power amp for small home studio

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by ChazMania, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. ChazMania

    ChazMania Silver Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    Oceanside, CA
    So I am still on my first few steps of getting up and running to do some basic stuff at home with interface/DAW, plugins, etc. I think I may have fried my old Denon stereo unit that I was powering some things with recently. What is a reasonable stereo power amp, I'm guessing solid state is best for clean power but I don't know what I don't know.....

  2. TeleTubby

    TeleTubby Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2003
    Lynden, WA
    If your space isn't too big (and probably not), you could certainly get by with a pair of self-powered monitors, the way most home studios do these days. I didn't spend a heap of money on mine but they are the best speakers I've got in the house. Unless you already have a set of speakers your ears can trust?
  3. oldhousescott

    oldhousescott Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    What's your budget? If you want to keep it on the cheap side, look for a used Alesis RA100. You should be able to pick one up for $100 or less. For twice that you can get a new Behringer A500. These are certainly not in the Bryston and Hafler league, but have enough clean power to get the job done for an average set of near-fields. If you can stretch a little more, you can look at Crown, QSC, Yamaha. Convection cooling is preferred to fan-cooled in a studio setting, but it may be you can find a low-velocity/low-noise fan-cooled model that will work.

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