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    Join Date: Jun 2014

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    Default Looking for a cheap amp that'll run 3 speakers!

    As the title says, any suggestions? It's for my daughter's hairdressers/sunbed shop/nail bar. She has some recently bought little Wharfedale Diamond speakers, and has one in each of three rooms. So I suppose the amp will need switchable mono. Doesn't have to be a new amp.

    I had bought her an old NAD "Power Envelope" amp for this purpose, and it was a nice thing. But she's pigged about with the bare speaker wires in the back and now the amp gets "very hot and smells like burning" (her words). I told her to unplug it and wait to hear back from me...
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

    T/T: Inspire Monarch, X200 tonearm, Ortofon 2M Black. Phono: Yaqin MS-22B CD: Marantz CD6006 (UK Edition); Headphone/pre: Myryad Z40; Amp: Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated. Audion Silver Night 300b stereo is enjoying a holiday
    Speakers: Zu Omen Def. Cables: Atlas Equator interconnects, Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cables

    T'other system:
    Echo Dot, Celestion 5's, BK XLS-200 DF

    A/V:
    LG 55" OLED, Panasonic Blu Ray, Sony a/v amp, MA Radius speakers, REL Storm sub

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    if she had say an 8ohm and 2 times 4ohm speakers it would be easier
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    Yamaha DSP-E492 may do it.
    It is 3 x 70W, but will need some fiddling with settings etc. to get all three channels in mono.
    They are dirt cheap on ebay.
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    Failing that, an Arcam Alpha 10P with the Dave module, if you can find one. I have one, but postage and condition of the amp negates mine from your search.

    Another option may be an AV receiver?
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    The NAD should do it fine - how have you wired the speakers?

    I remember running in 14 speakers at once in a judicious set of series/parallel combinations off a NAD 314 for a group test. I ran them overnight on pink noise and the amp was only moderately warm when I arrived in the office next day.
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    Could you just get a couple of cheap two channel amps from Amazon and use a splitter on one of the output interconnects? I'm sure it wouldn't matter a great deal if one speaker played left and the others played right (or vice versa). It doesn't sound like it's for critical listening. Even better if the source can be set to mono output.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071XQGY...4JC234X6E2F3MF

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    Or maybe just a good used Arcam. It's hardly going to bother it having three speakers connected.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Arcam-Alp....m46890.l49286

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I think what I'm after is an amp which has a mono switch and two sets of speaker outs. The speakers will only be used at pretty low volumes. But I don't want her current amp which is actually a receiver (NAD 7220pe or 7225pe) to get binned, as it is a nice little thing, so I think I'll bring it home and try it here.

    I had thought that she may have shorted something when she was dicking around with the speaker wires, so I went for a look. It was working when I left, but she later called me to say it was very hot and smelt funny.
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

    T/T: Inspire Monarch, X200 tonearm, Ortofon 2M Black. Phono: Yaqin MS-22B CD: Marantz CD6006 (UK Edition); Headphone/pre: Myryad Z40; Amp: Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated. Audion Silver Night 300b stereo is enjoying a holiday
    Speakers: Zu Omen Def. Cables: Atlas Equator interconnects, Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cables

    T'other system:
    Echo Dot, Celestion 5's, BK XLS-200 DF

    A/V:
    LG 55" OLED, Panasonic Blu Ray, Sony a/v amp, MA Radius speakers, REL Storm sub

    PROTECT your human rights and REFUSE any *MANDATORY* CARAMEL POPCORN and 7UP WITH YOUR JOINT!

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    One of these may help your cause...

    https://www.inta-audio.com/monacor-s...nverter-p12405

    Add that to the Arcam and you're all done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    One of these may help your cause...

    https://www.inta-audio.com/monacor-s...nverter-p12405

    Add that to the Arcam and you're all done.
    I quite like that idea, but how would it work? Would I run a pair of RCA leads from those mono outs to say, CD input of amp? And then, could I connect 2 speakers to one speaker out of the amp and one speaker from the other?
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

    T/T: Inspire Monarch, X200 tonearm, Ortofon 2M Black. Phono: Yaqin MS-22B CD: Marantz CD6006 (UK Edition); Headphone/pre: Myryad Z40; Amp: Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated. Audion Silver Night 300b stereo is enjoying a holiday
    Speakers: Zu Omen Def. Cables: Atlas Equator interconnects, Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cables

    T'other system:
    Echo Dot, Celestion 5's, BK XLS-200 DF

    A/V:
    LG 55" OLED, Panasonic Blu Ray, Sony a/v amp, MA Radius speakers, REL Storm sub

    PROTECT your human rights and REFUSE any *MANDATORY* CARAMEL POPCORN and 7UP WITH YOUR JOINT!

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