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Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T Digital AC/DC Amplifier 15 WPC
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- Palm-size Class-T 30 watt amplifier
- Great sounding amp also convenient for travel
- Battery or AC powered power supply included for perfect portability
- 88% amplifier efficiency prolongs battery life
- Soft turn-on eliminates annoying speaker pop
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I bought the Dayton Amplifier to power some surface transducer speakers - mainly as a way to play around and build some speakers (See an example in the video portion of the review). While my speaker experiment was not overly successful I can still say that it was not because of the amp. The Dayton Audio 30W amp delivers impressive sound out of a small (portable package).
One thing to consider, since this amplifier accepts aux inputs as the source you can use the Dayton Amplifier and a pair of bookshelf speakers and get sound that is superior to most ipod docks - at a fraction of the cost.
A few notes
- The Dayton Amplifier can use 8 AA batteries allowing it to provide power without being tethered to a wall outlet.
- Will only accept an aux. input - the only way to use standard RCA inputs (or any other type of input) is to use a splitter or Aux-to-RCA connection.
- The blue light on the front is bright and a little annoying.
- Two channels - each accepting thin gauge speaker wire
- Dial on the front for volume control
Final Verdict - I am impressed with the Dayton Audio 30W amplifier. It can serve many purposes, but it certainly can make an impressive power source for a ipod speaker system. Definitely recommended.
4 1/2 Stars
I had a pair of Pinnacle PAS 28 ported (dual ports) 2-way Speakers (Frequency Response: 30-21000 Hz +/- 3 dB; SPL: 92 dB 1 Watt, 1kHz, 1 Meter) which were not being used (speakers do tend to accumulate); they are of excellent quality and I bought this unit to use with them (as you can see they are quite efficient and they offer superb sound quality as well) and also see just how good a T-amp is.
Let me state that I am amazed - and you will be too. Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion but it is my opinion that a prospective purchaser can safely ignore any negative comments made in other reviews of this Dayton DTA-1 Class T Digital Amplifier 15 WPC, especially about build-quality - with only one minor exception: the batteries are a bit tricky to insert and remove; the spring connections could have been of better quality and somewhat more recessed. Otherwise the build-quality is fine.
But it is the sound that counts and, in my opinion, the sound this unit produces is absolutely first-rate. Some people have complained about a perceived lack of bass but take my word for it - it's there and in abundance should the music require it. (I listen almost exclusively to classical music.) Plus the sound is the same on AC or batteries at least for the four hours I ran mine the other day on (NiMH rechargeable) battery power. (Just as I had inserted the batteries to try the amp out that way, our power went out!Read more ›
This amp provided both battery and wall power. I was debating between this and the lepai 2020a+ and decided that having the built in battery compartment was easier than wiring up my own... It wouldn't be overly hard to do, but frankly, I'm lazy, and I won't be the only user.
The only reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars is that it starts clipping (with the MB42X speakers) at around half volume. I've tried 5amp 12 volt adapters, and frankly this unit just won't drive those speakers at more than 1/2 -2/3 volume without clipping. That being said, the sound quality is good to great, and 1/2 to 2/3 volume is plenty loud for my intended use.
I'm very happy with my setup, and its met my intended purpose very well for ~$100 dollars. I'm not going to go on some crazy audiophile recommendation here. It this amp + the MB42X speakers sound as good if not slightly better than most portable setups in the 150-250 price range that I have heard.
It would also be nice if they came out with a sub $50 amp at 20watts with built in quality bluetooth (yes I know it hurts quality, but so does sitting speakers on a tailgate of a truck in the woods.
This broke after about 3 months, just horrible sound and no volume. Contacted Dayton for support and a warranty repair (1 year warranty) and while I could reach them they said I had to make the warranty claim thru Amazon.Read more ›
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