Firstly, for reasons which will become clear, I wanted to say that I have found this forum invaluable recently, as I have been taking my first steps in to the HiFi world!
A little background, I am 28yr old normal bloke with normal hobbies, especially where tech is involved! I am also a man who loves his music. With a passion. Now, given that these two things are true, it seems surprising that I am only just taking my first steps into what I hope will be a rewarding world of HiFi! But, it is true nonetheless.
Now, I do ALL my music listening on my PC. Always have done. The weird thing is, despite being anal about the quality of my digital music (High Bit-Rate MP3 / FLAC) up until now, I have been making do with an PC on-board soundcard and some little Creative speakers with a sub. However, this is about to change, as I have decided to move into the shallow end of audiophilery! Hopefully it will just be the start!
So, after reading every post in the the epic near-1000 post thread started by JANDL100 devoted to the MiniT Amp, I have decided to make a £60 purchase. Namely this ORDO T-Amp. The unit has a TA2020 main amp, with on-board USB DAC and TA2024 'phone amp.
My 1st question is, have I done OK with my choice of unit? I know it isn't the T-Amp that was raved (or flamed ) about in the thread, but Chinese no-name aside, I think it hits all the same buttons?
My 2nd question is, what speakers to pair up with it? I have a few weeks to decide while the amp is shipped, so there is no rush, but I was hoping to make a decision and get the speakers long before it arrives!
Now, from what I have read, these amps work best with a high sensitivity speaker (88db+) and with a low-ish impedance so as to pull the maximum wattage out of the unit. Leaving alone that I still dont quite understand impedance (I am working on it lol) I am looking for some decent bookshelf speakers to get my started. The speakers need to be small (they are going on my desk) and will be backed up against a wall, so rear facing bass ports would be better I think?
With this in mind, I have found some cheapo 2nd hand ebay numbers I was hoping to get some feedback on. Namely, some Gale Silver Monitors (£20 from ebay) which I think are a decent first step? They have a sensitivity of 88db and are rated at 6Ohms for impedance, with rear facing bass ports.
The idea, going forward, will be to improve in sections, start with the speakers, then back to the Amp, then back to the speakers etc . . .
So, any advice?