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Lepai LP-2020A+ Tripath TA2020 Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Amplifier with Power Supply
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- Compact size makes this amplifier great for projects and DIY audio applications
- 3.5 mm jack allows for easy connection to iPods, cell phones, and all sorts of mp3 players
- Aluminum enclosure that is lightweight, yet sturdy, and acts as a heat sink
- Tripath TA2020 amplifier chip provides efficient, powerful sound
- Economical price and tremendous performance
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This Lepai Tripath-based mini audio amplifier is ideal for both home and car audio applications. The amplifier's TA2020 amp chip is a 20W/ch continuous average two-channel Class-T Digital Audio Power Amplifier IC that incorporates Tripath's proprietary Digital Power Processing technology. Class-T amplifiers offer the audio fidelity of Class-AB amps combined with the power efficiency of Class-D amplifiers. The Lepai amp's clean, 20 watt output makes it perfect for most any auto or home audio project or DIY application. Google Lepai TA2020 and you'll find this little amp has been discussed and raved about! Each unit has an RCA Left and Right channel input, or you can use the 3.5 mm stereo input jack for plugging in almost any music source, such as iPods, cell phones, or MP3 players. Convenient spring terminals make connections to your speakers quick and easy! The Lepai mini amplifier has an aluminum enclosure that is lightweight, yet sturdy, and acts as a heat sink to keep the amp running cool. Color may vary.Includes 12V, 2A power supply. Specifications: Power output: 2 x 20 watts RMS ; Input impedance: 47k ohms ; Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ; Input sensitivity: 200 mV ; Minimum THD: <0.05% ; Dimensions (D x W x H): 120 x 147 x 42 mm.The power supplies that come with the unit may vary, operating voltage is up to 14.6 V.
Top Customer Reviews
1) This amp is really inexpensive. If you cannot spend more than 20 bucks then you may want to take a close look at this amp.
2) The sound quality albeit at low volume is pretty decent. This amp uses the TA2020 chip set which does offer quite low distortion at low volume.
3) The amp has tone controls so you can fiddle with the sound to some degree.
1) You'll be hard pressed to drive a pair of low-sensitivity or 8-Ohm speakers to decent volume with this amp. With an 8 Ohm speaker, you get clean sound to around 5 Watts only. If you crank the amp up to 10 Watts you'll already hit 10% distortion. With 4 Ohm speakers you can get up to 10 Watts per speaker. In fact, the wattage rating of this amp (2 x 20 Watts rms) is truly false. The power supply that comes with this amp gives 2 Amps at 12 Volts. At a power efficiency of 90% you'll get 2 x 10 Watts rms at the most. However, if you have some fairly small speakers then you may be fine. Otherwise, spend a little more and buy another amp.
2) This amp DOES NOT connect to many newer TVs which often no longer have analog RCA outs. Instead you'll either need to get an SPDIF-to-RCA converter or an amplifier such as the Amphony 250 or similar model that has an optical input which is compatible with TVs. My TV luckily does have RCA outs but be sure to check if your TV does.
3) The enclosure of this amp is fairly bulky and not exactly high quality. I opened up the enclosure and found that most of the interior is empty. What a waste of space! Also, there are some gaps and areas where Lepai could have spent a little more attention to detail in terms of quality. The knobs are fairly basic too and tend to come loose.
4) The rear speaker connector easily snaps out of its socket and doesn't accept thicker speaker wire easily. So you'll have to stick to fairly thin speaker wire.
To summarize, if you really cannot afford more than $20 on an amp then the Lepai is a decent choice. But don't expect the amp to drive larger speakers.
I have read some reviews stating that this unit was shipped without a power supply, and I've read of other QC problems. My unit is mislabeled on the back (or is wired backwards), so that the LEFT speaker channel is really the RIGHT, and vice versa. In addition, as you can see in one of my pictures, the power supply is mislabeled. Actually, the company misspelled its own name -- Asian Power DECICES Inc. instead of Asian Power DEVICES -- not a deal breaker, but a heads-up to buyers to be wary. I wonder what the Chinese expression for CAVEAT EMPTOR would be.
I bought this amp for its kitsch value, but I have to say that it is probably the best amp ever produced in this price range (small flaws aside). It pumps decent sound at reasonable volume, and the unit seldom even gets warm to the touch... certainly never hot.
Some have complained that this unit is so light that it slides around the tabletop or desktop when one tries to adjust the volume or tone... I'm not sure how that's a manufacturing issue, or how this can be considered a negative. Should the manufacturer add a steel plate to the bottom of this unit just to make it heavier so that it doesn't slide around? I merely attached four Velcro dots to the bottom and stuck it to my desk (see my pictures). Voila! Problem solved. Or, you can use the four slots in the amp's ample frame to screw it down if you're using this amp in a shop setting.
I'm running two 8-ohm two-way bookshelf speakers from this amp and I find that I get all the volume I need, with truly clean mids and highs. If you try to pump too much bass from this puppy, however, you will get distortion... better to add a powered sub if deep bass is your goal.
Overall, this little amp rocks and is an excellent value for money. If it hadn't been for the mislabeling issues, I would have given this unit five stars.