iYiYi

by Tivoli Audio

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F5 Active Nearfield Monitor

by Adam Audio

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Shape M7 Wireless Audio Speaker

by Samsung

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Play:1

by Sonos

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Price Best Price: $200.00
Pros
  • Full-featured remote with good range
  • Internal power supply means no brick or "wall wart"
  • Very good sound quality
  • Large, clear LCD display
  • Excellent FM tuner with RDS
  • Mix-in port lets you listen to two sources simultaneously
  • Great sound
  • Compact size
  • Good for both music making and music listening
  • Relatively easy to set up
  • Powerful amplifier
  • Good sound
  • $50 hub required for multi-room configurations
Cons
  • Confusing alarm-clock functionality
  • No data connection for syncing your iPod
  • No video output
  • Audio quality not quite as good as that of several similarly-priced systems
  • Power-saving mode slow to power speakers up
  • Distorts when pushed too hard
  • Large physical footprint
  • $50 hub required for multi-room configurations
At A Glance

Adam Audio's F5 is a great compact, near-field monitor for those who take their music (and music making) seriously.

If you're looking for a big multi-room speaker, Samsung's Shape system is a viable alternative to what Sonos has on offer.