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Amplifier for Pioneer SP-BS41-LR

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I am considering purchasing these speakers:


to use as computer speakers in my dorm room.  Since these are the first pair of passive speakers I have purchased, I am having some difficulty finding an appropriate amplifier to power them at a reasonable price.  Right now I am considering one of these two amps:




Will these be compatible with the Pioneer speakers, or is the fact that the impedance of the speakers is 6 ohms be a problem?

post #2 of 9

If you are fine with the form factor of the AMP-100, i would also consider classic/vintage stereo receivers in places like Craiglist, etc? DTA-100A is great but always out of stock so another option if u want small


I've known peeps driving 4-6 ohms speakers fine with T-Amps ^^

post #3 of 9

Same boat as you, OP! For what it's worth, the Pioneer speakers sound bloody amazing in my living room setup (when they get a chance to flex their muscles -- they're being used as rears). Gonna play close attention to this threat to see what y'all decide on.

post #4 of 9

What will you be using the speakers for?  Music only, or will you be doing some gaming or movie watching as well?


If you WILL be doing movies or gaming, an A/V Receiver might be your best, most cost effective option.  You can get virtual surround processing from the A/V Receiver, and in the future when you move to an apt or house, you could use your A/V receiver for a full out surround receiver. 


If you don't currently have a soundcard that will provide a simulated (or "virtual") surround, I really think a good A/V receiver would be an excellent way to go. 


Which, does make me ask....what is your source?  I'm going to assume computer since you're posting in the Computer Audio section, but let me know if I'm wrong.  What outputs does your computer currently have?  Laptop or desktop?

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

I will be using the speakers mostly for listening to music from my laptop.  I am less interested in features like virtual surround, etc. and I pretty much just want something that will provide adequate power and good quality without going over $100.

post #6 of 9

Then I agree with the other poster. Your best bet is probably Craiglist. Or you can pick up a factory refurbished/factory warrantied Onkyo from accessories4less.com.


However, does your laptop have optical or HDMI out? If so, then an AV receiver instead of 2 channel is probably your best best. Laptop onboard audio is generally not that great, and the DAC built into an AV receiver should give you better sound. Also, if you ever decided to get a sub, the bass management features on an AV receiver make sub integration easier. 


Those Pioneers are nice speakers for the price smile.gif

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately, I don't really have the ability to hunt for stuff on craigslist due to constraints on my time and transportation.  I may try that route sometime down the road.  Do you think the dta100a will be a workable interim solution (reasonable volume, considering the low-ish power) until I can find something better?

post #8 of 9

Believe it or not, this Lepai t-amp works surprisingly well. Here it is on Parts Express, too. Save the rest of your money until you can find something better than the Dayton, which is not significantly better (it's a t-amp too). I had one that I bought to try it out, but gave it away to a friend who needed an amp and he was delighted by how well it worked. It won't bust your ear drums, but it gets reasonably loud and sounds good if you keep the volume at 12 o'clock and lower. 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice.  Since the dta100a was out of stock, I ended up going for an Onkyo 8211 off of ebay.  Hopefully this will provide better power/quality than the dayton, and be a little more durable.

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