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Powered Speaker options for Television

Hey guys, what are some of the best powered speaker options for a television? A friend of mine wants to connect speakers to his television for TV playback as well as music. He doesn't like sound bars and doesn't want wires or a receiver. So essentially something that will connect to the tv, but you can also connect to play music from his phone or something. Something that won't break the bank either.


I know Emotiva use to have powered speakers but they aren't on their site anymore. I also looked at Sonos, but by the time you get, let's say the Play 5 x2, then the Sonos Connect, you are almost at $2k!!!


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These are well-rated and reasonably-priced:https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B073W1R4XQ

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  1. wants to connect speakers to his television for TV playback as well as music.
    something that will connect to the tv, but you can also connect to play music from his phone or something.
    Something that won't break the bank either.
Tell him that whenever he's finished daydreaming and wants to actually interact with REALITY again, his best bet for getting all 3 of those wishes is to get a good pair of passive bookshelf speakers ($200-300) with a bluetooth-enabled, compact (7 x 2 x 3.5") mini-amp like this:
https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-AD18-...dp/B071JN7GXN/
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The one critical factor you need to consider is VOLUME CONTROL, or more accurately and more ideally a Remote Control.

Most TVs don't have Analog RCA Outs any more, most have a Optical Audio Digital Out, and that means the speakers need to have a DAC built in, though you can buy a separate DAC Cheap enough.

BUT... and this is a big BUT... how do you control the volume. Remember that coming out of the Optical Out are simply numbers. The TV has no way to control those numbers. So the TV Volume Control will not work to control the volume of the speakers.

However, there are some active speakers that do have a Remote Volume Control.

Before we go any farther can your friend give us a Working Budget Range? And a sense of what his expectations are?

For a modest price, the Edifier S350DB are good sounding speakers with a Subwoofer. You can find many YouTube Reviews and Demos on these that are near uniformly positive.

Edifier S350DB, 2xAUX In, Optical, Coaxial, Bluetooth 4.1, Remote Control - $299/set -


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

https://www.edifier.com/us/en/speake...kers-subwoofer



There are a range of Edifier Bookshelf Speakers to consider -

Edifier R2000DB, Aux, Optical, Bluetooth, 5", Remote Control - $250/pr -


https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-R2000...dp/B01CDU3IAI/

https://www.edifier.com/us/en/speake...th-optical-rca

Z-Reviews (YouTube) also has review on the S2000DB speakers.

Edifier S2000Pro, Aux, Optical, Coaxial, Bluetooth, Remote, 5.25" - $399/pr -

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

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

Edifier S3000Pro, Aux, USB, Optical, Coaxial, Bluetooth 5.0, Remote, 6.5" - $799/pr -

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-S3000...dp/B07L6RXHQ6/

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

Again Z-Reviews, as well as others, have Reviews and Demos on all these speakers.

I believe Klipsch also makes a similar speaker with remote control.

https://www.klipsch.com/products/rw-...shelf-speakers

https://www.klipsch.com/products/r-5...d-speakers#top

But don't forget when you add external Speakers, the TV will no longer control the volume.

Again, you can get a DAC for speakers that don't have one built in -

https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Conve...dp/B07WJZ641L/

You can also get a Pre-Amp to drive speakers that don't have their own Remote Control -

Here is a Pre-Amp that has AUX and Optical Inputs, and has Network Streaming -

https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-Audio-...dp/B01EI6DQS4/

And another Emotiva Pre-Amp PT-100 (DAC, Tuner) -

https://emotiva.com/collections/pre-...roducts/pt-100

But the Edifier don't need a pre-amp, because they have one built in. Not only do you can the various inputs, bluetooth, remote, but you also get manual Volume and Tone Controls.

Just a few thoughts.

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As Zorba922 indicated, the alternative is something like the SMSL AD-18 Amp, Aux, Optical, USB, 40w/ch to 8 ohms, Bluetooth which has pretty decent Power, a DAC, and it pretty sophisticated and compact for a modest $144 -

https://www.amazon.com/S-M-S-L-AD18-...dp/B071JN7GXN/


If your friend can handle bigger speakers, these Yamaha Speakers are an amazing bargain -

Yamaha NS-6490, 8", 3-way Speaker - $130/pr


https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-NS-649...dp/B00018Q4GA/

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...490/index.html


Though there are other speakers to consider.

Just a few thoughts.

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Get the JBL 305's, plug them into the headphone out on the TV. To switch from TV to music, you'll have to either be able to cast music to the TV or physically unplug the cable from your TV and into your phone or bluetooth receiver.
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Hey guys, what are some of the best powered speaker options for a television? A friend of mine wants to connect speakers to his television for TV playback as well as music. He doesn't like sound bars and doesn't want wires or a receiver. So essentially something that will connect to the tv, but you can also connect to play music from his phone or something. Something that won't break the bank either.


I know Emotiva use to have powered speakers but they aren't on their site anymore. I also looked at Sonos, but by the time you get, let's say the Play 5 x2, then the Sonos Connect, you are almost at $2k!!!


Thanks
I'd get this:

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_991EGG...ite.html?cc=02

Plus this:

https://www.amazon.com/MartinLogan-D.../dp/B002J9G5ZO

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Do the Eggs have a crossover for their sub output, or is it a full-range signal?

I'm using a similar setup for my desktop PC, but I have never found whether there is a crossover or not.

Incidentally, the Eggs are available from accessories4less as factory recertified units. The savings over the retail link aren't spectacular, though.
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i would check the options from Audioengine, Peachtree Audio, Kanto, SVS, and even PSB. Its just a question of matching the needs to the budget. Almost all these speakers have sub-outs if your friend wants to add a subwoofer down the road,

https://audioengineusa.com

https://www.peachtreeaudio.com

https://www.kantoaudio.com/products/

https://www.svsound.com/products/pri...speaker-system

https://www.psbspeakers.com/product/...wered-speaker/

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Do the Eggs have a crossover for their sub output, or is it a full-range signal?

I'm using a similar setup for my desktop PC, but I have never found whether there is a crossover or not.

Incidentally, the Eggs are available from accessories4less as factory recertified units. The savings over the retail link aren't spectacular, though.
I don't believe so but small speakers like that have a rather dramatic drop off anyway so easy enough to integrate a sub using an SPL meter (or app) to identify the proper crossover setting and volume setting on the rear of the sub.

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For the same price I would go for the Kali LP-6 over the JBL 305P. Going from 5" to 6.5" woofers would provide noticeable extra bottom end to lessen the need for a subwoofer for the average person watching TV. Kali Audio also offers an optional adapter (MV-BT) with Bluetooth in and balanced audio out that would add Bluetooth capability to their LP-6 speakers.

kaliaudio.com/lone-pine-studio-monitors

kaliaudio.com/mv-bt
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Buy this and dont bother looking for anything else unless you plan to spend $1000 each on JBL 705p. Or get some LSR 308 if you need more lower end but they are larger.

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