Discussion in 'Advice Threads' started by purr1n, Nov 10, 2016.
Not sure thats enough power though, only 87dB sensitivity
Maybe one of the Neurochrome amps then?
I "built" (read: put together an off-the-shelf module with an off-the-shelf case, and added a volume pot) a Hypex NC262MP. See https://archimago.blogspot.com/2020/01/an-inexpensive-hi-fi-class-d-stereo-amp.html for details. Not sure it's a great amp. For one thing, the listed 150Wpc into 8ohm is utter bullshit, it's more like 50Wpc, which might matter for insensitive speakers and a low-voltage source. But, it's compact and fairly inexpensive.
Still wondering if there's true DIY, all-discrete class-AB power amp design that can do 100+Wpc without needing 4U heatsinks...
"System sensitivity is around 87 dB"
You'll need something beefy.
One of these?
Pretty sure it will have enough power, and apparently sounds pretty good. Easy to find used.
Check out the Emotiva BasX stuff. I have been very satisfied with my PT-100 and A-150, no problem driving my 4ohm KEFs with 91db efficiency.
Are Jamo any good as budget bookshelf speakers? I see deals on them constantly at slickdeals.net.
They used to be "good" - I dated a girl a while back and her British father had a stereo in the house that had big monkey coffin Jamos with a matching subwoofer from the 70's or 80's. I thought it sounded crazy good (and it was even cooler that the girl I was dating was a bit of an audiophile, too. The moment she said, "you have to hear my dad's Marantz stereo!" it was like, wait, what? You know what Marantz is???), but I was only 16 or 17 at the time so I probably just thought it "got loud good". Jamo was bought by Klipsch, who was bought by a Chinese conglomerate that focuses on mobile audio and tier 2 OEM automotive stuff, AudioVox. I doubt they offer any better value than stuff like Wharfedale, but that's just a guess.
Looking into getting a 45 power amp. Is there any reason I can't parallel the speaker outs to a line-level sub input (bare wires on the speaker terminals to RCA plug)? 2W at 8ohms is only 4V RMS which seems close enough to line level to me.
So I am looking for a pre amp/maybe streamer.
I have a power Amp, need pre. Most of my music is streamed through Spotify (probably going to switch to tidal or something soon), I was thinking an all in one streamer/pre would be good.
Probably going to look used, looking to keep it somewhere around $400 or less ish.
Only thing I can think of that provides streamer, DAC and preamp functionality in one box at a price remotely close to that budget would be a Bluesound Node 2i. Might be able to find one used for $400-450. The DAC leaves much to be desired based on my experience at my local dealer.
I found this, just worried it might be outdated https://madison.craigslist.org/ele/d/middleton-cambridge-audio-stream-magic/7354834344.html
I was going to say maybe a used Cambridge Audio CXN (not the V2) could maybe be around that price if you can find one. That would be 2 generations newer than the Stream Magic, and 1 generation behind the current model. I believe they may support Spotify Connect, but not 100% sure on that.
have you considered a headphone amp / modi / pi = maybe too clunky with too many pieces ?
Would something like this work?
Don't know about how good it would sound compared to cobbling something together or the Cambridge you found.
CXN-v2 owner here. The CXN-v1 will do Spotify and Tidal Connect, but not Chromecast or Roon natively. The DACs are identical in both models. I think it's the same implementation as the older DacMagic Plus, but don't hold me to that. It's an all-digital gig though -- you're on your own for any analog inputs.
I was going to go the same used v1 route when the v2 came out, but I kept getting sniped/shutout on the sales. I only ended up with the v2 because my kids bought it for me. I have pretty cool kids, I guess.
The StreamMagic app is a bit meh, but the gear itself is solid for me, even if the DACs are a bit dated by now. If you can get a good price on a used v1, it's a great one-box solution.
Think I lowballed the guy too much on the stream magic...
Yeah I could go to that, but I was hoping I could find something a little simpler and that looks a little better. If I can't, then I might go that route.
Maybe, I'll look into that, thanks
Honest feedback is always appreciated, sometimes expectations just don’t match, no harm done.
I had the og dac magic several years ago. My ears weren’t (aren’t) all that good, but it was not a good dac imho. I’m sure I bragged it up on HF when I first got it. I was kind like that then. Anyway, if what you are looking at has the OG dac magic implication, maybe listen first. If it is something newer or different, please disregard. Good hunting!
edit - another vote for the Pi2AES or similar and a modi, maybe a used mb one. I have an Allo sig pro, which is reported to be similar to the Pi2AES, and a modi mb or mostly BF2. I like the pi+hat boxes.
Yes, I think Cambridge had bad cap supplier and almost ruined things as they grew. The DAC's were BurrBrown PCM chips from what I recall.
I had a phono pre, and beat out most stuff in the same price range and comparable to the Mani.
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