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Sony hap-s1 and bookshelf speaker selection

Hello,

it’s been a while since my last post, but I need some more of your valuable feedback.

 

I’m looking Into a Sony hap-s1 as a potential all in one set-up for a kitchen/ /dining room. It seems to cover all the bases, with internet radio, airplay and potential analogue rca inputs for phone amps, etc.

 

My question is twofold - thoughts on the unit, and speaker selection.......

I was considering monitor audio gold/gx50, or even tannoy Revolution xt minis. I wanted small foot print bookshelf speakers, but still good detailed, punchy sound. Will the Sony drive these ok?

 

I could team them up with a spare audiolab 8200p power amp, but it’s appealing to simplify things with an all in box set-up, especially considering it’s location.

 

Thanks

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Neat Iota

The original Neat Iotas are dinky little speakers, happy close to a wall, designed to be wall mounted and are a lovely listen. Do a google as you can often pick up "slight cosmetic seconds" for £450 a pair. Mine were seconds and couldn't find a mark anywhere. Available in white and black and you can no also get grilles for them. I have them in a largish room and folk often ask where the subwoofer is!

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Please check the

Please check the specification of the HAP-S1. I don't think Airplay is supported and streaming features are very limited. There were problems with the VTuner internet radio support which may now be ok, but best if you check thoroughly if it meets your needs

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Hi nick

nick8858 wrote:

The original Neat Iotas are dinky little speakers, happy close to a wall, designed to be wall mounted and are a lovely listen. Do a google as you can often pick up "slight cosmetic seconds" for £450 a pair. Mine were seconds and couldn't find a mark anywhere. Available in white and black and you can no also get grilles for them. I have them in a largish room and folk often ask where the subwoofer is!

Do you have the neat lota's wall mounted or on a desk. Do you think placing them on a side board table close to the wall works. And do they need powerful amplification, or will they be okay with 25w per channel at 8 ohms. Thanks in advance for your feedback Smile

And sorry for hijacking the thread.

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Iotas

Mine are on wall mounted quarter inch plate glass shelves with the back of the speaker maybe 3 inches from the wall? My amp isn't the most powerful either and at 50% per cent volume setting plenty of volume to fill a large high ceiling room. I DO have a sub but to be honest most of the time I don't bother. i do like pipe organ music which as you may know goes very low in frequency terms but I am quite happy with the Iotas on their own

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Thanks a lot for the feedback nick

nick8858 wrote:

Mine are on wall mounted quarter inch plate glass shelves with the back of the speaker maybe 3 inches from the wall? My amp isn't the most powerful either and at 50% per cent volume setting plenty of volume to fill a large high ceiling room. I DO have a sub but to be honest most of the time I don't bother. i do like pipe organ music which as you may know goes very low in frequency terms but I am quite happy with the Iotas on their own

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Thanks Guys,

Thanks Guys,

I’m familiar with the monitor audio sound. Has anyone got any comments on the Tannoy revolution xt minis?

 

thanks

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Technics SU-G30

Thanks for the heads up on the lack of airplay on the Sony.  Another option I was considering was the Technics SU-G30

Again, thoughts, comments and suitability for application?

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My worry with Sony would be

My worry with Sony would be low power and high distortion figures quoted. It may do a job for a small room and efficient speakers but small speakers usually aren't very efficient. What's worse it won't work with a power amp as it only has line outs not pre outs.

Technics looks far better on paper, but so it should for the money.

Question would be what are the most important features here are how much are you realistically looking to spend?

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