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Hi all,

 

I'll be doing some work related travel soon and will be spending a lot of time in hotel rooms.

 

I'd like something smallish that I could stream music to. Maybe the size of a paperback book. Need not be battery operated but must be capable of working in the 110V and 220V worlds.

 

This is mainly just so I'll have some music in the room. I know I won't get audiophile sound.

 

A few years ago I remember the FoxL was popular so perhaps something like that or even a bit larger.

 

Hope someone can help.

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Here's a recent overview of Bluetooth speakers maybe there is something in there you like

 

http://www.techradar.com/news/audio/portable-audio/10-best-portable-speakers-1069079

 

Note that good sound usually correlates with larger volumes, something flat like a book will have physical sound limitations.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile

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The most "booklike" model might be the UE Roll which is Wirecutter's top pick for Bluetooth speakers.

Diameter is 135 millimeter (5.3-inch) and thickness is only 40 millimeter (1.6-inch). Easy to pack for travel.

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-bluetooth-speaker/

 

I have the UE Mini Boom mentioned in the techradar article and it works fine for casual listening. The Roll should be even better.

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aiwa exos-9 is great sounding for what it is.

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I use a Bluesound Pulse Flex for my portable speaker needs. It sounds great for it's size and has a nice array of connectivity options. The Flex can also be grouped/paired with another if desired for a more traditional stereo configuration. A battery pack is now available as well. Nice product.

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I started out with a fairly complex setup (outboard DAC hooked to my laptop, splitter going to two FoxL's in stereo config, Soundmatters subwoofer, etc.) - nice setup, but it got old, really quickly.

 

Now, I use my iPhone streaming Bluetooth to a Denon Bluetooth Envaya Mini DSB-100BKEM, which sounds good and has a speaker phone built in, as do most of the Bluetooth speakers these days ;)

 

If I want a better experience, I add a DragonFly Red in the chain and plug in my HIFIMAN RE-600 IEMs.

John Walker - IT Executive

Headphone - MacMini running Roon Server > Netgear Orbi wireless > Blue Jeans Cable Ethernet > mRendu Roon endpoint > iFi Audio xDSD + iFi Audio xCAN > Focal Elegia

Home Theater - Mac Mini running Roon Server > Blue Jeans Cable HDMI > Pioneer Elite SC-81 > MartinLogan Motion series home theater speakers + M&K subwoofer

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To project a fair amount of volume with decent sound quality, and at a very good price, I recommend the Bose SoundLink Color ($129). Here's the EQ curve I did for it, which reminds me how much better it sounds than the $200 Bose SoundLink Mini:

 

Bose_Soundlink_Color.jpg

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