Recently one of the other builders posted a link to a very small and modestly powered amplifier on Parts Express.
While on their site I checked for something I hadn't found locally...3.5 inch speakers by Pioneer. I've read good reviews of a particular model for a few months now and it was on my "To Do" list for a while. They had them so to save on shipping charges, I opted to purchase both.
And a few days later, they arrived...
I then went to the website to get the installation instructions in PDF format. With the directions confirming how the setup should work, I setup a test rig...
It works really well! Since I have an event the next day, I am not going to bother trying to replace the speakers and fabricate a mounting for them. The existing 100 watt will work just fine.
The existing 300 watt amplifier can now be removed and as you can see with the pictures below, I gained a lot of space back...
|Top view, showing the metal stand (heat shield) above the amplifier.|
|Heat shield removed, now to remove the 300 watt amplifier.|
|Look at all the free space!|
|Yes, the wiring situation is a bit of a mess!|
With heat no being an issue anymore, I will be able to remove the cooling fan.
After testing various volume settings on the card, I found setting it to LOW wasn't quite good nor was high. However, through testing with the sound settings on the netbook, its working quite well!