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    Well, major downsizing time due to bad health. I’m moving from 2000 SF to a few hundred SF. My stereo will be combined with my computer on a single desk. Out the receiver goes – I only listen to two stations and they both steam. The computer will be the only source, via an external DAC. So I can play my music files (from the hard drives), my CDs (rarely), and any streaming sources.

    I will need a pair of decent small powered speakers that can also drive my little Polk 10” subwoofer. I’m thinking of the Edifier R1850DB. Any comments or recommendations?


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    Sorry about your health.

    I've had Audioengine 5s (now 5+) and Audioengine 2s (now 2+) for many years and am still satisfied with them (for what they are). They attracted a lot of praise when first released, although the competition has increased significantly. Cost is $400 for the 5+ (which seems comparable with the Edifier), although Audioadvisor often has sales on "demo" pairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Well, major downsizing time due to bad health. I’m moving from 2000 SF to a few hundred SF. My stereo will be combined with my computer on a single desk. Out the receiver goes – I only listen to two stations and they both steam. The computer will be the only source, via an external DAC. So I can play my music files (from the hard drives), my CDs (rarely), and any streaming sources.

    I will need a pair of decent small powered speakers that can also drive my little Polk 10” subwoofer. I’m thinking of the Edifier R1850DB. Any comments or recommendations?
    Im sorry to read this and I wish you well. I can’t help with the speakers, anyway what you can get in the states is often different from what’s in Europe.
    Last edited by Mandryka; Jan-04-2020 at 22:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Sorry about your health.

    I've had Audioengine 5s (now 5+) and Audioengine 2s (now 2+) for many years and am still satisfied with them (for what they are). They attracted a lot of praise when first released, although the competition has increased significantly. Cost is $400 for the 5+ (which seems comparable with the Edifier), although Audioadvisor often has sales on "demo" pairs.
    I'll cast a second vote for the Audioengine speakers. I have a pair of 5s as my main source in the living room, and still think they're fantastic. I also have a pair of 2s, which are perfectly ok as a secondary listening source for background music in the dining/kitchen.

    I'm pretty sure they'd be powerful enough for your subwoofer (the company that makes the speakers also make their own sub to pair with them if I'm not mistaken). Both are a little pricy here in Europe, however, but since you're in the US they seem perfectly affordable.

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    Thanks to all for the advice!


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    Can you connect those Audioengines to a Smart TV? I would like to upgrade from my crappy sound bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Can you connect those Audioengines to a Smart TV? I would like to upgrade from my crappy sound bar.
    Sure, if your TV has analog outs. My old not-so-smart TV does.

    Otherwise there are versions of the A5+ and A2+ that support Bluetooth. The A2+ also has a USB input. There's also a B2 Wireless (which seems to me to be two A2+ speakers "welded" together end to end, so it kind of looks like a soundbar). Right now, Audioengine is selling that for less than half the price of the A2+, so it's a bargain if the configuration works for you.

    The 2+ models are remarkable given their size, but they can't overcome physics (2.75" woofer with slot port). I enjoy them for background listening, and I have a pair near my bed connected to a Chromecast Audio, which I can control with my Google Home. It's nice to sit in bed at night, and when I'm ready to sleep shut it off with my voice.
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    Feel well, KenOC. And if the budget can stretch it, look at powered KEF speakers

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