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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I guess technically the Bo$e system fits in the portable audio category and belongs in this group.

I'm looking for something similar for my living room, but I can't see paying Bo$e prices for average sound quality. However, I don't mind paying close to that price for stunning quality.

All I need is crystal clarity, adequate bass, and multiple CD capability. That's it. Can anyone recommend a mini system that doesn't look and sound like a boom box?
post #2 of 12
Not quite a "portable audio" thread but I'll let moderators deal with that :-p

There's plenty of options but for Bose money I would go for Nakamichi. In my opinion, they make the best sounding mini systems and some of them are damn right sexy. I would not opt for their speakers though. Instead, I would match them with a set of Tannoy with Concentric drivers but that's only a personal preference.

If your budget is limited, I would recommend the Denon D-M35DAB. Not a multi CD player but the sound quality coming out of that little aluminium box is amazing for the price; mainly due to the two Burr-Brown DACs. As with the Nakamichi, I would avoid the Denon speakers; I find that a set of the small bookself B&W suits this unit better.
post #3 of 12
I can't say enough good things about my the Cambridge SoundWorks Model 12 portable sub/sat system I drive with a Ahh! Njoe Tjoeb Super 4000 oversampled CDP. It may not play to the same levels as my #1 system, but for high quality portable sound from 110AC or 12DC it is, IMHO, without peer.
post #4 of 12
I was going to say cambridge soundworks, too. I haven't heard them but I have read numerous reports that they blow the wave radio out of the water.

http://hifi.com/store/category.cgi?category=aud_radio
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the suggestions. I knew I'd get some good responses from this bunch.

I've heard about the Nakamichi system, and have always admired their stuff. And I absolutely love the small B&W speakers -- what a great idea to pair them with a mini system like the Nakamich or Denon. (I had a Denon receiver a number of years ago, and it was outstanding.)

Is the Cambridge available only through the Web or mail? I'd like to hear it because I've read good reviews saying it sounds way nicer than the Bose. I don't know if it has multiple CD capability, though, which is my wife's one requirement.

Thanks again for the suggestions.
Steve
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by sjino
Is the Cambridge available only through the Web or mail? I'd like to hear it because I've read good reviews saying it sounds way nicer than the Bose. I don't know if it has multiple CD capability, though, which is my wife's one requirement.
I got mine online and I do not know if Cambridge SpeakerWorks have a showroom at their factory. The Model Twelve consists of two satellites, an amp/switching unit, and a subwoofer built into a pelican type case which houses everything while in transit. I found a pair of inexpensive sat speaker stands at PartsExpress.com which I bring along and use to position the sats in the different listening environments. I also upgraded the speaker wire and use a quality L.A.T. International interconnect to my CDP. You will need a CDP or some other line out source to drive the system. I am using a Ahh! Njoe Tjoeb Super 4000 oversampled CDP now, in the past I used a Denon CDP changer. Cambridge SpeakerWorks has other powered sub/sat systems for more fixed applications.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by YngwieJMalmsteen
I was going to say cambridge soundworks, too. I haven't heard them but I have read numerous reports that they blow the wave radio out of the water.

http://hifi.com/store/category.cgi?category=aud_radio
I have this unit and I'm not a fan. Seriously muddy, boomy bass.

What about a Tivoli system? They're nice looking, but I haven't listened yet:

http://www.tivoliaudio.com/customer/...195&cat=&page=
post #8 of 12
This is a portable sub/sat system I'd sure love to hear:

http://www.mapleshaderecords.com/twe...tableaudio.php

You could also drive a pair of Anthony Gallo Micro Ti's with a ridiculously cheap T-Amp and use a powered sub. In my opinion, Gallos on their "flower" stands are the nicest looking speakers you can get for a living room.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by The Monkey
I have this unit and I'm not a fan. Seriously muddy, boomy bass.

What about a Tivoli system? They're nice looking, but I haven't listened yet:

http://www.tivoliaudio.com/customer/...195&cat=&page=
I've heard the Tivoli system with 2 speakers and sub, and it sounds pretty good, but not great. I'm sure the system with the built-in CD is very similar, but it seems overpriced at $495. This would work better in an office or bedroom, because the system I heard didn't get loud enough for a living room. The very first Tivoli with one speaker and a radio was a really great idea and a good buy, but as they keep adding on features and raising the price, the bang for the buck isn't the same.
post #10 of 12
audioholics gave a very good review to... wait for it....

the Brookstone Wafer Thin CD System with MP3

4 out of 5
post #11 of 12

Sangean WR-2

http://www.universal-radio.com/catal...alty/3281.html

I got it for myself. Very nice and warm sound. 150$. Has aux line input. The FM ( RDS ) radio is working very well as well.

Lionel
post #12 of 12

I also recommend Nakamichi if you are looking for a nice mini system recommended to my by a friend of mine, even i didn't before hear of it. Don't think that Bose is always the best option , there are other brands out there and even with less problems compared to  Bose itself.
 

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I guess technically the Bo$e system fits in the portable audio category and belongs in this group.

I'm looking for something similar for my living room, but I can't see paying Bo$e prices for average sound quality. However, I don't mind paying close to that price for stunning quality.

All I need is crystal clarity, adequate bass, and multiple CD capability. That's it. Can anyone recommend a mini system that doesn't look and sound like a boom box?
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