Cheap Wireless Stereo with iPhone App & Vintage Speakers

Cheap Wireless Stereo with iPhone App & Vintage Speakers

Range Govindan
Oct 12, 2009

At Unplggd, we enjoy everything wireless. However, anything that's become wireless usually tends to cost more. With a budget in mind, we set ourselves the task to creating a neat wireless stereo system using an iPhone/iPod Touch App, vintage speakers, and your desktop computer.

When we featured a recent wireless iPhone/iPod dock from Yamaha, reader mxjohnson pointed out that you could do even better. You could just use the free Remote App from the iPhone App Store and control the music from your computer. All that's needed is for your computer to be hooked up to a few speaker for this system to work. Most computers are hooked up to some kind of amp and speakers. Usually, they will cover one room pretty adequately. Naturally, this will also work with iPod Touch.

But what if you want to setup speakers in more than one room? Well, in order to keeps costs down, we'd recommend staying away from fancy wireless speakers as well as computer specific speakers, and just setting up a stereo amp with some speakers. Some audiophile readers recommend staying away from modern speakers and going vintage. Therobbstory suggests going for second-hand active monitors. They have built-in amplification, so you'll have less wires running around. The KRK RP5s cost $300 new, but you'll be able to find these for about $200 and less second-hand. Mounting these in another room should be pretty easy. Also, they can be used to add power your laptop's speakers as well.

Marcelor suggests finding older bookshelf speakers from the '80s or '90 from KEF, Celestion, and B&W. There are plenty of these models available on eBay for about $100. Couple those with an amp from the '70s or 80' from Pioneer, Onyko, or Panasonic for about $150 and you're ready to go. Why go vintage? They predate the era when listening to music from your computer was common. The speaker market has changed quite a bit and it's filled with cheap and not-so-good sounding speakers. Audiophile speakers can costs thousands of dollars.

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