2020 Best Affordable SMSL Q5 Pro DAC & Stereo Amplifier
Get better sound out of your speakers with the SMSL Q5 Pro, an impressive DAC/power amp for the price. Capable of driving high-resolution audio with a sampling rate of 44.1–192 kHz, it features nearly every input imaginable for your desktop, flat-screen, Blu-ray player, and more. Use the key control function, or make adjustments from across the room with the included remote control.
Pros: Tiny foam factor on the desk, adjustable bass and treble, a lot of input options including analog, USB and coaxial, remote control, display for volume level and input sources and enough power for small to medium bookshelf speakers.
"The sound is surprisingly good. Everything is in their right place with an extremely low(ie. quiet) noise floor allowing good decay and separation. I would say that is has a neutral, clean quality that will bring through the source material without added warmth or tonality, which, paired with the easy bass/treble adjustment, should make it very easy to pair with any speakers that you throw at it." Credit: u/whatsnewsisyphus
Precision-machined from a solid aluminum block, the chassis is sleek and sturdy, and its compact size (5.4 inches wide by 4.1 inches deep) minimizes clutter on your desk. The front panel features a power button, volume knob, and an easy-to-read LED digital tube display screen. On the rear panel, you’ll find gold-plated inputs (3.5 millimeter, USB, optical, and digital coaxial), as well as gold-plated speaker outputs.
With a Cirrus Logic CS5341 converter and an SA9023 embedded USB interface, the SMSL Q5 Pro (latest revision by the manufacturer) is a particularly gifted amplifier. It integrates a Texas Instruments TAS5508 + TAS5342 amplifier module delivering 2x 45W at 4 Ohms and 2x 25W at 8 Ohms.
This pro version now includes a Subwoofer output (SW OUTPUT) specially designed for subwoofers.
Versatile, it allows you to assign it 4 sources (stereo 3.5 jack, Coaxial S/PDIF, Toslink Optics and Micro USB). It has a digital display and a remote control for easy control.
Its internal architecture as well as the choice of materials and finishes are all assets that make the Q5 a particularly efficient amplifier suitable for a wide range of configurations.
"It must be recognized that this full digital amplifier S.M.S.L.Q5 pro provides, with a really small footprint and low calorie emission, sound results that can satisfy demanding amateurs, including us. A very surprising technology." Review by Qobuz
|Input||Optical, Coaxial, Analog, Computer USB|
|Sampling rate||44.1-192kHz (coaxial • Optical)|
44.1-96kHz (computer USB)
|Bit wide||16 - 24 Bit|
|Frequency response||20Hz - 22kHz|
|Impedance adaptation||4 - 8 Ohm|
|Maximum output power||45W +45W（ 4 Ohm ）|
25W +25W（8 Ohm
|USB audio spec||16 - 24 bit/ 44.1kHz - 96kHz|
|USB compatibility||Windows, Mac OS X|
|Power consumption||102W (max)|
|Dimension||137 x 103 x 33mm|
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