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Stereo amplifier, small, max ~350€ Buying advice

aTg!s

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Hi Audio Community,

Unfortunately, my beloved Onkyo TX-SR508 has literally "broken down" after 9 years of ownership.

I only used the receiver to watch TV (IPTV and Netflix via Nvidia Shield). I connected a:
- (non-smart) Samsung TV UE50J5150 and a
- Nvidia Shield 2017 Android TV streaming box to the receiver.
The receiver powered my self-made speakers.

Technical data:
Principle: 2-way TQWT
Frequency range: 45Hz - 20000Hz
Sound pressure level: 81dB @ 2.83V
Impedance: 8Ω
Size (H x W x D): 40.8cm x 16.2cm x 24.3cm

I transmitted the sound from the TV with a jack->chinch cable. Everything was connected to a switchable power strip and all devices switched on when power was supplied (via HDMI Power Control). I was very satisfied! The sound was absolutely sufficient for me. I no longer needed an additional subwoofer!

Now (unfortunately) I need something new, preferably something smaller and more compact and therefore more W.A.F-compatible.

The new AMP should therefore have at least the following:
- Budget ~350€ or less
- Stereo amp with enough power for living room sound
- 8 Ohm
- Good and fine sound, like the Onkyo, control options, i.e. an equalizer (regardless of whether via remote control or APP)
- Smaller than the old Onkyo
- Device should switch on when "power on" via a switchable power strip and also remember the last selected "input".
- Simple remote control, if the device does not switch on automatically when power is supplied, I can do it from the sofa.
- Chinch input and optical input
- Preferably a new device with a guarantee and not from classified ads.

Nice-to-have - not absolutely necessary:
- HDMI ARC - currently we had the volume set once on the receiver and then only controlled the volume on the "input signal", i.e. on the TV or the Android box.
- Display
- Bluetooth

What I don't need:
- Streaming - I can do that via the Nvidia Shield.

I like the wiim amp! But I'm not sure if it's the best for the money since I don't need streaming (Nvidia Shield).

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Any recommandation?
 

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For that purpose I am very happy with a Topping MX5. It has no extensive parametric equaliser but the old way bass and treble controls. The headphone amp build in is very good too. For streaming and radio I use a RapsberryPi with Picoreplayer hooked to the MX5 by USB.
 
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aTg!s

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Thank you for the recommendation. I didn't know the amp. But the price difference seems too high compared to the features of the Wiim amp.
 

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SMSL AO300 could work.



Or A50 pro if you may plan a subwoofer later.


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Thank you very much. The ao300 looks very stylish.

But do the devices switch on automatically as soon as they get power? I don't want to switch them on separately.
 

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I don't have it. It should.

Around that budget you can get a SMSL DO100 PRO and dual Fosi V3 mono. A higher quality setup and monoblocks have audio sensing on/off.
 
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aTg!s

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And what speaks against the Wiim Amp?
 

V.b.

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Well... That is what I would get.

But, you would have only 60w max in 8ohms and some measurements show even lower on multitone.

Also 12db lower SINAD vs separates.
 

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For that purpose I am very happy with a Topping MX5. It has no extensive parametric equaliser but the old way bass and treble controls. The headphone amp build in is very good too. For streaming and radio I use a RapsberryPi with Picoreplayer hooked to the MX5 by USB.
With the MX5 you never noticed the high pitch noise coming from the speakers when the headphone output is active?
 
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