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Old 09-29-2015, 06:45 AM
 
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Without a long explanation, the difference is that you should buy choice A.

The mini system is for people who want convenience, don't have much room, and don't want to think.
Now you are saying that people who do not have room are people who do not want to think ?
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:26 AM
 
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Now you are saying that people who do not have room are people who do not want to think ?
The mini systems aren't THAT much smaller. I guess the main reason people buy them is because it's easy. All in one box and no thinking required.
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:15 PM
 
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any scientific audio quality differences between the 2 types?
THD, frequency-curves, noise-floor, etc...
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:57 PM
 
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any scientific audio quality differences between the 2 types?
THD, frequency-curves, noise-floor, etc...
It's not about the "types." It's about the actual components. Perhaps they could construct a world class mini-hi-fi that would blow away everything else. You really do have to look at the actual choices you have. I'd say, though, as a general rule, it's better to stay away from the mini-systems.
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:28 PM
 
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Buying one of the small systems in a box maybe simple, but you'll likely sacrifice sound quality.
I'm no audiophile but to be honest the Sony sytem I purchased similar to the one the OP linked too sounds fantastic.
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:31 PM
 
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Some people like to drag their stereos outside for backyard parties.
That's actually why I bought mine, I can just throw it in the box and take it too a party. It sits in the basement along side the rarely used pool table most of the time.

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Times have changed. For backyard parties I think you could now use powered Bluetooth speakers? Something like that. Or maybe just install some outdoor speakers.
It's very difficult to get volume and still have an atmosphere where you can talk without the sub, the Sony sytem can easily accommodate a very large party. I usually set it up 30 or 40 feet away from the main part of the party and turn it up.
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:18 PM
 
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I'm no audiophile but to be honest the Sony sytem I purchased similar to the one the OP linked too sounds fantastic.
The mini systems can sound good. I'm not going to argue that. I guess the question boils down to the alternatives. Let's say you're going to spend $xxxx. What are you getting for your money? My theory is that you can almost always do better piecing something together yourself. Look at used equipment, perhaps. Some of the used equipment you can find on Craigslist you ca buyer 15 cents on the dollar.
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:18 AM
 
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The mini systems can sound good. I'm not going to argue that. I guess the question boils down to the alternatives. Let's say you're going to spend $xxxx. What are you getting for your money? My theory is that you can almost always do better piecing something together yourself. Look at used equipment, perhaps. Some of the used equipment you can find on Craigslist you ca buyer 15 cents on the dollar.
I understand what you are saying but also realize people have other interests, I have a $1500 computer that would have cost Joe Schmoe $2000+. I saved a huge amount putting it together myself. Most people don't need a $2000 computer nor are they going to put it together themselves.

When I bought that sytem I was specifically buying it for a party and for that it's perfect. I saved the box with styrofoam. I can pack or unpack it in about 5 minutes. I leave it in the basement otherwise, the nieces and nephews love it because it has a ipod dock. It also takes MP3 discs or input from any device with headphone jack making it very versatile, the only thing it's missing is built in wifi. Every sytem I was looking at with wifi was very small or very big.

If I get the time or inclination I may set up nicer sytem and if I was 20 again it would probably be a priority.

As far as CL goes there is some great deals there but I'm usually reluctant to buy any type of electronics used. You're rolling the dice.
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