I wanted to build one more IcePower amp this time based on the ICEpower 50ASX2 stereo amp module. It is rated nominally at 50 watts/per channel into 4 ohms. Unless you have really inefficient speakers, I think this amp will drive your speakers very easily.
As I have mentioned in my previous post about building IcePower amps, I went to my usual sources (Ghent Audio, Parts Express) for the parts. This has got to be the easiest stereo amp build. It is mostly mechanical and requires only eight solder joints. You are guaranteed to have a working amp for about $200 in parts and one and half hours of your time.
I am attaching pictures of steps in the build. If you want to get started with a DIY project this is a good place to start.
Now onto the Amp Camp build!
All the parts ready to assemble
Soldering is finished just need to hook up AC and button things up
Playing music in my music test room. Yes I have a few speakers to test with!
Of course, if you just want to buy a very nice inexpensive amp then I can highly recommend the Emotiva BasX A-100 amp. This amp is rated at 80w/channel into 4 ohms. It also has an integrated volume control and a very special headphone feature. If you place two supplied jumper pins inside the A-100 you can enable the full output power to be sent to the headphone socket to drive you very inefficient headphones. Emotiva warns you that they cannot be held responsible if you blow up your headphones! But, this is an awesome feature.
The price for all this is just $229. This amp is already considered a classic among those in the know. Of course this amp will also run a bit warmer than the very energy efficient IcePower amp which is a very cool cucumber.