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Topic: Compact Amplifier
Posted By: dnbpc
Subject: Compact Amplifier
Date Posted: 09 November 2022 at 2:07pm
I'm after a compact amplifier that can fit in one section of an ikea kallax unit (13" maximum width) so its hidden away nicely. 

Needs to have a decent bit of power behind it as it's powering a pair 16 ohm volt fr220.1

I've been using a matrix ukp500 while they've been in the basement but needs to look a bit neater now the decks are in the living room. 

Any suggestions?

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Posted By: toastyghost
Date Posted: 09 November 2022 at 4:11pm
Sounds like a Hypex NCore module in a hobby case would be ideal. Shouldn't cost crazy money, either.

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Posted By: Earplug
Date Posted: 09 November 2022 at 4:46pm
How DIY do you want to go? 

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Modern version of the classic Hitachi module from the 80's. Sound good and pretty much bomb-proof, but you will have to build/buy a PSU for the thing.   Smile

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Posted By: dnbpc
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 7:16am
Both look like pretty good projects, I kind of like the idea of the DIY route but I reckon I'll struggle to find the time to actually finish it. 

If anyone knows of an off the shelf solution for similar kind of money that's probably the best solution. If not it's time to dig out the soldering iron!

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Posted By: Earplug
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 9:33am
There are quite a few plate amp things out there, easy enough to search.

The Hypex modules look good, but are expensive. Finding something affordable - and reliable is the thing.  Smile

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Posted By: fatfreddiescat
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 10:04am
Blue Aran's Jam Q3 also available from Soundgear as the Jupiter J4 is made up of 4 sperate amplifier/SMPS units.

Posted By: service dept Steve
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 10:24am
Quad 405? That must be that sort of size. 125 (good) watts

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Posted By: dnbpc
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 10:40am
The Quad looks like it would do the trick but is 1cm too big Cry

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Posted By: kipman725
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 2:31pm
extron XPA, often available cheap on ebay:" rel="nofollow -

Posted By: APC321
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 6:09pm
Shame about the Quad 405 being just too big.

The Quad 405's replacement the Quad 606 will just fit. But they are expensive.

The 405 looks good value for money secondhand, and is beautifully made. Several for sale on ebay btween £250 to £300.

Maybe time to buy a new shelving unit.

Posted By: Meat Substitute
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 7:25pm
I think the size of the Matrix you've been using is about right. I used to use the newer 1u Matrix for mine and that was good.

Is there a Lab Gruppen Lucia in the right power range? They have quite a lot of options. I bought one myself SH but it was DOA and had to go all buyer protection on it so never got to try it.

Posted By: fat_brstd
Date Posted: 10 November 2022 at 11:49pm
QSC SPA2-200? Not sure how it would go driving a 16ohm but great little install amp, passive cooling and can be hidden just about anywhere.

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Posted By: zigzagwanderer
Date Posted: 11 November 2022 at 1:56am
Not much help I know but another vote here for a Quad 405 
Thats exactly what I've done along with a Quad 44 pre amp , but my cubes must be slightly bigger than the Ikea ones
Loads of places sell versions of that sort of shelving if you havn't bought the Ikea stuff already 

Posted By: dnbpc
Date Posted: 11 November 2022 at 10:02am
Some decent options here to keep an eye out for, the extron and qsc look like the right idea.

But maybe as APC said maybe it's better just to buy some different shelves and stick with the amps I've already got. 

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Posted By: toastyghost
Date Posted: 11 November 2022 at 12:59pm
What about a chip amp? One of this forum’s members Lutkeveld makes a very good little unit which can be configured as a 2x65 Watt output, with DSP & Bluetooth built-in for just €100:" rel="nofollow -

You could make a nice little case for it, or buy the plate kit sold on their site.

If your listening position is within a few metres of the speaker, that should be enough poke to get you a nice amount of output.

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