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Old 4th May 2011, 02:43 AM   #1
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Default Unexpected results from a budget stereo!!

Just out of sheer boredom, I decided to put together a cheap stereo for my work bench in the garage and i am blown away i didn't expect the sound quality i am getting at all. while i was looking for receivers i ran across the little Lepai Tripath TA2020 for 20$ from parts express and decided to build something small from that. so i got on craigslist and looked around a bit and scored a pair of MBQuart QLC 50 SAT's for 50$ and a sony powered sub woofer for $25. after i got home i realized the little amp i ordered didn't have sub outputs so i looked online for a while and ran across this planet audio car stereo equalizer with a sub woofer output Planet Audio PEQ15 on amazon for $36. after I got everything hooked up and allot of tweaking on the eq i am freaked out. i spent roughly $140 and it sounds just as good if not better than my Bose lifestyle setup. it doesnt get quite as loud as the bose, but that thing was like 1400 bucks . so if your looking for a great budget system this is awesome! this little amp surprised the crap out of me.

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/6...1050300190.jpg
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I did a little modding, I am a diy kinda guy so I added a cooling fan and ran a power loop for the equalizer through the amp, that way they both run on the same power and switch. the whole package is tiny compared to how it sounds.

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Old 4th May 2011, 03:55 AM   #2
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interesting thread. gychang
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Umm, sound quality is not the strong point with Bose products...

Marketing, small size, clever engineering using cheap parts - those are Bose' strong points. Not surprising another setup sounds better
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Old 8th May 2011, 06:40 PM   #4
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The "sound quality" of Bose is just hype .
Most setup's that are slightly larger would sound better then Bose's regardless of price , but not too cheap .
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Old 8th May 2011, 06:44 PM   #5
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Hmmm,
High End means we care....?
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Old 8th May 2011, 11:46 PM   #6
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Bose's reputation is mostly based on the legendary "901" speaker designed in the 1970s and even those need a specefic enviorment and placement to sound great.
IMO, Bose has had little to offer other than that.
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Old 9th May 2011, 06:12 AM   #7
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They did make one amp and speaker set (could not get them seperate), which had my dad going gaga, he was a lifelong musician, and spend most of his spare cash on amps and speakers and stuff like that. It had those tiny little units that sits on the walls and a small sub. Sadly it was too expensive.
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Old 9th May 2011, 07:32 AM   #8
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Precisely , all things considered , it's true that they banked on 1 , just 1 "legendary product" and then brought out just average products .
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Old 9th May 2011, 12:55 PM   #9
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Just out of sheer boredom, I decided to put together a cheap stereo for my work bench in the garage and i am blown away i didn't expect the sound quality i am getting at all. while i was looking for receivers i ran across the little Lepai Tripath TA2020 for 20$ from parts express and decided to build something small from that. so i got on craigslist and looked around a bit and scored a pair of MBQuart QLC 50 SAT's for 50$ and a sony powered sub woofer for $25. after i got home i realized the little amp i ordered didn't have sub outputs so i looked online for a while and ran across this planet audio car stereo equalizer with a sub woofer output Planet Audio PEQ15 on amazon for $36. after I got everything hooked up and allot of tweaking on the eq i am freaked out. i spent roughly $140 and it sounds just as good if not better than my Bose lifestyle setup. it doesnt get quite as loud as the bose, but that thing was like 1400 bucks . so if your looking for a great budget system this is awesome! this little amp surprised the crap out of me.

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/6...1050300190.jpg
http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/9...1050300193.jpg
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/3...1050300194.jpg
http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/2...1050300195.jpg
http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/6...1050300196.jpg


I did a little modding, I am a diy kinda guy so I added a cooling fan and ran a power loop for the equalizer through the amp, that way they both run on the same power and switch. the whole package is tiny compared to how it sounds.
That's an awesome feeling! It's nice to know a guy doesn't have to spend a fortune to get great sound.
NOTE: The OP was sharing his good fortune. No need for this to turn into a Bose bashing thread. We all know how Bose is viewed by most members of this and other audio forums. Why re-hash the hate. Be glad for the OP. It's what this hobby is all about; making good sound from a "self-built" system.
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Absolutley, I delight in every amp I construct being better than the previous one, other wise, ther would be no point.
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