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Post  fredvon4 Sat Nov 19, 2022 1:51 pm

Well POO! my Amazon sourced Sony Str DH 190 stereo amp arrived as did the E-bay 50 buck Rockville 4ohm speakers.

Got a new set of 50 buck 6 Ohms speakers on the way as the Sony will not be happy driving the 4 ohm speakers (the Sony needs 6 to 16 ohm load)

Currently researching in line high watt 3~5 ohm resistors to place in line with the 4 ohm speakers so may end up with 4 speakers instead of 2 if I can impedance match all 4

Sometimes it is a challenge to be frugal.....grin

Funny side story you all may enjoy:

When we soldiers are deployed around the world some times we enjoy significantly reduced prices on things imported to the USA and some times we are Ganked with a pure rip off (mostly unknown until we get home and open the box.

one year I went TDY (tremp duty) to Korea with a team of trainers. While there we went into Seoul and one of my guys bought a Giant assed stereo Quadraphonic receiver / amp for $150 ( same face panel as the Sansui Model 90-90 DB that usually sold state side PX for $480ish

Back at Fort Hood my guys asked me to come help. At his off base apartment I helped him un box the monster and start setting it up. Once we had all his speakers connected we turned it on and the sound was horrid. Fused around a lot and eventually opened up the Amp.... surprise surprise! the interior was a very cheap stereo works out of a typical Sony Walkman sized radio and two large hunks of concrete..... power handling of all around 3 watts......But hey the enclosure and face plate were real cool with a lot of knobs, buttons and VU meters. We got a grand laugh and at least the Army paid to ship the 45ish pound crap to the USA
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Post  706jim Sat Nov 19, 2022 4:51 pm

The way things are going in my city, you would be able to buy a complete home theatre system for next to nothing. One guy had one with 5 speakers amp and sub for $125 and he will be lucky to even get that. Everything now is "soundbars".

I have a Marantz system with a zillion functions and I've hated it since it was purchased.

Maybe that's why?
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Post  fredvon4 Sat Nov 19, 2022 7:31 pm

Impatient Fred set up the Sony amp and mis matched 4 ohm speakers and logged onto you tube and hit first offering, a top gun tune....yes I did crank it up and the gal singing Take My Breath Away came through nice and loud and sonically clear......Mindful to NOT max out the amp into the mismatched load I am fairly happy with this low cost solution...I suspect when the 6 ohm speakers arrive I can drive All 4 in A+B mode for a bigger sound stage

So to recap My search for More Power (Cue Tim Taylor grunt) is for now semi successful

Sony Stereo Amp RH190 $150
Off brand 4ohm Rockville bookshelf 6.5" bass and 1 inch tweeter for $38
so far my Throttling has NOT over temped the amp and very noticeably louder than the relatively more expensive Klipsch 2.1 THX computer speaker system


On the way a el cheapo set of 6Ohm 6.5" bass speakers for $50ish that might just jack into the L/R out puts and run in A+B mode for 4 speaker total....I suspect I can really fill the shop with clear crisp LOUD Danger Zone music and (hopefully) not over indulge and let any smoke out of the amp...We will see
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