View Full Version : OK, I知 sick of hearing about who has the biggest; who has the smallest?


outlawmws
03-31-2007, 05:49 PM
OK, I知 sick of hearing about who has the biggest; who has the smallest?

Equipment you dolts Hmmm that doesn稚 clarify it either, does it? :D

AUDIO Equipment! :lmao:

Yard sailing today I found a really small Realistic SA-150 integrated amp. I asked what he wanted for it and he asked if I knew what it was? 添ep! Nodding and kind of wondering where this was going,,, 展ell you just take it, how痴 that? See I知 easy, don稚 know what it is, you do,,, 泥eal! :banana: (I did find something else to buy, so we池e both happy)

If you haven稚 seen one, or pics of one, it痴 pretty small for any piece of audio gear, (I picked up an 8 position speaker switch at an estate sale today that is bigger)

I found several threads with this amp mentioned, but nothing solid on specs, its input power is 25W! I知 guessing 5W or less output?

The funny thing is it has inputs for Tuner, Tape (in and out) and Phono, and it has an switch for the Phono input for Mag or Cer Carts! RCA speaker jacks, so a set of KLH 20痴 would be a good fit mechanically

I Checked the DC offset, (2mv or less) and hooked up my test speakers, nothing, flipped switches, around, still nothing, DOH! Hit the speaker switch and :music:

Definitely not a power house, but the test speakers are an old set of Sony SS-U21痴 with a 5 driver (I actually like these better than Minimus 7;s). I decided we need a thread for the LITTLE stuff! Small size or very low power, either one will qualify.

So post pics, put something in with the piece that will give a point of reference for size (The Dr. Pepper bottle in this one) and say what it is!,

Receivers, speakers, Amps Tunas, TT痴, whatever, my only restriction is NO PORTABLES .

If its power source is batteries, it痴 disqualified. This should be a good source for people wanting ideas for small or low powered stuff.

So to summarize the guidelines:

Small gear
Low powered
Must be AC powered, not battery

So mine is

SA-160 25W input power. 9-1/4 x 2-3/4 x 5 (not including the knobs)

Sony SS-U21, 40W 5 drivers, 6-1/2 x 8 x 5-1/4

Go!

Mark W.
03-31-2007, 06:16 PM
The 150 is the sliver version of the 155 which is actually an RCA amp puts out a whopping 2 watts per. I have a 155 running a junky pair of radio shack speakers on my internet computer. Works great nice little amp.

I did find the manual for the SA-155 on the Radio Shack web site you have to do a direct search for it and it's a little criptic to find. Not sure if I have it on file if I do I will PM you and can email it to you it's a PDF if I remember right. THEY might have the 150 version.

JimJ[VT]
03-31-2007, 06:20 PM
My monoblocks (avatar image is one channel) are 8 watts apiece, though at 40 pounds per amp can't really be considered "small" :D

RayW
03-31-2007, 07:14 PM
I've got the SA-155 running my computer speakers. The speaks are homegrown based on an out-of-production Versa-tronics 4". One of these days I'm going to finish out the boxes but it hasn't happened yet and I built them around 1997. I figured the little amp had more than 2W going for it as it'll put out enough sound to listen all over the house. Ah well, live and learn.

Ray

brainsmasher
03-31-2007, 07:20 PM
When the sound went out in our TV years ago, my dad hooked one of these up so we could hear it again. I am sure we still have it around the house somewhere.

mhardy6647
03-31-2007, 07:33 PM
Let's see:

Not the smallest speakers in the house, but pretty small and pretty good sounding: DIY fullranges in small BR enclosures (PartsExpress' venerable 269-469). For comparison, there's a Quad ESL-57 behind the one in the photo.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/269-469BR.jpg

Preamp:
Pete Millet's cool little hybrid headphone amp also makes a nice preamp. This one was built as a standalone headphone amp (i.e., I left out the preamp outputs), but the photo's handy and it IS small -- built into a small black plastic Hammond box.

http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=15803&d=1147712872

Power amp:

I built one of the little "30 watt stereo" (yeah right!) Velleman IC amp kits into another (even slightly smaller) plastic project box from Radio Shack. I cannot find a photo right this second... but I shall dig up and post one shortly.

EDIT: well... here's a topless shot. It's about the size of a "Discman". (needless to say, I'm not too good at cabinetry)

http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=11962&d=1143557253

Jukin Jay
03-31-2007, 10:03 PM
There's this one, Winsome Labs Mouse amp. 45 WPC (Yes, really!). :yes:

pmsummer
03-31-2007, 10:26 PM
Here's my little AIWA S-50 25 WPC (RMS) receiver. I team her with my AudioSource LS-One speakers (upmarker Minimus-7 clone). Nice, small package of fidelity.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=27894&d=1160960216

wajobu
03-31-2007, 10:59 PM
http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=38569&d=1170507672

Vista Audio

SPECIFICATIONS:
Tubes: 4 x PCL82 (16A8)
Output power: 2 x 5W
Speaker impedance: 8 ohm
Bandwidth: 20Hz-20kHz
Distortion: <1% at 1W, 1kHz
Input voltage: 120V, 60Hz
Size: W x H x D: 11" x5.5" x 12"
Weight: 15 lbs

Arkay
03-31-2007, 11:12 PM
I had a little "25 watt" Harman Kardon amp that was no bigger than that Sony. Was very heavy for its size, and jam-packed inside, more than any other single piece of audio gear I've ever seen. Getting anything apart to work on it (one channel was bad when I got it) was like untying a complex knot. Also had a similar-sized Aimor. Didn't keep either one.

The other day I saw something at a flea market that would fit here: it was a speaker box about 5 inches sqare and 7 inches tall. Across the front of the box, it proudly announced in block letters that it was....


... a SUBWOOFER! LOL :D

Sorry, no pics because I don't have any of these any more (never did own the "subwoofer"). Right now, the smallest audio gear I have is either a mini pocket radio, or the iPod. Smallest traditional component is probably either the Marantz AT-5 digital timer or the Sansui AU-222, neither of which comes close to the size of your Sony.

OH, I also have one of those vintage portable cassette players that looks a little bit like a lady's purse and a mickey-mouse head portable cassette player which are pretty small, but those are novelty items more than serious audio gear.

Yeah, I know...:worthless

Jack Lord
03-31-2007, 11:24 PM
I have the same SA-150 amp. It presently just sits there, but it has come in handy to test disconnected equipment from CL sellers

I also have a Lafayette 10B amp. Probably about 10 wpc. It pushes my KLH system fairly well.

roseskunk
03-31-2007, 11:52 PM
gee guys, thanks. those are pretty small, and i'm feeling a lot better about myself now...(wow, i love being able to say that!):D

ozmoid
04-01-2007, 12:15 AM
Smallest in cabinet: Heathkit AA14, pictured here with a Yamaha CR-640 for size comparison.
http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22037&d=1154555513

Smallest wattage: Symphonic brand tube amp/receiver pulled from an old console (also small in size) - output at 1.2 wpc, IIRC.
http://static.flickr.com/98/238964577_878d85f57f_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozmoid/238964577/)

cableguy2
04-01-2007, 09:30 AM
My small Lafayette, for my TV speakers and wireless headphones. Mostly I use it as the uplink to the wireless headphones, so the old lady don't bitch.:banana:

2DualsNotEnough
06-11-2007, 03:46 PM
I fulfilled one secret fantasy I always have when yardsaling and thrifting,by finding this little tube integrated amp yesterday.Its Japanese-Monarch SA-10.Its tube compliment is a 12AX7,35c5 times 2,and a 35W4.I think Ive read here that those output tubes are 2 watts per channel.
Im surprised that it sounds pretty darned good,actually.Unfortuneately,I really dont have any speakers right now efficent enough to really play very loudly at all with,but that will be my next quest.
Oh,and the dimensions are 7" x 5" x 3".
Jimmy

Mike Stehr
06-11-2007, 04:29 PM
http://audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=4990&d=1137313481

Smallest tube amp I've come across.....also with the most noise.....

Redboy
06-11-2007, 04:53 PM
I think Mike's is smaller, but this one's close (those are Minimus 7's in the back):

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w178/whobody/IMG_6166.jpg

Dynacophil
06-11-2007, 05:01 PM
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=51442&stc=1&d=1181595644

all in one :)

Pre & Power amp (30W/ch), Tuner, Tapedeck... the Monitor is a 22" to compare.

jrsh92
06-11-2007, 05:02 PM
I have a 1 WPC portable (4 AAA battery) amp, about 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches by 3/4 inches tall.
Actually sounds crazy good. One hell of a first/only watt, for a $5 chipamp.

Inspiribomb
06-11-2007, 08:44 PM
Power, pre, tuner, tape deck. At one point I had 4-5 of these setups. 55 WPC, bridgeable to mono, gold-plated in/outputs, dual pre-outs. IMO, the best of the micro systems. For comparison, those little KLH speakers are 7" tall.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/Inspiribomb/Toshiba%20Micro%20System/ToshibaAurexAngle2.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/Inspiribomb/Toshiba%20Micro%20System/ToshibanexttoL-09s.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/Inspiribomb/Toshiba%20Micro%20System/th_ToshibaAurexAngle2.jpg (http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/Inspiribomb/Toshiba%20Micro%20System/ToshibaAurexAngle2.jpg)
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/Inspiribomb/Toshiba%20Micro%20System/th_ToshibanexttoL-09s.jpg (http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/Inspiribomb/Toshiba%20Micro%20System/ToshibanexttoL-09s.jpg)

AudioKeith
06-11-2007, 09:33 PM
My smallest is an Electro Voice XAM Mark 2TA Integrated Amp. (Made by EV for E J Korvette). Haven't found any info on it so unsure of the wattage. Toasted Almond has one also.

Doctordirt
06-11-2007, 10:06 PM
I have a EV 1179

Oldsf85
06-12-2007, 11:23 AM
The Realistic sta 19 is a good little amp 7 watts per channel.

gladiator335
06-12-2007, 12:25 PM
I use this BSR MR-20 (about 20 WPC) in one of the rooms along with small Mission speakers (don't remember the model) and cheap DVD player as a source.
Considering the price (I got it for free) it sounds great!

wizargoz
06-12-2007, 08:25 PM
Obscure and "affordable". A whopping 7 Watts per channel. Just picked one up in perfect condition for $5 at a thrift shop. Link here: http://www.silverpioneer.netfirms.com/400_series_receivers.htm

wizargoz

AdamAnt316
06-13-2007, 01:22 AM
Here's my contribution to the thread, an Advent 420S receiver. The smallest receiver I've ever seen, and a pretty damn good performer for it's size, too. Picked it up at a yard sale for the princely sum of $5; the seller had no idea what it was, and truth be told, neither did I! :D Has a crack in the top of the case, but is otherwise in pretty good shape, and sounds pretty damn good, too. I've paired it with a set of Realistic speakers which match it nicely size-wise. :banana:
http://www.electronixandmore.com/adam/temp/advent420s.jpg
-Adam

Doctordirt
06-13-2007, 01:44 AM
It's good I like it

bully
06-13-2007, 02:19 AM
I lose.
My smallest is the new PC stereo. A big, heavy 50-60 wpc integrated amp.

mhardy6647
06-13-2007, 08:15 AM
Oy, another Collins R-390; and in MA, no less!?!

pmsummer
06-13-2007, 08:41 AM
Oy, another Collins R-390; and in MA, no less!?!

Go ahead, ask him about it. Just don't ask if the letters O, C, D mean anything.

;)

fershure
06-13-2007, 01:02 PM
I don't have this any more. I just sold it but it was small and worth mentioning here I think. Maybe 10 watts.

Monarch SA-10

pmsummer
06-13-2007, 01:18 PM
I don't have this any more. I just sold it but it was small and worth mentioning here I think. Maybe 10 watts.

Monarch SA-10

That's just like 2DualsIsNotEnough (http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showpost.php?p=1197809&postcount=15)'s on the first page of this thread.

You have better pictures of the Monarch.

He has a better picture in his avatar (Duals).

mhardy6647
06-13-2007, 02:12 PM
No isolation from the AC mains in that little series-string amplifier...

AdamAnt316
06-13-2007, 02:31 PM
Oy, another Collins R-390; and in MA, no less!?!
Go ahead, ask him about it. Just don't ask if the letters O, C, D mean anything.
;)

Yep, I'm a proud R-390A (not plain R-390, sadly) owner. The best radio I've ever owned (and I've owned several!). Weighs more than any of the pieces of stereo equipment I have, and performs excellently on the AM and shortwave bands. Just a tad painful to lug around, however... ;)

(Not sure what you meant by OCD; of the medical conditions I have, obsessive-compulsive disorder doesn't seem to be one of them... ;))
-Adam

pmsummer
06-13-2007, 02:40 PM
(Not sure what you meant by OCD; of the medical conditions I have, obsessive-compulsive disorder doesn't seem to be one of them... ;))
-Adam

Obsessive Collector Disorder. :thmbsp:

AdamAnt316
06-13-2007, 02:45 PM
Obsessive Collector Disorder. :thmbsp:
I should have known... :scratch2::banana::smoke:
*fires up the R-390A, tunes in WWV 15, listens to the beeps* :music:
-Adam

mhardy6647
06-13-2007, 03:10 PM
I like CHU Canada better

2DualsNotEnough
06-13-2007, 11:32 PM
No isolation from the AC mains in that little series-string amplifier...

When I was running a search of the tubes in this amp,I saw your post about the danger of shock.Im being very,very careful......
Jimmy

alwayslooking
06-14-2007, 01:05 PM
I need to get one for nostalgia's sake- one of these was my first amp.
http://cgi.ebay.com/REALISTIC-SA-10-SA10-STEREO-AMPLIFIER-MINI-SZ-NEAR-MINT_W0QQitemZ160127183705QQihZ006QQcategoryZ3280Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

zenith2134
06-14-2007, 01:17 PM
Gave away a Realistic ST-16 (IIRC) which was 1.5wpc @ 8ohms and had the rca-jack type speaker outputs also. Sounded way bigger, of course than its rating.

mertol
06-15-2007, 05:09 AM
Here's my little AIWA S-50 25 WPC (RMS) receiver. I team her with my AudioSource LS-One speakers (upmarker Minimus-7 clone). Nice, small package of fidelity.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=27894&d=1160960216

Yep, I have one of these Aiwa's connected to Tannoy 100's (soon B&W 301 will replace'em)

I love that reciever. Excellent tuner. 2 power supply's, one giant toroidal for the amplifier, an other simple one for tuner. That small reciever is exteremly crowded inside and packs a lot of quality in a small package.

And it has a very decent phone pre amp.

Mertol

TexAg71
02-21-2010, 02:52 PM
I have a EV 1179

Terrific piece! I just bought my second one, to replace my first serious receiver that I had in college but then gave to my brother in a moment of madness. He wouldn't give it back when I came to my senses, so I went looking and tracked one down on ePay. The tuning indicator needs realigning, but apart from that it's the best $60 I've spent in a long time. Enjoy.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=195797&d=1266270055

EarHole
02-21-2010, 03:13 PM
As long as it sounds good to you thats all that matters.

x_25
02-21-2010, 03:58 PM
Ok, not exactly small, but you said low power counts too. So here is my Magnavox 175 tube amp. It's a 6v6 PP and is good for 8-10 watts per channel. It is sitting on top of one of the speakers it runs and that is a framed LP in the background.

I love this amp. :yes:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2747/4163185045_14d1cf1022_o.jpg

jdurbin1
02-21-2010, 04:40 PM
Here's my entry in the small race... one of two of these receivers I have in use for various things on my repair bench. Gotta love the vernier tuning dial!

I have one modded so the Tape Out is a pre out, the other stock. They don't take up much space and are super versatile.

Sorry for the miserable pic...

John

ke4mcl
02-21-2010, 05:20 PM
I fulfilled one secret fantasy I always have when yardsaling and thrifting,by finding this little tube integrated amp yesterday.Its Japanese-Monarch SA-10.Its tube compliment is a 12AX7,35c5 times 2,and a 35W4.I think Ive read here that those output tubes are 2 watts per channel.
Im surprised that it sounds pretty darned good,actually.Unfortuneately,I really dont have any speakers right now efficent enough to really play very loudly at all with,but that will be my next quest.
Oh,and the dimensions are 7" x 5" x 3".
Jimmy

be careful with that amp. i thinks its a transformer-less design. no power transformer.

chicks
07-07-2010, 10:30 PM
Picked up a little Rat Shack RCA SA-155 at the GW today. Didn't power on in the store, but I figured it was probably a blown fuse inside; it was only $3, and just so darn cute - even has phono inputs, switchable between MM and Ceramic.

Just pulled it apart - surprise, there is no fuse! WTF? Power transformer primary measures wide open - I guess the primary is the (non-replaceable) fuse. So, removed the transformer, and powered it up with a 12V SMPS. Driving a pair of DCM TimeFrame 350's right now in the garage. Sounds pretty good!

I had thought about replacing the dinky 1.8Wpc amp with an internal T-Amp board, but this actually might work with my BA CR6's for nearfield listening in the garage to the DMS-1 streamer and the PC. :scratch2: Might also make a great 12V portable amp for selling speakers and even turntables from the back of the CR/V - I've been using a little Denon receiver to do this 'til now, but the guy who just bought a TT from me on Sunday also bought the Denon.

Cool little amp!

marcusekner
07-08-2010, 05:01 PM
I have the smallest! Here is my thread about it and my ongoing mods on it: http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=307308

It's a TA2020 based t-amp with 2x13w at 8 ohms.

http://i31.tinypic.com/2di4t9y.jpg

Echosphere
07-08-2010, 05:37 PM
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/detail-page/BoseWaveMusicSystemtitaniumsilver_lifestyle.jpg

Fopp
07-08-2010, 10:21 PM
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/detail-page/BoseWaveMusicSystemtitaniumsilver_lifestyle.jpg

:drool:

chicks
07-09-2010, 12:28 AM
Added a Rat Shack DC power jack to the RCA SA-155, had to rewire a bit inside, since the original was switching the ground side, and the power jack is grounded to the case. Just a couple of wires re-routed, plugged in a 12V PS, and we're good. Testing the phono pre right now- pretty decent! There seems to be a good deal of bass boost on this thing, probably to compensate for the mini speakers it's meant to be used with. Quite noticeable on the DCM TimeFrames, and no way to tame it, just a Tone control. Will try with some Minimus 77's later. With the 12V mod, it's now good for home and portable use. :banana:

http://chicksolutions.com/albums/100_2722.JPG

Rod Beauvex
07-09-2010, 08:59 AM
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=51442&stc=1&d=1181595644

all in one :)

Pre & Power amp (30W/ch), Tuner, Tapedeck... the Monitor is a 22" to compare.

Love those Aiwa mini's. Indeed, why settle for more? (I also have that same monitor, with a Mitsubishi badge. Diamond pro. <3)

A Lafayette Stereo 25, an MCS tuner, and a Toshiba CD player lurks atop the fridge, along with a pair of Minimus 7s. I actually like listening to this more than anything.

I had a Lafayette reciver, the LR 300, in place of the 25 and the MCS, but the tuner was misaligned. A huge and silent gap in the mono position and stereo position on the dial, though I'm spoiled on digital tuning with presets with the MCS