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A/V Passive speaker Amp

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lankius Maximus, 25 Oct 2016.

  1. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Minimodder

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    I have a couple of redundant speakers (Cambridge Audio Min21s) I would like to start using as PC speakers. I already have a DAC in the form of a Creative E5 so I am looking at getting hold of an AMP to power them. 2.0 is fine but something with a sub would be ideal.

    Does anybody have any experience with Chinese amps? They seem ideal but I know sometimes things appear to be too good to be true. These ones caught my eye in particular....

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008Y7S198?psc=1

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Q5-Coaxial-Optical-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B015ZHZG1K

    I know I will have to change the power supply as there appears to be a bit of a swerve regards UK regulation with them.

    My other choice is then a jump to the Pro-Ject Pre Amp

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AMZA2K6?psc=1

    Which gaurantees the build quality but with no Sub out and at quite a bit of a price difference.

    Any thoughts would be gratefully received from anyone with a bit of knowledge around this.
     
  2. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    I like NAD... overkill for your tiny speakers, but you can get a really decent quality stereo amp for sixty five spondiloonies if having a sub is a necessaty, buy a second one and take the monitor output from one as the input of the other, and bi-wire to your sub...

    ...did I mention I like NAD? Other options are available and I'm sure less monomaniacal people will chime in with advice.
     
  3. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Minimodder

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  4. teacherboy

    teacherboy Part Carbon/Nylon/Bovine

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    what about one of these

    Denon DM40 DAB/CD/USB receiver/amp

    Have one in my kitchen paired with Q acoustics 2010i speakers and its magnificent - at higher end of the price range but gives you more - inc 2 optical inputs (for chromecast music/tv/input from toslink)/rca inputs/sub out as well
     
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  5. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Minimodder

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    Not wishing to resurect a long dead thread but in order to conclude this one......

    I found a small British company called Amptastic, and went for their Mini 1 model,

    https://www.amptastic.com/

    As mentioned in my first post I was drawn to Chinese manufacturers such as Lepy and SMSL regards both price and the physical footprint.

    This came in at about the £100 mark and (with no disrespect to Chinese manufacturers) is put together over here and has a plug that doesn't spark when you connect it!

    Most importantly after a month of use it sounds superb even with my litle speakers. In fact Im going to upgrade the speakers to a set of Monitor Audio Bronze 1s as it sounds so good I genuinely enjoy listening to music from my PC with it (I just need a bit more base and Im not convinced I can attach a sub to it).

    Ive attached an image so you get an idea of scale.


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    Great piece of audio kit.
     

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