Stereo amp for use with airport express

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  1. louisg macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking for advice on an inexpensive stereo amplifier to purchase for use with an Airport Express. This is for my kitchen. I have some outdoor speakers acoustic energy extreme 5
    http://www.acoustic-energy.co.uk/Default.aspx?pagename=Extreme-Series-specification
    It doesn't need to do anything other than be an amp.

    Ideally the amp should be small and run cool, as it'll be on top of a kitchen cabinet. It should have some form of auto-sensing power so it doesn't waste electricity when not in use. Budget is sub £100

    Thanks!
     
  2. condor macrumors member

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  3. AppLCII macrumors member

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    I'd also look at Dayton amps on Parts Express. I recently purchased a dayton apa 150 and am extremely happy with it:

    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-812

    It powers a 2.1 system with two polk bookshelfs and a yamaha powered sub. That model may be overkill for your needs, but give the dayton lineup a look.

    Good luck, and let us know what you decide and why.
     
  4. FeaRThiS macrumors 6502

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    Not small and over budget but would save the need for the airport express have a look at the pioneer vsx-921
     
  5. Powerbooky, Apr 28, 2012
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    A bit above budget, but it's really compact and versatile: the BigJoe2 or BigJoe3.
    The BigJoe3 works with the digital optical output on the Mac or Airport Express.
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    Others might be interested in the AudioEngine 5 bookshelf speakers. Actually designed to work with an Airport Express.
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  6. davidoloan macrumors 6502

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    RJ45 Stereo Output?

    No analogue stereo output?
     
  7. Powerbooky macrumors regular

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    The speaker outputs are analogue. The unconventional thing is indeed the RJ45 connector. Probably for size reasons. Correct cables are included though and ones that I got are rugged enough to last quite a while.
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  8. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I've got an expensive DTS in my living room, but wanted a cheaper solution for my bedroom...I have a Sony Hi-fi in there with a good amp and a nice large Bass woofer. I just plugged my AE into a wall socket (wanted it there anyway to extend my network) then just ran a 3.5mm jack into the input socket of the Sony....Sounds terrific...and since I had the Sony in there anyway, cost me zip!
     
  9. Powerbooky, May 1, 2012
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    Powerbooky macrumors regular

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    Following AppLCII's link... here's a range of cheap amplifiers. You'll have to Google to read about the performance of these brands and models though. Most cheap-made amplifiers tend to be crappy and have noisy outputs (OK... agree, some expensive brands too).
     
  10. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    I've had this Lepai connected to an airport express for years. No issues at all. Never turn it off. I actually have it connected to some old Apple Pro Speakers :-D
     

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