so -- is this a hundred bucks' worth of fun, or just junk?

mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,060
edited September 14 in 2 Channel Audio
"Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,519
    Garage rig worthy IMO. It's a cheap solution to get sound.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,330
    edited September 14
    I would say $100 worth of fun

    Funny as I was just reading an email from CEDIA show just 30minutes ago about this product which is similar but w/o the DAC

    "Just to let you know, Roemtech is now shipping the all new DMA-355H featured at CEDIA.
    It is the worlds smallest 2.1 home theater amplifier."




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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,531
    I use the S.M.S.L. M8 DAC in my work headphone rig. It's a gem for the price paid. If I needed something like the integrated posted, I'd give it a shot for $100.
  • I think it would be a nice desktop rig solution.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,481
    One man's trash is another man's treasure... you know this all too well sir.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,060
    One man's trash is another man's treasure... you know this all too well sir.

    touché :)

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,481
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    One man's trash is another man's treasure... you know this all too well sir.

    touché :)

    lol... I wish I could find 1/10th of the goodies you have. I am envious of your collection. B)

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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,437
    Fun. I had the old version and was really impressed with the sound. Mine had issues with the USB port, so I ended up sending it back. But still, for $100 it was fun.
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,595
    I think they are hit and miss. I bought my son an SMSL amp that was rated 30W/ch. I forget what class-T amp chip it used but it was one of the better ones at the time. It actually was very decent. However, it was apparently taken out by ESD when he unplugged the power from the box itself when it was still on. I bought another that was rated 100W/ch. It was louder but the sound was grainy compared to the first one. Other than the ESD weakness, they seem to be decently made.

    If you do a little research on the TDAxxxx chips you may find an SMSL amp that uses the better sounding ones.

    I was thinking of buying one with a DAC to use in my office with some Realistic Optimus 7 Pro speakers.
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  • AVnut57AVnut57 Posts: 6
    Is everyone aware of the Little bear P1 tube headphone amp? IMHO I'm new here,4e6yujfd49kq.jpg
    it's
    the best $45.00 you will ever spend? Built like Chinese junk, but sounds heavenly!
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,203
    Hmmmm, wrong thread. I thought he was talking about something inflatable.

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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,194
    AVnut57 wrote: »
    Is everyone aware of the Little bear P1 tube headphone amp? IMHO I'm new here,4e6yujfd49kq.jpg
    it's
    the best $45.00 you will ever spend? Built like Chinese junk, but sounds heavenly!

    Had a similar unit, Bravo v2 and indeed was nice. Upgraded to the little dot 1+ and was well worth it.

    To the original post...looks awesome. Agree with Skip most likely a good garage unit.
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  • Polkaguy58Polkaguy58 Posts: 243
    I'm so far behind the curve of modern digital audio, that I'm afraid to say, that I don't have a clue what a DAC is. (heh heh)
    I don't own a cell phone, use an antenna to get my 18 broadcast tv stations and still talk on a 1963 rotary phone. (hey it still works)
    CD's were my last great leap into the audio world, not counting my homebuilt iHelmet motorcycle sound system.
    I still like opening up the CD box and manually placing it into the player.
    Long gone are the days that I'd take the time to actually look at album cover art while listening to vinyl, or using the double album covers to clean the seeds from an OZ.

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