I've been searching vigorously for a pair of speakers that will be a perfect addition to my workspace. I've looked all over head fi and the internet at different types and brands of speakers i.e. passive, active, wireless, bluetooth. I pretty much came to the conclusion that I don't want a dedicated system that can only be hooked up to computer, but is more on the portable side. I haven't limited my search to just portability, but thats definitely a big plus. It seems like whenever I find a speaker that might end the search, it doesn't fulfill one of my requirements or lacks something. Basically I'm looking for an aesthetically appealing designed pair of speakers, that are minimal in both design and size, that also sound great, but have to be under 500. They would be used for near field listening mostly.
These are the speakers I have been looking at, but haven't settled because they haven't met all the criteria.
Sonos play 1: They seem to get a lot of attention everywhere but head fi, so I'm just curious what people have to say about them. I'm kinda bummed that they can only be played if you have a wifi connection. Its 200 for each speaker, and I want a stereo setup, not a mono, therefore I would have to buy two.
Harman Kardon Nova: There is hardly any info about them online, but they look interesting in terms of the features and design.
Focal xs book wireless: There a little too big for something I want to place on my desk.
Grace Digital Bluetooth speakers: Design is so so, and I can't find many reviews on them.
Ruark Mr1: Only sold in UK, and there isn't many customer reviews on them.
B&W mm1: Little expensive, cost may not be worth the price versus competitors, have to be hooked up to computer.
Focal xs 2.1: Costly as well, I would have rather had no sub and more refinement done in the speakers, also have to be hooked to the computer.
Audioengine a2+: Design is so so, have to be hooked to computer, unless you pay for the wireless system, which adds on another 150 to the $250.
Of all these speakers, I was most interested in the Ruark Mr1, but was bummed to find out that its impossible to purchase them if you live in the United States. I contacted them, and other retailers that carry the speakers, but no luck. Why is this? It seems that they sell to every other country but the U.S.
Any insight would be awesome!