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These speakers have been £9.99 before but I'm fairly sure they'd gone back up to £19.99 in the meantime.

They are very small bookshelf speakers, probably best suited to a bedroom or, at a push, as cheap surround speakers.

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#1
It's too farrrrrr away from my home. NO way to collect it in Manchester center.
#2
"It's too farrrrrr away from my home. NO way to collect it in Manchester center."

If you want it you could get the tram to Prestwich or the train to Stockport.
Neither are farrrrrr!
#3
Farrrrrr out!
#4
The ticket is going to be another 4/5 pounds, isn't it?
#5
These would make good rear/surround speakers for anyone on a budget.

ro888;3003412
The ticket is going to be another 4/5 pounds, isn't it?


Parking? I can't think of any other kind of ticket.

I have a Richer Sounds flier that says they'll pay for your parking if you make a purchase! I think the max is 30 mins or something.
#6
Does anybody know of a mini amp that you can get for these? Would be good for the lounge but don't want a big amp like I have in my room.

Cheers

j
#7
jurassicjim;3004036
Does anybody know of a mini amp that you can get for these? Would be good for the lounge but don't want a big amp like I have in my room.

Cheers

j


A pair of monitors (speakers where one or both has an in-built amp) might work out better for you. Dolphin music have a good selection. There's a lot of choices now with the popularity of iPods and other MP3 players.

Had a look around but can't find anything. Wish i could remember the name of that very small stereo amp that was all the gossip a while back. It was some kind of T amp.

EDIT: It was the [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular][SIZE=2][COLOR=Black]Sonic Impact T-Amp[/COLOR] :-D

and here is the T2 successor it seems
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#8
PoisonJam;3004367
Had a look around but can't find anything. Wish i could remember the name of that very small stereo amp that was all the gossip a while back. It was some kind of T amp.

EDIT: It was the [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular][SIZE=2][COLOR=Black]Sonic Impact T-Amp[/COLOR] :-D

and here is the T2 successor it seems
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That looks rather good. Do you know of a UK stockist? A 240V version would be even better.
#9
I found that Sonic Impact T2 thing too Poison Jam, looks interesting. Seems to get excellent reviews.

Been looking for a UK stockist, but no luck so far. You can order direct from the company and the seem to ship to the UK, but not sure how much delivery is, and you may have to pay the import tax.

In regards to the power, I think it will just be one of those standard power cables, so you can just change the cable for a UK version.

Had a look on Dolphin music, but not finding much that would suit. Unless I don't know what i'm looking for!?

Might have to go down the 2.1 PC speaker solution.

j
#10
jurassicjim;3005504
Had a look on Dolphin music, but not finding much that would suit. Unless I don't know what i'm looking for!?


Oh. They've changed their site around! I had to search for "monitors" and choose a product then backtrack to the relevant section from there! It used to look better than that, too.

Multimedia speakers

Active monitors

They can look a bit bulky/ugly for living room use, though.

There is a specific powered speaker manufacturer out there that I have in mind but I just can't remember their name!
#11
Thanks Poison, they look good.

Do you know how something like this... http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/5485

Would compare, in terms of sound quality and loudness (specifically bass output) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harman-Multimedia-SOUNDSTICKSIIEU-Kardon-Soundsticks/dp/B0001W8EFK

Trying to compare wattages seems a minefield as the information given doesn't usually seem to give an accurate comparison.

Thanks a lot mate,

j
#12
Having never heard either it's difficult to comment...

However, I do own two sets in similar style - Creative I-Trigue originals (cost me £90) and Monitor Audio StudioPhile DX4s (£130 at the time - now £100 and this seems to be an updated version). I don't feel your selection is a fair comparison because of the price difference, but look at the DX4s instead of the Edirols.

The Creatives were a case of style over substance. They didn't sound bad... not at all but they were lacking in certain areas and weren't worth £100 on sound alone. Comprising of a sub and very small speaker drivers there was very little midrange to speak of. The Harmon Kardons are more modern and probably do a better job though, they are also well reviewed (well, user reviews). I replaced them with the DX4s and gave the I-Trigues to my Mum.

The DXs were much, much better. They don't have the same bass extension as the I-Trigues without them having a sub but I didn't feel they were actually lacking at all and the I-Trigues have "dirty" bass. It's difficult not to get into HiFi review clichés. You can also get a 2.1 set of DX4s...and even another 3 for a 5.1 set-up!

However, if you have the space and don't mind the looks I highly recommend the Logitech Z-2300s. These are powerful monsters. The DX4s are a bit more musical but these beasts are good all-rounders with music, movies and games - exactly the kind of sound you need for TV/movies! I'd have gotten them over my DX4s if I had the room for a sub - but I don't! You could possibly hide the sub behind the TV or something else. It seems to go against what you were looking for though - swapping in a big sub in place of a small amp!
#13
You're right about the Z2300's. Just bought a pair to take to university with me rather than shifting my 5.1 surround set. They are awesome, even just running off my inbuilt laptop sound card I can hear songs better than I ever have before. You wont regret it. They look pretty cool when the covers are taken off the speakers aswell.
#14
jurassicjim
Does anybody know of a mini amp that you can get for these? Would be good for the lounge but don't want a big amp like I have in my room.


I plugged them into a 2.1 speaker system, they sounded miles better than those tinny little satellites.

(And yes, you can get great sounding satellites but not with a £40 2.1 system... IMVHO)

cheers,
Pete.
#15
I bought a pair of the £10 Eltax last time round, they're an improvement on the similar size speakers that came with our JVC mini music centre but that's it. They might suit a very low-budget 5.1 system as rears.

At £10, good value for money but please don't expect hi-fi. :roll:
#16
As an alternative to the T-amp, which I only ever found on eBay, have a look at the following:

http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/caseaccessories/kama-bay-amp

It's designed to fit in a computers 5.25" bay, but it works with a regular power supply so not necessary. It's simple; stereo only, no sub and no outputs, but it's also pretty small and indiscrete. I believe it uses Yamaha parts and it does sound very. very good for the money and goes surprisingly loud.

I have one. Gotta say it's one of the best £40 I ever spent. Deserves better than the disposable Eltax mini's though.

Still a hot deal when you can get a pair of speakers that probably match the quality of any micro system speakers for £10. Six speaker setup for £30. Speaks for itself.
#18
Pokey
As an alternative to the T-amp, which I only ever found on eBay, have a look at the following:

http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/caseaccessories/kama-bay-amp

I have one. Gotta say it's one of the best £40 I ever spent. Deserves better than the disposable Eltax mini's though.
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A second opinion on the Scythe.
...all I can say is that a stock Kingrex T-amp walked all over it. In every way. Power, soundstage, detail, texture, channel balance, tonal balance and just pure pleasure.

That may not be fair to the Yamaha chip, the Scythe amp isn't built with the greatest parts - even though the layout and chassis build are not bad. Seems to be sensitive to power quality, too. A linear PSU sounded much better than SMPS.
#19
#20
There you go, Singh

No need to upgrade your sound card just to use different jacks, however, these speakers do really warrant a good sound card for quality-matching sakes.
#21
PoisonJam;3005570

There is a specific powered speaker manufacturer out there that I have in mind but I just can't remember their name!


I remember!

Audioengine!

Check out their speakers. They're intended for PC and iPod use so tend to have a more musical and accessible sound than professional monitors, which tend to sound more analytical for music productions purposes.
#22
Yeah, alright. So you find your internet reviews, go cut&paste happy and don't want to consider the Sycthe amp. I could do the same with reviews that say the complete opposite. Suit yourself anyhow, and have fun sourcing a T-amp.

It might be worth remembering that this thread is about £10 a pair speakers. I don't think in this case, that the choice of amp will really make much difference.
#23
i have these speakers coupled with a t-amp (not sonic impact). The combination works fine. The eltax speakers do lack bass but this is to be expected the driver is only 100mm and the enclosure quite small.

Regarding the t-amps, tripath who made the chipset went bankrupt. There are plenty of chips still available but it is unlikely there will be anymore mass produced units like the sonic impact.

There are other units available catering for the niche market available as completed units, assembled pcbs, unassembled pcbs, for the diy/enthusiasts market.

I use a surepath assembled pcb which was only £13delivered off fleabay.

If your looking for a t-amp good google/ebay searches would be ta2024 or ta2020 which is the model of tripath chipsets commonly used. The ta2020 has more power.

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