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voyager

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Hello everyone, greeting!

This is my first post (question). I browsed through forum and this is a wonderful place. Not sure why I didnt find this earlier!

I am looking for a smaller sized amplifier, stereo to go with my Bose 161 speakers. This is for casual listening, but expect some basic quality output.
I am currently located in US & plan to buy and take this with me to India (hence smaller profile).

Currently I have any Onkyo TX SR 343 5.1 which is I am happy with as good for movies (its attached to my TV). Sadly I will not be able to take it with me.
The Onkyo drives my Bose speakers very well (I know those are not best speakers, but still portable).

I tried a 2.1 amp from Fosi Audio (bought via Amazon) and sadly it not only produces a lot of static noise, it just could not drive the speakers at all.
I will be returning it, may be I got a bad one.

Any suggestions. My budget is less than $200.
 

vinyl

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Hello everyone, greeting!

This is my first post (question). I browsed through forum and this is a wonderful place. Not sure why I didnt find this earlier!

I am looking for a smaller sized amplifier, stereo to go with my Bose 161 speakers. This is for casual listening, but expect some basic quality output.
I am currently located in US & plan to buy and take this with me to India (hence smaller profile).

Currently I have any Onkyo TX SR 343 5.1 which is I am happy with as good for movies (its attached to my TV). Sadly I will not be able to take it with me.
The Onkyo drives my Bose speakers very well (I know those are not best speakers, but still portable).

I tried a 2.1 amp from Fosi Audio (bought via Amazon) and sadly it not only produces a lot of static noise, it just could not drive the speakers at all.
I will be returning it, may be I got a bad one.

Any suggestions. My budget is less than $200.
At $200, you can go for Norge amps, far superior than the class D amps available in Amazon.
 
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audiopro

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Hello everyone, greeting!

This is my first post (question). I browsed through forum and this is a wonderful place. Not sure why I didnt find this earlier!

I am looking for a smaller sized amplifier, stereo to go with my Bose 161 speakers. This is for casual listening, but expect some basic quality output.
I am currently located in US & plan to buy and take this with me to India (hence smaller profile).

Currently I have any Onkyo TX SR 343 5.1 which is I am happy with as good for movies (its attached to my TV). Sadly I will not be able to take it with me.
The Onkyo drives my Bose speakers very well (I know those are not best speakers, but still portable).

I tried a 2.1 amp from Fosi Audio (bought via Amazon) and sadly it not only produces a lot of static noise, it just could not drive the speakers at all.
I will be returning it, may be I got a bad one.

Any suggestions. My budget is less than $200.

Buy a norge or dnm. Don't expect great performance though. The norge will be much better sounding. Or maybe a used norge if you find one on the forum.
 
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Hello everyone, greeting!

This is my first post (question). I browsed through forum and this is a wonderful place. Not sure why I didnt find this earlier!

I am looking for a smaller sized amplifier, stereo to go with my Bose 161 speakers. This is for casual listening, but expect some basic quality output.
I am currently located in US & plan to buy and take this with me to India (hence smaller profile).

Any suggestions. My budget is less than $200.

Well it would have been great to recommend you to buy in India, however, when in US, its better to choose from the huge pool of options available.

Below is a list not in any particular order, within the budget mentioned, you could pick from:

1. SMSL SA50 - Price:$65.00
2. SMSL SA-36A Plus
3. SMSL SA-50 Plus - Price:$95.99
4. Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier and DAC - Price:$99.99
5. Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier - Price:$79.99
6. Teac AI-101DA-B - Price:$199.95

PS: I have not used any of these personally, however, have read good words about them. Research and pick the one that suits you best.

MaSh
 
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surfatwork

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If the amp you bought produced only static, then it is likely a defective unit. Just return it and get a replacement. Remember that ALL of these are mass produced in China to a price, so QC errors are inevitable.
The SMSL ones suggested above have a good reputation.
 
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voyager

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Well it would have been great to recommend you to buy in India, however, when in US, its better to choose from the huge pool of options available.

Below is a list not in any particular order, within the budget mentioned, you could pick from:

1. SMSL SA50 - Price:$65.00
2. SMSL SA-36A Plus
3. SMSL SA-50 Plus - Price:$95.99
4. Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier and DAC - Price:$99.99
5. Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier - Price:$79.99
6. Teac AI-101DA-B - Price:$199.95

PS: I have not used any of these personally, however, have read good words about them. Research and pick the one that suits you best.

MaSh
Thank you sir.
 
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voyager

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If the amp you bought produced only static, then it is likely a defective unit. Just return it and get a replacement. Remember that ALL of these are mass produced in China to a price, so QC errors are inevitable.
The SMSL ones suggested above have a good reputation.
Yes, I was going to buy SMSL AD 18.

Looks like it be better to buy in India, due to support issues.
 
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