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post #1 of 20
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I have been through two of these Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifiers and neither of them could power my Pioneer BS21 speakers without one of the speakers randomly cutting out. Can someone please link me to an affordable amplifier on Amazon or Newegg that is strong enough to power these speakers without problems?
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I'm not surprised those speakers have some difficult loads. 6Ohms and 84dB Sensitivity. Whats your budget?
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I'm not surprised those speakers have some difficult loads. 6Ohms and 84dB Sensitivity. Whats your budget?

Well I did ask before buying it. sadsmiley.gif http://www.overclock.net/t/1289192/pioneer-bs21-lepai-2020a

For a budget, I don't need a huge amp capable of surround sound. It will only be 2.0 with these two speakers at relatively low volume so I wanted to keep it as cheap as I can without any problems. The Lepai amp was only $25 so I was hoping that I could find something for around $50 that would get the job done. But I certainly don't want to cheap out and get an amplifier that struggles again so if I need to spend more than that I will.
Edited by Derp - 12/10/12 at 2:38pm
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Yeah idk, the guys is that thread seemed to know what they were talking about. But the 6ohm is a bit difficult and couldn't find whether or not the Lepai was capable of handling it.

I'd personally would look around craigslist for a used stereo receiver or integrated amp. You should be able to find a decent one that'll handle those speakers.
Edited by SlyFox - 12/10/12 at 3:20pm
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The Lepai you have would be well underpowered for those speakers.....they take 80W RMS at 6ohm load...the Lepai 2020+ would at best be putting about 15W RMS into these speakers. To drive them properly, I'd see you needing an amp capable of 50W RMS for low volume stuff. They really need a 100W RMS amp to run them properly, but 50W RMS would drive them enough for your application. It difficult to find something in the price range you are after. The closest i've seen is
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Muse-M50-EX-TPA3123-T-Amp-Mini-Audio-Digital-Stereo-Amplifier-50W-Watt-RMS-x-2-/120972692878?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item1c2a88cd8e

but i think that is out your budget range...everything else under that range will just be similar to the lepai 2020+
post #6 of 20
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$50 isn't my max budget. I mentioned that I would spend more if I needed but I didn't want to overpay for more power or features that I wasn't going to use.

Please just recommend the cheapest 2.0 amplifier that will power these speakers.
post #7 of 20
At $50 is the Dayton DTA-1
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At $50 is the Dayton DTA-1

That amp seems to have similar ratings to the Lepai 2020a+ which wasn't working properly with these speakers. Unless I read it wrong.
post #9 of 20
I have those same exact speakers, i use DTA-100a to power them although it's double the cost of what your budget is. Another recommendation is this http://www.amazon.com/AudioSource-AMP-100-Stereo-Power-Amplifier/dp/B00026BQJ6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1351750544&sr=8-3&keywords=stereo+amplifier although i've never used it, somebody recommended it.
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personally i don't think the problem is the specs of the lepai it is the build quality


i have no problems powering my JBL L1 bookshelf speakers using my SMSL SA-S3 t-amp ($60 shipped off ebay) i have also used it to power Polk Audio RTi4, M30 and R15 bookshelf speakers with no problem

I can get them pretty loud (being careful to avoid clipping of course) as well.


I have however read many things about poor QC from Lepai which is why i steered clear of their $20 amp for my usage...

I think a Topping, Dayton , SMSL, or Muse T-amp should have no problems driving those pioneers.
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