SMSL SP200 THX AAA-888 Balanced Headphone Amp
SMSL SP200 THX AAA-888 Balanced Headphone Amp
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SMSL has joined forces with THX to create a high-performing balanced headphone amp with next to no distortion. True to its name, the SMSL SP200 THX AAA-888 Balanced Headphone Amp features ground-breaking THX AAA-888 technology to deliver detailed audio with extreme output power and impressively low crosstalk Read More
Powerful Amplification, Ultra-Low Distortion

SMSL has joined forces with THX to create a high-performing balanced headphone amp with next to no distortion. True to its name, the SMSL SP200 THX AAA-888 Balanced Headphone Amp features ground-breaking THX AAA-888 technology to deliver detailed audio with extreme output power and impressively low crosstalk. Engineered to drive any pair of headphones, the SP200 can output a powerful 3 watts at 32 ohms from its balanced stereo output. It also features a balanced stereo line input, high-precision resistors for temperature stability, and an efficient, low-noise power supply. In a 5-star review, Head-Fi member Mshenay writes that the SMSL SP200’s “even envelope, linear frequency response, clean high-power output and transparent presentation make it one of the best solid state amplifiers I've heard.”

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Specs
  • SMSL + THX
  • Inputs: Balanced x 1, unbalanced x 1
  • Outputs: Balanced x 1, unbalanced x 1
  • Output Power: 6W x 2 (16 ohms), 3W x 2 (32 ohms), 440mW x 2 (300 ohms), 220 mW x 2 (600 ohms)
  • SNR: 130 dB, A-weighted
  • Output noise: 2.8 uV, A-weighted
  • THD+N: -122 dB, 0.00007% (1 kHz at  32 ohms)
  • THD+N: -117 dB, 0.00013% (20 – 20kHz at 32 ohms, -3 dB)
  • THD: -125dB, 0.00006% (1kHz at 16 ohms, -3 dB)
  • Output impedance: Near 0 ohms
  • Frequency response: 0.1Hz – 500kHz (-3 dB)
  • Gain: Low (+ 6 dB), High (+ 18 dB)
  • Power supply voltage / frequency: AC 100 – 240V / 50 – 60Hz
  • Power consumption (EN60065): 24W
  • Power consumption in standby mode: < 0.1W
  • Size: 6.3 x 5.9 x 2.9 in (16 x 14.9 x 7.3 cm)
  • Weight: 27.2 oz (772 g)
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Estimated ship date is Nov 6, 2020 PT.

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Yes, distortion stats take subjectivity out of the equation but do not indicate the final sound that will be produced with all components in use, being listened to with human ears... your ears. The THX amps you mentioned may have low measured distortion. But I remember that one reviewer noted that the 789's dynamic (peek amplitude) capabilities were inferior to his truly "first-rate" amplifiers. I'm all for being aware of a component's specifications. But I'll trust my own ears and "subjective" preferences over numbers... especially when using the multiple components that within a headphone system. The "wide range of unknown factors" become known if I hear them. Of course, "first-hand experience is incredibly helpful." Yes, a poor link in the chain degrades the whole. But I stand by my statement that one's headphones and amplifier are vastly more important than the system's DAC. (And it should go without saying that someone trying to attain hi-fi accuracy and/or pure musical enjoyment should not be listening to low-quality sources, such as low bit-rate files.) "Minimal distortion" is just one factor of many to consider when defining audio "accuracy". And always remember, human ears are not microphones or computers. We all hear a bit differently. "Clarity" and "warmth and thump" are at different ends of a distortion continuum. Incorrect. Clarity is simply a result of a component's ability to reproduce audio at a high resolution. Warmth and thump are characteristics of elevated lower frequencies and have nothing to do with "distortion". But I understand and agree that in order to achieve "accuracy in replicating the source", distortion should be minimized. Resolution and frequency response are not related, since a high-grade planar-magnetic (with superb resolution) can be tuned poorly (with inaccurate frequency response).