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TPA 3116 vs the tripaths

Discussion in 'New Gear - Values' started by Poultrygeist, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Pio1980

    Pio1980 AK Member Subscriber

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    Is there something more basic version?
     

     

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  2. airbus

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    Not aware of one. I've never used the subwoofer out or the tone controls. The bluetooth works fine, but it has a thump of its own when you switch back to the rca inputs. I imagine all the other stuff compromises the sound some, but it's not that obvious.
     
  3. Ytheleus1212

    Ytheleus1212 New Member

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    I hate to see a hanging question.
    I played with one like this, you should be able to find a couple of them less expensive if you look around:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC12-24v...=item4423f63624:g:JswAAOSwhilbXubZ:rk:41:pf:0

    This specific board has its own crossover dial, and it worked well when I tried it.
    Realistically expect <60W per board at 24V, without distortion setting in,
    But they work well, TPA3116 make for decent low power sub amps. This board convinced me that subs are compulsory rather than optional..
    You could still use an external crossover if you turn the crossover dials up to maximum.
    Alernatively you can use a standard 3116 board but you want one that can be set to mono by bridging the two channels (called BTL or bridge tied load).
     
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  4. Adam N.

    Adam N. Trying to keep it simple. Subscriber

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    Thanks for this. I have an external xover. A rolls SX45 I think. It may be something I toy around with. Good to know someone else has done it.
     
  5. HiFiJeff

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    So you think I made the right choice going with the FX502 with the 3250 over the Volt+D 3118? Is the 3255 that you have better than the FX502? I need to STOP reading this thread! LOL
     
  6. Pio1980

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    I think you will be OK, I have both but have not critically compared them. I do estheticelly prefer the direct simplicity of the Volt+D, tho the ergonomics of the FX is very nice.
     

     

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  7. HiFiJeff

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    Guess I will know this weekend.
     
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  8. HiFiJeff

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    New amp.
     

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  9. hifix

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    Looking foward to the results of the amp comparo.
     
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  10. airbus

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    I think taste, system matching, and power supplies can affect the results a lot.
    My speakers are just scanspeak based 6.5" 2 ways and I don't use a pre-amp, just a hifimediy DAC with a volume control. Files are on a USB hard drive. My
    system is in a small office/bedroom maybe 12x11.

    Best for rock and roll and high energy music with lots of bass or music that requires a fair amount of speed. YJhifi tpa 3255.
    Best for folk, small jazz group, small group or solo classical Volt +D fwiw, it's really good with this sort of material and its most of my listening.
    Both amps are very clear. My take is that the Volt + does very well with detail, harmony, etc. The TPA 3255 is definitely more dynamic and maybe not
    quite as refined.
    For symphonic music, I'd say each has its virtues.

    Third place in all categories except for small classical FX 502 with the TPA 3250.

    Third place for small classical Volt + (the board only version)

    The Volts sound best with a 19 volt linear power supply. I found a variable regulated 10 amp supply on E-bay.
    A lot of people say the 3255 will sound best with 48 volts. I haven't had a power supply that goes beyond 30.
     
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