So much stuff to break in one small box!Coming soon, public release in Q4:
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All-in-one streaming amplifier with the front end of the WiiM Pro Plus, and "one of the industry's leading amplifier chips".
- Aluminum case 190mm x 190mm x 64mm (7.5 x 7.5 x 2.5")
- HDMI ARC input
- USB input (disk storage device compatible)
- Price not finalized but targeted for < 50% of the Bluesound POWERNODE
While I agree from a personal standpoint and continue to mostly utilize separate boxes in my own systems, I can't help but note the irony of your observation as it relates to/contrasts with the viewpoints of others who have steadfastly lamented (trashed?) the use of separate boxes, even when said boxes are quite small and unobtrusive.So much stuff to break in one small box!
Yeah vintage stuff never breaks or ends up in a landfill . Isn’t one of your haunts the county dump to sift through much larger and much more materials intensive old stuff to find the rare gem?So much stuff to break in one small box!
Sorry -- unless they're really, really cheap, the notion of  irreparable, and thus disposable, electronics really rubs me the wrong way for reasons philosophical, environmental, and economic. I also know that my views are mine alone. I am sure it'll be a fine product for its intended market.
I fix everything. Yes even those cheap LED wreathes they have at the dollar store, Linda loves those things but they have such poor soldering quality inside so it's usually such a simple fix.
I do agree some stuff just isn't worth the time to fix but when you live in the woods I can solder something faster than I can drive to the store and back. That and it's less junk in a landfill.
Growing up in a dirt poor family has molded me into the cheap bastard I am today.
That's an attractive price point.
I might have a new contender for doorway amplifier (I just bought one myself for driving my gaming rig speakers): the Fosi Audio V3
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TPA3255-based chip amp. Decent cooling, good component choice, allows op-amp rolling, can use up to 48VDC power supply (comes with 32VDC), has a single input with line-level and speaker-level outputs (all the better for hooking up that powered subwoofer).
All for under $100.
Even ASR likes this amp.
I don't really need the 48v power supply for my purposes (driving Orb Audio 'eyeball' speakers + AudioEngine S8 sub via Grace SDAC USB connection to my gaming rig) - this gets plenty loud for nearfield. Barely gets warm and sounds good for both gaming or music.How are you liking this amp? Did you upgrade the power supply to the 48v? Just curious.