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#20541 29-Mar-2008 16:49
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These guys created the amp that was used in the Alienware Hangar 18 HTPC. Looks like now they are going to offer a PCI/PCIe(?) based solution for those not wanting to use a separate av receiver. I'm not an audio guy, so I don't know what the specs mean, but I'd be keen to see what others think.

I like the idea of just the one box with everything inside and not having to get a separate av receiver for audio decoding and amplifying.

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  #119683 30-Mar-2008 12:43
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Looks to be more of the BS power ratings that happen in consumer electronics - 5x100w would obviously need 500 watts of powersupply to run it if it was to achieve that. No doubt what they mean is that it will peak to 100 watts on all 5 channels meaning an audio RMS output of 10 watts or so.

Would make a good replacement for the crap amplifiers in typical computer speakers or the all in one sub $400 HT units, but since you are spending all that cash on a HTPC why would you cripple it with crap like that.

No pricing, but if its $150 then it would be great for a bedroom system where listening at reference volume is never going to happen and your going to spend most of the time with it on midnight mode (which is a pain to turn on and off in most software dvd players vs a proper ht reciever) - for a htpc in an actual home theater. forget it.

For a PC driving multiroom audio it would also be a good match.


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