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post #16 of 21
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Hmm I'll have a read of reviews of that as well then.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by spittis View Post

A more common and tested option would be the Nuforce Icon 2.  It's a DAC, headphone amp, and can power smaller passive speakers, for 319£ on Amazon. The nominal output power of the Icon 2 is 24 Watts per channel @4 ohm, which should work considering Wharfedale says suitable amplifier power for your speakers is 20-100W (source), and their nominal impedance is 6 ohm. Do note that I don't have real life experience of the products in question, I'm just reading specs.

 

 

I have an Icon 2 at work - The DAC and headphone amp in it are very nice and IMHO worth the price.  I tried the amplifier with some less than efficient bookshelf speakers, and predictably wasn't impressed.  Good clarity, good imaging, but no impact.   I tried the NuForce speakers as well, since they were on sale for very cheap:  You really want to pass on those - TANSTAAFL applies in spades for those.   A friend had a 2.1 system from Orb Audio - (89db efficiency) - so I brought the Icon 2 over there for grins:  This combination *Works*.    Not saying you should buy a set of Orbs, but as long as your Warfdales are fairly efficient you should be fine for nearfield listening.

 

 

*Edit* - Just checked on your 10.1's - The published stats I found said 86db\w for efficiency.  Math says fhe full 24 watts should get you a max of 102 decibels at 1 meter {i.e. 'Sitting At Your Desk'}  Call it 105 if you have your Wharfies near the wall.


Edited by Scotteq - 12/27/12 at 9:35am
post #18 of 21
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The Icon 2 is a bit more expensive than the Teac over here, think I'll try out the Teac and see how it goes.
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Originally Posted by MrAzza View Post

The Icon 2 is a bit more expensive than the Teac over here, think I'll try out the Teac and see how it goes.

The Teac also has more output power - should be good for another 3 dB.

Do I even want to ask what "TANSTAAFL" means?
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The Teac also has more output power - should be good for another 3 dB.
Do I even want to ask what "TANSTAAFL" means?

 

It means "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"  ksc75smile.gif

post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Scotteq View Post

It means "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"  ksc75smile.gif

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