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Is it really bad to get a portable one-piece speaker?

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I'm trying to get a nice sound system for my dorm room (It's a studio room with a small kitchen and 24sq feet, so it's not big but also not tiny).

I think this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Klipsch-KMC-...Speaker+System looks pretty nice, but it seems like everyone suggests setting up multiple speakers with a subwoofer and a receiver. Is the difference in sound truly that amazizng? Should I try and set up one of those? I have a pair of he-400 and ultrasone-900 headphones so I have a good source for hi-fi, but I also want to be able to blast some music while I clean, move around, watch a movie or have some guests over.
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If all you want is some "out loud" audio on occasion, there's nothing wrong with a one-piece speaker.

But if you're looking for more / louder / better sound, IMO you should consider something like:
- a large bookshelf speaker, such as a gently-used Paradigm 7se, or 5se MKII (the larger woofer will give you a decent amount of bass even without a sub),
- hooked up to either a new(er) entry-level receiver or a gently-used one.


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Since you have HE-400s (nice phones! I have them ) and Ultrasones, I'd think you would be disappointed in what you get for bluetooth speakers.

Wharfedale Diamond 9.1s are on sale on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wharfedale-D...dp/B002WJAQY2/ Excellent speakers for the money.

Then you need an amp. Use the rest of your budget to get a used receiver.

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The speakers shown here are extremely tempting... And it's led me to do a bunch of speaker research.
However, I live in a college dorm and the noise travels easily to other rooms. I'm going to drive people insane with a fully featured speaker setup.
Also, the structure of my room has a wall dividing the kitchen and desk, which would mess up the sound when I'm on my kitchen(while I can just move the portable speakers around).

So I think I will go for portability and ease of use on my speakers. at the sacrifice of sound quality. I still have my hi-fi headphones for my alone sound time. I really crave that amazing sound speakers make when the sound bounces around the room but it will have to wait until I live in a place where people won't knock on my door complaining every night.


But thanks for the suggestions! I may still make a theoretical setup to learn more about speakers, as I'm pretty knowledgeable about headphones but know very little about these setups!
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Well, you won't drive people insane unless you turn it up. At moderate listening volumes, the bluetooth speakers will not sound as good.

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