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are there budget class t amps about (apart from Sonic impact)

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When visiting the US, I've been thinking of taking advantage of lower prices/the strong pound
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I've been very impressed with the sonic impact t amp I bought, and quite like the idea of getting a slightly more powerful/better built amp based on similar technology. Are such things available (budget probably upto $400ish, and would be happy to buy secondhand) or am I going to wind up with solder burns from trying to mod a sonic impact amp
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I browsed a tech mag at the stands recently and saw a blurb on an Audiopak(?) product - the Amp. It has the same Tripath chip as the Sonic T and 12W x 12W. It is built as a small squarish red box. The speaker outputs are an oddity. They are not springclips or bananas but 3.5mm 'female' jacks! Wonder if this makes it easier to modify than a Sonic T?

Try as I might I can't find any details of the Amp on the Net. Perhaps I got the brand name sp. wrong.

 

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well i think it was tony who pointed out 'red wine audio' to me... states-based t-chip modders.. sounds exactly like what you;re after .. i can't recall the addy but its probably just red wine audio .com .. might want to google 'em

 

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Cheers Nixon/solid.

tbh, the red wine audio amp does look remarkably similar to a modded t amp...was hoping for something with a bit more power (tbh, rather than buy from red wine I'd probably try to mod one my self - to save a few hundred bucks has to be worth a couple of solder burns
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And yeah solid, let me know if you find any more details on the audiopak
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speak to Tony Jon, he has experience of other class T chips, and can perhaps suggest just the one your after.

 

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Cheers. Kiang, will think about a kit (those 41hz ones do look nice
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Cheers. Kiang, will think about a kit (those 41hz ones do look nice
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john I'm sure I saw kits somewhere once, tripath amp chips in a kit form with boards components and cases too I think, various power ratings from a few watts to a mega watt or so!!

oops it my be one of them kinag mentioned, (note to self, stop speed reading, your not good enough
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Wow! have you seen the quality of some of the "home-made" amps on those sites?

I have been toying with the idea of buying a sonic-T for a while, but after seeing those I think I will investigate further. There appears to be a whole communinty built up around this kit amps, andI am sure there are better ones available that the T.

To see what a proper company can do with digital amps, see Flying Mole, good enough to be incorporated in active PMC monitors.....

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/page/shop/flypage/product_id/5545

 

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Yeah, they do look nice, but if I made one it'd no doubt end up with bits hanging off and some strategically applied masking tape
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Like the look of those Flying mole jobs...out of budget, though
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Hmm - wasn't meant to be DIY, as plan was to avoid having to do the work
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Looks like I might have to dig out my soldering iron again, though... Now, how many watts could the differnent kits pass through my hand when I leave the case live by mistake
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jon

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Thanks for all the info. Will probably wind up using a t amp in my office, and looking to buy a better class a/b amp for the main room
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