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I am moving back to the US in a month. I anticipate I will spend two weeks in quarantine followed by two months of home office in a furnished apartment until my stuff arrives. Most of my audio gear was sold prior to the move. For reference, my remaining desk/living room setup is tied a PC, FLAC played to a Tascam 102i USB audio interface, and JBL 305mk2 active speakers. I also own a variety of headphones.

I won't have a stationary PC though (that's also in a container) so I was wondering what can be had for around $500 for an ideally wireless two channel system that sounds good at low volumes? Phone has aptx HD and most FLAC files on an SD card (hooray for extensible storage)

Must be available in the US ...
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Wifi-based solutions c/w/should give better bandwidth/sound quality than bluetooth.
Are there space/size considerations to take into account?

If not, a stereo receiver, a Phorus PR5 and a pair of decent passive speakers can all be had for under budget.

Here's a comparison of stereo recievers with a basic and upgraded recommendation.
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/r...ereo-receiver/

A Phorus PR5 allows for wifi streaming, bluetooth w/AptX and FLAC playback from network drives
http://phorus.com/pr5-receiver

There's currently a sale on Jamo speakers currently at several sites. You can find the best ones via slickdeals.net
If you're OK with a non-black color, the S 803 bookshelves, and the S 807 and S 809 towers are the best deals.
You can compare and even "listen" to them at Crutchfield if you have a set of headphones that they calibrate for.
https://www.crutchfield.com/Product/...s=01|701S803BL
Crutchfield has a pretty generous $10 return policy for speakers if you don't like them.

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I am moving back to the US in a month. I anticipate I will spend two weeks in quarantine followed by two months of home office in a furnished apartment until my stuff arrives. Most of my audio gear was sold prior to the move. For reference, my remaining desk/living room setup is tied a PC, FLAC played to a Tascam 102i USB audio interface, and JBL 305mk2 active speakers. I also own a variety of headphones.

I won't have a stationary PC though (that's also in a container) so I was wondering what can be had for around $500 for an ideally wireless two channel system that sounds good at low volumes? Phone has aptx HD and most FLAC files on an SD card (hooray for extensible storage)

Must be available in the US ...
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You could have a listen to a bluesound pulse mini. Move it to the bedroom when you get your gear.
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If you decide to go external amplification the JBL 530's are on sale. See the Deals thread. Very nice speakers for the price and seems you already are ok with JBL monitors.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/122-g...l#post59878956
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Wifi-based solutions c/w/should give better bandwidth/sound quality than bluetooth.
Are there space/size considerations to take into account?

If not, a stereo receiver, a Phorus PR5 and a pair of decent passive speakers can all be had for under budget.
Thanks. I think I'd like it to be compact. I'll eventually build another fullsize system. The experience from the JBL 305s was that they could do quite a bit of value with an active speaker. I don't really need (or want to pay for) switchable inputs, turntable preamps, another box and cables and manual and stuff.
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If you decide to go external amplification the JBL 530's are on sale. See the Deals thread. Very nice speakers for the price and seems you already are ok with JBL monitors.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/122-g...l#post59878956
That, and a TA-100? Tempting...
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I guess you could start with another set of JBL monitors, and a unbalanced-to-balanced converter to a streamer?
Probably easily sold off when you rebuild your setup. A little bit of cable clutter though.

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Thanks. I think I'd like it to be compact. I'll eventually build another fullsize system. The experience from the JBL 305s was that they could do quite a bit of value with an active speaker. I don't really need (or want to pay for) switchable inputs, turntable preamps, another box and cables and manual and stuff.
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That, and a TA-100? Tempting...
I think you have a winner there
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Edifier S2000Pro Active Bluetooth Speakers (5.5") with DAC - $400/pr -

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-S2000...dp/B0725GZQFZ/

https://www.edifier.com/us/en/speake...tudio-monitors

Edifier also makes the S3000Pro which are 6.5" ($799/pr) compared to the 5" S2000Pro, but the 3000 seem in short supply right now on Amazon, but you can order direct from Edifier.

https://www.edifier.com/us/en/speakers/s3000pro

The S2000Pro has Bluetooth 4.0, RCA Analog, Optical, Coaxial Inputs, and a Remote Control.

Edifier also makes some nice looking speaker stands for both the S2000 and the S3000 -

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-S2000...dp/B07814L8GQ/

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-S3000...dp/B07LCW2YX9/

When you no longer need these for a main system, they would make excellent computer speakers.

For both these speakers, there are many reviews on YouTube.

If you would want more compact Speakers, but with more bass, consider the Edifier S360DB or the Older S350DB. The S360DB has a much better Tweeter.

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-Books...dp/B07YZSBQ4Y/

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-Books...dp/B077Y6PHKQ/

https://www.edifier.com/us/en/speakers/s360db

Z Reviews on YouTube
as DEMO Videos on all these speakers. Check them out, they are pretty impressive speakers.

The S360DB has Bluetooth 4.1, 2xRCA Analog In, 1xOptical, 1xCoaxial, and a Remote Control.

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I guess you could start with another set of JBL monitors, and a unbalanced-to-balanced converter to a streamer?
Probably easily sold off when you rebuild your setup. A little bit of cable clutter though.
I think one option is to take the Tascam with me, maybe prep a Raspberry PI I have as a DLNA renderer. Gotta check if I still have the S/PDIF module for it. Then just pick up new JBLs.
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