Cheap as possible 2 channel amp that is still good.
I am wondering about replacing my onkyo receiver (605) with a cheap but good amp due to the onkyo getting really hot around the HDMI board, thus giving out an unpleasant smell of hot electronics.
Other than seeing if it would work at all without the HDMI board plugged in, I think a replacement is needed.
I want a 2 channel amp due to the fact I only have 2 speakers, the speakers are going to be connected up to a PC (and a Intel NUC doing DRC) thus I do not really need anything else that a AV receiver does.
I have been looking at the Emotiva mini-x a-100, but I am afraid of reliability due to the shipping costs of sending a faulty one back (from AUS).
Does anyone have input on this?
I am also looking at the Cambridge Audio TOPAZ AM10 and the Pioneer A10 (but I think both of them will end up at a higher price than the Emotiva).
I don't want anything like a class T amp due to their problems with frequency response changing based on the speaker impedance (but if there is something like a good Hypex class D based amp in $200-$399 price range I would not say no to it).
I am also willing to buy used but I have no idea what is good.
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