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Shange SG200 Tube Headphone Amp/DAC

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Pros: Loads of power, small footprint, simple design, 1/4" and 1/8" output, tube rollable, clean sound

Cons: Tube rolling is a PITA, all Chinese literature

I took a chance on this amp after selling my Aune T1. Found it on eBay and was unable to find any other literature describing it outside of the eBay description.

 

As far the unit performs as a whole, I'm mostly impressed. It powers my HD650s easily (never have to turn past 9 or 10 oclock). The sound is clean and authoritative without being overly aggressive or bright. It certainly fills out the body of my woodied SR225i's. Compared to the T1 (which I haven't had for more than a month), the SG200 certainly has more power. Also, I distinctly remember comparing the T1 to my Magni/Modi stack and thinking how similar they sounded. Similarly on the bright side. Not the case here. I'd say the SG200 is perhaps a touch warm of neutral? Just a touch. Still very clear and musical. 

 

The SG is also different from the T1 in that it is a tube amp with DAC as opposed to a tube DAC with amp circuit. I'm not very educated when it comes to the technical expectations of such things, but it seems like maybe tube rolling with a tube amp would color the sound more than tube rolling the DAC portion? Correct me if I'm wrong. 

 

In that vein, it has responded well to tube rolling! It takes any tube from the 12AT7 family. I've been alternating between Amperex Orange PQ, Sylvania GTE, and Psvane TII that was included with purchase. 

 

Granted the differences are not huge, here are some thoughts:

 

Amperex

Very warm and a little mid-centric. Most fluid presentation. Sounds best with rock, jazz, and a lot of my classical music. Doesn't give the most separation or extreme hi/low frequencies, but its a solid all-rounder.

 

Sylvania

Probably my favorite. It has a V shaped presentation to me. Good bass impact and nicely extended highs. Soundstage and separation is best with this tube. Not as smooth as Amperex but that's not to say that it's unpleasant by any stretch.

 

Psvane

This was advertised as an upgrade tube just like the 6922 for the T1. It sounds more like the Sylvania just... less. Almost like a diet version. Slightly less separation. Less extended in the low and high end. If I wasn't interested in trying other tubes, I probably wouldn't see anything needing improvement with this guy.

 

The only qualm I have with the amp (other than 100% of the literature being in Chinese) is that tube rolling is a PITA! I had to remove screws on both front and back faceplate just to remove the plexiglass cover to reach the tube. Even though upgrading/rolling tubes is advertised as a plus for this product, the practicality of doing so certainly wasn't achieved. Its doable - as long as you REALLY want to do it.

 

Otherwise this guy has been a nice little addition to the small desktop setup. Its easy to use: just plug and go. Has  1/4" and 1/8" plugs, smooth volume knob, RCA in/out and a DAC only function if you want it.

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The Shange SG200 is a compact, entry-level tube headphone amp with DAC. Though small in size, it's quite powerful. The impedance range is 8-1000Ω, the output power peak - the range of 2.7W-100mW, which can easily drive all Headphones. The amp power amplifier chip is the Texas Instruments TPA6120A2. This chip has extremely low distortion and high speed conversion speed. Supports a variety of high and low impedance headphones It features 24Bit DAC decoding using Micronas UAC3553B high quality decoder integrated chip. It also supports the highest rate 48KHZ output of the decoder chip for a wide frequency response. The SG200 supports tube rolling using the 12AT7/ECC81/6201/GT-12AT7/6C22D/12AZ7 family of tubes. Specifications ● Input Z Line Input 15KΩ ● Output Z 10Ω ● Line Input Sensitivity400mV ± 50mV ● Frequency Response 9Hz-160KHz-3dB, 0Hz-30KHz 0dB ● SNR = 90dB input ● THD + N ( harmonic distortion ), 1KHz: <0.06%, 100mW into 8Ω ● SMPTE IMD: <0.06%, 100mW into 8Ω ● Net Weight ( Net ): 0.5Kg ● Dimensions ( Size ): L104mm x W92mm * H 62mm ● External Power 12VAC 800mA, 5.5 * 2.1 Power Jack ● Usable Headphone Impedance Range 8-1000Ω

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