Griffin Twenty: a simple amp for a digital world
We were goofing around with cases and accessories at the Griffin booth at CES 2015 when we stumbled upon this intriguing little thing. What is it, you ask? It's the Griffin Twenty, a small digital amp that looks as gorgeous as it sounds.
It handles both Bluetooth (standard A2DP plus high-quality aptX) and wired S/PDIF (TOSLINK) digital audio sources and drives any regular pair of speakers alongside an active sub (optional, via an RCA connector). The Griffin Twenty uses a hyper-efficient class D design which provides 20W (get it?) of power per channel -- perfect for any small room. It features simple controls, with just a large brushed aluminum volume button and a pairing button, plus a couple status LEDs.
The Griffin Twenty is available now for $150 but the company also offers some bundles featuring NHT speakers. In a digital world where many of us compromise by listening to music wirelessly on integrated Bluetooth speakers, it's refreshing to find a product that lets you pick your own speakers for a more rewarding (yet still compact) audio experience.