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    Posted by stevem on March 14, 2022 at 1:45 am

    I spend most of my time at my desk. A lot of that time is spent in a multimedia haze of music, movies and Youtube. If I’m not on my computer I’m listening to something on it. Problem is that my desk space seems to be getting smaller and smaller. At one time the entire house was my domain to roam in as I pleased, now, not so much. You know what its like, someone else comes along and your now down to a top sheet and a single drawer in the bathroom.

    So I’m a big fan of small. I don’t have the room to put a full size anything anywhere anymore. So small is good. So in my pursuit of small I ran across the Up2Stream Amp 2.1 – Multiroom Wireless 2.1 Amplifier Board. Of course, it was Toids who pointed me in that direction. And he was right. This is a sweet little amp. Just enough power to drive a set of bookshelf speakers and an appropriately sized subwoofer for your desk. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and wireless for all your streaming entertainment. It even has, get this, ethernet and DSP. You can fine tune your amp and speakers with the help of Arylic’s ACPWorkbench (sold separately). And best of all it’s about six inches by four inches. Perfectly small for my small desk.

    So what does this have to do with Toids Dynas? Well, I’m glad you asked. I just got this new amp and wanted something to try it out with. I had already built two mini Dinas for my studio and wanted to add two more to the build. I also wanted to upgrade my original build. This time instead of MDF I used hardwood with a red wood facing. All hand built. None of this CnC shit you young guys use now adays. In my day if you didn’t end up in the ER while working on a project you just weren’t trying hard enough. And I do mean hand built. Most of my tools are hand me downs that have not seen a straight angle since Nixon was president (that’s called ironic humor… Nixon/straight angle, I’m not a crook, crooked. You know if you must explain it then… oh well). So everything was cut using a chop saw and hand sanded. I was going for a hand-crafted look that looks a little cartoonish. Because you are just that much more impressed when you hear them.

    I just cannot get over how good these things sound. Everyone I show these to are floored. I mean there are what, $65 in parts for each speaker and you would never know it from the sound that comes out of them. For the price I would put these up against any production desktop speaker their size (6x4in).

    And they are perfectly complemented by the Up2Stream amp. It’s a great combination.

    I still have some tweaking to do. I’m going to add the passive version of the Dinas sub as a separate box to the mix and see how that sounds. And I want to learn about DSP and how to use the ACPWorkbench. But all in all I’m pretty happy with a project that look a little under a day to complete.

    • This discussion was modified 5 months ago by  stevem.
    123toid replied 5 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • 123toid

    March 15, 2022 at 1:36 am

    First of all that is hilarious! And don’t knock the CNC 🤣 It’s hard work…for the machine.

    You really went above and beyond with this set of mini Dinas. Who knew those two drivers could compliment each other so well?

    How are you enjoying that Arylic 2.1 amplifier? I know I love that board. Have you tried ACP workbench? I think that is my favorite beginner DSp program to date. It is just so easy to navigate and use.