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  1. #1
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    Looking for the right power amp.

    I recently came into possession of 2 Bose Panaray 402 Series II speakers and noticed they only have speakon inputs. Now I need to get an amp. Does it need to have speakon outputs or will a set of adapters work just fine? I am looking for something on the cheap side because the military just does not pay that well. Any Ideas?

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    St. Louis, MO, USA
    It doesn't matter what type of speaker terminals the amp has. For something on the cheap I'd check thrift stores or if you have Craigslist that serves your area for a good buy on a stereo receiver. Audio Source sells cheap amps that seem to work well. If you are handy there are some do it yourself digital amp kits. I don't have any links but a couple guys here are into them. Do you have any other gear or just the speakers? If no other gear you should get either a receiver or integrated amp.

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    Springfield, Mo
    These are a pair of professional audio speakers meant for sound reproduction in small music halls or places like that. The drivers and design seems like they would not take a whole lot of power to get them going, Look at the back panel of the speakers and they should tell you the impedance of the speakers or what ohm rating they have and they should be good with most receivers or cheaper power amps. It would be fine to use Speakon to bare wire adapters for this and if you can't find them in your area Parts Express sells them for a good price and they also sell the Audio Source amps that Mr. Peabody was talking about. Good clean power and the adapters you should be good as long as you have a good disk player or music server.

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    I also have a Panaray system controller II, from what I can tell its just a really nice EQ. The inputs and outputs are 3 pin amphenol jacks, 2 female inputs, 4 male outputs. I am looking for a way to make the most out of my system without going broke. I am trying to hook this up through my external soundcard (red/white)RCA or 1/4" outputs. Which seems slightly daunting attaching a myriad of adapters to go from RCA to whatever kind of amp input i can find, to 3 prong for the EQ, to speakon to the speakers...

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