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would this amp be an upgrade from the smsl sp200 ?

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allsmilesb
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Dec 15, 2021
THX amps are very similar in subjective sound. The issue between both the smsl sp200 and 789 are both technical not balanced amps but give you the power and as well distortion levels of a balanced amp. The two will have subtle sound difference that you would only hear in "A" ,"B" comparison. Smsl sp200 would be down grade in power when comes to 300ohms and 600ohms as the 789 push twice the power at those higher ohm level. The 789 signal end performance is only half of the SMSL SP200 single ended performance. I personal have had the thx one linear and currently own the 789 but If I had a smsl sp200 I would not get either one linear or the 789 since they would sound the same but if you needed the extra power then the 789 will provide double power out of the balanced output for higher impedance headphones. https://youtu.be/VDxA-Ccuhqc?t=435
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