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Date Added: Tuesday 11 March, 2014

by Kevin DICKEY

I built a small amp from this board about a year ago and have tested it extensively with a variety of speakers. The build quality is good and with the right speakers, you can get some great sound. I found that the 'right' speakers were not always so obvious - it sounded better on some low-sensitivity speakers than on some high ones, somewhat surprisingly. It plays quite a bit louder than you might expect given its RMS rating - I even got decent results at medium volumes when I tested with the ProAc Response D18 floorstanders. The best results I got were with the Roth Audio OLi RA2s, which was surprising, but there was tremendous synergy from this combination.

The only negative I can offer is that the included RCA jacks are constructed in such a way that the only way to mount them to a case is to de-solder them from the PC board - they are the wrong type of connector to pre-solder onto the board, since you can't insert them into holes from the rear. And the connector on the board for audio input is very flimsy - moving the pre-soldered leads makes the audio crackle. The leads should either be rear-mountable, or not pre-soldered, and provided with a good connector on the board.

All in all, it's a great little board. It's expensive but you really can just buy a transformer, a case, and some speaker terminals, and you have new amp of surprising quality. So much is done for you that it is pretty good value.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]

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