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How would a pair of AV-40s w/ a Xonar DX compare with these paired with this? They're about the same price. Also, how would the Monitor30 Series II compare?
Edited by Eugenester - 1/22/11 at 5:39pm
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Personally, I'd go with Polk + Lepai.

Pros:
More power
Can reach lower bass frequency
Upgradeable (get a better amp in future)

Cons:
Setup is not as simple as AV40, but simple enough
Cost more?
Lepai T-amp is not the greatest amp in sound quality (but can REALLY benefit from modding).
Easily add a subwoofer to the system

AV40

Pro:
Easy setup, pretty much plug and play
Great sound for a small system


Cons:
Not upgradeable
Won't sound as great as the Polk IMO
No sub bass
More difficult to add a subwoofer
Not really worth the price tag IMO
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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by FearSC549 View Post
Personally, I'd go with Polk + Lepai.

Pros:
More power
Can reach lower bass frequency
Upgradeable (get a better amp in future)

Cons:
Setup is not as simple as AV40, but simple enough
Cost more?
Lepai T-amp is not the greatest amp in sound quality (but can REALLY benefit from modding).
Easily add a subwoofer to the system

AV40

Pro:
Easy setup, pretty much plug and play
Great sound for a small system


Cons:
Not upgradeable
Won't sound as great as the Polk IMO
No sub bass
More difficult to add a subwoofer
Not really worth the price tag IMO
Thanks for your input! Hmm...I guess I will go for the Polk Monitor40 or Monitor30. To connect to my PC I would use the 3.5mm jack and to add a sub I would use the RCA jacks right? Also, do you have any suggestions for a better amp at the $50 range? I chose the Lepai since it was $20, which seemed like a great deal.
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Thanks for your input! Hmm...I guess I will go for the Polk Monitor40 or Monitor30. To connect to my PC I would use the 3.5mm jack and to add a sub I would use the RCA jacks right? Also, do you have any suggestions for a better amp at the $50 range? I chose the Lepai since it was $20, which seemed like a great deal.
If you were to use the Lepai amp, get a 3.5mm jack cable. It accepts both 3.5mm and RCA input.

If you want a better amp in the $50 range...you'd have to go DIY. You can also hunt down a used receiver on craigslist for $50.
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post #5 of 9
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If you were to use the Lepai amp, get a 3.5mm jack cable. It accepts both 3.5mm and RCA input.

If you want a better amp in the $50 range...you'd have to go DIY. You can also hunt down a used receiver on craigslist for $50.
Again, many thanks. Could you show me some links to mods for the Lepai?
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Search up "lepai ta2020 mod" on Google and the 1st link should come up from diyAudio. The last time I checked, there was over 60 pages, but some people have gathered all the possible mods in a post.
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Search up "lepai ta2020 mod" on Google and the 1st link should come up from diyAudio. The last time I checked, there was over 60 pages, but some people have gathered all the possible mods in a post.
This, right? Thanks so much for all of your help.
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This, right? Thanks so much for all of your help.
Yes, that forum.


To sum it up for the main mods (which will actually better the sound quality)

Toroid mod
OP-amp mod
input caps mod
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