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2ch Wifi Receiver and speakers > $500

I am looking for a small bedroom system - mostly for playing sleep music or ambiance (like rain with light thunder). This may be asking for a lot.. but I am seeing a lot of these microsystems out there. It seems to be a big complaint about the sound quality. I purchased a soundbar (bluetooth enabled Klipsch RSB-11) and frankly, it sucks for this purpose. I can see how it would be an upgrade to TV speakers, and would deliver clear dialog, but honestly playing rain/thunder on it exposes how bad it really is. So I think a small stereo setup with the added modern input features would work better.

Since it's going to be a bedroom setup. I'd like:
  • Wifi for internet radio access
  • USB
  • SDcard
  • bluetooth
  • Casting

I've looked at the Onkyo CS-N575 which is right about that price, but I am wondering if putting together my own system and trying to get some better speakers wouldn't be a better idea.

$500 +- $50 would be the budget. Any recommendations?
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BTW...

Could I do this with a Network Audio Player and some powered studio monitors?

I have a set of Fostex PM1.5 powered monitors in my closet.. haven't used them in over 10 years but they are good sounding monitors. They have XLR's but I can use adapters, and they also have TRS inputs.

Looking on ebay I see a lot of "network audio players" listed.. is that what I am actually looking for?
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If you find an older model AVR that has preamp out jacks you can use those powered speakers. Sounds like the way to go if you don't mind using an AVR - which I do regularly to use my external amps. Many of those network audio players may not have that feature. Buy carefully! And avoid brands like Pyle. Pure junk for the most part. I would stick with Marantz Onkyo Yamaha & Denon.

I had Philharmonic Audio Affordable Monitors with an Onkyo TX-8050 driving them for a time. The 8050 is out of production and has been replaced by two models - the 8140 & the 8160. Onkyo added wireless internet to these models. Sound quality was very good with that combination - bass from the monitors is surprisingly good - down to the low-mid 40s (hz) range. Both have built in DACS and should decode FLAC just like the 8050 does. If you aren't a bass-head you'll have plenty of usable bass - no sub needed IMO. I gave the monitors to my younger sister after finding a pair of very good Infinity IL40 towers for the bedroom. I have the 8050 for sale in the classified section. I'm using a Yamaha RX-V773 to drive the Infinity speakers now.

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Curious... are looking for something > or < $500?



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Curious... are looking for something > or < $500?
I should have used the approximately (~) $500. My budget is approximately $500. I might be able to come up with a little more if what I am getting meets my needs so much better.

But generally I think $500 should do it.

Interestingly I am looking at the Denon DN-300ZB right now. It supports all the audio formats and has XLR outputs, so I could just use my existing monitors.

But also I am considering that new Onkyo CS-N575, with the large display that shows album art and the easy to use jog wheel. My concern is sound quality.

I get really shy of stuff that says 10% THD. I expect more like 0.01%.
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By the way, these are the powered monitors I could employ. They've been sitting for a few years in my closet doing nothing.

Fostex MP 0.5 near field powered monitors
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Okay I figure this is kind of a new thing.

I purchased the Pioneer X-HM76.

I will let everybody know how it works out. I was torn about getting the XC-HM86C which is higher power, but higher THD as well.. and in a master bedroom for nighttime music I don't really think I need 100W per channel. 20W per channel at 0.01% THD should be fine, especially for ambient sounds while sleeping.

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