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Hey Ktam, there are possibly some good political and or environmental reasons not to support some companies. No matter where they're located in the world. There's also some companies who don't give a second thought to quality control. No matter where they're located in the world. As for the quality issue, after purchasing 2 DACs and 2 amps I have no problems with SMSL build. All my products work perfectly. I haven't opened them up to see weather the boards were dipped or hand soldered or how clean they are. I haven't needed to, they all worked perfectly out of the box. The SA-160 isn't perfect. It could used more bass. A balance control and bass/treble pots would be nice. But for what it is and what it costs it's awfully good. In my lifetime I've spent much more and got much less in return. I try to support smart people doing smart things, no matter where they are. I even like it more when those people get the opportunity to design and build their own products and brands. That is the best motivation to provide quality and value. No one would question the build of SMSL if it were marketed under one of the Harmon Kardon Group labels or Sony and cost more. At least not until it broke under warranty and customer service was impossible to get a hold of. (LOL)
I wish it had a LFE output so it will make life simpler if we want to connect a sub.