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Looking to get a speaker amplifier for around $300 to power monitor audio rs1 silver

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9 minutes ago, LAYTOR said:

Alright, I will try to compare LOXJIE A30, with audioengin n22 gen2 then and if audioengin n22 gen2 will be worst I will just buy LOXJIE A30 thanks! The reason why I want to go with audioengin n22 as of now is purely because it has nicer connectivity options.

If you really want a pretty piece of tech on your desk, I love the way the WiiM amp looks

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CLGMPMFN/

I would pair it with the Apple USB-C dongle as well and then run a 3.5mm to 2x RCA cable.

 

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/wiim-amp-streaming-amplifier-review.52372/

Hello, I was looking at a way to connect my speakers to my pc but I found very little information on this topic sadly. Is there any good modern speaker amp that I can buy to use with my pc that preferably have a usb type c? So far I was only able to find one amp that fits into all my wants and that would be audioengin n22 gen2 but there are practically no reviews of it so I’m really not sure if I should get it.

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3 minutes ago, saintlouisbagels said:

This is a passive USB-C audio-alt-mode adapter, not a USB-C DAC (almost certainly, I'd be extremely surprised if it was active for $8). OP will need a true USB-C DAC of some sort.

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Network:

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                           ┌─────────────── Office/Rack ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
Google Fiber Webpass ────── UniFi Security Gateway ─── UniFi Switch 8-60W ─┬─ UniFi Switch Flex XG ═╦═ Veda (Proxmox Virtual Switch)
(500Mbps↑/500Mbps↓)                             UniFi CloudKey Gen2 (PoE) ─┴─ Veda (IPMI)           ╠═ Veda-NAS (HW Passthrough NIC)
╔═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╩═ Narrative (Asus USB 2.5G NIC)
║ ┌────── Closet ──────┐   ┌─────────────── Bedroom ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
╚═ UniFi Switch Flex XG ═╤═ UniFi Switch Flex XG ═╦═ Byarlant
   (PoE)                 │                        ╠═ Narrative (Cable Matters USB-PD 2.5G Ethernet Dongle)
                         │                        ╚═ Jesta Cannon*
                         │ ┌─────────────── Media Center ──────────────────────────────────┐
Notes:                   └─ UniFi Switch 8 ─────────┬─ UniFi Access Point nanoHD (PoE)
═══ is Multi-Gigabit                                ├─ Sony Playstation 4 
─── is Gigabit                                      ├─ Pioneer VSX-S520
* = cable passed to Bedroom from Media Center       ├─ Sony XR65A80K (Google TV)
** = cable passed from Media Center to Bedroom      └─ Work Laptop** (Startech USB-PD Dock)

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2 minutes ago, AbydosOne said:

This is a passive USB-C audio-alt-mode adapter, not a USB-C DAC (almost certainly, I'd be extremely surprised if it was active for $8). OP will need a true USB-C DAC of some sort.

No. It's a DAC, and an extremely excellent one.

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-apple-vs-google-usb-c-headphone-adapters.5541/

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple+Lightning+to+Headphone+Jack+Adapter+Teardown/67562

https://www.audioreviews.org/apple-audio-adapter-review/

 

Apple made the best (affordable) DAC on the market when they removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 lol.

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Just now, saintlouisbagels said:

How is Apple's (of all brands) that cheap? How is it not $29 or something!?

Also - TIL: USB-C Audio Adapter Accessory Mode is deprecated as of October 2023. So I guess they're all DACs now.

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Laptop (Narrative): Lenovo Flex 5 81X20005US | Ryzen 5 4500U | 16GB RAM (soldered) | Vega 6 Graphics | SKHynix P31 1TB NVMe SSD | Intel AX200 Wifi (all-around awesome machine)

 

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Network:

Spoiler
                           ┌─────────────── Office/Rack ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
Google Fiber Webpass ────── UniFi Security Gateway ─── UniFi Switch 8-60W ─┬─ UniFi Switch Flex XG ═╦═ Veda (Proxmox Virtual Switch)
(500Mbps↑/500Mbps↓)                             UniFi CloudKey Gen2 (PoE) ─┴─ Veda (IPMI)           ╠═ Veda-NAS (HW Passthrough NIC)
╔═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╩═ Narrative (Asus USB 2.5G NIC)
║ ┌────── Closet ──────┐   ┌─────────────── Bedroom ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
╚═ UniFi Switch Flex XG ═╤═ UniFi Switch Flex XG ═╦═ Byarlant
   (PoE)                 │                        ╠═ Narrative (Cable Matters USB-PD 2.5G Ethernet Dongle)
                         │                        ╚═ Jesta Cannon*
                         │ ┌─────────────── Media Center ──────────────────────────────────┐
Notes:                   └─ UniFi Switch 8 ─────────┬─ UniFi Access Point nanoHD (PoE)
═══ is Multi-Gigabit                                ├─ Sony Playstation 4 
─── is Gigabit                                      ├─ Pioneer VSX-S520
* = cable passed to Bedroom from Media Center       ├─ Sony XR65A80K (Google TV)
** = cable passed from Media Center to Bedroom      └─ Work Laptop** (Startech USB-PD Dock)

Retired/Other:

Spoiler

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Testbed/Old Desktop (Kshatriya): Xeon X5470 @ 4.0GHz | ZALMAN CNPS9500 | Gigabyte EP45-UD3L | 8GB Nanya DDR2 400MHz | XFX HD6870 DD | OCZ Vertex 3 Max-IOPS 120GB | Corsair CX430M | HooToo USB 3.0 PCIe Card | Osprey 230 Video Capture | NZXT H230 Case

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5 minutes ago, AbydosOne said:

How is Apple's (of all brands) that cheap? How is it not $29 or something!?

Their $19 Lightning/USB-C EarPods are also the best (affordable) wired headset on the market.

I hope Apple never discontinues them. I use them for all of my phone calls and Teams Meetings.

 

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19 minutes ago, saintlouisbagels said:

Thank you I will look in to LOXJIE A30, but is there noting in $300 range that is better? I heard that audio equipment is expensive so I'm surprised to hear that there is something in $170 range that is better then anything that is twice as expansive.

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2 minutes ago, LAYTOR said:

Thank you I will look in to LOXJIE A30, but is there noting in $300 range that is better? I heard that audio equipment is expensive so I'm surprised to hear that there is something in $170 range that is better then anything that is twice as expansive.

No, the expensive gear is designed to look expensive and steal your money.

Like... there is technically better equipment. But it's beyond human hearing, so what's the point?

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6 minutes ago, saintlouisbagels said:

No, the expensive gear is designed to look expensive and steal your money.

Like... there is technically better equipment. But it's beyond human hearing, so what's the point?

Alright, I will try to compare LOXJIE A30, with audioengin n22 gen2 then and if audioengin n22 gen2 will be worst I will just buy LOXJIE A30 thanks! The reason why I want to go with audioengin n22 as of now is purely because it has nicer connectivity options.

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3 minutes ago, LAYTOR said:

Alright, I will try to compare LOXJIE A30, with audioengin n22 gen2 then and if audioengin n22 gen2 will be worst I will just buy LOXJIE A30 thanks! The reason why I want to go with audioengin n22 as of now is purely because it has nicer connectivity options.

Ouch, the Gen 1 version got a really bad review.

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/audioengine-n22-amplifier-review.43248/

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9 minutes ago, LAYTOR said:

Alright, I will try to compare LOXJIE A30, with audioengin n22 gen2 then and if audioengin n22 gen2 will be worst I will just buy LOXJIE A30 thanks! The reason why I want to go with audioengin n22 as of now is purely because it has nicer connectivity options.

If you really want a pretty piece of tech on your desk, I love the way the WiiM amp looks

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CLGMPMFN/

I would pair it with the Apple USB-C dongle as well and then run a 3.5mm to 2x RCA cable.

 

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/wiim-amp-streaming-amplifier-review.52372/

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1 minute ago, saintlouisbagels said:

If you really want a pretty piece of tech on your desk, I love the way the WiiM amp looks

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CLGMPMFN/

I would pair it with the Apple USB-C dongle as well and then run a 3.5mm to 2x RCA cable.

 

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/wiim-amp-streaming-amplifier-review.52372/

Got it I will look at it too thanks!

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26 minutes ago, LAYTOR said:

Got it I will look at it too thanks!

If you decide to get the WiiM amp and don't want the bulkiness of a 3.5mm cable to dual RCA, you can try USB-A to TOSLINK cable instead.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B2DBGKL3/

 

Although, if we're working with a desktop PC that already has TOSLINK output, you can ignore that suggestion and just go straight for a regular TOSLINK cable lol.

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