I’m going to document my next build, which will be a digital active system that is as cheap as I can manage.
Here is the system at present: there is a Squeezebox Classic, which feeds a class D chi-fi amp and then Heybrook Sextets.
Things are a bit untidy, so I’m going to build a system that will fit to the left of the TV, on the white shelf. There is a space about 26cm deep and 36cm wide, with no real height restriction.
The system I have planned is as follows:
- Intel NUC as player
- Asus Xonar u7 sound card
- 3 x Chi-fi TA2020 amp boards
- The Heybrook Sextets, suitably butchered
The NUC should be capable of FIR filters, running a convolver in Reaper or JRiver. The sound card is capable of 24/192 (although the NUC probably won’t be able to process at that rate, we’ll see) and sounds pretty good. The amps are low power (about 6W really), but I generally like the sound of TA2020s, and this system will never go loud. It’s my Sunday morning system.
Progress will be slow, not least because the amps will take a month to arrive.