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Need advice on AMP to connect computer to speakers -$200ish budget

post #1 of 10
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Hey all.

I was using some vintage tuners to connect my computer to my Polk desktop speakers. I really need something much smaller so I can set it within reach on my desk and won't take up tons of space. I also don't want to go vintage anymore.

All I need it to be able to do is let me connect my computer to it using a 3.5mm jack to rca's. Would be nice if I could also connect my CD player/ipod/etc to it in the same way (doesn't have to be at the same time).

It also needs to have a headphone jack (headfi baby!)

So, what are your suggestions for doing this in the $200 range?

Thanks!!
post #2 of 10
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Bump in the hopes someone will see this
post #3 of 10
If you don't need a lot of volume (SPL), there's some pretty cheap amps called t-amps. Search on amazon.com

There's car amps, but then you would need a 12 volt power supply.

There's this (http://www.amazon.com/AudioSource-AM...0887382&sr=8-3)

This [I think this brand seems like cheap junk, but never owned one] (http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PCA1-30-W...0887382&sr=8-4)

FYI, I did a search on Amazon.com for 'compact power amplifiers' to find some of these.
post #4 of 10
You could search ebay for a brand called technical pro.
post #5 of 10
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-383 I think this wold fit the bill for you.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by rdperry View Post

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-383 I think this wold fit the bill for you.

Great little amp! I have been using one for over a year on my computer, driving the Parts Express B652 speakers. Sounds really good.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by MichaelJHuman View Post

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There's this (http://www.amazon.com/AudioSource-AM...0887382&sr=8-3)

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And on the page Michael points to, there is a link to this dirt cheap Lepai Tripath Class-T amp.

It has Tripath's TA2020 chip, which is rather good. If that thing is halfway decently made, it's seems like a very good buy at less than $25
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help so far. I've got some research to do...

Now I'm wondering about a usb DAC then connect an amp. Will a usb DAC work with my computer if I don't have a soundcard (integrated sound only) ?
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Nostalgic View Post

Thanks for all the help so far. I've got some research to do...

Now I'm wondering about a usb DAC then connect an amp. Will a usb DAC work with my computer if I don't have a soundcard (integrated sound only) ?

Yep, it will work fine. I use an HRT Music Streamer II, feeding a Dayton DTA 100a amp, to the Dayton B652 speakers. Sounds great to my ears. Nothing like my main rig with Green Mountain Audio speakers and Cambridge Audio integrated, but doesnt send me screaming in pain either!
post #10 of 10
Slightly over budget, but you seem to have surpassed that already. Have you considered a small receiver instead? It would allow you to expand. If so, check out the Sherwood R-904N.
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