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post #1 of 4 Old 07-14-2017, 04:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I have been slowly working on my ultimate desk setup for my PC's and have decided that my new project would be audio. I saw a video that detailed a pair of polk audio bookshelves and a stereo amplifier while giving a compact amp as a possibility. I wanted to see if I can get some advice on selecting a compact 2.1 amplifier. My HT setup is Denon and klipsch vf-36 filled out to 5.1 I have wanted to try out some other brands for a while so recommendations would be appreciated. I was currently looking at a max budget of $250 w/o subwoofer (but it can go up if needed). Are there any quality compact amp's or should I just find a cheap stereo amp?

Follow up thought, I have always wanted to go the amp/pre-amp route just to see what it's all about and maybe this could be a starting point. I could start cheap and when I want to upgrade I can give this to my blind friend who I need to get PC speakers for anyways.

edit: I have been looking around and found a pyle and an audiosource 2 channel amp and I'll worry about the sub later. Thoughts? Also I ran across some tube amp's and I'm so intrigued. I'm going to guess that they don't fit into a desktop PC and probably aren't that durable not to mention I'm sure the cheap ones aren't that great, but I think it's really cool. Gonna do a little looking around just out of curiosity.

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I have a Altec Lansing computer speaker set hooked up For me at near field it sounds surprisingly good. XA 2021 Over my right shoulder is my vinyl setup tho. YMMV
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Ok I went with an SMSL SA-160 and a pair of Polk TSi-100. I didn't really know what I was looking at so I just went with my gut and budget. Hopefully this will be a good start in stereo audio.
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A good start, yes. You might want to consider adding a small sub to that setup. The Polks play down to 61hz according to Polk Audio. You'll be missing an octave or so of low end sound without a sub. You'll need a sub with speaker level inputs since your amp has speaker level output only. A small sub that is getting a lot of attention lately is the Emotiva BasX 8" sub. It plays down to 28hz +/- 3db. Plenty low for most all music.
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