Some background info. I don’t stream because of where I live. Extensive on premises music music collection. Roon Core on an i7 NUC. Dedicated music room for critical listening. TV room has 5.1 set up with in-walls and in ceiling, AV Reciver, etc. Couple of RPi4 around the house, Sonos Connects to outdoor/deck/living room, etc.
So I’m currently running a single Sonos One SL in a dedicated work space. I’m spending so much time there that I started thinking about a 2nd Sons one to pair them for stereo…then I started to look around and found a good deal on two used Gen 1 Sonos Play 5s. Then I thought why no see what other small, active bookshelf-ish things might be out there. You see where this is going. More and bigger/better like most things audio in our lives.
I’ve seem to come to the conclusion that some sort of KEF active bookshelf might be a cool fork in the road to travel down. But open to other ideas anyone might have.
I don’t want to set up a mini-system in my office. So a small pre/amp/passive speakers are out. Self contained is the goal. No plans to ever connect them to TV or sub, this would just be a low volume work set up. But used probably more hours a week than any other devices in my house.
My head tells me the LSX should do the trick. But used/open box LS50W can be had for about the same price of LSX new. My heart says buy the latest and greatest LS50W 2…but I they won’t be my primary speakers in something like a living room or great room. Also read about Roon “problems” with LS50W2, but honestly have not looked into that very closely.
Can’t I just throw a RPi4 with Ropieee at any one of these via the USB input to get fully Roon goodness? Or is there something I’m missing here by not getting Roon Ready, Roon Tested or whatever it is called directly to the future KEF’s? Obviously I’m missing the finer details or nuance here.
Anyone care to tell me which way I should go and why? Any and all input appreciated.