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Ok, so it's summer. There's going to parties and cookouts and kis pool party and such.

I don't want to drag my amp/preamp from the basement to the backyard each time i want some music.

So I need an amp that I can hook up my smartphone/tablet and just let it rip.

What do you guys use for outdoor amps?

Something that is cheap, 50-100w, and can withstand abuse from little kids and drunken adults would be ideal.

Thanks
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I have this amp I used in my bedroom years ago. It's sitting around unused now but I'll probably try it outside this summer for scenarios similar to yours. Not sure it'll get loud enough but we'll see. It's definitely cheap, simple, small, and light wink.gif . Looks like Pyle has some on amazon with more power for maybe double the price.
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Thanks, but I am afraid that's not going to cut it. The max output you can expect from that type of amp is maybe 10w before distortion.

I have one driving a pair of speakers on my desktop set up.

I guess I need a REAL amp.
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Yeah, I remember distortion getting pretty bad when turning up music in the bedroom so definitely won't be able to crank it outside. I have houses 30 or so feet on both sides so won't be playing too loud anyways; actually, my logitech speaker dock probably plays as loud as I want to go outside. Maybe you can find something cheap on craigslist and and keep it in on the deck in something reasonably weatherproof?? Of if you don't already own speakers that you have your heart set on using, buy some powered speakers that you can plug the phone directly into.
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The Dayton dta-100a might be a good choice. It's small, light and easy to hook up. I have one that I use in a bedroom system, and occasionally on bike rides (with battery power).
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A receiver from goodwill or a pawn shop would also be good. (If htib hasn't destroyed that market.)

Anyone on here have and old receiver they'd like to get rid of in smokarz's area? smile.gif

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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/behringer-eurolive-b205d-active-pa-monitor-speaker


5,5 inch speaker with a 150 watt amp and 3 channel mixer built in, I use one for out door events for background music and speeches with over 150 people. It also mounts on a mic stand and I have used it on a UPS battery back up for over 3 hours.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.

Maybe I'll look on CL for something cheap.

I was also looking at Guitar Center for a used Behrignher, maybe an EP1500.

I have some spare speakers, so not looking to spend more on powered speakers.
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I am using a Daton dta100. It's fastened to the underside of a small patio table. It's protected from spills that way. Works great
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The Emotiva mini-X a-100 is on sale right now, its a compact amp with plenty of power.

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

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I'm planning a "boombox" build with the Dayton DTA-100A as the amp. I'm undecided on the exact specs, but it's either going to be a modified version of Paul Carmody's "sprite" or a boomboxification of Jed Kunz's Lineup F4. The sprite is the cheaper and easier build, but I think the Lineup F4 would wind up sounding better.

Lineup series- http://www.htguide.com/forum/showthread.php?27583-Lineup-Series-Build-Thread-(F4-D4-D44-R4-R44)
Sprite - https://sites.google.com/site/undefinition/sprite

Either will wind up being easier and nicer sounding than pulling out a receiver, speaker wire, and the crap HTIB cube speakers that I used last time.

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Anyone got experience with the Pioneer A-20 amp?

Looks pretty decent for under $150




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Anyone got experience with the Pioneer A-20 amp?

Looks pretty decent for under $150




where did you see this for that grate price

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On Pioneer website. Look under their refurb section.
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I use an IPR-1600 on what ever speakers I have handy.. They run fine the headphone out on my iPhone.

Ran all day in 100+ degrees today, pushing my L710s (4ohms)
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I'm planning a "boombox" build with the Dayton DTA-100A as the amp.

I built one with the DTA-100A, bought one a couple of years ago (maybe 3) when they had "seconds" or something to that effect for $50 at PE. Based the design on the Denovo Mini Elliptical w/the Aura buyouts designed by bwaslo, sadly the Auras are nla:

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/compression-drivers/dna-10.html

Pleased with the amp, definitely recommended unless you really need PA volume levels. I made the box out of 1/2" "Birch" ply (from HD) with both end chambers ported and a separate sealed chamber in the center for the amp and crossover housing. Designed for durability, simplicity, the brain-dead (my college-aged son and friends), and inebriated (me)....simple plug and play, plug in the power cord in the back and music device in the front where the amp access is. Installed a 1"- 24VDC fan in back (powered by DTA power supply), draws in air over the amp and through the center chamber. I keep a 12' power cord from Monoprice tied to the carrying handle so an extension cord is typically not needed.



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