I have the Onkyo 709 which requires a separate amp to run a 2nd zone with 7.1. I need the 2nd zone to run some bookshelf speakers on the patio using the Dayton DC190 driver and the Vifa BC25TG15-05 Tweeter, 50w RMS, 100w max. I found the Dayton DTA-100a Class-T Digital Mini Amplifier for $89 which has favorable reviews. Any other ideas for 2ch amps in an under $200 price range?
I don't really think you need 100 watts for those speakers. I'm using a Dayton APA-150 for my garage bookshelf speakers. Even though the APA-150 isn't 100 watts it sounds much more powerful than its numbers indicate. It works really well.
That is kind of what I was thinking as well, which is why I was thinking 50w/ch would work, but the bass would suffer some with less wattage. I would be getting maybe 2db or less with the extra wattage. But you are happy with it so far? How long have you had it and how often do you have it on?
I don't think the bass will be any less. At one time I thought that could happen but I was wrong. I get very good bass response in the garage and out in the driveway as well. The system sounds a lot bigger than two book shelf speakers. I have had the amplifier for a couple of years. I use it when I'm out in the garage working on something or washing my car in the driveway.
Look at the audiosource amp 100. 50 watts/channel and can be found for way under your budget on Amazon. I use one for my patio and it has plenty of power for my large patio and fire pit area that extends from the patio. I picked up a couple for my parents place for their 2nd and 3rd zone (kitchen & patio).
I think they go for just under $90 shipped normally. 2 weeks ago they had them on sale for $62, I wouldn't count on that price anytime soon though.