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    Does anybody have any recommendations on a SMALL car amplifier? I am no audiophile, so sound quality does not have to be to the "ant farting" level....

    But I am determined to keep all pieces in the dash, and the amp from my old CarPC is kind of big...... I was going to pull it out of it's case to reduce the size, but the case is a heat sink too (I think).....

    Did searches on here and Googled it.... didn't really find anything small in my terms of small.

    Something thin (1" high, maybe) and about the surface area of a CD drive would be nice... I don't know, just want to find what the smallest available is, then will work from that....

    Thanks in advance for the help.

  • #2
    Have a look at the SRx range of Audison amplifiers. They are made in Italy and are very small (especially the SRx2).
    AUDI A4, 2.6 V6
    Audio: Morel, Audison, Hertz, Stinger, Pioneer
    Carputer: Mirco ATX, 2.4gHz, 256ram, 80gig, 7"touchscreen, Opus

    Unfortunately, that's the end! Was good while it lasted, but gotta sell the car.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tha Hombre
      Have a look at the SRx range of Audison amplifiers. They are made in Italy and are very small (especially the SRx2).
      Thanks for the lead Hombre.... I tried to check out their website, but it sucks.... locks up.... and is just unstable....

      The amp looks neat, but still kind of big.... maybe I am looking for the impossible again.... But thanks for the lead I will try their site again later....

      Any other suggestions?

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      • #4
        dug1967, I can't really help much but have some ideas. All the amps at the stores are high wattage and huge, and anything small can sound pretty bad. The first amp I bought years ago was from the flee market. It was one of those tiny under dash amp/equalizers. It said 200W, but was more like 20 RMS. If you don't care too much about quality, something like that may work if they still sell them. Otherwise, maybe a low watt Pyramid from etronics.com or the HiFonics from sounddomain.com (they show dimensions for all the amps). Those are still probably twice the size you're looking for, but I haven't found anything smaller except for do-it-yourself electronic kits.

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        • #5
          here is some small amps .



          small amps
          www.sounddomain.com/id/2000mp3ranger

          Mp3 player - 10.4 Allbrite Gigabyte GA-71XEH , 700 mgz t-bird , coolmaster fan , 2x 128 ram + 1 512ram , ATI-RAEON RV100 ,on bd sound , Linksys Wireless-B usb network adapter , 20G IBM TRAVELSTAR

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          • #6
            Dont have physical dimensions, but it is small http://www.sounddomain.com/sku/SSTLILWONDER4
            Pioneer DEH7600MP, Autotek MX-800.4, JL Audio XR650-CSi, Adire Audio Shiva

            Done with CarPCs, using a iPaq 3765 PDA w/ Holux GM210 and TomTom

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            • #7
              these might help

              http://www.davidnavone.com/linedrivers.html

              Check out the line drivers, they are pretty small. He also makes an amplifier, (top of the page).

              Just a thought.

              EDIT: more specifically:

              http://www.davidnavone.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=N-333V
              Cheap Laptop, great for Carputer!

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              • #8
                I know that in my sisters malibu he has the premium sound sytems with external amps. Those amps are only about the size of a small book and theyplace them inside of small places. If you could get your hands on something like that and figure out how to wire it up tha may work for yah since you said you care about extrem sound quality.
                2002 Oldsmobile Alero GL2 4DR
                Aleroputer 90% done (ripped out and being rewired)
                MYMODS:
                Pioneer Head unit in a remote location, Clarion Amp, XM Satilite Radio, 2 10" Audiobahn DVC Subs wired 1 ohm in a bandpass box, Grill Mesh, Halo Guages

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Curiosity
                  dug1967, I can't really help much but have some ideas. All the amps at the stores are high wattage and huge, and anything small can sound pretty bad. The first amp I bought years ago was from the flee market. It was one of those tiny under dash amp/equalizers. It said 200W, but was more like 20 RMS. If you don't care too much about quality, something like that may work if they still sell them. Otherwise, maybe a low watt Pyramid from etronics.com or the HiFonics from sounddomain.com (they show dimensions for all the amps). Those are still probably twice the size you're looking for, but I haven't found anything smaller except for do-it-yourself electronic kits.

                  Could you post some links to the DIY amps?

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                  • #10
                    Could you post some links to the DIY amps?
                    Sure! There are many sites with kits, so here are just a few...
                    http://www.hobbytron.net/vk4003.html...81&PID=1046632
                    http://www.alltronics.com/kits2.htm
                    http://www.electronickits.com/kit/complete/complete.htm
                    I bought 2 of the 44W on that last link a long time ago and it sounded really good, but I had to add linear pots to control the volume. Also, wait a few days. There are some very resourcefull people on here, so I'm sure you'll get more tips.

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