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Mmainly for TV use but some music would also be played

ideally under 150

No amp so just powering from TV at the mo
 
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Let's get practical here. Unless you're a masochist then you're going to want to control the volume from a remote of some sort for the powered speakers if that's the way you plan to go. Yes, some TVs have a headphone output, but it's increasingly common to find that the volume for that is only accessible via a sub menu buried away. If it's just you using the speakers then maybe you'll tolerate the inconvenience. Where there's others in the house they'll be far from chuffed.

Now, on to the TV connection. Headphone jack has just been covered, but the most common is an optical output. It's a cleaner signal than headphone audio usually, but there's no volume control option with optical (or not normally, though someone somewhere will chime in that they have the exception to the rule ) so the speakers are definitely going to need a volume control.

A quick recap then: active speakers, with a built-in DAC if possible, an an IR Control that's going to work happily across the distance of a living room rather than a desk or small bedroom/office. And it has to sound okay for music, oh, and be under £150.

The closest I think you're going to come to that is the Edifier R2000dB at £169 here at Clockers. That beats Amazon by £30!
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/edifier-studio-r2000db-128w-rms-bluetooth-speakers-sp-028-er.html
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/edifier-studio-r2000db-128w-rms-bluetooth-speakers-sp-028-er.html
 
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My tv doesn't have inbuilt speakers it just has standard speaker connections for audio out so i8 can control vo9lume that way.7

I'm open to buying second hand
 
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My tv doesn't have inbuilt speakers it just has standard speaker connections for audio out so i8 can control vo9lume that way.7

I'm open to buying second hand
Would have been useful to state that as explicitly as you have just done but in your opening post.

The last TVs I sold with speaker terminals were Pioneer and Loewe plasma sets from 2005~2008. Can't recall ever seeing speaker out on LCD/LED sets, and nor on OLED either.

Second-hand, off the top of my head:
Monitor Audio BX2 or Bronze 2
KEF Q- or IQ- series
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1
Dali Spektor 2
Tannoy Mercury-series
Mission LX-series

The list isn't exhaustive. There are plenty of reviews online for used speakers. Treat the reviews with a pinch of salt though. End-user reviews can be less than objective and professional reviews can be overly-nitpicky. You're really just trying to sort the wheat from the chaff and eliminate any speakers with character flaws or reliability issues.

New
Wharfedale Diamond 220 (£99/pr)
Q Acoustics 3020 (c. £100/pr)
Fine F300 (£159/pr)

With either new or used I would suggest keeping an eye on the sensitivity figures. Small bookshelf speakers tend to be low (82-84dB not uncommon), where as better speakers might deliver 87-89dB. That might not make much sense until you realise it could be the difference between the amp working twice as hard for the same volume level on the lower-sensitivity speakers. The amp.inside the TV won't deliver oodles of power, so it makes sense to use it wisely.

Sensitivity tells you nothing else about the performance of a speaker though. It's a bit like the mpg of a car. You know how far it will go but nothing about what it's like to drive it.
 
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Would have been useful to state that as explicitly as you have just done but in your opening post.

The last TVs I sold with speaker terminals were Pioneer and Loewe plasma sets from 2005~2008. Can't recall ever seeing speaker out on LCD/LED sets, and nor on OLED either.

Second-hand, off the top of my head:
Monitor Audio BX2 or Bronze 2
KEF Q- or IQ- series
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1
Dali Spektor 2
Tannoy Mercury-series
Mission LX-series

The list isn't exhaustive. There are plenty of reviews online for used speakers. Treat the reviews with a pinch of salt though. End-user reviews can be less than objective and professional reviews can be overly-nitpicky. You're really just trying to sort the wheat from the chaff and eliminate any speakers with character flaws or reliability issues.

New
Wharfedale Diamond 220 (£99/pr)
Q Acoustics 3020 (c. £100/pr)
Fine F300 (£159/pr)

With either new or used I would suggest keeping an eye on the sensitivity figures. Small bookshelf speakers tend to be low (82-84dB not uncommon), where as better speakers might deliver 87-89dB. That might not make much sense until you realise it could be the difference between the amp working twice as hard for the same volume level on the lower-sensitivity speakers. The amp.inside the TV won't deliver oodles of power, so it makes sense to use it wisely.

Sensitivity tells you nothing else about the performance of a speaker though. It's a bit like the mpg of a car. You know how far it will go but nothing about what it's like to drive it.
You know your stuff it's a pioneer kuro.


Theres some iq1 and iq5 local to me. That look good
 
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