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What You Should Know Before Purchasing a Rack Mount Amplifier

One of the most important components of a quality home stereo system is the amplifier. A rack mount amplifier is a compact power source for the speakers, helping them get the warm and clear sound intended in the music. Check out the following common queries about rack-mounted home audio power amplifiers to make the right choice when shopping on eBay.

Why should you consider a rack mount amplifier?

Rack-mounted amplifiers have ears on either side of them, allowing them to be screwed into place in a rack. The rack is a tower with multiple screw holes. It holds multiple audio devices, helping them take up less space, receive power, and function in an organized fashion. Consider a rack mount amplifier if are looking to get clean power to your speakers without it taking up too much space in your living room.

What is the function of a rack mount amplifier?

Home stereo amplifiers have one function: to boost and send the signal to the speakers at the end of the audio chain. Usually, the amplifier is the last step before the sound is sent to the speakers. There could also be an EQ between them in the signal chain in some cases. Without an amplifier, the signal from the audio source could be too weak for the speakers it is being broadcast on. Another reason to purchase a rack mount amplifier is they are designed to fit in cases, increasing their portability.

What does the wattage indicate?

An amps power is measured in watts. The higher the wattage, the more powerful the signal it sends. Hi-watt amps are ideal if you want to listen to music loudly with a clean signal. If the wattage is too low, the signal could distort either in volume or in the harmonics. Before purchasing an amp, you should ensure that the wattage from the amp isn't too high for the speakers. If it is, it could cause the speaker's cones to blow.

What are the brands of amplifiers available?

A variety of companies in the audio electronics industry have been making amplifiers for years. Because of this, there are a number of both vintage and contemporary amps available on the eBay site. The amp's brand does not need to match the brand of the receiver or speakers. You can mix and match as much as you want to get the sound you are looking for. Here are some of the affordable rack mount amplifier brands you can purchase on eBay:

  • Harman Crown
  • Linn Kolektor
  • Technics
  • Samson
  • Dayton Audio
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