herme (herme) wrote in audiophile,


I'm in the market for new speakers, but have a pretty limited budget. I'm also looking for very specific features, features that I thought wouldn't be hard to find together, but apparently are.

My budget:
<$125 (+s&h)

Features I wanted to find together:
  • Speakers louder than my computer: I have a macbook and find it hard to hear movies if there's even minimal noise going on around me, so I want something I can connect to my computer for louder sound. (I have a TV and primarily watch movies on there, but occasionally, at friends' houses for ex., use the mac)
  • portable: can run on disposable batteries, NOT rechargeable batteries. I don't care whether they're DD or AAA, or how many it needs. I'd just like to be able to take the speakers camping for a few days and not need an outlet to keep listening to my music.
  • alarm clock: I know individual speakers don't have this, and neither do most systems, but it would be awesome to find a system with an alarm clock AND snooze button, as the iPod's own alarm clock doesn't snooze.

I don't give a shit about the weight or size of the speakers, or whether the portable ones have convenient carrying cases. I want to use the speakers primarily to listen to music at home, but it would be nice if they were portable, too... and I don't need anything of amazing sound quality, either. Basic desktop speakers were working fine for me, then they broke.

Basically, I miss boomboxes. I want all of the features that were on the CD boombox I had when I was fourteen, except now I use an iPod instead of CDs. Is something like this even possible? any recommendations? or should I make two different purchases: one portable speaker system to take camping with me, and one set of speakers for my house, and forget about the alarm clock feature altogether? is there something that perfectly matches what I am looking for, at a slightly higher cost, that I should just save up for?

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