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smsl AO200 or Topping MX5?

Gzom

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Hello. I can’t decide which amplifier to choose: smsl AO200 or Topping MX5 I wanted to ask which one of the two you would buy and for what reason? Please help me decide. According to the reviews, I like both, there is no way to listen before buying, but in Topping MX5 I am attracted by a good USB DAC. From what I understand they sound about the same, right?
 

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Comparing the specs between the two, there isn't a lot of difference. SMSL AO200 has better output delivery due to supposed bigger power supply, it's rated for 90W at 4 ohms whilst the MX5 is rated at 70w at 4 ohms. Besides that, as you mentioned, the DAC in the MX5 is an ESS, whereas there isn't any mention of the DAC type on the SMSL. Depends on what impedance of the speakers you're driving, I'd go with the SMSL for better output rating, but depends on your best use scenario.
 
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