For a teenager with limited budget, say half of Qb new. ?
How about a Qb secondhand?
Do you need a fully fledged streamer, or just a Bluetooth speaker? Given that this will presumably be controlled from a phone you might get better value from a portable speaker. The Kef Muo springs to mind as an example, but there is loads of choice out there.
Yes, Kef and smartphone is a good call.
Maybe something a bit larger than Muo
Mains & battery would be nice.
You might want to look at the Audio Pro range. They are often compared with Sonos and seem to win on SQ but Sonos has a much better app. I have not done the comparison myself, but am thinking about getting one for our new summerhouse at the bottom of the garden.
There’s a 2nd generation one on EBay for £550 at present
For what it’s worth, have just bought a Sonos One SL for casual listening. Considering it was just £179 the SQ is excellent. To add to that the Sonos app on my iPhone works flawlessly. OK, the SL doesn’t quite match my gen 1 MuSo, but it was a fraction of the price!!
I think for a teenager, a Sonos is a much better idea than a second hand Qb.
Yes, the Muo is more a portable thing. The Kef LSX caught my eye as a wireless speaker system too, as it’s a proper stereo pair but similar price to a QB.
There’s loads of stuff out there from the usual suspects like Bose, B&W, Ruark and Sonos, hard to know where to start.
Asking a bunch of old men what is suitable for a teenager isn’t really a good idea.
My kids both love the JBL range of bluetooth speakers
Sonos One not portable not Bluetooth, eh…?
Got my son a first generation QB a few years back and allowed him to demo it against the Sonos all his friends had. Only one winner and we/he have never regretted it. I consider it a gateway drug. He’s getting better at hearing his stuff on that; comparing it to the main system and identifying the aspects he likes or doesn’t in each system.
I have the Sonos move which I like. It has a thin charger stand and u can pick it up and carry it anywhere. Charge lasts a good while
Have a look at the Cambridge Audio Yoyo (L).
I’ve only heard the (M), but thought that was good value for money. The (M) is nice as a stereo pair, but the (L) is closer in design and functionality to the Qb.
There is 10/10 review of the Dali Katch G2 by Ed Selley which has just appeared on avforums. Selling for £330 which is in your price range and I suspect may be ideal for your teenager
I have both Yoyo (L) and (M). (M) had rather poor SQ and battery in one speaker died way too soon. The (L) is good and I’m still using it as a soundbar - but has buggy software and my unit emits a faint wheezing noise until it warms up. They are very good looking units - but not even in the same league as the Qb 2 I currently own.
But also half the price, hence suggesting it to the OP.
Sonos has its wonderfull app, which streams their own Sonos radio with music in different genres.
Listened to the Sonos Move and the Harman Kardon Citation 200, and i thought the HK sounded better.
So for a portable i would choose between those two, for me HK better sound, Sonos better app.
We will look into a Sonos and maybe a B&W, as these are available locally.