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Old 3rd December 2011, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default Need small cheap tuner/amp for a pair of speakers, ideas?

Looking for something small to run a pair of outdoor speakers by a bench in front of our shop. It doesn't have to have any kind of exceptional sound quality or anything just be cheap, have a radio tuner built in, and a remote would be nice too. The bench out front is just a place for customers to sit and wait for their cars and enjoy the weather (or their cigarette :/ )

It will be inside so it doesn't have to be waterproof or anything.

I havent been able to find anything less than $100, I think the boss would be happy with $40-50.

Any ideas?
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Old 3rd December 2011, 03:42 AM   #2
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This is probably the best I could come up with: Sony AM/FM CD Boombox.
I'm not pushing this particular model. Just that what you want is probably most easily satisfied with this sort of thing.
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Old 3rd December 2011, 04:46 AM   #3
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I've already got a pair of speakers attached to the outside of the building and I have run the wire inside to a convenient location. Just need something to drive them. Sorry for not being more clear, thanks for your effort though.
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Old 3rd December 2011, 05:04 AM   #4
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Disconnect the boombox speakers and connect your installed speakers. Also sorry for not being more clear.
Assuming the boombox doesn't have external speaker jacks.
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No too long ago I was using this:Insignia™ - 200W 2.0 Channel Stereo Receiver - NS-R2001

It worked well with 4ohm speakers. I paid $100 at the time, but I see the on-line price at Best Buy is now $120.
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Old 4th December 2011, 12:44 AM   #6
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Disconnect the boombox speakers and connect your installed speakers. Also sorry for not being more clear.
Assuming the boombox doesn't have external speaker jacks.
You know, I think you're on the right track. I will look around for some cheapie boom boxes. Thank you for the idea.
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Old 4th December 2011, 12:46 AM   #7
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No too long ago I was using this:Insignia™ - 200W 2.0 Channel Stereo Receiver - NS-R2001

It worked well with 4ohm speakers. I paid $100 at the time, but I see the on-line price at Best Buy is now $120.
Thank you. That's what I'd like to do but I'm afraid I won't be able to find one cheap enough. I have an old 2 channel Denon but no remote for it. (plus I like it too much to take it to work
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Old 7th December 2011, 11:04 AM   #8
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Factory car radio? You can get cheap 12V switching supplies off eBay. Search on 12V and 3A, say, "buy it now" and sort by cheapest price plus shipping.
It shouldn't be hard to find an old stereo receiver for next to nothing. Yard sales, thrift stores, recycling yards. Or an obsolete (non-HDMI) AV receiver.
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Old 8th December 2011, 12:10 AM   #9
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It needs only have a few watts at most for output, so the smallest stereo receiver at Best Buy should work.

Look for stereo receivers on Craigs list for next to nothing.

Your local pawn shop probably has a few to chose from, and perhaps even local repair shops might have abandoned repaired units for cheap.

WHy does it have to have a remote? Can;t the unit sit behind your counter or on a shelf somewhere within reach? Speaker wire losses won;t be an issue, it isn;t like you need to send 1000 watts down 400 foot runs or anything.
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Old 11th December 2011, 08:22 PM   #10
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Like the car radio idea, didn't think of that. Had a few laying around too haha. Oh well, we ended up getting a cheap little desk stereo with external speakers from Walmart for like $40. I cut the RCA ends off of the speakers and attached them to my wires. Worked great. It also came with a remote.

Thanks for all the suggestions guy.
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