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So today I helped a neighbor set up his new plasma TV. There weren't any major issues, but there was a small problem. He would like to use a set of speakers with the TV. They use simple binding posts. The problem is that the only (and yes....I do mean only) audio out the tv has is toslink. He is using direct tv, but due to a bunch of problems that I do not want to touch with a 10 foot pole we can not use the RCA out from the direct tv receiver. So we really are stuck with toslink.

Normally I would just tell him to get a receiver for it and the problem would be solved. Unfortunately I guess there is no space for a receiver (that is what he told me at least). So that leaves a dac and amp as the only available option.

The budget is nor more than 70 bucks, and we are not looking for hi-fi products either. As long as we don't hear static and crazy distortion, that is all he cares about.

If anyone could please recommend something, that would be great. thumb.gif
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you didn't mention anything about the speakers? tripath is out of the question. a cheap sound bar with digital input is all I got.

http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-VSB200-Universal-Sound-Bar/dp/B002EPF6YO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1361682533&sr=8-4
    
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you didn't mention anything about the speakers? tripath is out of the question. a cheap sound bar with digital input is all I got.

http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-VSB200-Universal-Sound-Bar/dp/B002EPF6YO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1361682533&sr=8-4

Simple 2 channel speakers with binding posts. Nothing fancy....or from this era. rolleyes.gif
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LEPAI THAT is the name I have been trying to remember now for the past 12 hours. The D3 also looks like a decent solution. smile.gif

Anyone wanna try and beat the doctor? biggrin.gif
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tripath amplifiers have problems with distortion.
    
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First choice if it were me would be:

Daton Audio DTA100a Sweet little amp.

Second choice:

Lepai 2.1 AMP This little guy has some spiffy price's for the money Amazing budget AMP. Also has a dedicated powered sub out put, Great for a budget 2.1 set up.

Now for DAC's.

Click, Buy, Be happy.
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10% @ 13W 8ohm

this means when your just over 50% what the Lepai can output your already at 10% distortion lol
    
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tripath amplifiers have problems with distortion.

mmmm Probably. Honestly though, I have made it explicitly clear what the pit falls of having such a low budget are, and he chooses to ignore my warnings. I can't blame him. A budget is a budget, and if you have a tight one, then I guess you have to stick by it. But I am completely aware that I am essentially watching a train wreck in slow motion and that I am the one driving the train.

If I had my wish, I would convince him to get a nicer DAC, and then hook it up to his sansui amp and just use that. But he seemed to have issues with that.

So in the long run, I can only fit his budget. If the audio gear has issues, then there isn't much I can do about it. Aside from acquiring the power to warp reality, I don't see how he can get an audio solution that doesn't have some inherent issue. thinking.gif
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10% @ 13W 8ohm

this means when your just over 50% what the Lepai can output your already at 10% distortion lol

wow.... I am about ready to build him one myself. wheee.gif
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