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I'm looking for a smaller desktop style stereo amplifier to run a pair of Jamo D115 speakers but not quite sure what I'll need.
I'm looking for something well rounded, and with a small footprint.

I've got a Creative X-FI Titanium HD sound card already. It's stock but I'd be happy to mod it if that'll be worthwhile, I'll be using this to feed the amp; it has both 3.5mm and RCA as well as optical outs.

Since it has DACs I'm thinking they'd be wasted in an amp but would really like advice on this.

I'm in the UK and willing to spend upto £100 but would be happy with spending £50 if the performance/price increase isn't going to noticeable with the set up I've got.

Since it seems a lot of the commonly recommended amps aren't around in the UK.
I've been considering the Topping T20 or Topping T30 but feel a little clueless really.

Otherwise would getting powered desktop speakers at a similar price point ( upto ~£120) be a better option?
Edited by stonetrap - 8/15/13 at 7:06pm
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Hey, I would steer clear of those topping amps. I have bought a few for some different projects, and they all have some type of issue (mostly distortion and a lot of it).

I like onkyo receivers. IDK what the pricing is like in the UK, but here they are rather cheap and have quite decent performance for what it is.

If you want to spend less money, then go check out a local thrift store. Sometimes they will have old sansui receivers or older harman Kardon receivers that work pretty darn well.

In fact I just helped a friend buy one the other day for 30 bucks and it works perfectly for his system.
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Thanks for the reply. +Rep!
Shame to hear that about the Topping amps.

The Onkyo receivers are reasonably priced, I have a TX-NR509 combined with their SKSHT528 5,1 speakers and it is excellent.

The size of a full hifi seperate is more of an issue. I was looking for something that can sit on a desk really. As far as I can see Onkyo don't have anything like that, other than a few CD systems that include speakers.

Maybe for the price I'd be better off with a set of powered speakers? Logitech have a few things in the price range though I can't say I'm typically much of fan.,
It's been years since I've heard the Jamos and I'm at a loss to know if I'd be better off ditching them altogether.
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Thanks for the reply. +Rep!
Shame to hear that about the Topping amps.

The Onkyo receivers are reasonably priced, I have a TX-NR509 combined with their SKSHT528 5,1 speakers and it is excellent.

The size of a full hifi seperate is more of an issue. I was looking for something that can sit on a desk really. As far as I can see Onkyo don't have anything like that, other than a few CD systems that include speakers.

Maybe for the price I'd be better off with a set of powered speakers? Logitech have a few things in the price range though I can't say I'm typically much of fan.,
It's been years since I've heard the Jamos and I'm at a loss to know if I'd be better off ditching them altogether.

Can you get dayton audio product their in the UK?

Dayton is not my favorite amp maker in the world, but so far their amps are working where as topping amps worked for five minutes and died.

They also seem to be slightly larger amps, but they can still fit on your desk without any issue.
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It also depends on how much power you want. Most of what you are currently looking at are rated at about 15W into 4 ohms and will be lucky to break 10 into 8 ohms... And your speakers are rated for 60.

So a TA-2020 based amp will be able to make some racket with them, I don't think they'd get all that loud. I'd go for at least a 50W amp. You may be able to find old, 70s or 80s receivers used and get great sound, but they're large.

If you can get the DTA-100a, it probably exactly what you want. Though I hate class D.
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