SMSL AD18 Bluetooth Stereo & Headphone DAC/Amp
SMSL AD18 Bluetooth Stereo & Headphone DAC/Amp
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A compact, versatile DAC/amp for powering your entire audio setup, the SMSL AD18 supports a wide range of inputs, including USB, optical, coaxial, auxiliary, and Bluetooth 4.2. Connect it to your computer and use it to drive your headphones with an amp or to power your passive speakers Read More

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ycz08
8
Jul 14, 2020
When and how much was the last drop?
veermaharaj
8
Dec 14, 2020
Detailed reasons why SA300 is better imo: The USB on the AD18 is problematic. So I had to use optical on that. BT was also terrible. The SA300 has great USB and BT works properly. Also, RCA sub out is a huge plus as opposed to 3.5 sub out on AD18. Literally the only think on the ad18 worth considering is the optical in in my opinion. Even the headphone amp is mediocre.
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TLemelin
129
Dec 14, 2020
Well, like you said, in your opinion. Not everyone has the same experience with the AD18. Though, I ended up with the Topping MX3. *Shrug*
edpi
0
Jun 8, 2020
As expected, this provides amazing sound quality with both headphones and passive speakers. The presence of a bluetooth input is amazing. Would recommend 100% !
Sachmo
0
Jan 8, 2020
I need to know 1) if i have it on an ac power strip. Will turning on the strip turn on the amp to its last setting or do ineed to intervene? 2) phono mm input?
MrCharlz
9
Aug 21, 2020
  1. As far as I can tell, the amp remembers its last state when it receives power. So yes, it should turn on with your power strip.
  2. No it does not have a phono preamp. If it did I'd be buying another one for my turntable.
cookiepuss
18
Jan 7, 2020
Still no picture of the back?
Artamov
1
Jan 7, 2020
Does anyone use the AD18 as a pre-amp?
  • Is the headphone output good enough to plug into an amp?
  • I'm having a hard time finding an inexpensive Bluetooth/USB/Coax/Optical DAC pre-amp, with remote and a Subwoofer output. I basically want an AD18 with pre-amp outputs. Any suggestions?
  • I've got a vintage NAD 3150 amp, and a powered sub with no high-level pass-through.
  • I want to add digital sources to the amp.
  • Don't want to pay $500 for an NAD or TEAC or Marantz pre-amp, or use a modern receiver just as a pre-amp.
DoriroD
54
Jan 7, 2020
Is the headphone output good enough to plug into an amp? The headphone out is one of the weakest points of this unit. Unless they've fixed it in this version, I wouldn't count on it.
Gvander
0
Dec 24, 2019
Which 300 ohm amp should I get for my 6xx headphones? Thanks, gv
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Artamov
1
Jan 7, 2020
Related: the description says "drive headphones with an amp", but there's no line/pre-amp output. Is SMSL suggesting we use a headphone jack-RCA cable from the AD18's headphone output into a headphone amp input?
Knut
301
Dec 24, 2019
Why would you not have a good photo of the back showing connections? Makes no kinda sense
Alias
4
Nov 19, 2019
Does it have a subwoofer port?
Artamov
1
Jan 7, 2020
The newer version (not sure which one is on sale here) has a 3.5mm "OPTI1" input jack (C on first image). It supports either Optical IN (through a 3.5mm Optical cable), OR Coax IN/Sub OUT through a 3.5mm-RCA cable (second image). However, I would suggest using a 3.5mm to RCA female cable, and then run separate cables to the sub and the coax device.
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MrCharlz
9
Aug 21, 2020
I bought mine in the the April 2019 drop and it's the newer one. I would expect the drops that have happened since were also the new version. I'm not sure the old one is even available anymore.
mithikx
3
Nov 15, 2019
I got one of these, not off of Drop though. I use them with a pair of Micca RB42 for my PC, works fine for me. The AD18 is connected via USB and I got it set to 96kHz, don't got a sub hooked up to it and the speakers are connected through some 12 AWG banana plug cables which may have been more than needed. Only real issue I have is that if I accidentally leave the AD18 on during a cold startup of my PC it makes this horrific beeping noise. I haven't observed any noise or hissing or anything for my particular unit.
JJANG
9
Oct 21, 2019
It is cheaper to purchase on this site. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000183537376.html
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