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Budget Amp for KEF R3? Halp!

which amp do you recommend?

  • SMSL A300

    Votes: 2 50.0%
  • Aiyima D03

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Aiyima A07 + topping D10?

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • other

    Votes: 1 25.0%

  • Total voters
    4

regan

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Until i can save some money for a proper hypex amp and dac i need a decent budget solution.

Which amp (preferably with dac included) would be better for an R3?

Budget around $200 or so
 
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maverickronin

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I think any of the Aiyimas should be fine as a temporary amp as long as you're not too far field.

I used to use a A07 while I was waiting on my Buckeye order.
 
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I think any of the Aiyimas should be fine as a temporary amp as long as you're not too far field.

I used to use a A07 while I was waiting on my Buckeye order.
How did you feel the difference between the two? Was it really significant? I mean in terms of audio quality not high volume.

Did you get the 252 or the 502?
 

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How did you feel the difference between the two? Was it really significant? I mean in terms of audio quality not high volume.

Did you get the 252 or the 502?

I got the 252 and honestly I didn't really notice a difference at all. I use my R3's near field, so not even clipping was issue with the Aiyima.

My reasons for getting the Buckeye 252 were a slight bit of OCD about the numbers and primarily to keep everything balanced and keep ground loops at bay.
 

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The SMSL A300 really looks like an amazing all-in-one package. It's not something that you could consider a placeholder like the A07.
 
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The SMSL A300 really looks like an amazing all-in-one package. It's not something that you could consider a placeholder like the A07.
Sure, the member above sugestet Topping D10s + Aiyima A07 as a combo. The final price is about the same.

What do you think about Aiyima D03 vs SMSL A300? They're both all in on package
 

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The SMSL A300 really looks like an amazing all-in-one package. It's not something that you could consider a placeholder like the A07.
This is an interesting take. What about the A300 makes you think it's less of a stopgap? The Infineon class-D amps we've seen have lower power and worse measured performance than the TAP3255 in the A07. I think either is fine as far as it goes, but for a similar price the combo of the D10s and A07 gives you separates which are easier to upgrade incrementally than a single all-in-one.
 
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