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    Senior Member ModelCitizen's Avatar
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    Simple cheap amplifier recommendation please?

    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJZolx View Post
    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.
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    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
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    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/.../products/a100

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by psketch View Post
    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/.../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-Amplifie...words=TPA+3123

    Not as pretty, and no auto on/off, but it is cheap and sounds great.
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    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-AM.../dp/B00026BQJ6

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    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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    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.
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    Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T amp

    Yes, I have this one -- http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=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.

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    For a slightly snazzier (and expensive) T amp, I've been very happy with this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/Topping-TP10-M.../dp/B005F5U8DY

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