|Item Weight||10.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches|
|Item model number||MA-180|
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Kinter MA-180 12V MINI Power Car Computer Amplifier USB Port Charging (Red)
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- Colorful led around volume knob
- R.M.S power: 2x4W
- DC input power: 12V (2-4)A Max
- RCA input for MP3~
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Maybe folks know this thing doesn't ship with a power supply, but it caught me by surprise when the Kinter showed up with no cord. Since it calls for a non-standard 5-amp supply, plan on hunting around for one and shelling out more money.
Also, as another reviewer noted, the LED cycles through various colors. I disassembled the amp, and you can't pick a solid color, although you could snip the LED or bend it out of the way to dim it, if you were so inclined. The color-changing "feature" is an irritant, in my book.
In case you're wondering why I bought the Kinter instead of another Lepai, I wanted the USB plug to power a wireless input I bought. The USB port (power output only) works, but the rest of the amp is altogether underwhelming.
The model I ordered came with a high quality 12 Volt 4 Amp Zitrades power supply. The amplifier arrived promptly in shrink wrap and packaged in a Kinter box indicating that it had not been previously used. The amplifier and power supply were packaged in a sealed and labeled Amazon stocking envelope. Both devices were operational at arrival.
I cleaned the solder flux residue and other contamination from the PWB before making any measurements. Otherwise soldering workmanship was excellent, with evidence of hand soldering of those components (with flux residue) which could not be wave soldered.
All of the amplifier components are on one PWB which slides into the case. The PWB has a solder mask on the circuit side where the through-hole components are soldered.Read more ›
C5 and C13 with 100pF ceramic caps, replaced AX358 with 4558 and the annoying tri-color led to a cool blue led.
The mod made not necessary if you are using the amp in a noisy environment.
I took mine out of the case and it's very compact. The amp chip is an unknown design, but it's about half the size of the tripath TA2020, I assume it's about half the power. So for half the price you are getting half the power. It's a good deal for $10. Also, without the heatsink/case it works fine, starts to cutoff a bit when you drive it too hard because of the heat. But at below 5 watts/channel (the distortion free zone) it runs just fine.
The usb plug is worthless and creates electrical interference. The tone adjusters are a pleasant surprise on an amp this cheap. They work great. They color changing led is silly, I guess they had an over supply at the factory. When the amp has inadequate voltage it will cutout. When you short it, it will turn off immediately. The protection circuit works.
My recommendation: Set the volume knob to 50%, then adjust bass to 80%, set treble according to your speakers. This will give you optimal performance from this amp.
Enjoy listening to hifi stereo sound at 5 watts per channel!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unit works as well as you would expect an inexpensive amp to work. DOES NOT COME WITH A POWER SUPPLY.Published 16 days ago by Marco D
I was worried that this would be a piece of garbage but it is really nice! I used it between a laptop and my arcade machines speakers. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Cameron
This little receiver packs a punch. Mine is hooked up to 2 T-15 Polk audio bookshelf speakers, and it rattles my room. Sometimes it will stop playing music tho. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dillon
I used this amplifier to create my own bluetooth speakers. It is easy to connect to speakers. It has an USB port to power the bluetooth receiver which also connects to the 3. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Shopper
Works great with good power supply , not built great but has held upPublished 1 month ago by jaime beaulieu
I only having an issue with one part on this that gets over heated. It has the white stuff all over it.Published 1 month ago by Mason lindsey
This works for amplifying RCA jack output of Surround Sound outputs from my older Onkyo amplifier. I am using two of these little amps, powered by a single Kastar LCD 12V 6Amp... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Texas Customer
The Amazon page describing the unit states it has a 100W + 100W output. The box it came in, prior to my returning it for refund, states it only has 20W per channel.Published 1 month ago by L. Tate
Its cheap, but works. Probably going to end up buying a better quality one, but for the price this is pretty good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jordan Hall