Stereo amp for use with airport express

louisg

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 22, 2012
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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!
 

FeaRThiS

macrumors 6502
Mar 25, 2011
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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
 

Powerbooky

macrumors regular
Mar 15, 2008
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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.




Others might be interested in the AudioEngine 5 bookshelf speakers. Actually designed to work with an Airport Express.
 
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Powerbooky

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Mar 15, 2008
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RJ45 Stereo Output?

No analogue stereo output?
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.
 

Macman45

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Jul 29, 2011
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Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
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!
 

Powerbooky

macrumors regular
Mar 15, 2008
148
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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).
 
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