Today, speakers come in all sorts of boxes and communication setups. Back in my youth, these boxes were called “monitor speakers” and the sound was nothing short of superb. Hi-fidelity sound, but with a huge cost and you would need a friend to help you carry just one speaker into your living room!
Things have changed a bit. Bluetooth connection to your music source is very common and few people have those huge speakers I mentioned earlier. Except movie theatres and audiophile folks with there very own home audiovisual theatre.
Maybe my recommendations will also fall under the category of Buy it once. Buy it for Life. No moving parts and simple enough design should allow this product at least 20 years of gentle use; let’s hope so. I digress…
Amazons ECHO speaker is much more than a speaker. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make the morning coffee. Yet. The superb sound comes with the convenience of a Bluetooth connection, which means you can move the speaker or the sound source, your smartphone, for example, a room or two away from each other.
Just take a quick look at what this device is capable of providing:
- Updated speaker, now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response.
- Voice recognition via ALEXA. Ask for a song or artist from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more.
- With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction,even while music is playing
- Echo can fill the room with 360° omnidirectional audio.
- Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control your compatible smart lights, thermostats,
garage doors, sprinklers, and more.
My second speaker recommendation is a bookshelf sized set of stereo speakers made by Micco. Correct, Micco and I had also never heard of this manufacturer until recently. Do not let the small size fool you. This pair of speakers delivers a very rich, loud sound and have been featured in the top 10 speakers for several years in a row. Each speaker measures only 6.5 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches but it also delivers 75 watts of power!
My third choice is actually my very own speakers that I use at home. This pair of Onkyo speakers are floor standing and measure 41 inches tall on a very small footprint. each speaker belts out 130 watts of smooth, rich sound that covers all the frequencies in my very wide music and movie collection. This is also an item that I can safely say you will buy these speakers that will last a lifetime. From a quiet romantic solo to the canons Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture everything is clear and distortion free.Look at all the reviews on Amazon from happy customers. I think the most credible is this Amazon review “I’m an audio engineer and do mixing and mastering on a daily basis, so I rely on my ears for a living. Take that for what it’s worth, but having said that, if you’re debating between the Onkyo SKF-4800s and Pioneer SP-FS52-LRs, do yourself a favor and get the Onkyos. They are not absolutely perfect, but probably the best you can get in the price range. They sure do sound a lot more expensive than they look, before they are even broken in at all.” Enough said? I hope you enjoy them as much as I do