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    Quote Originally Posted by thesameguy View Post
    Those are probably nice speakers. I've always found Yamaha speakers to have a good, warm sound. Specs are "Power handling: 70 watts RMS/140 watts max • Impedance: 8 ohms," so they are probably a very good match for the amp you mentioned.
    Ordered. They should be here this Friday, January 27.

    If this deal doesn't go down as expected, I'm coming for you with a dull spoon, bro.

    IME, a Yamaha anything is a good thing. I hope they haven't gone the way of so many nostalgic brand names that are now utter crap.

    I'll be sure to post a low, lower-end, or middle (but not high-end) consumer review once received, installed, and house having been rocked with some vintage cassettes and vinyl.
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    That seems like a pretty healthy low end spec for bookshelf speakers. I'll be interested to hear your review.
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    Yeah, really enjoying that 8" woofer - should help do more with the 60w you have than the typical five inchers you find in a bookshelf speaker.

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    I ended up picking up the non-network Yamaha from Amazon. It was $99 in a refurb with $12, 10-day shipping, or $150 from Amazon delivered... well, already. My sense of instant gratification is worth $38.

    I may end up buying a second one... or maybe the second will be the network version. But, what I'm really hoping to find next is a similar ~100w, 2-channel amp with two inputs (at least one analog) and some sort of remote interface the Harmony will talk to. Doesn't need to anything other than that...

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    It seems the problem with wanting a dedicated two channel amp is everyone assumes if you want a dedicated amp, you also want the best.

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    This doesn't solve the connectivity issue, but what about a small Class D stereo amp? http://www.parts-express.com/pyle-pc...fier--310-2002
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    Looks likes Class D (or T-Amp) with Bluetooth streaming is a thing. Not having any luck with wi-fi control or connectivity so far.
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    Possibly some confusion:

    #1 = AM/FM + amp + smartphone control + Bluetooth: This is solved with the Yamaha R-S202 and a Logitech Harmony Smart Hub for $230 ($150+$80). It's about the same price as that networked N301 (or whatever) but the smartphone control is totally wireless with the Harmony. Got the Yamaha today, should have the Harmony in a couple.
    #2 = amp + 1 analog input + 1 analog or digital input + IR remote: Not sure what to do here. That Sony you posted would do it, but I think if I'm going to get a conventionally sized amp I might as well just get another Yamaha. I hadn't though about one of those Class D amps - I like that. I just need to find one that has some sort of remote control so it can controlled with a Harmony remote (programmed codes or learned codes, whatever). Although, I wonder if you could just turn it on and off remotely (lots of ways to do that) with a preset gain and then use the line-out signal to control its actual volume? If so, maybe try one of the generic board amps? 36v PSU is kind of annoying, but hardly insurmountable. Edit: Oh, but those don't have source switching. Derp.

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    There were a couple with IR remotes that I saw.
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