakers tend to be much more mobile, rarely needing AC power and often coming in USB or battery powered versions. This makes them the perfect option for travellers who need to play music in hotel rooms or while they are on the road. They are also the best option for smartphone users, as phones usually communicate with speakers via Bluetooth networks. However, Bluetooth speakers can only link with a single device at any one time, so they aren’t suitable for home audio networks.

It’s worth pointing out that there isn’t always a stark distinction between wi-fi and Bluetooth speakers. Some wi-fi speakers will include Bluetooth functionality as well, making them the perfect hybrid between travel-friendly and home audio systems.

Bose Soundlink Mini

Specifications to Look Out For

When you read through adverts for speakers, you’ll probably come across lists of specifications, and these can sometimes be overwhelming for novice buyers. Don’t worry. There are only a few specs that really matter. Some of the most important include:

  • Enclosure size - How large the space is inside the speaker unit. Larger enclosures tend to be suited to larger rooms as they contain more powerful speakers. Less powerful speakers inside larger enclosures will usually lose sonic quality.
  • Diaphragm material - What the diaphragm is made from conditions how pure the sound of your speakers will be. Look for diaphragms made from silk, processed plastics like polypropylene or even paper cones with a blend of felt and wool. All of them produce crisp, well-balanced tones.
  • Power rating - How much power (in watts) your speaker can handle safely without risking damage. The general rule is to look at a metric called RMS (the root mean square) of each speaker and then couple your speakers with amps at double that rating. That should result in the ideal balance.
  • Impedance - Measures the “resistance” of speakers to the current that flows through them. You should look for speakers with impedance that is neither too high nor too low. Too much resistance, and your amp will struggle to get through. Too little, and your amp could be overwhelmed as it tries to pump enough current through the system.
  • Frequency response - This refers to the range of frequencies that a set of speakers can reproduce and is generally measured in ranges from around 20-30 Hz to 50 Khz (more or less in line with the frequencies that the human ear can hear. Generally something from 40 Hz to 20 Khz will deal with most tones required by everyday music listeners or TV viewers.

sonos multiroom speakerWhat to Think About Before Buying Speakers

Whenever you buy home audio products, the first thing to think about is what you need them for. It may be tempting to cover a wall with powerful amps and speakers, and to choose the most formidable woofers around, but do you really need such audio heft at your disposal?

For most casual music fans, surround sound systems won’t be essential. Audiophiles and movie buffs may be able to discern precise sonic differences between high-quality conventional speakers and top of the range surround speakers, but for most of us, the variation is hard to detect.

However, if you have always wanted to create a home cinema experience, or you want to truly immerse yourself in intergalactic games, surround sound systems will deliver a richer experience. It will all come at a price, but for real fans, the cost is worth it.

Tech lovers might also want to invest in a smart speaker system like Amazon Echo or Sonos. With technology moving quickly towards smart devices, it seems to be a good time to get used to the latest tech, but it won’t be within everyone’s budget.

In some cases, there are also practical considerations to take into account. Do you actually have space for the speakers you are looking at? Not everyone can afford to tear out bookcases and replace them with speaker stacks.

Similarly, will you really be able to enjoy your speakers at the right volume with neighbours or housemates in the vicinity? There’s no sense in purchasing deluxe speakers only to find that you can’t use them due to complaints from other people.

Unless you are a committed music lover or a home cinema fanatic, you can probably derive as much pleasure from a floor speaker with full-range drivers as from a surround sound setup or a Sonos system.

Finding the Right Speakers for Your Home Space

If you have any doubts about whether your speakers will be appropriate for the rooms in your home, you can ask experts for advice. Take some measurements of the height, width and length of the room and they should be able to suggest some suitable products.

Generally speaking, larger rooms will need more powerful speakers, but larger speakers won’t necessarily work so well in smaller spaces. Too much bass in a confined space can create a “muddy” type of sound, which can ruin the experience.sonos soundlink mini

Too much bass in the wrong place can also create off-putting vibrations. For instance, if you need to place your speakers in a cabinet or on a shelf, it might not make sense to buy speakers with too many woofers or subwoofers.

Sometimes, it’s best to adapt the space to suit the speakers. That doesn’t mean knocking through walls or raising ceilings. If you have hard surfaces that generate lots of echo, the addition of a few soft furnishings can make all the difference.

Pros and Cons of Speaker Types

After all that information, the basic question still remains: Which type of speaker is right for you? This all depends on your personal requirements, and soundbars, sound bases, portable speakers, multiroom systems, standard tower speakers or even smart speakers all have their strong points.

If you are setting up a sound system all over your home, the answer is clear. Go for a multiroom system like Sonos that can link together every room, allowing you to enjoy tracks wherever you wander, from the bedroom to the garage. If the cost of Sonos is prohibitive (and it can be very expensive), you might try hooking up a few Amazon Dots or other portable speakers in a wi-fi network. You may not be able to hear the Beatles wherever you go, but you will be able to play tracks across your home on demand.

If you are setting up a home cinema system in a single room, the question is completely different. In this case, soundbars and sound bases are the products to go for. Instead of investing in (extremely) expensive home cinema setups that consume space, soundbars and sound bases can deliver very high quality audio that will make watching TVs and movies a completely new experience.

Gamers could also think about adding a soundbar to their Xbox or gaming PC as well, although they might want to think about a specialist computer speaker setup. That way, they can be sure that their speakers will be compatible with their computer or console’s networking functions and benefit from easier configuration procedures. Not everyone has the skills or time to fine tune their home entertainment network.

If you are the kind of person who needs to listen to music or radio on the move, portable speakers are the way to go. These could be tiny soundbars like the Bose Soundlink or larger units like the iDance XD100 MKII that are designed for outdoor parties. Always go for Bluetooth enabled devices, as these will have the smartphone compatibility you need.

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How and When to Purchase Speakers

 

When it comes to purchasing speakers, the best place to start is high street retailers, where you can consult shop staff, ask them questions about your room size and requirements, and generally get a good feel for the speakers you are looking at.

Many major high street retailers are present on the HotUKDeals speakers listings, including Richer Sounds, Currys, John Lewis and HyperFi (along with supermarkets like Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s although you probably won’t benefit from in-store expertise).

You don’t have to make a purchase there and then. When you find a product that meets your needs, note down its name and product code and have a look at the HotUKDeals listings. You may well find that the same product is available for far less from online retailers like Amazon, Very, Bax or even from eBay sellers.

Double check the specifications before buying, as the devil can be in the details. You don’t want to purchase speakers that overwhelm your space or aren’t compatible with your existing devices. If everything looks good, make the purchase and use a HotUKDeals offer to keep the price as low as possible.

Some times of year also tend to see larger reductions, so timing your purchase is important (particularly if you are making a major investment in something like a Sonos home audio system). Black Friday and Cyber Monday in late November always see great speaker deals, as do the January Sales. However, you can also find deals when product lines are being retired, which happens regularly in the smart speaker market, although it’s less common with standard speakers, which tend to have very long lifespans. The thing to do is to keep an eye out and check the listings regularly until you find a deal that works for you.

Make Huge Savings on Speakers With HotUKDeals

Having the right speakers can make or break your TV and movie watching enjoyment. It can turn gaming into an immersive experience, allow you to listen to your favourite songs wherever you want, and turn your smartphone into a mobile entertainment centre. The trick is finding the right speakers at bargain prices, and there is no better place to do so than the HotUKDeals speakers listings.