Yes, the TA2020 by Lepai, if I plug it into an 8 ohm load, will only be outputting 13 watts max. I know this is barely anything, but if I was going to spend around 100 bucks, I feel like it is a better idea to save up for a proper receiver that can deliver a proper amount of power per channel into 8 ohms.
My logic was that i'd rather spend around 25-30 bucks on a cheap crappy "for the time being" amp that will get the job done for 6 months or so, OR I can spend about 100 bucks on a proper DIY kit that will get the job done for a year or so. OR I can save up and spend 200-300 on a proper receiver that will get the job done for 2-3+ years. However, my budget right now is as follows:
Current savings is ~120 dollars. my first priority is a monitor for my computer, as I still have my dad's work monitor comandeered ($320). Second priority is a proper CPU cooler ($100). Third priority is still up in the air for the time being. I wanted to spend the next 80-100 dollars on a fan controller, acoustic damping material and a few fans for the computer because as my computer stands right now, I have absolutely 0 fan speed control. Because of this, no matter how good any of my speaker/headphone setups may sound, my computer has a blinding blue light and sounds like an air strip. These upgrades are all out of necessity more than simple want. I'm using solely the fans that came with my case, as the person who gave me the computer components to work with neglected to give me any sort of working computer fans.
I still havent even received my first paycheck from my part time job (college student) but it should be coming in 1 week from today.
So with that being said, here was my plan/options:
1) I figured i'd go to best buy and get an amplifier that did 20-25 wpc into 4 ohms or specifically 10-15 wpc into 8 ohms. I'd test that out with the speakers, see if I can get things volume matched, and see what is possible with that little power into these relatively sensitive speakers. If this worked with the best buy product, I'd get the Lepai product, return the best buy product, and work with that at low volumes until my funds built up. My room is only 10.5 feet x 10.5 feet x 12 feet high. It is VERY small. The speakers are scarcely 2 meters away from my head. I feel like I wont be needing too much power to get them to a comfortable, or even loud, listening level. In the past 2 years there has only been 2-3 times when I have been in a situation to blare music throughout the house, and I DO have a sound system of some sort on every floor, so i'm sure there is some way I can use phones or laptops to stream music to each of those systems respectively without having to blare music from floor 3 onto floor 1.
2) Build this here: http://diyaudioprojects.com/Chip/DIY-TDA2050-Hi-Fi-Chip-Amplifier/
However. I have absolutely no clue what this project is talking about. It is pretty far above my head as a DIY'er and assumes a fair bit of prior knowledge and access to parts/materials/tools that I'm pretty sure I dont have. If I had a proper mouser/digikey parts list it would be much much easier but at this point I dont even know how to properly choose parts. Also, I'm pretty sure that while this entire project's parts alone dont cost more than 30-60 bucks, that toroidal transformer looks MIGHTY PRICEY. (and fairly sexy to boot).
3) Suck it up and just stare loningly at these speakers until I can afford a receiver. I dont see the point in buying a 100 dollar pre-built amplifier because that is the point at which I start getting into used/refurb receiver ranges. At this point I might as well just save up for a proper receiver or something.
Option 1 is what i'm leaning towards because it is the quickest and cheapest method, but as i'm becoming less and less immature, i'm learning that quick and cheap is often not the right/best option. I am also learning that patience, while sucking very hard, yields the best results.
What do you guys say?
Also, hello, ojneg!
EDIT: Also, the option of taking apart and modding the Lepai 2020 into some sort of massive beast sounds pretty sexy. Dayton also sells a pretty cheap Class D 100 watt per channel into 4 ohm kit. My only issue with that is that there was no option for volume control, and i have no idea how gain works with that. I'd need some way to control that. I have 2 RK27 alps blue 50k pots just sitting around. That is also a valid option.Edited by shrimants - 6/14/12 at 7:04am