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Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 24, 2021 12:40PM
Looks like my antique (1970s) Onkyo amplifier has finally bitten the dust. It's just been used to drive the audio from my iMac to two even older big, 100W-max JVC speakers.

In looking at inexpensive* amps on Amazon to replace it, I'm seeing many of them have Bluetooth capability for little or no extra cost.

Should I ignore that Bluetooth capability and just focus on comparing the amps' other specs, or is there some inherent value/advantage to having it?

TIA

*Due to tinnitus, paying for highest quality sound would be a waste of money.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/24/2021 12:55PM by DeusxMac.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: June 24, 2021 12:50PM
I have a Onkyo TX-NR809 home theater receiver I'm looking to sell. Send me a DM if you're interested.



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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 24, 2021 01:21PM
I'm very curious about some of the unbranded Chinese options one can find on eBay. But I can't make any specific recs. But there are a bunch of YouTube reviews (of course).
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 24, 2021 01:22PM
But also wanted to add: there are tons of amps and stereo components on the used market, no need at all to buy new.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: raz
Date: June 24, 2021 01:26PM
I've got one of these Onkyos as recommended by Don Lindich

I'm very happy with it.



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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: jonny
Date: June 24, 2021 01:29PM
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mrbigstuff
But also wanted to add: there are tons of amps and stereo components on the used market, no need at all to buy new.
agree smiley
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 24, 2021 01:45PM
Guess I should reiterate/stress...

1. Inexpensive

2. Due to tinnitus, paying for high quality sound would be a waste of money

If used Ebay/Craig's List amps are $100 and up, and brand new, small amps are $40-$100, then new units would seem to do just fine for me. And, smaller is a plus for where I'd locate it.

What about the Bluetooth capability?
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: June 24, 2021 01:47PM
Bluetooth audio is not high quality audio.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: June 24, 2021 03:11PM
1. Anything local and cheap on Craigslist.
2. If you can get a cheap NAD amplifier, go for it. Unbeatable value!

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DeusxMac
Looks like my antique (1970s) Onkyo amplifier has finally bitten the dust. It's just been used to drive the audio from my iMac to two even older big, 100W-max JVC speakers.

In looking at inexpensive* amps on Amazon to replace it, I'm seeing many of them have Bluetooth capability for little or no extra cost.

Should I ignore that Bluetooth capability and just focus on comparing the amps' other specs, or is there some inherent value/advantage to having it?

TIA

*Due to tinnitus, paying for highest quality sound would be a waste of money.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/24/2021 03:11PM by anonymouse1.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: June 24, 2021 03:14PM
I have a Carver PreAmp and 100w Amp, but it sounds like more than you are looking for.



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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: June 24, 2021 03:34PM
Estate sales and Goodwill. You should be able to find a receiver made in the last ~20 years with plenty of features for $20 or less.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: June 24, 2021 03:37PM
^^^This
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 24, 2021 03:42PM
Yeah, I just did a mental tally and I have four extra amps/receivers currently. I'm not much of a hoarder except for this stuff where I can't bear to see it go to a landfill. Yes, I will give them away if I find someone who will use them.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: Z
Date: June 24, 2021 03:48PM
Another option - your Onkyo is most likely just in need of a recap to fix the electrolytic capacitors that are at the end of their useful lives. $100-200 with labor and parts, likely. E.G. [reverb.com]

Cheers,
Z
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 24, 2021 03:58PM
I would get a Sony or Pioneer from Craigslist. Finding one with a remote will be harder. You might get lucky and find a better brand. You can buy a Bluetooth adapter for about $15.00.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 24, 2021 04:55PM
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Ombligo
I have a Carver PreAmp and 100w Amp, but it sounds like more than you are looking for.

Yeah, if not for the pesky "inexpensive" and lousy ears things, we also have some classic Carver gear, including a CT-17 preamp/tuner and their massive TFM-45 amp in the home analog audio collection; that I'd love to see go to an appreciative new home.... casualties of downsizing a few years ago.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 25, 2021 06:43AM
If you’re in the STL are my nephew does audiophile equipment restoration. He’s got amazing skills and has built up an impressive shop setup. And taken over his parents garage and most of their basement.
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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 25, 2021 02:38PM
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cbelt3
If you’re in the STL are my nephew does audiophile equipment restoration. He’s got amazing skills and has built up an impressive shop setup. And taken over his parents garage and most of their basement.

What part of “inexpensive, $40-$100” was unclear?



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Re: Stereo amp recomendations?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 25, 2021 03:28PM
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space-time
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cbelt3
If you’re in the STL are my nephew does audiophile equipment restoration. He’s got amazing skills and has built up an impressive shop setup. And taken over his parents garage and most of their basement.

What part of “inexpensive, $40-$100” was unclear?

But you don't know what that kid would charge for a repair, do you?
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