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Russound TVA2.1

Slim-profile stereo TV amplifier with IR learning, 30 watts x 2

Item # 543TVA21

This hideaway amp can power a pair of speakers and a subwoofer for an instant upgrade to your TV sound.

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About the Russound TVA2.1

Give your TV's sound a big boost

As flat-panel TVs have gotten thinner, so has the sound coming from their built-in speakers. In fact, they often sound just downright anemic. If this bugs you as much as it does us, here's an easy way to bypass those dull on-board speakers and upgrade your sound: Russound's TVA2.1 television amplifier.

Give your TV's sound a big boost

As flat-panel TVs have gotten thinner, so has the sound coming from their built-in speakers. In fact, they often sound just downright anemic. If this bugs you as much as it does us, here's an easy way to bypass those dull on-board speakers and upgrade your sound: Russound's TVA2.1 television amplifier.

Mounted discreetly behind your TV, this compact stereo amp delivers 30 watts per channel. It will easily power a pair of bookshelf or in-wall speakers for richer, fuller sound with your movies and TV shows. Versatile analog and digital audio inputs provide compatibility with almost any television. And if you're looking for even more impact, the TVA2.1's subwoofer output lets you add an optional powered sub for deep, room-shaking bass.

To help minimize coffee table clutter, Russound also included IR learning capability that allows your TV or cable box's remote to seamlessly control the amp's volume.


Product highlights:

  • stereo amplifier with 30 watts per channel
  • slim, compact design mounts easily behind a TV or in structured wiring cans
  • 4-pole detachable screw-down speaker connector
  • optical and coaxial digital audio inputs
    • digital inputs support 2-channel PCM audio up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • stereo RCA line-level inputs
  • line-level RCA subwoofer output
  • includes SLM-1 slim surface mount IR receiver
  • IR learning capability for use with virtually any remote control
  • remote
  • 9-7/8"W x 6-15/16"H x 1-3/16"D
  • weight: 1.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 2800-536304

What's in the box:

  • Stereo amplifier
  • AC power supply (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote Control (CR2025 battery installed)
  • 4-Pole speaker connector
  • 3M tape
  • IR receiver (w/ attached 7" cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Installation Manual

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Russound TVA2.1: The Russound TVA2.1 amplifier is designed to enhance the audio quality of a television, plus other digital and analog audio source devices.

Class-D Stereo Amp: The Russound TVA2.1's quality class-D digital amplifier provides 30-watts x 2-channel into 8Ω with 1% THD+N and a signal-to-noise ratio of 80dB, or 35-watts x 2-channel into 4. It has a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz (+/- 3dB).

Analog & Digital Inputs: The TVA2.1 provides analog and digital input choices for flexibility. There is one digital coax (RCA) input and one optical (toslink) input, as well as an analog stereo RCA input. The TVA2.1's digital inputs support 2ch PCM, up to 24-bit/96kHz audio.

Speaker & Subwoofer Outputs: The TVA2.1 is fitted with a 4-pole detachable screw-down speaker connector to connect a pair of loudspeakers. The screw connector can support up to 12AWG speaker wire and a minimum of a 4Ω speaker load.  There is also a mono-RCA subwoofer output with a fixed 120Hz low-pass filter to connect a powered subwoofer for 2.1ch audio.

Applications: The TVA2.1 can be an excellent addition to many light commercial applications, such as hotel rooms, spas, and restaurants, as well as providing a better audio experience for televisions in the home.

Mounting Options: Its small footprint means the TVA2.1 can be hidden behind the television or mounted in a structured wiring panel for convenience. The amplifier features mounting flanges on either side (mounting screws not included). The amp measures only 9.875" (w) x 6.9375" (h) x 1.1875" (d), and weighs in at 2.0 lbs.

Remote Control: The TVA2.1 volume can be controlled wirelessly from the included IR remote and external IR receiver. The TVA2.1 also has the ability to learn in basic volume functions from any other standard IR remote commonly supplied with your TV.

External Power Supply: The external power supply provides high output power to support full-range of amplifier operation.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 1.5A
  • Output: 24V - 3750mA, 90W

Protection Circuitry: The TVA2.1 amplifier is designed with special circuitry to safeguard the amplifier under a thermal overload and short-circuit conditions.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
About the only product out there that can do what i need, per the reviews others have achieved exactly what i am trying to do with it. [ Travis  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Recommend by Clarence [ Jeffrey  Aug 17, 2017 ]
Small footprint [ Wayne  Jun 21, 2017 ]
Can use Tv controls for amp speaker volume [ Frank  Apr 04, 2017 ]
Perfect size to go behind TV to power external wall speakers. Avoids sound bar and unnecessary complexity to improving intrinsic TV sound [ Michael  Feb 06, 2017 ]
fits behind TV on my mount, I can program my TiVo remote to adjust volume [ John  Jan 27, 2017 ]
Advisor Recommended it [ Michael  Jan 12, 2017 ]
It was the only thing that would would with my application, need a digital audio in (toslink) to an amplifier for external speakers for my new flatscreen. The TV has no provisions for powering external speakers such as my old tv did. The new TV offers Digital audio out connection only so this was the only product I could find that would mount behind the TV. [ Daniel  Dec 24, 2016 ]
Unique. Fit my need for my fathers tv. He is older. [ James  Dec 23, 2016 ]
Replace soundbar [ Christopher  Nov 24, 2016 ]
Simple solution to bad tv audio [ Ruby  Nov 20, 2016 ]
Size [ S  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Best application for small conference room setup. [ JOEL  Apr 05, 2016 ]
Have an outdoor tv that I need to hook up to speakers. This was the only option. [ Michael  Dec 31, 2015 ]

3 questions already asked

can I extend the ir sensor?
[ Paul  Jan 18, 2018 ]
5 answers
Yes, I don't see anything to prevent this.
[ David  Jan 20, 2018 ]
Yes. Plug the IR extender into the port labelled IR.
[ Ruby  Jan 18, 2018 ]
Sorry, but I do not know. We use the IR sensor that came with the amp, and it works well. It is line of sight so that may or may not be a problem depending on where you want to use it Hope this helps.
[ Michael  Jan 18, 2018 ]
I think you could splice in a longer wire. I would also check the manufacturer web site for options.
[ Michael  Jan 18, 2018 ]
Yes. The sensor is attached to a ~6 foot cable. So basically you can place the sensor about 6 feet from the unit.
[ robert  Jan 18, 2018 ]
Are the drilled outlets on the side brackets universal mounts for the back of the TV?
[ James  Sep 26, 2016 ]
1 answer
The Russound owner's manual states "the mounting wings on the sides of the TVA2.1 amplifier can be used for mounting to the rear of a TV using any 3rd party VESA type mounting panel, or simply by attaching it to a TV mount." For more information or to discuss the mounting options in greater detail, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps!
[ Larry  Sep 29, 2016 ]  Staff
What speakers due you recommend?
[ Cowboy  Dec 09, 2015 ]
1 answer
I put in a pair of Polk Audio TSi 200 bookshelf speakers. They sound great with the Russound amp. Nice and clear...but with some bottom too.
[ Michael  Dec 10, 2015 ]

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