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Good, Clean Audio... Terrible Battery Compartments
on June 2, 2011
Five "stars" for the clarity/fidelity of the audio playback. Zero "stars" for the AA battery compartments. Each of the 2 compartments holds 4 AA batteries. The first battery goes into a compartment effortlessly. When you try inserting the second battery, however, you risk breaking an interfering battery terminal spring (the one for the battery space above where this 2nd battery goes). An unbelievable/terrible/childish design blunder. The problem could have been easily avoided by internally wiring the battery terminals differently, and thus using non-interfering battery orientations.
If you always use this amp with the provided wall wart (ac/dc converter): no problem. If you do have to use battery power: get an 8 AA battery holder, some wires, an appropriate DC plug, and wire your own external 12V source to plug into the back of this amp. Again, the audio performance is excellent.
BTW: the advertised 15W/channel rating is for 4 ohm speakers. If you use 8 ohm speakers, the power output will be reduced by a factor of two (to approximately 7W/chn... which is still a lot..... I needed perhaps only 2W/chn to play some music to a 50 person dinner party at a restaurant: loud, clear, faithful).