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post #31 of 155
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

I ordered 2 more Lepai just in case the friendly people of China's QC fails after six monthbut hey,if i have to spend $19.00 very 6 month for this Lepai, I would.

That cracked me up smily_headphones1.gif

I don't use a Lepai t-amp regularly, but I had one sitting around as a spare in case one of my main amplifiers/receivers broke. Then I gave it to a friend who needed it and just have not ordered another yet. So at $19, these are great "backup" amps for anyone to have on hand just in case they need one for something.
post #32 of 155

I am glad that I get you a little humour there. Well, it's no audiophile SQ by any standard and so is the compressed audio from Spotify and MOG but for those who run out of real estate, these little amps are unbelievable value for the money.

 

One system for desktop, one system for bathroom, one system for the garage...sweet 60 bucks. Pair it up with a pair of high efficiency speakers like  8 Ohm, 89 db and above, they will sing in tune.

 

I wonder if anyone did try them with an old Klipsch horn with 102 db. Now that's a party that's worth $20.00.smile.gif

post #33 of 155
Or even just some 99db Klipsch Heresys biggrin.gif

post #34 of 155

Seriously, snobby audiophile will treat these T amps as  junks or garbage but with properly set up, these $20.00 Lepai amp will put some mid-fi amps to shame at low to moderate listening level.

 

Listening to Dire Straits " Brothers in arms", oh man...this little thing is too good for $20.00 .  The A2 of AE is better with some small piece of instruments/acoustic jazz when I listen to Joe Samples, "Oasis", John Scofield, " A GoGo " but for vocals this Lepai wins hand down.

 

Coming from the old school of Krell, Audio Research, Cary Audio...this is an eyes openner experience that is worth more than $20.00.

post #35 of 155
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

Seriously, snobby audiophile will treat these T amps as  junks or garbage but with properly set up, these $20.00 Lepai amp will put some mid-fi amps to shame at low to moderate listening level.

Listening to Dire Straits " Brothers in arms", oh man...this little thing is too good for $20.00 .  The A2 of AE is better with some small piece of instruments/acoustic jazz when I listen to Joe Samples, "Oasis", John Scofield, " A GoGo " but for vocals this Lepai wins hand down.

Coming from the old school of Krell, Audio Research, Cary Audio...this is an eyes openner experience that is worth more than $20.00.

I'm with you. The car audio industry is moving toward digital amps because of the reduced size and greater efficiency. They are starting to become accepted.

What I don't get is the fascination with the Audioengine A2s. Get a Lepai and a decent $100-$150 pair of speakers, and you are going to have far better audio than those itty bitty A2 drivers can put out.
post #36 of 155
It's all about profit and marketing. If my memory serves me right, the big boy Audio Research came out with the T-amp 150.2 but they dropped them as a hot potato to go back to what their image is at best : Tubes amps . Cary audio went to the same move with their digital amp. That does not say that their digital amps are bad, just the image of T-amp does not fit well in a Haute Societe audiophiles !
post #37 of 155
Thread Starter 

Hee. Hee. What I'm thinking is I need some Zu Audio Druid Mk. V speakers to go with my Lepai amp! With the money I saved by buying the Lepai amplifier, I ought to be able to swing the starting price of the speakers which is $5,200 a pair according to Zu Audio's web site. biggrin.gif

 

From the speaker spec sheet:

 

Efficiency:      101dB SPL @ 1W/1m

Impedance:    16 ohm (10 ohm minimum)

 

Average Room / Moderate Volume:          2-4 watt

Large Room / Loud:                                4-16 watt

Large Room / Concert Level:                   16-50 watt

 

6moons.com has them listed at $6,495 a pair:

 

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/zu20/1.html

 

http://www.zuaudio.com/druid-5a-loudspeaker.php

 

post #38 of 155
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

Hey, just got my Lepai 2020+ from Amazon. I use my Itouch 4G with LOD hooked straight up to the 3.5mm on the back of the Lepai amp. The speakers are the old POLK RT15i pair which I found in my closet unused. My music source are from MOG and Spotify. My impression : Unbelievable !!! At 8 Ohm, 88/89 DB,the RT15i kicks ass at 10 o'clock of the volume pot. Johns Scofields sounds better on the Lepai than my A2 AE. Fourplay ( heartleft) sounds better than some expensive tube amp I used to own ( please forgive me Rogue Audio fans). Yes,it's made in China but so is the Marantz AVR that I have issue with and finally returned to BB. Yes,it looks ElCheapo with no binding posts or banana plugs but the spring clips are fine at $19.00 a pop for the Lepai. I ordered 2 more Lepai just in case the friendly people of China's QC fails after six monthbut hey,if i have to spend $19.00 very 6 month for this Lepai, I would. My monthly subscription to Spotify and MOG are about the price of one Lepai a month. The Lepai pops when power off. I have no problem with it since I used to own Adcom amps when I was young.... Go treat yourself a Lepai. You will like it. My problem now is I do not have gut to return the Audio Engine A2 to BB/Magnolia even thought it's only 2 weeks old.

 

 

So whe got another "Lepai Luver"  biggrin.gif   Welcome to the L-Club!!

 

You guys should check out the Lepai -Lp838, nice sound for the price, the added feature of the sub bass chanell is awesome.


Edited by rickdohc - 1/28/13 at 12:57pm
post #39 of 155
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Originally Posted by rickdohc View Post

You guys should check out the Lepai -Lp838, nice sound for the price, the added feature of the sub bass chanell is awesome.

That seems pretty cool. Looks like it could be a help for anyone who doesn't have speaker level inputs and outputs on their sub. Does it use the same t-amp chip at the 2020?
post #40 of 155
I am looking for the brick power supply for the Lepai. I saw some 12 volt, 6 Ampere for under $15.00 for LCD , would that work with the Lepai 2020+ or the 12 volt, 5 A ?

Yeah, I am a new Lepai lover. Good toys for $20.00 a pop.
post #41 of 155
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

I am looking for the brick power supply for the Lepai. I saw some 12 volt, 6 Ampere for under $15.00 for LCD , would that work with the Lepai 2020+ or the 12 volt, 5 A ?

Yeah, I am a new Lepai lover. Good toys for $20.00 a pop.

 

I think 12 volt 5 A would be all you need. There are lots of discussions about the Lepai power supply on other web sites. In fact, more than I care to read. On the product page on the Parts Express web site, if you read the "Product Q&A" section at the bottom of the page, there is info about the power supply:

 

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-300

 

Also, there's a gigantic 137 page thread that's been going for six or seven years over here, so some of the information is out of date. There's lots of stuff about the power supply if you wade through it:

 

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/class-d/90500-lepai-t-amp-ta2020.html

post #42 of 155

I was pleased enough with my Lepai + Insignia NS-B2111 setup, but I've since moved the amp to the space above the microwave and below one of the cabinets and paired it with a couple of the cheap little speakers that came with an old HT receiver.

 

Somewhat of a demotion, to put it lightly, but I found myself not really using the former setup, since it's in the same room as my main DT880 system, which sounds quite a bit better. So now at least I've got something to listen to while I'm cooking that's an improvement over the crappy speakers hooked up to the computer. I actually tried using this setup as computer speakers, but I couldn't fit it all comfortably on the desk.

 

Plus, if I wanted to resurrect my original near field rig, I could always just buy another Lepai. smile.gif


Edited by Argyris - 1/29/13 at 8:17pm
post #43 of 155

I just hooked up this little amp to some 25-30 year old Polk 5JR speakers, and to my Sansa Fuze, and wow, nice sound!  Still a lot of life left in those old speakers!

 

I also read that people have replaced the 12V 2amp (2000mha) with a (12vDC) 5 or 6 amp.  They say they get cleaner sound, more sound, less distortion.

 

I ordered a Kinamax AD-LCD12 LCD Monitors 12V 6A 72W AC Adapter Power Supply from Amazon.com for like 11.00 (free shipping for prime members).  I should get it in the next day or two.

 

I also see on amazon that they have some models with USB and SD slots, and can directly play MP3's.

 

I brought this for my dog, to play music during the day, so if I knew that there was a LEPAI amp that had USB/SD slots and would directly play MP3's, I probably would have bought that one.  I turn it on and off everyday with a fancy "christmas light" timer.  I know my fuze does not use a lot of electricity, but I have to keep the fuze on, while I can power off the amp, so having an included player would have been nice.

post #44 of 155
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BuddTX View Post

I just hooked up this little amp to some 25-30 year old Polk 5JR speakers, and to my Sansa Fuze, and wow, nice sound!  Still a lot of life left in those old speakers!

 

I also read that people have replaced the 12V 2amp (2000mha) with a (12vDC) 5 or 6 amp.  They say they get cleaner sound, more sound, less distortion.

 

I ordered a Kinamax AD-LCD12 LCD Monitors 12V 6A 72W AC Adapter Power Supply from Amazon.com for like 11.00 (free shipping for prime members).  I should get it in the next day or two.

 

 

Be sure and check back and let us know how that power supply works out for you! popcorn.gif

post #45 of 155
I am thinking abt leaving these Lepai 24/7 but I am concerning with fire hazard when I am away from my place.

Little thump when powering off starts me worry for damaging the tweeters in a long run.
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