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Budget preamp + amp for two outdoor speakers

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Hey there, audio cats!

So I'm planning to set up a pair of DT AW6500 on my terrace (here: https://www.definitivetechnology.com/en-us/product/outdoor/aw6500). At the source / networking end, I use Roon so I'm comfy with a Raspberry Pi 3 + HAT DAC (there are various options but that is not the point here). What I am looking for is something to conveniently bridge between the HAT DAC's output and the speakers, which are passive.

I don't need much on the feature side: volume control, and that's about it. Ideally, I want it to be not huge and not heating up too much, but other than that, since we're talking terrace music, I don't feel like I need a super premium beast that takes the distortionless crown, etc. Something decent, that's it.

Obviously I've been through the reviews here and the Yamaha WXA-50 would do the job for under 500$, but I feel like I am paying for a lot of functionalities I won't be using. Is there anything you guys would recommend under that price tag?
 

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Damn it I forgot about Topping! Of course! The MX5 seems really nice, with USB audio input too (if I understand correctly), so I can even spare myself the HAT DAC part and connect the Raspberry Pi to it. I wonder if the 70Wx2 @ 4 Ohm is going to be OK with the speakers I chose though; any opinion on that?

EDIT: also, thank you for replying! :)
 

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Damn it I forgot about Topping! Of course! The MX5 seems really nice, with USB audio input too (if I understand correctly), so I can even spare myself the HAT DAC part and connect the Raspberry Pi to it. I wonder if the 70Wx2 @ 4 Ohm is going to be OK with the speakers I chose though; any opinion on that?

EDIT: also, thank you for replying! :)
I've been searching for an outside amp as well. I don't need volume. I just connect a Airport Express to the inputs and use an iPad as source.
 
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I see. Yeah that's a cool setup as well. I do like having volume somewhere though. Would you have any opinion on how adequate the MX5 from Topping is for those Definitive Technology speakers I mentioned? By the way, what outdoor speakers did you go for?
 

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I see. Yeah that's a cool setup as well. I do like having volume somewhere though. Would you have any opinion on how adequate the MX5 from Topping is for those Definitive Technology speakers I mentioned? By the way, what outdoor speakers did you go for?
I just use a pair of Paradigm Micro 3. They double for basement or outside.
 
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Cool.

Any opinon on pairing that Topping MX5 amp with the Definitive Tech AW65000 speakers?
 
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