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Master Geek

# 244979 12-Jan-2019 13:21
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Just looking for a basic receiver or stereo amp (have a 2.1 setup, but don't have to use the sub for now).

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2159833 12-Jan-2019 19:12
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You didn't mention price range, room size etc, but for not much money you can get some pretty great small digital amps.


I have an SMSL Q5 Pro I bought for less than $130 off ebay, which has a subwoofer output, multiple inputs, a remote and a built-in DAC on its USB input. I've used a couple other SMSL amps as well and would recommend them.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2159848 12-Jan-2019 20:59
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I also have an SMSL Q5 (non pro) amp for one of my systems. Has been pretty low hassle. It's got a habit of randomly dropping a channel when used via USB, requiring a power cycle to get it back (is a known issue with some revisions of the model). I use it with optical input which doesn't have any issues.


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Master Geek

  # 2159913 13-Jan-2019 08:41
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What do you guys think about the Q5 pro vs second hand receivers? I know they're not in the same size class, but in terms of price there are some used receivers.


Otherwise I might consider it, thanks.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2159919 13-Jan-2019 08:54
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Yeah, basically look at the features and price you want first for an amp. If an amp is not driven to distortion, it's unlikely you'll find a difference between them. See

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