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ModelCitizen
2012-09-07, 22:44
Hello,

I'm after a simple, no frills and inexpensive amplifier for a Receiver to run a pair of 40 watt 4/8 ohm speakers.

It'll be going in my garage so should be robust.

Tone controls and loudness button would be useful.. not bothered about balance. All amps I can find are too overblown for what I want.

Any suggestions welcome.
Thanks.
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JJZolx
2012-09-07, 23:22
An old receiver is great for a garage system, especially if you still listen to FM. I love the old receivers from the mid 70s to early 80s. Pioneer, Yamaha, Kenwood, Sansui, Marantz. Classic, and can be had for cheap at yard sales and thrift stores.

Mnyb
2012-09-07, 23:32
An old receiver is great for a garage system, especially if you still listen to FM. I love the old receivers from the mid 70s to early 80s. Pioneer, Yamaha, Kenwood, Sansui, Marantz. Classic, and can be had for cheap at yard sales and thrift stores.

+100

what I just was typing but JJ was first.. and they look great to esp a 70's reciever a Marantz ,they don't make them like that anymore . From the 80's an old Luxman amp looks very cool .
And while at the thriftstore/flea market/garage sale pick up some more speakers on the cheap if you blow them when having a garden party or similar :)

psketch
2012-09-08, 02:19
I agree the second hand receiver route is certainly one way to go, but if you just want a basic, built like a tank, one input amp, I use one of these

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

I use t as a zone amp, connected to an sb3. Cheap is relative of course, but $200 seems like good value.

castalla
2012-09-08, 02:29
I agree the second hand receiver route is certainly one way to go, but if you just want a basic, built like a tank, one input amp, I use one of these

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

I use t as a zone amp, connected to an sb3. Cheap is relative of course, but $200 seems like good value.

How about this: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Amplifier-TPA3123-T-Amp-Channels/dp/B0093KZUEY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347096439&sr=8-2&keywords=TPA+3123

Not as pretty, and no auto on/off, but it is cheap and sounds great.

aubuti
2012-09-08, 04:28
I don't know if the AudioSource Amp100 is available in the UK, but I have a couple and they are great. No tone controls or loudness button, but simple, robust, cheap, and sound good.

http://www.amazon.com/AudioSource-AMP-100-Stereo-Power-Amplifier/dp/B00026BQJ6

ModelCitizen
2012-09-08, 23:01
Cheers all.

Both the Muse and the Audio source fit tag bill perfectly. I'll see if I can track one down

Btw , just to clear up any confusion I meant a Logitech Receiver. By using two wireless routers as wireless repeaters I've managed to successfully extend my wireless network over a good proportion of my smallholding.
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mark wollschlager
2012-09-09, 14:25
I use a class t-amp from think geek ( TG does not sell it any more google class T amp and omni products or dayton ) in my garage with a receiver as a source.
Simple on off and volume, even battery power (!?)
It works and takes up minimal room ( 5"X5"X2"). Must use efficient speakers.
mark

TimT
2012-09-11, 14:45
Yes, I have this one -- http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=300-380 -- and am very pleased with it. It is fed by an SBR connected to mysb and outputs to two B&W DM600 speakers.

gharris999
2012-09-11, 20:03
For a slightly snazzier (and expensive) T amp, I've been very happy with this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Topping-TP10-MK4-TA2024-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B005F5U8DY

Sakkerju
2012-09-12, 01:49
I have been looking at the FIIO A1 amp...
http://www.fiio.com.cn/product/index.aspx?ID=27&MenuID=020301

http://www.fiio.com.cn//upFile/2011741150484.jpg