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Aiyima A07 vs. A08

Moopie

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Hello,

I plan to buy an Aiyima A07 or A08 (will use only the RCA inputs).
Maybe here is somebody who owns or knows both of them and can tell me whether one is superior to the other (sound wise) as both use the same chips.
I do not plan to change opamps or replace the PSU of the A07 with something that requires soldering skills :p

So far, from a friend I know that the A08 produces some noise/clicking when not playing music... Very quietly (you have to put your ears directly on the speaker in a pretty silent environment to hear it). But as soon as music is playing (or some steps back) you cannot notice this anymore.
This is not the case with the A07 of another friend. There is no noise when not playing music... As long as the RCAs are connected to a source, like a phone.

But unfortunately I did not have the chance yet to hear both amps side by side. That's why I was hoping someone here already made a comparison or has an opinion about that.

Best regards
 

JSmith

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I plan to buy an Aiyima A07 or A08 (will use only the RCA inputs).
Well if you're only going to use RCA, then just get the A07. The A08 has digital input as well, so has a DAC inbuilt.

A07 has been measured here and isn't too bad for a budget amp... A08 is unknown in this regard.


JSmith
 

ToriCatcher

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Also contemplating the a08, after owning the 07. I'm considering it versus the new smsl offerings.
 

johnvandyke

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Have owned the A08 but am returning it due to break-through from the bluetooth module to the audio chain - clicking sound independent of volume through both channels. Aiyima engineers confirm this is expected but with high efficiency speakers in near field the clicking is easily audible during silence and quiet music passages. A pity because, with upgraded op amps, it sounds pretty decent for the price through RCA's. Included Bluetooth and DAC and low spec and sound it.
 

phoenixdogfan

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I use the A07 to power my KEF HTC 3001 SE center channel speaker. It does just fine, especially considering the center is flanked by a pair of LS50 Metas powered by a Purifi Eval 1.

If you already have a DAC, you probably don't want the A08, unless you find the convenience of an all-in-one box compelling. The A08 is also almost double the cost of the A07. Again, if you already have a suitable DAC....
 
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