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SMSL Cheap streamer/dac/network player
« on: July 09, 2018, 09:27:06 PM »
I came across this in my search for an affordable streaming solution.

https://www.amazon.com/Balanced-Headphone-Amplifier-SMSL-Turntable/dp/B07CQKKY5B

Made by SMSL, the class T amp and Dac company from Hong Kong/China.  Never heard any of their products before. I'll look for reviews, but looks like a good deal for the price.   

http://www.smsl-audio.com/ 

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Re: SMSL Cheap streamer/dac/network player
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 07:00:24 AM »
Nice find and sweet price. Is this for a desktop setup?
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini - Tidal
Roon
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Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
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Re: SMSL Cheap streamer/dac/network player
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 09:57:44 PM »
Hi Nick,

This is for a desktop setup. I've wanted to get rid of my PC as music source for a long time, but being the cheapskate that I am, I keep holding back until I find something cheap enough and decent enough. I still have not resurrected my old 2-channel stereo and haven't even started on any of the plans I had from early this year (buying a single driver speaker, amp, etc.).

But I read that you've managed to finish (?) your renovation or are close to it. Perhaps some you can post some pics of your new rig when done?

Paul


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Re: SMSL Cheap streamer/dac/network player
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018, 06:25:32 AM »
If you are looking for something inexpensive look at Chomecast Audio is only $25

https://store.google.com/us/product/chromecast_audio?hl=en-US

Has a digital out, does bit perfect and roon now support them. I did a lot of listening to the orginal with friends over and we all agreed it sounds great.
-Joe

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Re: SMSL Cheap streamer/dac/network player
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018, 07:48:53 AM »

Hi Nick,

This is for a desktop setup. I've wanted to get rid of my PC as music source for a long time, but being the cheapskate that I am, I keep holding back until I find something cheap enough and decent enough. I still have not resurrected my old 2-channel stereo and haven't even started on any of the plans I had from early this year (buying a single driver speaker, amp, etc.).

But I read that you've managed to finish (?) your renovation or are close to it. Perhaps some you can post some pics of your new rig when done?

Paul

Hi Paul,
You’re not cheap, you’re “thrifty”. Good luck on completing your setup. As to my renovation project, it’s coming along nicely. I’m so happy to have gotten rid of the contractor as the quality of work was often so mediocre or poor. I can fix some of his errors, but I can’t take off base boards that were nailed back into place and misaligned by nearly a 1/4”. Now I am waiting for a couple of plumbers to call me back  💤 💤 I’ll post some pics of the new rig soon.
Nick
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini - Tidal
Roon
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: SMSL Cheap streamer/dac/network player
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2018, 10:12:58 PM »
If you are looking for something inexpensive look at Chomecast Audio is only $25

https://store.google.com/us/product/chromecast_audio?hl=en-US

Has a digital out, does bit perfect and roon now support them. I did a lot of listening to the orginal with friends over and we all agreed it sounds great.

Thanks., JBNY I've seen this. May I know what the equipment it was connected to was and how it compares to more expensive gear?

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Re: SMSL Cheap streamer/dac/network player
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2018, 10:15:00 PM »


You’re not cheap, you’re “thrifty”.

Ah! Semantics!  :D  We can agree I am 'economical'.