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  1. #11
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    My alarm clock

    - 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.
    2 SB 3 • 1 PCP 6 • Libratone Loop, Zipp, Zipp Mini • iPeng (iPhone + iPad) • LMS 7.9 (linux) with plugins: CD Player, WaveInput, Triode's BBC iPlayer by bpa • IRBlaster by Gwendesign (Felix) • Smart Mix, Music Walk With Me, What Was That Tune? by Michael Herger • PowerSave by Jason Holtzapple • Song Info, Song Lyrics by Erland Isaksson • AirPlay Bridge by philippe_44 • WeatherTime by Martin Rehfeld • Auto Dim Display, SaverSwitcher, ContextMenu by Peter Watkins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linvale View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbrown521 View Post
    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.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by linvale View Post
    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...kers/ms101iii/
    http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/global...speakers/msp3/
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    Have a look at the Pro-ject stuff - I have found it to be very good!

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    Last edited by gdpeck; 2011-11-17 at 07:05. Reason: OP already found their answer.

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