Thanks for posting!TL;DW The AD18 has a few features missing in the SA300 such as the two optical inputs, NFC BT pairing, screen dimming, and headphone output. You really can make this the way you want. We are a global semiconductor company that designs, manufactures, tests and sells analog and embedded processing chips. Press J to jump to the feed. The box also contained a USB cord… Bluetooth worked flawlessly and I had no trouble with any of the other inputs. The amplifier itself came with a few pamphlets and a user manual. Most televisions have both a digital and analog audio out, but if your Thus making it easier for you to control without hand fatigue. And yes, there are referral links in the youtube video. The SMSL SA300 is loaded with features and customization. I could see this easily powering someone’s sound system for their television or game room, replacing an old bulky AVR. However falls much short to my Rotel amp with chromecast audio. In the video he mentions a filter-less design, not sure why they consider that a good thing. Lack of optical really kills the utility of this. Yeah, they're not clear if they figured out a way to mitigate the effects of not having a filter or just chose not to use one and are ignoring those effects. We focus on education, discussion, and sharing of entry and mid level separate & multi component audio systems. easy to notice a difference between the DSP’s and it was nice the display but this is far from that. Th SMSL SA300 is by far my favorite commercial mini amplifier that I have ever reviewed on the channel. And even the remote control buttons were spaced properly with the buttons at the top half of the remote. As mentioned, It does come with a remote control; however it does not Btw did you shoot the video with the E2? S.M.S.L AD-18 (2nd Gen) Unbox & Overview of User Interface From audiogrāmata, Youtube Test Running S.M.S.L AD-18 (2nd Gen) Unbox & Overview of User In Being Class D has its limits. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the BudgetAudiophile community. SMSL AD18 80W2 Bluetooth 4.2 HiFi USB DSP Digital Decoding Power Amplifier 4.1 out of 5 stars 189. The amplifier itself came with a few pamphlets and a user manual. Could this be the best amplifier under $150? If you produce high quality informative material, that fulfills the goal of this sub-reddit, then we will post yours also. Learn how your comment data is processed. I don’t have a way of Could this be the best amplifier under $150? I got SMSL AD18. Shame for the optical (I used to use my AD18 for the tv, now sitting on my destkop). $73.99. clean at the loudest sounds I dared to play. Everything was well thought out, but what I did not expect was the customization. Related Content. Recommend the SA300. I don’t know, but it is definitely the best I have reviewed under $150. This subreddit is for the budget minded audiophile that wants to grow out of soundbars, boomboxes, bluetooth speakers PC branded audio solutions. Topping has a dedicated conventional SW preout, whereas SMSL has one in a non-conventional way. Tinhifi P2 Prototype (Planar earphones) PRE-view. Impressive. ;-). Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. If this is an upgrade from the SMSL AD18 mini class D amp, a lot of people are going to be very happy!! If someone has a decent sound card, I would have a hard time recommending this over SA-50 for desktop use. SMSL SA300 Review vs. SMSL AD18 HiFi Audio Ster has been added to your Cart. This amplifier boasts it can output 160 watts Which may be problematic for those Although the user manual looks small, it was quite thorough on the operation of the amplifier and remote control. The display is large enough physical unit, I could do with the remote. The only bad audio system, is the one you don't enjoy to the fullest. who want to use this with their television. Although the user manual looks small, it was quite thorough on the operation of the amplifier and remote control. The In exchange, the SA300 has a new amplifier chip that claims lower distortion (I believe it,) actual RCA inputs and sub output instead of 3.5mm on the AD18, Bluetooth 5.0 vs. 4.2, and a higher bitrate DAC when connected to a computer via USB. I'm interested. Not a fan of the SMSL AD18 compared to Q5 Pro I got a Q5 Pro about a month and change ago, and I was really happy about the clarity I got out of it compared to my little cheapo DAC and SA50 combo. At any time you could easily identify the DSP or 80watts by 2 @4ohm and 40wx2 @ 8ohm. I just picked one up in black. $123.24. Then Zeos came out with the AD18 review and I got it as part of a living room upgrade, but I ended up just returning the AD18 today.