[sdiy] Mouldy Meter.

Ben bud_fts at bigpond.net.au
Sun Jun 23 17:30:13 CEST 2002

On the subject of shitty amplifiers that weigh bugger all, one thing I'm
really pissed off about is the sheer number of all in one "Receiver Units".
That is, those audio visual surround sound decoder/amplifiers. There are
hundreds of them. And they all claim to push out 100watts/rms on all
5 (or in some cases 6, the sub woofer out as well) channels, yet they
barely weigh 8kg. And if they do weigh excess of 20kg, who the hell
wants to buy an $8000(aus) box that gets as hot as a toaster with so much
delicate DSP technology inside it? (Onkyo, Denon, Marantz are all guilty
I'm afraid).

And yet as soon as you look at buying a dedicated decoder and using
seperate amps, your in the niche market, and unless you want to spend
$3000+, your left on your own. Theres zip to choose from.

Ok, this aint synth-diy, so im off the soap box now :)

thanks for bandwidth :P

~ben (aka Bud, Adelaide like Batz)

> Y-ellow Y'all.
>          Thanks for the advice. I just bought the thing so we'll see how
> much crap it is when it lands.
> I totally agree about the published stats on devices. Nothing Pisses me
> more in this realm than PMPO for example. Or when they say things like.
> 20hz to 20kHz -3dB. Yeah? 3dB where? All the way from 1K up?
> Or the Tandy amp rated at 100 watts RMS that you can easily balance on the
> end of your finger. Mmm. Maybe it's a switchmode amp? Till you look at the
> fine print and read. 100watts RMS /channel when run on a laboratory power
> supply. Else it probably pushes a good 10 watts.
> I mean I could be wrong. Maybe they've found a new technology to make
> transformers smaller these days? Much Smaller! If that's the case the
> transformer in these wonderful 200 watt computer speakers here must be so
> small the manufacturers risk it inverting into antimatter and exploding.
> But at least this meter had specs. I went to the web page of a local toy
> retailer here and even their 200 dollar meters were advertised without
> specifications. So I bought this thing and I guess we'll find out.
> Thanks muchley for the advice.
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