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Amp Suggestions for a 2.1 Desktop Setup

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Hey everyone, I need some assistance/recommendations on an amp for my 2.1 desk setup at my office. I've found a lot of options, on Parts-Express for example. However most of the amps only have two speaker outputs with no connection for a standalone sub. Also the amp on my sub doesn't accept high level inputs, so I can't run speaker wire from the amp to sub and then out from the sub to the speakers. The only amp I've seen that really offers up what I'm looking for is the Emotiva Mini-X. But quite honestly I don't want to spend $189. Looking to spend $50-$100 at most. Thanks!

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But quite honestly I don't want to spend $189. Looking to spend $50-$100 at most. Thanks!

 

I am using an older(2002) Onkyo HTR-500 receiver to drive a pair of small Celestion MP1 bookshelf speakers and the sound is wonderful.

 

If your budget is that low, just look on your local c-list and find an older lower profile AVR or stereo receiver if it will fit.

 

Bill

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PE has a 2.1 mini amp for around $30.  I think there are some more 2.1 options, I'll do some more checking.  I have not used this product, so I have no first hand knowledge of how well it works.

 

http://www.parts-express.com/lepai-lp-168ha-21-2x40w-mini-amplifier-1x68w-sub-output--310-308

 

Youtube review on the LP-168HA.

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PE has a 2.1 mini amp for around $30.  I think there are some more 2.1 options, I'll do some more checking.  I have not used this product, so I have no first hand knowledge of how well it works.

 

http://www.parts-express.com/lepai-lp-168ha-21-2x40w-mini-amplifier-1x68w-sub-output--310-308

 

Youtube review on the LP-168HA.

 

I looked through what PE's offerings but I don't think any will work for my application. If you look at the picture of the back of the Lepai amp you suggested it requires speaker wire to be run to the sub. My sub's amp doesn't accept speaker wire, only analog inputs.

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Does the amplifier in your subwoofer have a active crossover of some sort, with the option of gain adjustment?

 

If so, then you can try using a splitter jack to get a line level input to the subwoofer. Then you can use the 50-100 bucks to buy a entry level used AVR, or maybe a decent vintage receiver/integrated amplifier, or one of those little Chinese chip amps that some around here rave about.

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Don't really know your specifics but here are a couple of suggestions.

 

Condition of AVR's are not known but price seems right.

 

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/ele/4806005351.html

 

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/ele/4811497455.html

 

http://fortwayne.craigslist.org/ele/4769965825.html

 

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/ele/4801735045.html

 

Bill

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My suggestion would be to contact Fleawatt (Derek), and see what he can do for you.  Great guy, and great reasonably priced gear.

 

He is on the forum, but here is a link as well...

 

http://fleawatt.blogspot.com/

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