Best Small Amplifier – Product Reviews & Guide [ 2020 Updated List ]
Hello and welcome to another edition of sound gear study. In today’s article, we are going to explore top small amplifiers in the market. We have compiled a list of the very best gadgets based on performance, features and design. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got for the best small amplifier list here.
Best Small Amplifier – Product Review Guide :
Let us now take a look at best small amplifiers available in the market in following table.
Dual Electronics DBTMA100 Micro Wireless Bluetooth Small Amplifier :
When it comes to mini amplifiers, very few can beat the power potential of the DBTMA100 wireless amplifier by Dual Electronics. It is a compact Bluetooth amplifier with Class D circuitry. It handles two channels and is built specifically for LU Series speakers (LU43PB, LU43PW, LU53PB and LU53PW) by the same brand. The USP of the DBTMA100 is that it can convert an LU wired speaker into a Bluetooth speaker in an instant. You just have to connect the speaker wire to the quick release terminals of the amp and your wired speakers will operate as wireless speakers. The DBTMA100 has Bluetooth 4.2 technology with a wireless range of 100 feet. This offers a lot of flexibility as you can move around freely and even step outdoors while still maintaining full Bluetooth control over your system. The amp wirelessly connects with sound devices like smart phones and tablets, and remembers past connected devices for quick re-connection. You don’t need to manually add the same device again and again every time you pair it with the amp. It retains the memory of past paired gadgets and automatically connects with them when it detects them in its vicinity. The DBTMA100 is a Class D small amplifier with a peak power handling of 100 watts (50 watts x 2) and RMS power handling of 50 watts (25 watts x 2). It has an impedance of 4 ohms to 8 ohms and a frequency response of 20 Hz to 22 kHz. It has stereo RCA outputs and 3.5mm auxiliary inputs. The device has an illuminated heat sink and control panel. The front part of the amp has knobs for volume, bass and treble adjustments. All in all, the Dual Electronics DBTMA100 is an excellent choice for a mini amplifier. It is an alternative to replacing wired LU speakers with Bluetooth speakers. Simply add the mini amp to the set-up to enjoy both Bluetooth connectivity and extra speaker power. The product weighs 3 lbs and measures 3 inches by 6 inches by 11 inches. It has a warranty of one year.
Fosi Audio TB10A Small Amplifier Receiver :
The Fosi Audio TB10A is another small amplifier worth checking out. It is a 2-channel receiver cum amplifier with power stereo sound. It has a Class D construction and generates a continuous (RMS) power output of 200 watts (100 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms). The TB10A can put out up to 320 watts at 4 ohm and 280 watts at 8 ohm. It has an advanced TPA3116 chip that helps it produce hi-fi sound. It is great for powering stereo speakers as well as desktop computers. In fact, it functions as a compact desktop amplifier and you can directly connect and stream music to your computer using the RCA connection. For normal speakers, it has speaker outputs. The Fosi Audio TB10A accepts sound input from a wide range of gadgets such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, TVs and DVD players. It is very silent and doesn’t produce any noise when not in operation. It has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, input sensitivity of ≤ 280 mV, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of ≥ 98 dB and impedance of 2 ohms to 8 ohms. It has a simple black aluminum enclosure with a control panel in front. It has a power button and 3 rotary knobs for regulating volume, bass and treble levels. The device is 3.9 inches wide, 5.1 inches deep and 1.4 inches high. It comes with a 24 V charger, a power cable and an instruction manual. The power supply cable is built as per the latest power protection standards (updated on August 2019). It does not cause sparks when plugged into the amp. Power supply is neat and devoid of hindrances. If you purchase the Fosi Audio TPA3116, you will enjoy lifetime technical support and a warranty of 18 months.
Fosi Audio BT10A Small Audio Amplifier for Home Speaker :
The next high-performance small amplifier is the BT10A, the product on our list by Fosi Audio. It is a powerful dual-channel mini amplifier with a maximum power handling capacity of 100 watts (50 watts x 2). It has Bluetooth 5.0 technology with a wireless range of up to 39 feet. It is perfect for passive speakers like bookshelf speakers, desktop speakers and home stereo systems. The Fosi Audio BT10A uses a TPA3116D2 chip for ultra-clear sound and uninterrupted power supply. You don’t hear any pop or jarring noises. Power supply is clean and sound reproduction is crystal clear. The device has onboard bass and treble controls for customizing the sound. It has a power output of 100 watts which is just right for everyday home use. It has Bluetooth and 3.5mm AUX input. If you send an input via Bluetooth while music is playing through auxiliary input, the auxiliary input will automatically stop and Bluetooth will take over. If you want to use auxiliary input, you will have to turn off Bluetooth from your source device. The amplifier has a compact black aluminum housing. It can easily be accommodated in narrow spaces and is great for houses with limited space. It has a 19 volt power supply, and comes with a charger and a power cable. The device has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, impedance of 2 ohms to 8 ohms, input sensitivity of ≤ 280 mV, signal-to-noise ratio of ≥ 98 dB and total harmonic distortion (THD) of ≤ 0.5%. Dimensions of the gadget are: 3.4 inches (W), 4.2 inches (D) and 1.2 inches (H). Warranty period is 18 months.
Facmogu F900 Mini Bluetooth Power Amplifier :
If you are looking for an ultra-compact amplifier that’s even smaller than the average compact amplifier, we’ve got a great product for you. It is the F900 dual-channel mini Bluetooth amplifier by Facmogu. It has a diminutive size and is ideal for installing in tight corners. The amp features an upgraded TPA3116 chip and pumps out a consistent power of 50 watts x 2. It works great with passive stereo speakers like desktop speakers and home theatre systems. The best thing about the F900 small amplifier is that it provides you with 3 ways to send input to the speakers: Bluetooth, 3.5mm AUX and USB input. So even if your sound source lacks Bluetooth, you can still play songs through the physical auxiliary input or a USB flash drive. If you plug into the auxiliary jack while the speakers are playing music over Bluetooth, the Bluetooth connection will be terminated and input will start flowing in from the auxiliary jack. The amplifier accepts signal from smart phones, tablets, computers, iPods, iPads and TVs. It is, however, not compatible with Bose speakers and Amazon Echo devices. The Facmogu F900 is attractively designed. It has a 3 inches by 2.7 inch by 1.5 inch aluminum alloy cabinet with an oxidized metallic blue finish. It is so small it fits in the palm of your hand. On one side of the cabinet are the power switch, the Bluetooth indicator and the USB and AUX inputs. On the opposite side are 4 binding post output terminals. You can use a banana plug or directly join the thread wires to connect the speakers. The front panel has a large volume knob for quick adjustments. The amp comes with a 12V 5A DC adapter. It supports 4 ohm to 8 ohm passive speakers.
Kinter K2020A+ Audio Mini Amplifier :
One small amplifier we highly recommend is the Kinter K2020A+. It is a Class T amp with a Tripath TA2020-020 amplifier chip for clear input signal and high fidelity audio. It is a 2-channel stereo amplifier with a power capacity of 20 watts x 2. The Kinter K2020A+ has a 3.5mm auxiliary jack and left and right RCA gold-plated audio input connectors. You can use the auxiliary jack for input from smart phones, tablets, laptops, TVs, etc., and the RCA connectors for input from DVD players, gaming consoles, TVs and even turntable, although you might need a preamp. The amplifier has 4 spring-terminal speaker outputs for fast and easy connections with speakers. You will need 14-16 gauge speaker wire for linking 2-ohm to 8-ohm speakers. The K2020A+ small amplifier has a 12V 5A power adapter and power cable. Power supply details of the device are: input: 100~240 VAC, 50-60 Hz; output: 12 VDC, 5A; and 2.1 x 5.5 plug. The amp has a compact size. It has a black metal housing that’s 4.72 inches deep, 5.79 inches wide and 1.65 inches high. It is a Class T digital amplifier with an RMS power handling of 20 watts x 2 channels. It has loudspeaker protection which protects speakers from sudden bursts of loud audio. It also has voltage protection which automatically powers off the amp in case input voltage exceeds 14.4 volts DC. The amp has tone/direct switching for customizing the sound in addition to bass and treble controls. The gadget is ideal for DIY sound applications like self-assembled home and car sound systems. It works great with passive stereo speakers and automobile speakers. It can be installed in small bedrooms, stores and cars. Frequency response of the amp is 20 Hz to 20 kHz, input sensitivity is 200 mV, total harmonic distortion is <0.05%.
TDA7498E Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier Receiver :
Next on our list of best small amplifiers is the TDA7498E by Fosi Audio. It is a compact dual-channel stereo amp for passive speakers. It puts out 160 watts RMS power x 2 channels at 4 ohms impedance. It has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz and a THD of 0.04%. The Fosi Audio TDA7498E small amplifier gives you stunningly clear sound minus interferences. It is a Class D amp with a 24V 4.5A power supply. It has an analog input mode that accepts sound input from phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, Macs, iPods, flat-screen TVs, MP3 players, CD players, turntable and gaming consoles. It is also compatible with Amazon Echo Dot smart home devices. The amp is great for powering unamplified speakers such as bookshelf, ceiling, desktop, outdoor and floor-standing home theatre speakers. You can connect these using banana plugs or bare wires. The device has a small size for fitting in small spaces. It can be used at home, in offices and in cars. It has a smart grey cabinet with a power switch and volume control in front. The inputs and outputs are at the back. Power supply range of the amp is 12 volts to 32 volts. It has an input sensitivity of ≤ 280 mV, signal-to-noise ratio of ≥ 98 dB and terminating impedance of 2 ohms to 8 ohms. The package contains the mini amplifier, a power supply adapter, an AC power cord and a user manual. The product has an 18-month warranty. The manufacturer advises against using poor quality audio cables as these could cause distortion and lower the quality of the audio.
ARCHEER 2 x 45W Dual-Channel Wireless Small Amplifier :
Another powerful mini amplifier with an impressive power range is the Archeer G30. It is a 2-channel AV surround tuner amplifier with an RMS power handling of 90 watts (45 watts x 2). It is a versatile amp for indoor and outdoor use. It can be used to power speakers in homes, porches, boats, cars and motorcycles. The G30 has multiple modes of sound input. It has Bluetooth for wireless input from smart phones, tablets, iPods, iPhones, laptops, etc. You can enjoy Bluetooth Wireless Music Streaming on your source device without leaving the couch. There is a 3.5mm AUX input jack for input from non-Bluetooth as well as Bluetooth devices like MP3 players and tablets. There is a USB reader for playing songs through USB flash drives. There is also an SD card reader for input from micro SD cards. So, in all the G30 has 4 methods of playing music. Apart from this, it also has a built-in FM radio which further increases the music-listening options. The gadget has a simple plug-and-play functionality. It comes with an AC 110V~220V power cord which needs to be plugged into a wall power receptacle. You don’t need any other power wires to get it started. The Archeer G30 has a black box-shaped enclosure. The front panel has a power switch, knobs for volume, bass and treble control, USB and SD card slots, a 3.5mm AUX input, a display screen and indicators for volume, scan and mode. The rear panel has an FM antenna, and the inputs and outputs. The cool thing about the G30 is that it comes with a remote controller. The manufacturer recommends using the remote when playing songs on Bluetooth mode. Dimensions of the amp are: 8.27 inches (W), 6.3 inches (D) and 2.75 inches (H). Warranty period is 12 months.
Lepy LP-2020A Class-D Hi-Fi Digital Small Amplifier :
The Lepy LP-2020A is one of the best small amplifiers you can buy. It is a 2-channel digital audio amplifier with a Class D circuit board. It has a tone/direct button, and variable bass and treble. It is best suited for stereo speakers, DIY audio installations and small sound projects. The LP-2020A can put out a continuous power of 20 watts RMS x 2 channels. It has a load impedance of 4 ohms to 8 ohms, frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, THD of < 0.4% and SNR of > 80 dB. Input power of the device is DC10-14.4 V. It has left and right RCA audio inputs and a 3.5mm auxiliary input port. They accept input from phones, laptops, MP3 players and TVs, among others. The amp also has two pairs of spring clips for connecting the speaker output wires. The LP-2020A has an all-aluminum housing with a sand-blasting finish. It is 5.5 inches wide, 1.5 inches high, 4.5 inches deep, and weighs less than 1 lbs. It has metal flanges on both sides of the chassis for mounting it to dashboards, shelves or walls. The front panel of the amp has the controls and the rear panel has the inputs and outputs. The LP-2020A has over-voltage protection. If the input voltage exceeds 14.4 volts, the device automatically shuts down to avert damage to the circuitry. It has loudspeaker protection which shields the speakers from sudden spikes in the audio signal’s volume. It also has short circuit protection and a time-delay circuit for added safety.