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AOSHIDA SMSL C200 Review (DAC & Amp)

Rate this DAC & HP Amp

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    Votes: 7 2.9%
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    Votes: 1 0.4%
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    Votes: 187 77.9%

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Just received my C200. Seems like a very well built piece of kit! So far its been a bit more buggy getting started up and running (all the clicks related to ASIO) as compared to my old Topping DX3 Pro (which now is in my lounge).

So far my last issue is with the Bluetooth antennae. There is a noticeable hum on Bluetooth through headphones, and it disappears when I press a finger on the metal of the actual antennae, then it comes back when I remove my finger. Is it a faulty antennae or some kind of external interference?
 

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Just received my C200. Seems like a very well built piece of kit! So far its been a bit more buggy getting started up and running (all the clicks related to ASIO) as compared to my old Topping DX3 Pro (which now is in my lounge).

So far my last issue is with the Bluetooth antennae. There is a noticeable hum on Bluetooth through headphones, and it disappears when I press a finger on the metal of the actual antennae, then it comes back when I remove my finger. Is it a faulty antennae or some kind of external interference?
Interesting. I’ve not noticed this but will see if I can replicate.
 

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My C200 has arrived after much deliberation and poring over these excellent reviews. Thanks!

I'm wondering whether I can connect the C200 through a Thunderbolt hub to my macbook without introducing major issues. This would mean the DAC sharing the 40Gbps TB4 connection with a 18Gbps 4k60 stream. So plenty of headroom on paper, but I probably won't buy the hub if it will cause issues with this DAC.

What are peoples' experiences with Thunderbolt and USB hubs using this DAC (particularly under MacOS)?
For the record my C200 is working perfectly through my monitor’s built in USB dock. Which means single cable connection to my monitor, providing charging and audio through the C200
 
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For the record my C200 is working perfectly through my monitor’s built in USB dock. Which means single cable connection to my monitor, providing charging and audio through the C200
Mine is plugged into back of PC. I went back to their default USB C cable as the one I was using seems faulty (C200 would cut out if I just lifted the C200 off the desk). So I think ASIO and USB cable issues are sorted.

Now it's just the weird bluetooth noise. I was even thinking of swapping the Topping DX3 Pro antennae and the C200 to see if it makes any difference. I'm not really going to use the Bluetooth but if there is something faulty then I'd rather sort it out now while still in warranty.
 

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Hi! Can you switch outputs or does this DAC always send signal to both outputs at the same time? Is it possible to switch outputs by software?
 

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@Uncle you can disable outputs:
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You mean between RCA and TRS? (I don,t own a C200)
I mean between 6.35mm/4.4mm (headphone output) and RCA (line out). It would be great if I can switch HP out (headphones) and line-out (speakers) on my PC by SMSL C200 driver without hardware muting or turning on/off actual devices. Doing this by knob is not very handy.
 
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I mean between 6.35mm/4.4mm (headphone output) and RCA (line out). It would be great if I can switch HP out (headphones) and line-out (speakers) on my PC by SMSL C200 driver without hardware muting or turning on/off actual devices. Doing this by knob is not very handy.
As far as I can tell its either headphone out or line-out, you cant select which of the line-outs or headphone outs individually. I don't own TRS balanced cables and a 4.4mm jack so couldn't test if there is output from both at same time as RCA/6.3mm
 
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Interesting. I’ve not noticed this but will see if I can replicate.
Yesterday tested the C200 further. Ran RCA to my powered monitors, that's working just fine. When selecting Bluetooth and playing over speakers I couldn't hear the interference on the speakers. As soon as I selected Bluetooth but through headphone jack I could hear it again, and when I touch the antennae it disappears. If I remove the antennae and select the Bluetooth out, the noise is gone. This was with IEMs, with some less sensitive over ears I couldn't really hear it. The C200 was also plugged elsewhere in the house with a different kettle cable to power it, so I am sure its not some weird ground loop related to a particular plug point. I also tried my Topping Bluetooth antennae and it made no difference.

I am not too bothered by this odd occurrence because I wont ever listen to music via the headphone out using Bluetooth, only over speakers. Bluetooth I guess can behave oddly sometimes especially with Wi Fi signals in the house, and also we live in an apartment complex with other radio signals nearby.

Anyways, the unit sounds amazing!
 
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