Amplifier Needed?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by NatronB, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. NatronB macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2002
    A little background: I'm going back to school and moving a distance, so I want to keep the amount of stuff I bring down. With this in mind I'm running all my audio through my Mac Mini and a set of 4.1 Logitech Z-540 computer speakers. My question is whether or not I should run the Mini through a really nice Carver amplifier before they get to the speakers (via minijack).

    I tried the latter set up and it sounded perhaps a little better, but it could just be in my head. I'm wondering when I move to my larger room at school I might notice a difference.

    Am I just wasting my time? Any insight?


  2. e-clipse macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2006
    I would think that the Carver amp may be overkill for the Logitech speakers since these speakers are self-powered. They are made to handle 40 watts total per channel, which is 20 watts rms per channel.
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    What's the point in running a lovely amp through some pants speakers?

    Active speakers have a huge benefit over passive ones, that the amplifier is designed to make up for the speaker's shortcomings. I suspect that if you could drive the Logitech speakers with the Carver amp, it wouldn't sound as good.

    If you want to use the Carver amp, then get yourself a really nice pair of hifi speakers, such as B&W DM303s. Best >£500 hifi speakers money can buy.

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