SMSL SP200 THX headphone amp

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  1. ShaneD

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    Hello. Has anybody received one yet? I think they started shipping about a week ago. Cheaper than the Monoprice 887 by quite a bit but only has a one year warranty. For those unaware, the list is $289.00. I did just get an email from Shenzhen Audio stating that it would be down to $255.11 for 11-11/Black Friday.

    Curious to hear what folks think about it. Cheaper than the other two and shipping right now.

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    *sigh* I'll bite, not having heard THX 789 I can't say anything about how the two compare.

    Off hand with Modi 3 I don't notice anything off about the amp,

    When I moved it up to the RME ADI 2 and began comparing it again'st my existing tubes the staging and overall dynamics are a bit flat VS my modded SET with both my K501 and HD800,

    Curious now how it'll do with the Planars on my reference system as I quite liked it's performance with Ether CX
     
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    It is definitely neutral and flat to me. Not a favourite in my collection but does work well with certain headphones. The Fostex TH-610 loved it!
    I just spent 21 straight days listening to my new Focal Elex`s with every amp I own. The Elex`s and SP200 certainly pick up and magnify every flaw in the music. I decided to pair these two and only listen to jazz for a day. Think Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Kamasi Washington. It was the most perfect sounding combo for my home that I have ever heard. Unfortunately, I don`t do jazz all the time, but it was great while it lasted.
     
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    Won one of these from a local youtuber. He's only got a handful of patrons but, still, SCORE!
    The build quality is nicer than I expected, volume knob does suck. The rhombus shape though o_O

    Only just hooked it up. In the same ballpark as my Jot. A bit thinner and lighter, maybe a hair more resolution. Based on the comparisons others have posted between the THX789 and the Jot, I'd expect the SP200 to sounds basically identical to the 789.
     
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    The knob performance varies a lot, I've been lucky and picked a used "golden unit" which has perfect channel balance even for sensitive IEMs (not that I'm powering them with this amp).
     

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