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Advice for a Stereo Amp - <$400

Hey guys,

I am looking for a decent stereo amp with a sub out/pre out and integrated DAC for an office setting (~ 18 feet x 18 feet) that will plug into my computer via an optical cable (I believe I am limited to SPDIF) to power low/mid-range bookshelf speakers and a sub. This will be a nearfield setup so I don't need gobs of power but for reference I am currently running a Dayton Audio APA 150 connected to a headphone AMP/DAC and I can barely turn it past 9 before it becomes to loud for my tastes.

I have narrowed my search down thusfar to the following two amps but am open to any suggestions or advice.

Onkyo A-9150:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073WYKYKF...v_ov_lig_dp_it

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Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T3TOTV0...v_ov_lig_dp_it

If an AV receiver in this budget would be a better option then I am also open to those suggestions as well.

Please let me know if you need any more information.

Thanks for the advice.
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@Warmacblu If you are just doing 2.1 with ok speakers, then no need to spend that much.

Here are some of the offerings from Yamaha, Onkyo, Integra and Pioneer, all in one place. They sell refurbished gear here so it might not be your thing, but it has an excellent search tool to help you narrow it down. https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ceivers/1.html


Next step is building or buying some nicer speakers.


good luck!
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@Warmacblu If you are just doing 2.1 with ok speakers, then no need to spend that much.

Here are some of the offerings from Yamaha, Onkyo, Integra and Pioneer, all in one place. They sell refurbished gear here so it might not be your thing, but it has an excellent search tool to help you narrow it down. https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ceivers/1.html


Next step is building or buying some nicer speakers.


good luck!
Thank you for the quick reply. I have used Accessories4Less to purchase a Denon AVR-X4000 for my pseudo-HT setup but I was looking for something I can grow into. I feel like a nice dedicated amp in the $300-$400 range would allow me some space for upgrading the speakers/sub in the future. I guess I could look at some lower/mid range receivers but I really have no need for video handling.
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I use the same APA150 amp with the miniDSP HD as my pre (with their remote) in my bedroom. Perfect solution with the capability to set crossover points and more.


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I would stretch your budget just a hair and get the NAD D 3020 V2. I haven't heard it but I've always had great luck with NAD products, and it checks all your boxes other than price.
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Thanks for all of the replies.

I did actually consider that NAD amp a while back but ruled it out because of form factor. The price right now is actually $399 so it's within budget but I just don't like the looks and cramped connections. For some reason, I find that old school boxy and brushed aluminium look very appealing.

The miniDSP is interesting, I'll look into it more but I would really like an AMP/DAC combo as to limit the amount of boxes on and around my desk.

I am adding the Yamaha A-S301 to the short list to kinda act as a middle ground. It seems like, from the reading I have done, that the Onkyo has a fantastic DAC but you can't really take advantage of it because there is no USB connection. The Cambridge Audio amp also has a decent DAC and a toroidal transformer which is desirable from what I've read, maybe someone can comment on that? But, some people have complained about the frustrating buttons and interface. The Yamaha amp seems to be a generally good all-arounder so nothing really negative or standout about it.

It may not really make a difference with the speakers I will be using but I will upgrade in the future so I'd like to have a nice amp in place.

Thanks for any more input.
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Advice for a Stereo Amp - &lt;$400

Just so you see how little space this occupies. The 3rd box would be for Bluetooth.

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