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froth
2016-01-04, 09:24
Hi folks.

I have a squeezebox classic that was connected to my yamaha mini stereo system. The amp went and I am now looking for a replacement. I only used the input from the squeezebox and not anything else so I do not require anything other than inputs for the squeezebox. I would like to keep the yamaha bookshelf speakers as they are fantastic. 30W drivers. Any suggestions? Something with a small footprint would be great and I do not really care about power consumption.

Thanks

mooblie
2016-01-04, 09:32
I would go for something like this digital amplifier:

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121767091695

Julf
2016-01-04, 09:39
I would go for something like this digital amplifier:

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121767091695

I agree - my dining room system is a raspberry pi driving a pair of TPA3118D2's, and it has worked great.

Giza2020
2016-01-04, 10:29
If anyone has a recommendation for an amp as per OP but with a USB connection to power a Chromecast audio I'd love to hear as well.

d6jg
2016-01-04, 11:56
I would go for something like this digital amplifier:

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121767091695

I have something similar - Topping TP21 driving some Wharfedale Modus Cubes. Surprisingly good sound. The Topping is very well constructed.

d6jg
2016-01-04, 12:00
If anyone has a recommendation for an amp as per OP but with a USB connection to power a Chromecast audio I'd love to hear as well.

I have an amp with USB charging socket (Onkyo CRN755) but not in same price league. I tried using it to power a Raspberry Pi connected to the same amp and it definitely created interference on the audio. I am not saying it will in all cases but a separate supply is safer.

DJanGo
2016-01-04, 12:03
If anyone has a recommendation for an amp as per OP but with a USB connection to power a Chromecast audio I'd love to hear as well.

In my Garage / backup Man Cave there is one of these SMSL SA things and its powered by an old PSU that i have from an old LA-CIE NAS that has 12 & 5 Volt lanes.
The 5 volt lane drives a RPi and some other stuff aswell.

A unused ATX PSU from an old Computer also supports 12&5 Volts.

froth
2016-01-05, 09:36
Thanks all. I may pick up one of the small amps you guys noted and test. But given I do have space for a larger format amp I may shop around at various pawn type shops looking for a quality amp at a low price. After reviewing the small amps mentioned I am a bit concerned about the sound quality.

kidstypike
2016-01-05, 09:49
Thanks all. I may pick up one of the small amps you guys noted and test. But given I do have space for a larger format amp I may shop around at various pawn type shops looking for a quality amp at a low price. After reviewing the small amps mentioned I am a bit concerned about the sound quality.

Bigger is better?

Man in a van
2016-01-05, 10:01
Bigger is better?

Always, Baby!:p ***


Thanks all. I may pick up one of the small amps you guys noted and test. But given I do have space for a larger format amp I may shop around at various pawn type shops looking for a quality amp at a low price. After reviewing the small amps mentioned I am a bit concerned about the sound quality.

You don't say where you are located, but if you are really careful with the remote volume control you might be able to run the Classic direct into a power amp.

I have done this with a SBTouch and Active speakers, so it does work:cool:

Ronnie

***
(I'm so low rent:))

Fahzz
2016-01-05, 11:36
Thanks all. I may pick up one of the small amps you guys noted and test. But given I do have space for a larger format amp I may shop around at various pawn type shops looking for a quality amp at a low price. After reviewing the small amps mentioned I am a bit concerned about the sound quality.

I was always curious about the small and inexpensive ones they sell. The brand is popular among audio enthusiasts:

https://emotiva.com/products/emotiva/amplifiers-0

froth
2016-01-05, 11:56
Bigger is better?


No, thats not really what I was saying. I was referring to that fact that the smaller amps listed appeared to be more about loudness than quality. I like the small form factor but do not want to give up a lot on sound quality. I am no audio nut and I was happy with my Yamaha mini receiver / amp so if these little amps can produce close to that than I would be happy with that.

Julf
2016-01-05, 12:40
As long as you don't push them beyond their power capability, the TPA3118D2's are pretty good sound quality-wise.

d6jg
2016-01-06, 02:36
Here in Uk Richer Sounds are offering the Teac AH-01 (Silver only) at 149.95 in their sale. Small footprint, USB DAC 24/192, Optical, Coax & 2 x RCA and 25 watts per channel at 8 ohms. Should fit the bill for the OP.

Jeff07971
2016-01-06, 03:33
Can you DIY ?

I've found the hifimediy amps to sound great, they do a small low powered version.

http://hifimediy.com/amplifiers/T1-M-amplifier

They also do ready made amps but I do not have any experience of them.

http://hifimediy.com/amplifiers/ready-made-amplifiers

Jeff

Julf
2016-01-06, 04:50
Can you DIY ?

I've found the hifimediy amps to sound great, they do a small low powered version.

http://hifimediy.com/amplifiers/T1-M-amplifier

They also do ready made amps but I do not have any experience of them.

http://hifimediy.com/amplifiers/ready-made-amplifiers

Jeff

Given the choice between the TK2050 usied in the hifimedy amps, and the TPA3118D2 discussed earlier, I would definitely go with the TPA3118D2.

The tripath technology is getting to be pretty old, and class D amps have moved on.

Jeff07971
2016-01-06, 07:17
The tripath technology is getting to be pretty old, and class D amps have moved on.

Looking at the spec sheets, if you mean moved on to lower power, higher distortion and worse SNR you are right !

Also those inductors on the SMSL look very small and they're using only the PCB as a heatsink.

Jeff

cliston
2016-01-07, 23:28
Make your own starting at $11

2*100W TPA3116 D2 Dual Channel Digital Audio Amplifier Board 12V-24V

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400930718344?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT