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I found a pair of http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/speaker-systems/home-speaker-systems/ns-a636/?mode=model speakers in my basement.

I looked them up and I realize they are nothing special but I would still like to try them out. However, I don't have an amp. I am assuming all I would need is an amp with a 3.5mm input?

Is there any decent cheap options that would power these speakers and allow for input from a comp?

Or would it be a waste of money and I would just be better off grabbing some decent speakers specifically designed for use with a computer.

Thanks for any input.
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whats you budget?

here is a link with a buncha cheap ones starting $20
http://www.parts-express.com/wizards/searchResults.cfm?searchFilter=&srchExt=CAT&perPage=25&sortBy=3&layout=list&page=1&srchPrice=&srchCat=756&srchMfg=&srchPromo=&srchAttr=
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Look on Ebay for something like a Lepai TA2020 or Muse T-amp. It won't be crazy loud (only around 15W-20W), but they're dirt cheap, shipped straight from China ($20-$30)
     
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Thanks for the suggestions, wanted to just mess around a bit.
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No real budget just want to mess around with them. Although if its actually worth it might be willing to spend around a 100 on a amp if they would be competitive with ~$100 2.1 setup

Any opinions on these speakers? would it be worth trying to make them legitimate with a decent amp?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shinyboy;12967645 
Thanks for the suggestions, wanted to just mess around a bit.



No real budget just want to mess around with them. Although if its actually worth it might be willing to spend around a 100 on a amp if they would be competitive with ~$100 2.1 setup

Any opinions on these speakers? would it be worth trying to make them legitimate with a decent amp?

Of Course its worth its as they are 10 times better then ligycraps.
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Also would I need a sub?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shinyboy;12967892 
Also would I need a sub?

Give them a listen first and then decide if it's worth purchasing more for the setup. Good find by the way, I'd be excited to listen to them.
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once you go big 2.0 speakers powered by an dedicated amp, you will never want to listen to the multimedia crap, but that again depends on how good your 2.0 speakers are..

looking at tech specs of the speakers a small subwoofer would suffice if you want to listen to notes that low..

but definitely worth a listening try..
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Guess I will take this a little more seriously then I was.
Any suggestions for a good ~$100 amp with the ability to add a sub if I end up wanting one?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shinyboy;12970814 
Guess I will take this a little more seriously then I was.
Any suggestions for a good ~$100 amp with the ability to add a sub if I end up wanting one?

If you're going to use those speakers, I don't really see the point of getting a $100 receiver as you haven't heard those speakers yet. The Lepai amp is great and one of the best amp deals out there. 20 watts might seem like a little but trust me, they're loud enough for a room. If you want to add a sub, just use the high-power input(amp to sub, then sub to speakers). No need for other fancy stuff.
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