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    Quote Originally Posted by eljr View Post
    What I was asking is why would you not stream radio?
    Yes, I can do that. It's just that some local stations might not have online streaming or sometimes go offline.
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    It looks like there are more features and configurations available! Thanks to everyone who has contributed. Here's what I gathered so far:

    I can choose from a variety of DACs, but in some cases even those that cost around $30 can do well, together with sound cards of some computers. But external ones look more practical as they can be used for other machines.

    Depending on the DAC, I can choose from different speakers as well, but is there one that's, say, less than $200 and will do well for a room size of around 24 sq m (258 sq ft)?

    I might have to consider the software as well, and they might even make an external DAC unnecessary. I will look up the ones mentioned earlier.

    I'm not sure if it's possible to separate sound in computers (e.g., I can browse or type and any computer "dings" can still come out of speakers attached to the audio port while a software music player sends sound to the DAC attached to the USB, and to speakers attached to it), but I wonder if devices like music players (e.g., I have a FiiO X1) can be used in place of computers.

    Also, what about laptops, tablets, or smart phones coupled via BlueTooth to speakers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralfy View Post
    ... Also, what about laptops, tablets, or smart phones coupled via BlueTooth to speakers?
    I have three relative small Bluetooth speakers that I use interchangeably with an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It's worth it to me because I'm a musician who's usually listening to something marvelous during the day, including many of the excellent BBC broadcasts. It's not exactly what I would call audiophile sound but the speakers are conveniently portable and I've greatly enjoyed the sound anyway because relatively inexpensive Bluetooth speakers have come a long way in quality... I also sometimes use a hybrid/tube headphone amp with those three items, which add an additional fullness and richness of sound without distortion. Some of the speakers are so inexpensive (one was only $18) that one can have fun experimenting. I use Amazon so if I don't care for the item I can send it back within 30 days. I never keep anything I don't like. I like the fuller sound of an external Bluetooth speaker compared to listening to the internal speakers of those particular items. Just make sure you're in range for the speakers to work. As the years go by, don't shortchange yourself. For me, there's nothing more satisfying (other than female companionship ) than enjoying the greatest quality in music, comedy, and drama. I am currently listening to the superb BBC broadcast of CP Snow's Strangers and Brothers on one of my Bluetooth speakers and thoroughly enjoying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    I have three relative small Bluetooth speakers that I use interchangeably with an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It's worth it to me because I'm a musician who's usually listening to something marvelous during the day, including many of the excellent BBC broadcasts. It's not exactly what I would call audiophile sound but the speakers are conveniently portable and I've greatly enjoyed the sound anyway because relatively inexpensive Bluetooth speakers have come a long way in quality... I also sometimes use a hybrid/tube headphone amp with those three items, which add an additional fullness and richness of sound without distortion. Some of the speakers are so inexpensive (one was only $18) that one can have fun experimenting. I use Amazon so if I don't care for the item I can send it back within 30 days. I never keep anything I don't like. I like the fuller sound of an external Bluetooth speaker compared to listening to the internal speakers of those particular items. Just make sure you're in range for the speakers to work. As the years go by, don't shortchange yourself. For me, there's nothing more satisfying (other than female companionship ) than enjoying the greatest quality in music, comedy, and drama. I am currently listening to the superb BBC broadcast of CP Snow's Strangers and Brothers on one of my Bluetooth speakers and thoroughly enjoying it.
    and in the end it is about the music anyway, not the shiniest amp or speaker!
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    Hello...i would like to share my setup details. I use a pair of Acoustic Energy AE22s and they have been a revelation. I have a reasonable classical collection, including the first Living Stereo and Mercury Living Presence box sets, and am yet to be disappointed. I have no room modifications, treatments or anything. Just well positioned speakers and a passive preamp hooked up to my CD player and it sounds wonderful.

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    Those are Active speakers, right? Is there a Bluetooth connection?

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