amplifiers

NAD C 316BEE Stereo Integrated Amplifier

C316BEE Stereo Amplifier

The scene-stealing C 315BEE, an award-winning design that exceeded all expectations, has given rise to the C 316BEE Integrated Amplifier. The C 316BEE promises improved power efficiency, a healthy dose of ‘green’ attributes, and serious musical performance. The C 316BEE offers entry-level affordability and for many there will never be a need for another amplifier. With class-leading specifications for noise, distortion, power, stereo separation and volume control tracking, the C 316BEE sets new benchmarks for performance, both measured and audible. The sonic result is a relaxed and inviting sound that digs out the subtle details in your favourite recordings and presents them across a panoramic stereo sound stage.

Read the review here:

- CNET – NAD’s overachieving budget audiophile amplifier
True, the NAD C 316BEE integrated amp isn’t exactly feature-laden, and it’s rated at a mere 40 watts per channel, but it sounds sweet!

NAD D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier

NAD D 3020 Hybrid Digital Amplifier
Hybrid Digital Amplifier – 21st Century 3020 with aptX Bluetooth.

REINVENTING AN ICON, the D 3020. The original NAD 3020 introduced a generation of Music Lovers to true high fidelity sound. The term High Fidelity literally means “true to the original”. In the ‘70’s over a million people rediscovered their music when they placed a NAD 3020 between their turntable and their loudspeakers.

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Lepai LP-2020A+ Class-T Mini Amplifier

Lepai LP-2020A is an essential upgrade to turn your vinyl music into HiFi quality. Whether you are  a budding enthusiastic or audiophile, you can’t go wrong with this 25 dollar (USD) mini amplifier.

At just 11.5cm wide by 4cm high by 9cm deep and 300 grams, the output of this amplifier is amazing. It offers 20 watts per channel continuous output, two inputs (RCA & 3.5mm jack), and bass and treble controls. We use it to drive 6 1/2 inch two way bookshelf speakers and Lepai does it with ease.

The core of the amplifier that does all the magic is the Tripath TA2020 amp chip. It was cited by the engineering magazine IEEE Spectrum as one of the chips that “shook the world” when it was introduced in 1998. Class-T amplifiers offer both the audio fidelity of Class-AB and the power efficiency of Class-D amplifiers.

There are many mini amplifiers in the market nowadays which incorporate this amp chip. You can cross check the pricing with Topping TP20-MK2 TA2020 Class T Digital Mini Amplifier, which is around SGD140. Both amps use the same TA2020 chip anyway. That’s why I feel that the Lepai beats them hands down due to the ultra cheap price and equally astonishing performance.

Selling Price: SGD 70.

Quick Notes:

  • There are many versions of this amp. Ours is the latest 2012 model with tone balance control, built-in protection circuit, and 12VDC power supply
  • If you are a handy person, you can modify the amplifier by adding a wooden case like I did in the picture. Originally, the amp comes in metal chassis.
  • You can actually powered this amp with 12V DC and fit it into your car.

More reviews and background about this amplifier can be found at the links below