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mchassy
2011-08-01, 14:29
I am not new to wireless media centers. I used a roku for about 5 years. But something broke down on it. Not sure if it is the just the power cord or the doodad itself. I was not able to find a replacement for the power cord, and I was in the process of moving and selling my various other audio equipment.

So here I am with nothing but a hard drive full of MP3s and a subscription to Spotify. I'm fairly sure that I will buy the squeezebox touch, as it has an app for Spotify. The question is this: being in the somewhat pleasant situation of being able to replace my full audio set up, what amp and/or speakers should I get. The speakers are less of a question, it is more the amp. I am looking for something small, but relatively powerful. I am NOT an audiophile, but I don't mind laying down a few hundred bucks/dollars/euros for a good amp. I can hear differences in quality, but I'm not ready to lay down 1000 and more. I've seen a few small amps, for example the Marantz CR502 DAB CD Receiver HiFi System. This one is about the right price/quality range that I'm looking for.
But here's the thing. I don't need a CD player. I don't need a radio. This is why I'm getting the squeezebox. All I want is a good amp to which looks nice and doesn't take up much space. I plan to connect the squeezebox and a pair of speakers and that's it.
And I want an amp that is really made for music. I made the compromise of getting a home cinema system with good enough speakers for music last time. I don't regret that decision, but this time, I've gotten rid of my TV. All I want the amp for is music.
I'm sure there must be others out there with the same setup, so any suggestions are welcome.

Thanx for any opinions/suggestions ....

Mark

Ron Olsen
2011-08-01, 20:09
Check out the Parasound Zamp v.3: http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PAZAMPV3
Designed for custom installations, it may not have the look you want, however.

I have a Parasound Halo A23 amp and think it's great, but at $949, it is out of your price range.
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PAHA23
Beautiful amp with excellent performance.

Whatever amp you get, make sure it has enough power to drive your speakers.

Note: AudioAdvisor only ships Parasound to the USA.

garym
2011-08-01, 20:16
Check out the Parasound Zamp v.3: http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PAZAMPV3
Designed for custom installations, it may not have the look you want, however.

I have a Parasound Halo A23 amp and think it's great, but at $995, it is out of your price range.
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PAHA23
Beautiful amp with excellent performance.

Whatever amp you get, make sure it has enough power to drive your speakers.

Note: AudioAdvisor only ships Parasound to the USA.

I have the parasound A21 and the zamp v.3. I very much like both of them (for different purposes of course...)

onimod
2011-08-01, 20:33
I have one of these:
http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/iconamp/index.php
That drives these:
http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Speakers/Home_Audio/CM_Series/CM1.html

ChrisNY
2011-08-02, 15:05
I use an Audiosource 100 with my Touch:
http://audiosource.net/amp.php#

No frills, quality 2 channel amp with auto-on sensing so it goes into standby mode when not in use.

dsdreamer
2011-08-02, 19:35
1) NAD - C -326BEE - Stereo Integrated Amplifier
2) Cambridge - 550A Integrated Amplifier
3) Marantz - PM5004 Integrated Amp

All about $500 in the US, which is more than a few $100 but realistic if you want to match the quality of the Touch.

carp
2011-08-03, 03:01
Recently I bought a Sumoh TinyAmp S60 (http://www.sumoh.com/). I like its minimalist approach - the Squeezebox gets power from the TinyAmp; the TinyAmp switches on automatically when there is a signal; the volume is controlled by the Squeezebox volume.

linvale
2011-08-03, 05:02
Have you considered skipping an amp and connecting directly to powered speakers? I have been really impressed by a touch feeding a pair of Audioengine A2 and the simplicity is attractive.

mchassy
2011-08-20, 04:34
I think there is a good range of choices there.
I think that what I'm looking for is something like the TinyAmp or the AudioSource 100, though I have to say that the NuForce looks pretty nice as well.

mchassy
2011-11-06, 06:39
Hello everyone and thanx for the help.
Final Config
Squeezebox
tinyamp 30
Boston Acoustics A26s


Happiness has been found

epoch1970
2011-11-06, 09:27
- Scandyna The Ball 2.1 integrated amp
- Micropod x 2
- SB3
- (not shown) A "mini IR-blaster" taken from a Logitech Harmony IR Extender System to shoot the amp in its blue eye from afar.

The amp has a single analog input. Volume setting is digital. Controls via the remote, almost no settings on the amp itself. The mini-IR blaster thing (where Logitech really shines ?) works pretty well from a distance of 1 ft. It uses a 2.5 mm jack, you need a converter to hook it to the SB3 3.5mm port.

Power usage when off or idle is not 0W but is really low, I don't remember the figure exactly. I think it sounds really good (surely does for an alarm clock), and is a bit pricey overall.

mattbrown521
2011-11-12, 09:03
Have you considered skipping an amp and connecting directly to powered speakers? I have been really impressed by a touch feeding a pair of Audioengine A2 and the simplicity is attractive.

I am extremely happy with my Audioengine A5s - they have more power than is needed for the room they're in, but it's nice to have the potential to move them into a bigger room someday or move them outside on a nice day. It makes for a great minimalist setup with my SB3, which I'll someday swap out for a Touch.

Related question - I am also looking for a simple amplifier to use with my SB receiver (in a different room than the A5s). I like the Audiosource AMP 100 due to the fact that it has auto-on / auto standby feature. It's also nice that it has the over-ride input so that I can also hook up my DVD player to it and not switch anything when watching a movie. My question is whether anyone who has one can comment on the sound quality. Can anyone offer any viable alternatives?

aubuti
2011-11-14, 09:33
I like the Audiosource AMP 100 due to the fact that it has auto-on / auto standby feature. It's also nice that it has the over-ride input so that I can also hook up my DVD player to it and not switch anything when watching a movie. My question is whether anyone who has one can comment on the sound quality. Can anyone offer any viable alternatives?
I have two Audiosource AMP 100s. One for our kitchen/dining area and another for our outside patio/deck (the amp is hidden in the basement). I think the sound quality is very good for what it is, namely, a very inexpensive amp (less than US$100). To me it sounds reasonably well-balanced and clean. Sound-wise it is pretty invisible, which I think is a good thing, especially at this price point.

mattbrown521
2011-11-14, 18:27
Perfect, one positive response is plenty for me. I have some gift money to burn so there's not much for me to lose. Thanks!

AndrewFG
2011-11-15, 05:45
Have you considered skipping an amp and connecting directly to powered speakers?Indeed. I use an old pair of the Yamaha powered monitors; but the MSP3 also look worth investigating...

http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/global/en/products/speakers/ms101iii/
http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/global/en/products/speakers/msp3/

ScottRennie
2011-11-15, 06:09
Have a look at the Pro-ject stuff - I have found it to be very good!

gdpeck
2011-11-17, 07:01
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