Audio Pro A26

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Does anyone else have experience with the sound of these? I find it hard to believe that the C10/C5/C3 all win awards for their sound but the A26s sound so bad. It's a shame if they do as I'm struggling to find wifi enabled separate active speakers around this price. The KEF LSXs get good reviews but they're twice the price.
 

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Does anyone else have experience with the sound of these? I find it hard to believe that the C10/C5/C3 all win awards for their sound but the A26s sound so bad. It's a shame if they do as I'm struggling to find wifi enabled separate active speakers around this price. The KEF LSXs get good reviews but they're twice the price.
I haven’t, but I’m a satisfied user of the previous generation of portable wireless speaker, the Allroom Air One. Unfortunately I have come across the occasional dud in a range.
Is it active or wireless that you really need? There are lots of powered speakers at lower prices, and the KEF are fairly often discounted or available on eBay as ex-dem or used.
 

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I haven’t, but I’m a satisfied user of the previous generation of portable wireless speaker, the Allroom Air One. Unfortunately I have come across the occasional dud in a range.
Is it active or wireless that you really need? There are lots of powered speakers at lower prices, and the KEF are fairly often discounted or available on eBay as ex-dem or used.
Thank you for taking the time to reply, much appreciated.

Do I want Active or Wireless? I'm not sure. I'm working from home and listening to Spotify all day on a Sony RDP XF300ip (40w, 150 - 10000 Hz, Drivers are 25 mm, 76 mm). I would like something which sounds significantly better which can also play Spotify Connect (so I can use my phone while music plays) and radio.

I've read that a single unit will never sound as good as a pair of speakers, and I want something which can occasionally be moved to different rooms without much hassle. The Audio Pro A26s tick all these boxes, and I've seen them for £455, which is almost the top of my budget. Are there any other options which would meet my needs?
 

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The Audio Pro A26s tick all these boxes, and I've seen them for £455, which is almost the top of my budget. Are there any other options which would meet my needs?
I’m afraid this isn’t my specialist subject, though I’ve heard of folks who get good results with a pair of Sonos Play 1. Their newer models might be pair-able for stereo too, but I don’t know.
I don’t think the Addon range can be, though they do multiroom. Even the costlier Naim Muso models are one box.
More options here...https://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/best-wireless-speakers-wonderful-wi-fi-speakers-for-all-budgets
 

dariom79

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You can just get two C3s, C5s or C10s and set them up as left/right.

I have two C5As set up like this with a subwoofer, not incredibly happy with the sound (I think they lack midrange, sound a bit "dry") but it definitely works neatly.
 
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Does anyone else have experience with the sound of these? I find it hard to believe that the C10/C5/C3 all win awards for their sound but the A26s sound so bad. It's a shame if they do as I'm struggling to find wifi enabled separate active speakers around this price. The KEF LSXs get good reviews but they're twice the price.
I own a pair of these. Personally I disagree with the review. I own lots of high end equipment like Krell and McIntosh gear as well as B&W and Martin Logan speakers. For a small to mid-sized room, these sound excellent with music. Mids are smooth. Back off 1 notch on the treble for the smoothest vocals. These are great for jazz, New Age, vocals, and small orchestras or quartets. Very good for a bedroom or home office or den.
 

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I don't know about the quality of the A26 but several reviews talked about a kind of constant breath coming out from these speakers, although they seem globally rather good (read in the conclusion of this, in French sorry, for instance). Maybe it could be an idea to avoid listening while being too close to them.

As far as I am concerned I own the little bigger sisters, the A36 loudspeakers, and they rock. I am surprised -and disapointed- that Whathifi did not review them too yet, I am truly convinced they are a very interesting alternative to soundbars and that they could also perfectly be used to listen various kinds of music. A common drawback is the quality of the Audio Pro app, which is not very handy as a playlists' builder, so I frequently make my playlists on another Android app (BubbleUPnP). But the Audio Pro app is slowly improving.
 

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