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Looking for some suggestions for a 2-channel set-up for my kitchen that has more fidelity than an "under the cabinet" system. Counter space is at a premium and wife prefers silver...

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
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Are you fimiliar with sonos? I highly recommend them.

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Yes, Sonos is best! The Play3 is small, looks good in both black/silver and white/silver. Plus, you can use two of them as a stereo pair. If you have more space, the Play5 definitely sounds better, but is a bit larger than the Bose iPod dock system, so space may be an issue...

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Looks like I need to go listen to the Sonos and the Pioneer A4. Any other ideas?
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Well, I went and listened to the Sonos Play 5 and the Pioneer A4 at my local BestBuy. They both sound okay but are not what I would consider hifi and BOTH are 802.11 b/g and will therefore compromise my 802.11 n wireless network... Sigh...

The Sonos has a fatal flaw for me - over 1 TB of music in iTunes. Apparently, Sonos has its own music library which would mean I would have to update both my iTunes AND my Sonos libraries for any changes or additions. Too much effort. Second, the Sonos does't do AirPlay - too bad for our iPhones and iPads and Mac computers... Not a good fit for us.

The Pioneer has AirPlay and doesn't need the $50 Bridge to connect wirelessly with our existing wireless network. Biggest issue here is the required power brick - where the heck am I going to put that in the kitchen? What are these designers thinking?

Thanks to g_bartman and aural addict 1, but I am still looking...

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Folks:
Looking for some suggestions for a 2-channel set-up for my kitchen that has more fidelity than an "under the cabinet" system. Counter space is at a premium and wife prefers silver...

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
Mike

Are you able to install in-ceiling speakers in the kitchen?
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I get it, Sonos is not for everyone. Just FYI, Sonos has a free apple/android app that allows you to access all your iTunes files without the need for air play.

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Are you able to install in-ceiling speakers in the kitchen?

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No, I can't get into the ceiling and there isn't really any wall space that would permit a decent sound stage. Good idea though...
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I get it, Sonos is not for everyone. Just FYI, Sonos has a free apple/android app that allows you to access all your iTunes files without the need for air play.

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No I didn't know that - thanks. I'm still concerned about my wireless network. I can't believe that the manufacturers aren't pushing the higher network speeds. I would think it would make their products work even better.
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No, I can't get into the ceiling and there isn't really any wall space that would permit a decent sound stage. Good idea though...
Thanks,
Mike

Have you considered an integrated amp with a pair of bookshelf (monitor) speakers?

What if your budget?
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Have you considered an integrated amp with a pair of bookshelf (monitor) speakers?

What if your budget?

K Shep:
I don't really have a budget issue (even though it's not unlimited 8^) but I do have serious "real estate" issues in terms of counter space. I have several integrated amp systems that could serve otherwise...
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What about a pair of good self powered computer speakers?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Audioengine+-+5%2B+Premium+Powered+Speaker+System+(2-Piece)+-+White/3919064.p?id=1218443573255&skuId=3919064

Something like this?

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Actually, since they take less space than an integrated and some speakers AND come in white, that might be a possibility. I have some A5+ speakers in my work office and I really like them for near-field speakers. Not sure how they would work for "normal" speakers... I'll have to bring them home to see how they work in the kitchen.
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