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I am about to replace my 20 year old Cambridge Soundworks Original Ensembles (6 ohm impedance speakers) and use them as computer speakers. I believe that to do this I will need a 2 channel power amp and a mini plug to dual RCA cable. The mini plug goes into the computer line out, the RCAs to the amp left and right line ins.

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1) Do I have this right?
2) Is there a problem with an impedance mismatch?
3) Recommendations for an amp to buy and where to buy it?

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A small (cheap) stereo receiver like an Onkyo TX-8255 (ebay auctions) or similar will give you all the power you need for near field listening and brings you an AM/FM tuner and switching for other sources should you wish to plug one in. Some power amps have a level control (volume gain) but very little else. No remote - no ability to change sources - and often will cost more than the stereo receiver.

Any stereo receiver or amp can drive those speakers just fine.

I own a Harman Kardon 3390 and the above mentioned Onkyo 8255. Both sound great for two channel sound.

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I am about to replace my 20 year old Cambridge Soundworks Original Ensembles (6 ohm impedance speakers) and use them as computer speakers. I believe that to do this I will need a 2 channel power amp and a mini plug to dual RCA cable. The mini plug goes into the computer line out, the RCAs to the amp left and right line ins.

Questions:

1) Do I have this right?
2) Is there a problem with an impedance mismatch?
3) Recommendations for an amp to buy and where to buy it?


Yes, you have it right. The CSWs can be properly driven by any consumer amp or receiver, with no impedance issues. I would look for something used. Almost any functioning stereo receiver of any vintage will do this job. You can probably find something on ebay or at a local Goodwill or pawn shop for $25-50.

It doesn't matter with LCDs, but keep in mind that the original Ensemble satellites aren't shielded, and should be kept away from anything that doesn't react well to magnetic fields, like CRT displays or floppy disks (sorry, classical reference).

Great speakers, IMO. I still have two pairs in service.

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