My son has started showing an interest in music and I’d prefer he didn’t listen via earbuds so I’m looking for recommendations re a compact, Roon Ready, all in one solution he can use to listen in his bedroom.
What reasonably priced (non audiophile) options are out there?
Phone plus Bluetooth speaker, most kids have a phone already,
I use this for my “cooking listening “
(now wearing snowshoes on my asymmetrical isolation feet)
The Insignia Voice portable speaker is often on sale at Best Buy. You can unplug the mains plug and use it as portable Bluetooth speaker, but it also has a clock and Google Assistant inside, and Roon sees it as a Chromecast endpoint. Pretty good bedside clock radio.
Provided you do not require grouping with your RAAT zone(s), you probably want to look at AirPlay or Chromecast capable speakers. Plenty of options at $200, give or take. I have a Libratone ZIPP that I almost never use, but it is a nicely built portable speaker with a carrying strap.
How reliable this is does seem to depend a bit on the phone, just from my own experience and posts on the forum…worth trying though. If it were me I’d go down the Airplay or Chromecast route as @WiWavelength suggests if you’re playing from Roon. Loads of great little speakers that either have it built in or you could use a Chromecast Audio puck with. Audiopro get good comments, at the cheaper end I have a UE Roll 2 which is surprisingly good and very portable/waterproof.
The Bluesound devices are obvious choices but be warned that there seem to be lots of issues with syncing and them disappearing from Roon (I’ve had my fair share of issues with new Pulse Flex 2is and sent them all back). Next to the Airplay and Squeezebox options mentioned here, you could build a Raspberry Pi + HAT + passive speaker solution very cheaply, which seems the most solid option.
RPi 3 b+, SD-Card, Case ~50-60 USD
HifiBerry AMP2 ~60 USD
20V power adapter ~20 USD
Then get a nice pair of passive speakers and set them up connected to the RPi endpoint