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post #1 of 8 Old 05-29-2020, 03:45 PM - Thread Starter
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Cheap 2 channel amp for Patio

I have a Marantz SR-6014 that until recently I was using the zone 2 capabilities to play Sonos on two patio speakers. But once I added rear surrounds to my living room setup, I've ran out of usable amplifiable channels. The receiver can only send a pre-amp signal out for zone 2 now, so I need a small amp, preferably under a $100 bucks, that outputs around 50 to 100 watts per channel. Doesn't need volume controls and doesn't need to be hifi, although I don't want it to sound like a P.A. system either. Trigger on/off capabilities would be nice, but I can work around that with my harmony hub. Other work around ideas are welcome.

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These don't quite hit your price point, but offer what you want. As you examine them, you'll see that it's likely that they use the same design, so I'd imagine that they perform similarly.

https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...ifier--300-593
https://www.russound.com/products/am...urce-amplifier
https://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/...er-xmp100.html

The Dayton has 60WPC, and has a potentially unneeded bluetooth feature, but costs a little less than the others. They use to have a model without bluetooth, but it was discontinued.
The other models have 75WPC.
Besides trigger capability, these models have auto on/off capability, so should wake up when music plays, then time out and turn off when it stops.
You may consider getting any of these on Amazon Prime or the Russound at Best Buy (with Amazon/Internet price match?) to use their return policies to test.

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I have a Marantz SR-6014 that until recently I was using the zone 2 capabilities to play Sonos on two patio speakers. But once I added rear surrounds to my living room setup, I've ran out of usable amplifiable channels. The receiver can only send a pre-amp signal out for zone 2 now, so I need a small amp, preferably under a $100 bucks, that outputs around 50 to 100 watts per channel. Doesn't need volume controls and doesn't need to be hifi, although I don't want it to sound like a P.A. system either. Trigger on/off capabilities would be nice, but I can work around that with my harmony hub. Other work around ideas are welcome.

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@myhikingboots .....Work great. Use for Zone 2 and 3 here at different times with my Denon. Great value for the money. I recall several other members recommending these in the past. That's how I heard of them after all.
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@myhikingboots .....Work great. Use for Zone 2 and 3 here at different times with my Denon. Great value for the money. I recall several other members recommending these in the past. That's how I heard of them after all.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
three are plenty of these little class D amps via ebay/amazon and will work well. only thing is they don't have auto on feature.

this model for parts express does have auto on, but may be underpowered. https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...ifier--300-330

you can find plenty of audiosource amp100VS used on ebay at your price point (https://www.ebay.com/itm/AudioSource...8AAOSw~rxexaCm)

you may find a suitable open box at monoprice at your price point

right now, the best pricing is at outdoorspeakerdepot.com

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@myhikingboots .....Work great. Use for Zone 2 and 3 here at different times with my Denon. Great value for the money. I recall several other members recommending these in the past. That's how I heard of them after all.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I think I'll try this one, seems about right.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
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I think I'll try this one, seems about right.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
Good deal. Currently using two of them. One for a pair of DCM 160S bookshelves RearHeight in the 11.4 main room and another for a couple Dayton AudioAir 6 1/2inch on the patio. They play very nicely with the Denon X4400H
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Good deal. Currently using two of them. One for a pair of DCM 160S bookshelves RearHeight in the 11.4 main room and another for a couple Dayton AudioAir 6 1/2inch on the patio. They play very nicely with the Denon X4400H
Got the amp today from Amazon and it works perfectly. Thanks again.
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Got the amp today from Amazon and it works perfectly. Thanks again.
Cool. They are great for their intended purpose.
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