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Hi everyone.

I have an old pair of Polk Audio Monitor 5 Jrs, quite old school for my age. As I am a bit challenged when it comes to audio equipment, I'm looking for a quality amplifier, and if possible cheap, to run these babies.

I saw this on Amazon, Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply, and was wondering if it would be enough to power these speakers.

Would it be possible to find something around $60 or below? And I'd prefer to get it through Amazon.

Thanks in advance guys.
Edited by jedi304 - 3/19/12 at 10:30am
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Hi everyone.
I have an old pair of Polk Audio Monitor 5 Jrs, quite old school for my age. As I am a bit challenged when it comes to audio equipment, I'm looking for a quality amplifier, and if possible cheap, to run these babies.
I saw this on Amazon, Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply, and was wondering if it would be enough to power these speakers.
Would it be possible to find something around $60 or below? And I'd prefer to get it through Amazon.
Thanks in advance guys.

That amp will work just fine but...

Those are pretty nice speakers, actually, I really like them.

If you can support an additional $30, then something like this Audiosource AMP100 on Amazon for $91, IMHO would be a much better option. Those speakers can handle plenty of juice.
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Thanks so much, I really like your suggestion. +rep for you thumb.gif

My only worry is, as I'm not from the US, bringing home the one you recommended would be pretty hard as the weight is kind of heavy to put in a box. By any chance is there anything else you might be able to recommend that weighs a bit lighter?

Oh and just in case you were wondering, I'd like to be able to use this with my rig. smile.gif
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Thanks so much, I really like your suggestion. +rep for you thumb.gif
My only worry is, as I'm not from the US, bringing home the one you recommended would be pretty hard as the weight is kind of heavy to put in a box. By any chance is there anything else you might be able to recommend that weighs a bit lighter?
Oh and just in case you were wondering, I'd like to be able to use this with my rig. smile.gif

Do you require the amp to work with 220v?
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It shouldn't matter, quite easy to buy an AVR to use it at 110v. smile.gif
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Have you considered a stereo receiver? Or even a 5.1 or 7.1 channel AV receiver? I bought a 7.1 channel AV receiver when I only had two speakers to use but I saved up and bought speakers for the rest of the channels, including the sub and a HDTV for it. I would say get a 7.1 channel receiver because you might want to add on speakers later and expand later. You can also create a zone-2 in the future when you get more speakers. All that, plus, you can tweak the crossover, treble, and bass to make the speakers sound their best. The remote is nice too smile.gif

If you already ruled out the AV receiver option, sorry for wasting your time.
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It shouldn't matter, quite easy to buy an AVR to use it at 110v. smile.gif

OK, how about the Dayton amp? It has an integrated headphone amp too. Here:

DTA100a
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Have you considered a stereo receiver? Or even a 5.1 or 7.1 channel AV receiver? I bought a 7.1 channel AV receiver when I only had two speakers to use but I saved up and bought speakers for the rest of the channels, including the sub and a HDTV for it. I would say get a 7.1 channel receiver because you might want to add on speakers later and expand later. You can also create a zone-2 in the future when you get more speakers. All that, plus, you can tweak the crossover, treble, and bass to make the speakers sound their best. The remote is nice too smile.gif
If you already ruled out the AV receiver option, sorry for wasting your time.

Actually, I haven't really ruled it out, my only problem is weight as I'll be sticking that in a box, and normally airplanes only have that whole 50 lbs limit to check-in luggage.
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OK, how about the Dayton amp? It has an integrated headphone amp too. Here:
DTA100a

I think that's perfect! I guess I'll just have to try and increase my budget. Thanks!
Edited by jedi304 - 3/20/12 at 7:18pm
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I have an out of production Polk M3 with the lepai for some time now and then set up lots of similiar stuff for peeps and it's been a rocking good time thumb.gif Mate these amps with somewhat efficient speakers and you'd be fine. For outside USA here are more options

1. Lepai TA2020 $21 with free international ship +12V/4A PSU
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TA2020-Stereo-Amplifier-Tripath-for-Car-MP3-PSU-12v4A-adapter-/190629174200?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2c62625bb8

2. TDA7492 T-amp <-- more powerful and peeps done floor standers with these
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SA-50-50Wx2-TDA7492-Class-T-Amp-Tripath-Hifi-Digital-Amplifier-Gold-Power-Supply-/251018584418?pt=Car_Amplifiers&hash=item3a71dfa162#ht_5609wt_932

3. TK2050 < ---like #2 and the international equivalent of the Dayton DTA-100A in the USA
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MUSE-DT-50-2x50W-TK2050-t-amp-Amplifier-tone-control-Silver-panel-/220913832636?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item336f7d92bc#ht_5390wt_932
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Only saw this update now, those look great thanks for the ideas! I was able to snatch my dad's older receiver on his system, but for some reason it doesn't seem to do justice. I'll definitely take these one's you recommended into account. thumb.gif
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