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x94blair3
2005-09-29, 13:58
I'm planning to move my squeezebox to the bedroom (with plans to run my new HTPC as it's own player within my entertainment center). I was looking for some sort of inexpensive solution and stumbled across this:

http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail.asp?dpno=494795&store=macmall&source=mwbfroogle&adcampaign=email,mwbfroogle&wt.mc_id=mwbfroogle

I was planning to pair this with a couple of bookshelf speakers...possibly Axiom Audio M2i's. Does this seem like a good solution? What are others doing? Is there something that'll offer as good or better quality in this same price range.

at $280 for a pair of M2i's + $30 for a T-amp it's a $300 solution...

Nick

mac
2005-09-29, 17:46
The SI amp has a very loyal following. Check the www.diyAudio.com class-d forum for more info.

jan van mourik
2005-09-30, 06:59
That's what I have in my bedroom, the t-amp driving a pair of in-wall B&Ws.
Scroll halfway down this page <http://janvanmourik.blogspot.com/> and you
can see it..
The t-amp sounds pretty good. The low end lacks a bit of course, but
mid/high sounds pretty good. I played a bit with it driving my Mission
speakers (753 i think, floorstanders), and was pleasantly surprised
listening to Andrea Bocelli, his voice sounded impressive...
When have some time i'm going to try my B&Ws with my old Carver cube, to get
a feel for the difference. And i still want to make some modifications to my
t-amp..
Some links:
http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/t-amp_tweaks_e.html
http://www.tnt-audio.com/ampli/t-amp_opinions_e.html
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/ampbox/page2.html
http://www.audio-ideas.com/reviews/power-amps/t-amp.html

jan

x94blair3
2005-09-30, 11:00
Thanks for the links. I can't imagine modding one of these myself, but then again I can't imagine paying $265 for what was once a $30 piece of electronics. Not that it wouldn't be better, it obviously would.

Not to over simplify, but it appears the electronics of this box is what makes it sound so good, but the rest is junk? Anyone use the same electronics and bundle it in a $100-200 range? If not, perhaps that pre-modded option is worth considering.

Thanks!

Nick

Yannzola
2005-10-01, 14:41
Anyone use the same electronics and bundle it in a $100-200 range? If not, perhaps that pre-modded option is worth considering.


That's what Vinnie does, here: http://www.redwineaudio.com/

tim
2005-10-01, 17:20
Try googling audio monitors. I have a pair of Edirol MA-10D's that sound pretty good. They have a built-in amp. Edirol makes studio recording equipment and has a whole line of powered monitor speakers. http://www.edirol.com/products/speakers.html. Swan is another brand to look into. http://www.swanspeaker.com/product/htm/view.asp?id=122 (I have no idea what these cost....

pfarrell
2005-10-01, 17:43
On Fri, 2005-09-30 at 11:00 -0700, x94blair3 wrote:
> Thanks for the links. I can't imagine modding one of these myself, but
> then again I can't imagine paying $265 for what was once a $30 piece of
> electronics. Not that it wouldn't be better, it obviously would.

Hey, this is an audiophiles list. Most audiophiles love spending insane
amounts of money to get tiny improvements.

I've seen the T-AMP selling for $19,99. For that price, you can just buy
it and see if you like it. But no one can expect audiophile quality
for twenty bucks.

Its not clear to me why you'd want an amp and speaker setup. Why not
get some good powered speakers? Your local Guitar Center will have
at least a half dozen you can compare. I think the Mackie 824 monitors
sound very good. They are designed for studios, and so are not very
beautiful to look at, but they sound good. Not at all warm, so it
depends on what you want.



--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

x94blair3
2005-10-02, 11:41
Sorry, I wasn't meaning to insinuate there would be anything wrong with spending crazy amounts of cash :-)

I can see how it came out wrong.

Anyway, I'll explore the other options as well. I appreciate everyone's feedback.

Thanks,

Nick

CardinalFang
2005-10-03, 01:25
Thiis is a pretty cool low wattage valve amp - it sounds pretty OK too as far as I can tell from the clips.

http://www.impamp.com/

I'm a sucker for the glow :-)