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zaydenam

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Hi,

I'm looking for recommendations for basic 2 channel amps which are priced at ~100 dollars. I need the amp to run a pair of bookshelf speakers I'm making for my room. A 100 watt amp would be more than adequate (50 watt per channel).

SO far, I'm looking at the Audiosource amp-100. How does this amp fare in audio quality?

Would I be better off building an amp from a kit? Any examples?

Thanks,

Zayd
 

Dan Driscoll

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What is your source and how are you planning to control the volume? If you have multiple sources what will you use as an input selector?
 

zaydenam

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My source will be lossless audio (rips from CD) from a hi quality mp3 player

Input selection is not really a priority for me right now, because I would much rather spend that money on a amp.
 

Philip Hamm

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Not sure how (if) plugging an MP3 player directly into a power amp's going to work.... Assuming it works fine, check out J & R Music World, they the AudioSource AMP102 stereo power amp on sale right now, I just ordered one for a proper two channel preamp-power amp combo system. Also, checkout "integrated amps" - these are preamp+poweramp in one box, very minimal switching/other stuff.

http://www.jr.com/audio-source/pe/ASO_AMP102/
 

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Theoretically, a power amp can work because the mp3 player can control volume, but I'm not sure it is a good idea. For one thing, if the amp is turned on when you plug in the player, you are likely to blow your speakers. I would find a used integrated amp.
 

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I'd say the best bang for the buck is the Pioneer a A35R. Its an intergrated amp with a SOLID 50 watts per channel. Priced around 250 new around 175 used.
 

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I'm using the Audiosource Amp100 (which is equipped with a volume control) to power my patio speakers. I stream audio to it via a WiFi access point. It serves the purpose fine.

$100 well spent here.
 

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