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Due to the purchase of my first real TV, I am venturing into digital to digital signal.  The TV has no RCA outs, so my Dayton 2.1 plate amp couldn't directly mate up with my TV.  With some help of Neal and SDY, there was an option for a converter or amp replacement.  Due to potential latency issues with the signal conversion and possible effect on the quality of the sound, I opted for a new little amp.  So I just ordered the SMSL Q5 PRO as it has optical in, a remote, and RCA out.  https://www.parts-express.com/smsl-q5-pro-stereo-amplifier-usb-optical-coaxial-dac-with-subwoofer-output-2x40w--230-210

This gives me the ability to still use the plate amp for just subwoofer purposes.  The SMSL will power at 20 watts a tower (which each consists of 4 Aura full range speaks), which is pretty much the same power the Dayton 2.1 plate amp was putting to them.  I will report back when it is set up and I have some listening time on it.

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That's a pretty neat looking little amp.  Digital only audio output seems to be the way of things now.  Looks like you have found a good solution.  I'll be curious to hear what you think of it.  

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Technology is really passing me up. Seems like a really nice product. Can't wait to hear your review.

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Please review because i am interested in this exact model. 

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I do find it interesting how fast these little class-D amps have become apart of DIY'ers market place.  As usually, DIY'ers are the most staunch supporters of the old school tech or ways.  For casual listening, both Dayton class D amps that I use, have been quite good for the money in my opinion (including that little DTA).  

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Isn't that a T?  I didn't look.  I use a micro amp like that in my office and it works perfect.  

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1 hour ago, ///M5 said:

Isn't that a T?  I didn't look.  I use a micro amp like that in my office and it works perfect.  

The little table top one might be a Tripath.

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The little amp showed up last night.  No time to hook it up, but will try tonight.  It is MUCH smaller than I had pictured and the built quality looks to be quite good.

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