I've got a house party coming up in a couple weeks. I will be playing downloaded, not great quality mp3s from a laptop via Winamp (please assume this setup cannot be changed/improved). Should I rent a standing speaker, or buy something suitable from a store like Best Buy?
I am not looking to crank the music super loud, but it there will be dancing and I want the music heard.
Details: party to happen on main floor - open concept, approx 45 people, detached house. Minimal room for speakers. Simple set up desired. Budget - around $200. Location - Toronto
posted by walkinginsunshine
on Dec 16, 2013 -
I have a small apartment. I would like a speaker setup for listening to music. It's an Apple apartment, so I figure the path of least resistance is to get an Airport Express and then connect speakers somehow. Can anyone recommend either (1) a specific set of powered speakers that reproduce music accurately, or (2) a separate amp to put between an input like the Express and a pair of bookshelfs like the Pioneer SP-BS22-LRs. [more inside]
posted by caek
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I am about to buy some bluetooth speakers to be used in conjunction with a Windows computer and Itunes. I have heard vague rumblings to the effect that bluetooth has security issues that regular wifi devices do not. Ordinarily, I would buy wifi speakers but the few I can find are awfully damned pricey. Would I be putting myself at risk of compromising my computer's security if I set up a pair or two of bluetooth speakers in my apartment? In general, are there any bluetooth security issues I should be aware of, as a new user of this technology?
Many thanks for your time.
posted by jason's_planet
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I would like to surprise my husband with an outdoor speaker system. Please give me advice about whether to go wired or wireless, which speakers to buy, other things I should know before I start this project. [more inside]
posted by semacd
on Jul 28, 2013 -
I live in an apartment and I'd like some sort of speaker/sound system to plug my iPod/iPhone into for playing music. Additionally, if possible, I'd like this solution to allow me to plug my TV into it and get better sound out of that. I know next to nothing about speakers or what I'd want (soundbar? Normal speakers?) so any general information would be welcome. I'm not looking for a multiple-speaker setup but just something that would enhance both my music and TV sound. Thanks for the help.
posted by rastapasta
on Jun 23, 2013 -
My partner and I are planning our wedding up in Buffalo, NY, for this October - yay! We've got most things covered at this point, but one thing we're both feeling clueless about is arranging to have music for the ceremony and reception. Can you help? General advice and Buffalo-specific recommendations would be gratefully welcomed! [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt
on May 28, 2013 -
I have $500. I am in the market for speakers. I don't know anything about speakers. What do I buy? [more inside]
posted by rahulrg
on May 25, 2013 -
Wanted: a device that places continuous sounds (music, random noise, mp3s) when it is plugged in. Most devices these days require you to plug it in to the wall AND push a button to turn it on.
Goal: I want to make my place less attractive to daytime burglars. I live in a small apartment in a complex where everyone (literally) is at work during the day, and there are daytime burglars who use bump keys. I've already thought through door alarms, etc - but I'm looking for something passive and low effort by me. My idea is to buy a timer with random on/off, and connect a device to it that plays household-like noises.
But everything I can think of requires you to turn it on manually (probably for energy saving.) I'm not looking for a PC based solution - want an appliance like device. Like radios from the old days - but ideally with music I can preprogram.
posted by StrictlyVague
on Apr 16, 2013 -
The last time I bought a stereo, Reagan was president. I don't know if they're even called stereos any more. Please help me figure out what I want and how to set it up. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library
on Feb 2, 2013 -
I'm looking to assemble a home stereo for dirt cheap. What do I need to know and how can I get the most ♪ for the least $? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Please recommend me a dock/speaker solution to play music from an iPhone 4s and Android devices as well. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari
on Dec 3, 2012 -
I have a (squishy) $150 to throw at a speaker setup for my living room. Help? [more inside]
posted by pdq
on Jul 12, 2012 -
I need a new amplifier/receiver for music and TV/home-cinema. I've looked at the Onkyo "network" range, especially entry level around £350-£400, but I am sure I could get my hands on an amp from a few years ago with all the features I desire, and save a bundle. I'd really appreciate your advice. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on May 8, 2012 -
Is it possible to use the same set of speakers/studio monitors with both my computer and record player/amplifier? Is it possible/smart to run both the computer and record player audio through the amplifier? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo
on Oct 8, 2011 -
[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
posted by wansac
on Nov 24, 2010 -
Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Nov 1, 2010 -
Is there an objective way to measure audio fidelity? If so, what is it? In other words, what quality of headphones and speakers makes the differences in sound quality?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy
on May 2, 2010 -
Right now we play music using the iMac in our living room. But in our new apartment the computer is going to be in the office. How can I get the tunes out of there and into the adjacent living room? [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Apr 19, 2010 -
Looking for a set of travel speakers that actually sound good and are a pleasure to listen to. Are there any out there? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels
on Mar 19, 2010 -
Will I blow up my PA system? A question of ohms, watts, speakers, amps and the love affair that almost tore them all apart. [more inside]
posted by otolith
on Mar 13, 2010 -
I want to listen to my digital music player at work (technically, WMAs and not MP3s) through speakers rather than headphones. With the latter, all my songs sound fairly consistent in volume. With the former, they're all over the map and ditto for the dynamic range. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing
on Dec 15, 2009 -
Does anyone know of any Europe based composers who are concerned with the relation between music and emotions, and who would also be good conference speakers? [more inside]
posted by leibniz
on Jan 14, 2009 -
My buddy and I are trying to figure out what we need so we can have amplification and recording capabilities when we jam in the basement. I've played acoustic guitar and drums for years but am an absolute n00b when it comes to next steps. Meaning, I don't know the difference between a PA or an amp (is a PA an amp?).
posted by pencroft
on Aug 27, 2008 -
I'm going to be relying on my iMac and the music stored on it for a while. I would like to get a set of speakers so that the computer sounds better. What reasonably-priced powered speakers have folks had success with? I'd rather not get a separate subwoofer. I'd be willing to get a small amp and use my small stereo speakers if all the other options are too crappy. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise
on Aug 7, 2008 -
How can I set up my computer's 2.1 speakers so as to limit the inevitable amount of hate my neighbors will feel for my house music obsession? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits
on Apr 21, 2008 -
Recommend this rap listener a pair of small, great-sounding speakers (that I can afford)! [more inside]
posted by dead_
on Nov 16, 2007 -
Sound output of notebook computer (Powerbook) too low to drive Bose Wave Radio input; inexpensive solution? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus
on Jul 26, 2005 -
I want to buy some speakers for an Ipod. Altec Lansing and Bose have both made speaker sets that use the docking port, so that's kind of cool, but are the speakers worth it? The Bose ones in particular are $300, which seems really high. Anyone have any experience with these? Or is it just better to buy some regular powered speakers and plug them into the earphone jack?
posted by jasper411
on Jan 4, 2005 -
I don't believe in headphones. Does anyone make an mp3 player with speakers built in, like a small boombox perhaps? Seems like an obvious market (even people who DO use headphones sometimes want to share their music with others in the room), but I have yet to see one.
posted by rushmc
on Nov 22, 2004 -