Originally Posted by Nuance
I nabbed these posts from a different thread and posted them here. I don't feel that this thread should only be for Funk, Hifi and I but rather everyone and anyone with the same price range in search of the same transparent and uncolored sound;
While I am looking for transparent and uncolored sound and I am absorbing all the useful info in this thread... I originally didn't try to thread-jack because of these differences between your topic and my situation:
1) Power. The power numbers being thrown around here seem excessive for my application. I'm ordering a 2nd set of songtowers for living/dining room duty - they probably won't hit 85db. The songtowers are 4 ohm, and a typical 120wpc amp will deliver 220+ watts into 4 ohms. My SPL calc says 220w will push ~108db out of the songtowers. So even with 120wpc amp I have 23db of headroom. EDIT: I just saw the ATI 1202 full bandwidth
power into 4ohms is only 180w (vs 120w into 8ohm). But still, the SPL calc says 180w into the songtowers is 107db. WAF is very low above 100db. That's why we have the HT room.
2) Cosmetics. I plan to hide everything in the closet and could care less what it looks like. Control will be through a Squeezebox Duet remote.
3) No preamp. I'm looking for something that will match nicely with Squeezebox line out. If I have to I will put in a passive volume control or ultra-simple preamp. I saw the ATI 1202 had gain controls - are there any other amps with gain adjust?
4) Cost. I'd like to stay sub-$1000 for the power amp + line matching. Any additional savings is great, of course.
So hey, thanks for any help!