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This amp is exactly what I'm looking for to power my bookshelf. Any feedback on SMSL products anyone?
Given the warranty issues common with Chinese manufactured audio items sold on Drop, I'd shoot for the Burson Audio Bang. Very similar performance and form factor and you get a true warranty from a well reviewed company. Another great option but larger form factor is the Emotiva A-100. You get a kick-ass headphone amp out of that one too.
You could buy this and never have an issue and sell it in 3 years or you could buy this and get outside that magical 30 or 90 day period (if there even is one on this product) where Drop says "too bad" and you end up with a CNC'd desk piece.
I've been down the bunny hole on Drop a lot. I haven't bought anything since it was Massdrop and the lack of warranty or customer service on audio drops is a big reason why.
Thank you so much, I believe Schiit is also a better option than this one, as it's almost in the same price range.
I don't want to incite a Schiit war but do your research on their products. They promise a lot and don't necessarily deliver on the technical side. I own a Vali 2 and have mixed feelings about it. Maybe I expected too much but I learned a lot about their products after doing a deep google dive. There are websites that review their products that are more or less shills for them. On the flip side, you may find that you love their products. I won't disagree with anyone who says Schiit can sound good, because it can. It's just if they are delivering on the technical side that is my biggest issue. I am a numbers guy, so technical data is always welcome.
At the end of the day, the two things that really matter are if your wallet and your ears are happy. I learned that the hard way after blowing money for perpetual "upgrades".
I've got the SU-8 and SH-8 and both have been spot on over the year or so I've had them.
I'm not aware that Schiit makes a power amp in this price range.
Sorry if my knowledge is limited. I was actually referring to the Vali 2 model.
No problem. I also had the SAP-9 briefly before the SH-8 became available and that was okay (cheaper end, quite bright sounding).
Been enjoying my SMSL AD-18 I got off ebay for about a year now. Its a fantastic solid device.
The volume knob isn't the best on my AD-18, but I'm happy to be living with this unit and hopefully will last a decade or two.
Class D amps have poor audio quality. Modern ones aren't terrible but they are still inferior to linear amps (class A and A/B). You wouldn't get an el-cheapo ICEPower like this unit if you cared about sound quality. Maybe it's good enough for something listening to podcasts through your PC speakers, maybe for gaming and mid-range home theater. I wouldn't consider it "audiophile" though.
Sound quality is great. Paired my SMSL A6 with Wharfedale Diamond 225 and it performs very well. SMSL A6 has the same Bang&Olufsen ICEpower module.
I agree, most people are not aware ICE was created/developed by B&O...
Measurement-wise it's still beyond the threshold of hearing. Also, the Hypex Ncore modules measure extremely well -- definitely in "audiophile" territory well.
This is not an audiophile system.
No class D-based amps are good regardless of price or implementation, but some are much better than others. ICEPower are near the bottom. The only class D module which might be considered audiophile grade (competitive with audiophile linear amps) are the Hypex NC1200-based amps, the cheapest of which I think is around $7k.
"THiS iS nOt aN aUdioPHiLe sYStEM"
Have you heard this unit? Have you meassured this unit? Even if you have, doesnt make your opinion absolute. Even Tyll retired with Beats and Bose. What would recommend at $200 for a power amp? I'm considering this as a backup for when my tube amp gets serviced. ICEpower is a good brand and this is a great price for the unit.
Don't bother, this user has been banned from just about every audio site on the web, they are real bitter about it. Honestly thought they'd gone dark, first post I've seen from them in a long while. They rate audio gear on price, not performance and epitomize the "arrogant audiophile" stereotype.
And under the pretense of 'educating people' on why they should spend more than $10,000 for 'true' audiophile quality.
That's the reason why I have hesitations on buying this. I've had my eye on the DA-8 for a long time, but the lack of warranty/accountability is a legit reason not to purchase.
Schiit doesn’t sell an equivalently priced speaker amp