Hi Futility, I am not accusing that you are against Chinese made products. If you are then you wouldn't have purchase SA-160 . I do not have any doubt of your comments about the product either. Regarding the funny things that happened to your SA-160, it could be you got a defected product or something else that other people in this forum try to help you solve the problems. Regarding the sound quality, it is 100% subjective. For example, I let my friend test drive my new vette a few months ago, after the test drive, his comments was the car is awesome, too bad the sound system is by Bose. I let my nephew and his girl friend test drive my vette last month. Her comment was the sound system is awesome too, no wonder, it is by Bose. LOL
My post was in response to gm0n13's because we both do not have any problem with the products from S.M.S.L. (so far) and coincidentally the first amp that we purchased was a marantz 1070.
When we are young, we like to talk about fxxk story but when we are old we like to talk about history. I am an old fart just like gm0n13.