A great alternative if you want to go for speakers with everything built in are these: http://www.kef.com/html/gb/showroom/digital_music_solutions/x300a/overview/
You can get them new, with full warranty, here: http://www.audioaffair.co.uk/KEF-X300A-Active-Speakers-Pair/product_6859 New price is £599.
They look great, but the OP wouldn't be able to make use of the onboard DAC, as they don't have an optical input. He would also have a problem connecting up anything else at the same time, ie the Sky box.
Dear little things for Pc audio though.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
Perhaps you are not far off looking at the Marantz MCR603 or the like.
Unfortunately all the active speakers mentioned are not 'complete' units as obviously require a source which you are unlikely to get for your budget, and the TX8050, while good, can hardly be considered 'compact'.
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The Marantz looks good, but the OP has a source, the DVD player and Sky box.
Either way mentioned above is likely to be a compromise as each solution offers something that the others do not. It's just a matter of deciding what's important.
Very neat, compact solution, you have to admit, has airplay (great feature) and, judging from the early reviews, sounds pretty amazing - "KEF has created nothing short of a major miracle for $799." -http://www.tonepublications.com/spotlight/world-premier-review-kef-x300a-powered-speakers/
Agree they could be considered as sources but you seem to have missed the bit where he says 'to play from my iTunes library'. Neither of these will allow this, as far as I am aware, so he would need to spend out more for yet another box.
I have my iTunes library on hard drive and it does. If the laptop is DLNA compatible, then it could go via the TX8050's DLNA functionality, via an Apple TV into the optical connector at the back, or via the fascia mounted USB and through the Onkyo's own DAC. I've used my iPod touch in this way too.
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thanks for all the input everyone. it seems my options are even more than i thought which unfortunately means i'm still confused! also, just so you know what you're dealing with i'm not a 'he' i'm a 'she' which may or may not alter your idea of what is right for me?
in my dream world i find something with
1) great sound (more for music than anything else)
2) compact (no big speakers!)
3) under £750
4) able to work with my iTunes, my sky box and my dvd player
5) as i have sky and apple tv i have access to lots of radio stations so maybe don't need DAB etc
thanks so much. i've been talking to myself about this for months. nice to have people who have knowledge to talk to.
Same answer from me really. The Onkyo will handle all those as you can configure the digital inputs. You'd still need speakers but they can be pretty compact and needn't be huge.
Here's link for the receiver from Onkyo's website. Not exactly compact but not hideously big either and an attractive fascia, well sort of! Depends how small you need it to be really.
Given you have an Apple TV, and so could use Airplay for your iTunes library, I'd definitely keep my eye out for some used ADM9s if it was my £750.
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thank you for your time everyone i've learned a lot. i had no idea about these speakers and the different types of connectivity. the AVI ADR9.1's do sound great but honestly they are too big as are the KEL's so whilst I'm not exactly back at square one... (i've realised i don't neccessarily need the CD or DAB etc ) but i do need a smaller (under 28cm high) speaker in order to fit on my bookshelves. The room is quite small so don't want to add speakers on stands......
so are there speakers similar to the two mentioned but smaller? or what are my options? thanks again.......
Turn them on their sides.
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Well, the KEFs are exactly 28cm - tight! Alternatively there are the Dali Zensor 1s which come in at 27.4 cm. They'd go well with the amps mentioned - and, for the money, aren't much short of the sensational. you should always audition, though, speakers aren't the sort of thing you can buy blind.
good idea! i notice you have the marantz cr603 which was recommended earlier in this post..... do you think i'd be better off going with these 'active' speakers and foregoing the amp etc...??
you're right. i guess next i have to go into the shop..... at least now i'll go in with some amount of perspective!
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