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I'm having the hardest time figuring how exactly to to set up quality audio for my S60. We already have a home theater and a separate TV using expensive AVRs. This TV is setup up in a bedroom purely for casual watching. Such an expensive AVR setup would be waste of money. Basically I have an old pair of Pioneer BS22 that I want to use with the TV. This is my first time dealing with an optical out. I'm considering buying a FiiO D3, which would act as a DAC and connect to the TOSLINK, and then wiring it to an amp which will connect to the BS22s. The only issue I'm having is that unlike an AVR setup, I can't control the volume of the system with my universal remote. Supposedly the solution for this would be to get an amp that uses remote control. Assuming that is what I need to do, any recommendations on what exactly I should get? I was originally planning on getting a Lepai 2020A+ with a more beefy power supply, but it can't be controlled with a remote.

EDIT: Seems like Lepai is the only brand even selling amps with remotes in the ~$50 price range. Can anyone tell me how this compares (at least spec wise) to the 2020A+

http://www.amazon.com/USB-Power-Amplifier-Remote-Controller/dp/B008GQ08PM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Seems like almost the same thing plus the controller, which would be ideal. Although I'm not sure what they mean by +20 watts.
Edited by anime513 - 8/13/13 at 9:55pm
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They mean 20 watts per channel- which is insane, considering the power supply that comes with it can only provide 24 watts total- limiting total output power to something like 15W.


With an upgraded power supply, this should give comparable power (or slightly less) to the 2020A+. It is, however, class AB, so it should have superior sound quality. I have a 2020A+, and more sound quality would be welcome, I assure you. Not impressed :-/

If you go for this, you may want to get a slightly higher voltage supply- 18V if the caps are rated for it. The reason for this is two fold- Your speakers have a very low efficiency- 85db, and are 6 ohms. This means that to get any kind of volume out of them, you're going to need as much voltage as you can get. I tested driving 6 ohm speakers with my 2020A+, and it clipped really really easily.
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Alternately you could use the analog output from the TV (I'm guessing it has one) and use the TV remote to change the volume. I did this with an older Vizio TV and just disabled the internal speakers. That would open up your amp choices a lot

http://www.parts-express.com/cat/amplifiers/106
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