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Subject: Re: Cheap/good digital-audio Boston Acoustics BA735
From: David McIntyre (plugh_at_mudbarn.com)
Date: 2003-09-04


Kinda makes me wonder if it uses S/PDIF.

On Thu, Sep 04, 2003 at 03:25:11PM -0500, LoveLearn wrote:
> Gateway Computer's designers once thought digital rather than analog
> output systems were probably going to become the new default standard.
> So far, that hasn't happened. But they sold lots of systems with Boston
> Acoustics model BA735 sound systems. These ONLY accept digital audio
> input, not analog. So their current resale value, driven by trivial
> demand, is very depressed. In other words, if we can use them, they are
> available for almost "give away prices." Test reports from when they
> were newly released say they have a clean sounding amplifier with
> electronics driving 3 speakers. One left, one right and a larger ported
> low frequency speaker contained in a center box with the electronics.
> They
> require a DC input, most typically provided by the included Boston
> Acoustics "wall wart" which acts as a "phantom load" even when not being
> used. Owing to analog audio's continued dominance in computer sound
> output devices, used BA735 systems are being offered on eBay for
> ridiculously low prices, like $9.99 to $15. Of course buyers still have
> to pay for shipping. I'm hoping these might be used as wonderful Archos
> accessories.
>
> BA735's audio input is a female "phono" audio style jack, like those
> used between audio components for 50 years. I don't know about polarity
> or whether Archos player/recorders will drive them, but if they can be
> connected easily, I expect lots of Archos owners would love to know
> what's required. Has anyone driven one of these with their Archos? I'd
> like to know before buying a set.
> John
> LoveLearn

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