amp-only w/digital input ... does one exist?

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  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    hi all -

    a friend was asking if a stand-alone amp existed that had an optical input. afaik, one does not ... but wasn't sure.

    does anybody know of one? oh yeah, it has to be inexpensive. [​IMG]

    thx!
     
  2. FeisalK

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    by "stand-alone" do you mean power-amp? if so, how would the amp decode the digital signals?

    there are the TacT digital amplifiers that have digital inputs, but they are expensive and don't say if they are optical. I guess there should be a couple.

    the same digital Equibit amps are powering the Panasonic XR series, so you might want to take a look at them (Panasonic XR55, XR70)
     
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    lol ... that's a good point and one i didn't even think of. no wonder they don't exist. [​IMG]
     
  4. FeisalK

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    Also, AV123 are working on a cheap "fully digital integrated amp" called X-Empower (40W, $69 iirc, since the forum seems to be down when I posted this)

    I can only guess "fully digital" means that it will take a digital input, and that is directly converted to PWM (instead of a DAC stage)
     
  5. Grant B

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    Sony use to sell 'integrated amps' with digital inputs.
    I had one of their ES cd players that had it's own volume control and could go straight into a amp.
    The old "direct is better" concept.
    grant
     
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    The Yamaha takes an analogue signal (balanced or unbalanced) and amplifies it. A preamp would still be required.

    Sharp made an amplifier based on direct stream digital--it connected, via proprietary means, to a sacd transport. But it was still an integrated amplifier,

    Review of Sharp SM SX1000
     

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