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    Which amp for a squeezebox?

    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

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    Check out the Parasound Zamp v.3: http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo...umber=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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Olsen View Post
    Check out the Parasound Zamp v.3: http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo...umber=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...)

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    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.

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    Three suggestions

    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.
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    Lightbulb Sumoh TinyAmp

    Recently I bought a Sumoh TinyAmp S60. 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.
    Carsten

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    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.
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    Thanx for all of the advice

    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.

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    Cool Final Config

    Hello everyone and thanx for the help.
    Final Config
    Squeezebox
    tinyamp 30
    Boston Acoustics A26s


    Happiness has been found

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