I see the "Lepai" branded t-amps pop up on Ebay from time to time, anyone have experience with them?
My little red desktop speakers are being gifted to my daughter for her desk, she is going to listen to her MP3 player through them so...
1. Bass is not necessary since I don't want to hear the bass-line from "The Chipmunks".
2. The speaks are only good to 80 Hz or so anyway
3. I don't need high output levels for the kid in any event, she don't need her old man's ears.
For $23 shipped with a power supply can I really go wrong for my daughter?
I use two OB-mounted TangBand W3-1364SA with a Lepai amp for computer speakers.
I'll say it's an awesome amp for the price, with OK sound quallity for low volume nearfield listening with efficient speakers, and if the speakers are efficient enough, even medium listening volums at a farther distance - but in comparison to a "real" amp, it's not awesome in any way, no matter what people might say. It has no real power to drive "normal", less efficient speakers, to a reasonable listening level without distorting like a mother!
Anyway - for it's (very) limited usage, with efficient speakers and low listening volumes, I think it's unbeatable, price-wise. $20 shipped or something? That's really nothing for a working amplifier, even less for one that sounds OK.
I also have another one laying around for a future bathroom speaker project, I bought this after testing the first one.
So that means I recommend it highly - at the low price and the mentioned, much limited usage.
Edit: I thought I might mention that the closest thing you're getting for comparing the sound from a T-amp, is the amplifiers integrated in car CD-players. We've all heard them, right...?
I got one and use it to power a little boom box I made using a couple Vifa buyouts from Deep Surplus (same ones as on ApexJr).
In a nutshell, I can turn the volume all the way up on the iPod and all the way up on the Lepai and it sounds pretty dang good; this is with the bass and treble controls at +0dB.
I'll try to post a picture if I can find some time. I took out the board, pitched the aluminum case, and slid it into the top of the boom box. Worked out OK for a beginner like me.
Well, I order the Tripath 2020 based Lepai amp just now. It ships with a power supply for $27 bucks - I figure I just can't go wrong for that.
Now, about that heatsink... Easily removable I am sure, which means it will be painted within five minutes of testing. This will remove the Engrish, though.
"This amp is use Tripath power" lol.
And thank you gentlemen for your votes of confidence!
Just got around to taking a photo of my finished project. Looks like you just bought? For the price, its a good deal, IMHO.
Originally Posted by johnnyrichards
Here's the link to my boom box.
I chucked the aluminum case for this project and just cut a hole for the amp to slide into the main body of the boom box.
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