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I admit I am a bit slow on the uptake, with these forums. I posted the question, "Can a chip amplifier sound as good as regular amp?" but I thought the thread was the Computer Audiophile on the Cheap thread--it was the DAC thread... ooops. Anyhow, that drew a number of folks into a exchange of ideas, and at last count, 11 pages of responses. I learned a lot from the experience. My $40 Nobsound Class D amp doesn't sound as good as the h/k 330i, so the answer is: 'No, not for $40.' I did find another USA manufacturer in Class D and read about a 699 GBPound unit from Britain. All in good fun. On this thread, my goal is to talk about not how MUCH a good sounding stereo costs, but rather, how good of a sound can I get out of the stereo I have. Not my original idea, I think it was expressed by folks at Schiit. I like their Modi 2 DAC for $99. That means anyone with a computer, an amplifier/receiver, and a pair of decent speakers can start hearing music differently. Computer Audiophile on the Cheap is a lifestyle. Hugh Hefner popularized the Playboy mystique. We aren't that glamorous. We talk about the iFi iPurifier2 with it's100x noise cancellation, stolen for civilian audiophiles from Military components used on fighters...I guess since they have a picture of a jet on the box. At $109, it is rated as a a "MUST BUY" Accessory if a computer is part of the signal path. Folks, you don't have to mortgage the children's future with a home stereo system. You can really enjoy music, knowing you did it on the Cheap...And it sounds better than you can ever recall hearing the music.
I have my old man's Saras of America speakers. They are model number 30. Is anyone familiar with these? Does anyone know what I have on my hands? I've been auditioning them and I really like their sound but I haven't made any decisions to fit them in my rig yet. Very little info on them on the Internet, basically nothing. My dad purchased them in the mid to late 1970s I think they may be a boutique speaker designer from Southern California. if anyone out there has any knowledge on these or any comments I would love to hear from you thanks!