Did a search but most discussions about this are a bit old…
What are currently some good choices of wireless, powered Roon Ready speakers to configure as a stereo pair? I recently purchased a Bluesound Mini 2i which I love, so I’m gravitating towards 2 of their Flex 2i for the stereo pair (which will go in a different room).
What other alternatives should I consider before I pull the trigger?
Don’t know your budget, but KEF LS50W II’s are Roon Ready, and KEF’s LSX are Roon Tested (meaning they don’t natively support Roon’s RAAT protocol but can be controlled by Roon), and Sonos’ speakers can be used also. I have both LSX and the original LS50W (also Roon Tested) and enjoy them both.
Alternatively, you could get any number of powered/active speakers such as Audioengine A series or HD series or even professional monitors and connect them to a Raspberry Pi or even a Bluesound Node and run them that way.
The location doesn’t lend itself very well to having additional gear besides the speakers themselves, which I plan to mount to the wall. I can get power to them through the wall but that’s about it. Which is why I want to go with active, Roon Ready speakers. Am I missing a possible architecture with active, but not Roon Ready, speakers? There is very good WiFi coverage in that room.
I’ll look into the KEF’s and Sonos. How would they stack-rank against the Flex?
I think your best option would be to audition them, if you can. I can’t comment on the Flex 2i’s, but I can compare the Sonos One to the Kef LSX. The former is great for casual listening–surprisingly good bass for such a small unit–but they’re not in the same league as the LSX. I have a pair in my office (plus an additional sub), and I’ve been really pleased with them.
Miguel, no, you are not missing anything. By active, I mean that the crossover is usually performed (digitally in most cases today) before the amplifier in each speaker, whereas powered tends to mean the crossover occurs after the amplifier (this is a general but not hard and fast rule), and there may be one amplifier for both speakers. This is lower-level that may not matter in most cases.
I agree that if possible, it is best to try to listen to a range of options before deciding on what to get, but there are many options out there.
The Sonos One are a great recommendation, great ROI - I have several of them distributed across the house / premise as in-house system for casual listening.
In addition I set them up as aural alert system via HomeKit, in case any of the smoke / fire / water / CO2 or intrusion security systems detects an issue, the Sono‘s speakers act as additional alarm plus play a pre-recorded voice message of what and where the issue is.
Very good and versatile speaker. Highly recommended.
hmmm… you didn’t specify a budget It really depends on what you’re trying to do. If you want room filling big stereo image sound you’ll not be happy with a “life style” speaker. If all you want is a small, all in one, box that is commonly used solo then you’re asking all the right questions. But, these things have serious limitations once you turn the volume up. I find speakers like Sonos sound very processed. That’s OK for casual background listening but they fall significantly short of any serious listening and especially at reference level volumes. Then, with small boxes, you may want a sub at some point which add complexity to any powered set-up.
You lose stereo and imaging but I lived in an apartment for a bit a few years back and the Naim Mu-Su was my only stereo. It was excellent and looked good. You may want to find some place to listen to one.