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SMSL Q5 Pro DAC/Amp

SMSL Q5 Pro DAC/Amp

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If I use this on my PC with Spotify and my NuFkrce EDC3, will I see a large improvement?
Has anyone figured out how to fix the remote? Mine doesn't work until i grasp it in my hand for a minute or 2 to warm it up with body heat, then the stupid thing works. As soon as I put it down and it cools, it doesn't work anymore.
Does the Q5 Pro have automatic on/off? I'm thinking of either the smsl Q5 or the topping MX3, at the moment the MX3 has the advantage of automatic on/off.
Mine arrived missing a speaker post. *sigh* Another drop with bad QA :(

https://imgur.com/a/UmZrPY4
andrewthetechie
That's a bummer. Can you request one from SMSL?
(FIXED!) Line in input (3.5 mm/minijack) has constant quiet static noise. Not a big deal, but it is a slight nuisance, especially for quieter music that has moments of silence. I also hear a slight tick in my speakers when changing inputs. I left this comment to help anyone who may experience this.

**Update** I fixed it by plugging my Echo Dot into a different usb power plug. My Anker 4 USB plug was causing static. Fixed now! Just using an old cellphone USB plug. I still hear a slight tick when changing inputs.

This little amp really does sound good, paired with my Q Aqoustics 3020 bookshelf speakers. Didn't realize you can adjust bass and treble, to include about 7 equalizer presets. I don't really like any of the presets and have boosted the bass by about 5 clicks and the treble by 2. All can be done with the remote or by pressing buttons on the amp itself.

Nice binding post speaker terminals, they allow you to plug your banana plugs all the way in. It gives you a satisfying piece of mind.

The remote could be better, a lot better, but that's my only problem. No spark experienced when plugging it in, if you plug the power cable into the amp first and then into the powerstrip/wall. Which I would suppose is the way you are supposed to do it.
Sounds good! Remote leaves much to be desired, not reliable at less than 10 ft.
LoneAudiophile
Remote is not consistently reliable for me either. Remote needs to be aimed near perfectly to work.
I forgot to order this. Mind opening the drop again : p
I'm planning to use this in my bedroom with Q Acoustics 3020 bookshelf speakers. Figure this will be better for the space at a much lower price than a PS Audio Sprout. I eventually want a Sprout too though. Not sure about trying to use a subwoofer with this.

Wow, just saw this for $139.99 on Amazon. Glad I found Mass Drop!
This amp is incredible, received it a few days ago from the last drop, I had been using this with my desktop speakers (zensor 1's) but for fun I have just tried it with my ls50's and it sounds better than my main amp (pm6005)!
This looks like a DAC/Amp in search of a headphone jack! Seriously, just add the jack, increase the price by $100 and call it a poor-mans Jotunthiem--or however you spell that damn name!
RayF
SMSL did add a headphone jack, Bluetooth, and some other tweaks for $30. They called it the AD18:

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/smsl-ad18-bluetooth-stereo-and-usb-power-amplifier

But these units were made for passive speakers. The Joutenhiem is a DAC/amp with RCA/XLR inputs for feeding powered speakers.
mattris
I know, I really was tempted to buy that cute little AD18 (with the BT), but you're right, if you've got powered monitors (I have the MD JBL3XXs), the Joutenhiem (and the XLR cables) is the way to go. I ordered it from Schiit three weeks ago and it's still on back order (guess I wasn't the only one interested).
Considering getting this amp, but I want to be very sure of one thing before I get in on this drop: the Q5 Pro has a subwoofer line-out, right? The pictures seem to show that, and some of the comments mention it, but I want to make absolutely sure that the item being sold on in the drop ending in three days (Jan. 30th or 31st) is the one that has a subwoofer out, since the description completely ignores this. Thank you!
sopwerdna
It has a sub out but it doesn't do any bass management. So the speakers get the full range even if the sub is in use.
This is my favorite amp of this class of amp.

I’ve had a number of Indeed, Topping, and other small class D amps, and this one sounds the most musical to me. Sometimes head and shoulders above the others.

There‘s an organic, supple quality in the sound that is much more emotionally communicative than the others I’ve tried. The others sound stiff, or more dead and mechanical by comparison.

So I highly recommend this amp if you are setting up a small desktop system and shooting for moderate (sane) volume levels.

This also seems to be a great price at $85. When I bought mine, it was around $105.

Currently, I have it driving a pair of CEntrance Master Class speakers, running an analog output from a Amazon Echo Dot. Very musically satisfying, and I couldn’t be happier from a small system.

Highly recommended. If I didn’t already have two of these amps, I’d be jumping on this price.



Someone who owns this already -
Do you hear a speaker pop when you turn the amp on or off?
Is there an audible hiss when no music is playing?
cloverunderling
No speaker pop, however I keep the power switch on at all times and just flip off the power brick the amp is plugged into.

No hiss at most volumes, only when set to high volumes. This may be attributed to my speakers not the amp. My speakers are Micca MB42x + Dayton Sub 800.
I'm a dumb-dumb, are you able to plug via USB an iPhone to play music, or is it only for hooking up a computer for USB DAC?
barrist
Computer only