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Old 7th April 2005, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Stereo amp and speakers for under AU$400?

This is my first post, so "Hi" to all.

I am a newbie to DIY audio, but can operate a soldering iron and understand basic electronics. I have a Harmon Kardon AVR500 receiver, which has a multi-room feature. I'd like to use this to add a pair of speakers outside, but my budget is tight. How tight? $400 Australian is the goal, but I can stretch it a little if necessary.

I'll need the following:
  • Stereo class A/B amplifier (I think 70 to 80 W per channel should be enough as the back yard is fairly small, and most of the listening will be fairly clost to the speakers (correct me?))
  • A pair of full range 8 Ohm weather-resistant speakers (they will be under a verandah, which is fairly well sheltered)
  • Cabling and interconnects (I already have this)

From the research I've done on amplifiers, Elliot's p3a or p101 should be pretty good, and it looks like I should be able to build this for about $200 (correct me?).

I have read a couple of posts about outdoor speakers, but being a newbie, I'd appreciate any suggestions of specific drivers to use (preferably available in AU). I want to keep the speakers fairly compact (but not tiny), so I assume that a 2-way is the way to go.

I'd appreciate any suggestions or insights.

Apologies if this is slightly off topic.

Tim.
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