4 Stars By Mitch Marcus on 2017-05-08
Fantastic for price point
This is not a home theater solution. If you buy this to setup your home theater, you will be very disappointed. It only has two speaker outputs, and only has two RCA inputs on the back. But it is compact and easy to setup, and it has built in bluetooth, as well as 1/8" stereo and USB inputs on the front, and it has two 1/4" unbalanced mic inputs on the front. I bought this for ad hoc AV presentations where will play a DVD and/or have a speaker using a wireless lav mic. In short, I can get everything unpacked and setup in under five minutes (it helps that I have banana plugs on my speaker wires). It really helps that it has dedicated mic input volume and echo controls - so I can control all volumes at a single source.
What's not to love:
- Selecting the source seems a little confusing. For bluetooth, first you have make one selection on a knob, then use the "mode" button to go through the soft menus. Just add more selectors to the knob, please.
- The knobs don't have a visually clear indicated position. There is a little raised bump. I'm probably going to use a dab of whiteout so I can see the knob position in dimly-lit rooms.
- Lack of bass. Okay, it's a stretch here. It only has two speaker outputs, and no sub out. What do you expect? I'd like a little more. I have this attached to a pair of Infinity full-range speakers, and I have to crank the bass dial to 11 to feel anything.
Everybody says you get what you pay for. For my AV presentation needs, this has been a fantastic purchase. But I'm not replacing my home theater with it either.
4 Stars By Nick R on 2017-04-01
I like a good bargain and this little dude gives me ...
This thing has its foibles...the reverb effect for the vocal input is way too 'wet', the blue led is bright enough to illuminate a room, and the remote is a total joke. But, I like a good bargain and this little dude gives me a great way to connect our home entertainment speakers to our TV and CD player, PLUS I can do awesome karaoke parties in our living room with a wired mic. Bluetooth works, I plan on adding a BT turntable to the this guy as well. It's a good value for the money, and the small size is cool.
5 Stars By PTG on 2017-07-29
Seems solid, is a great, affordable option.
I've been using the PTAU45 for a while, and have loved it. I was excited to upgrade to this one, and so far it has delivered.
It looks and feels solid, has more features (bluetooth, SD, remote, etc), and I've been pleased so far. I haven't yet tested everything, but set-up was simple and general use was easy with great results. This is an affordable way to provide sound to your home or backyard.
5 Stars By Joe P on 2017-02-24
Happy with this little amp.
For the price this little amp is a gem. I connected it to a pair of Dual 125 watt speakers and it sounds very good. It surprisingly picked up many radio stations without the antenna connected and even more when I plugged in the supplied antenna. I will be using it out on my patio. It took a short while to figure out how to operate but I am very happy with it. Like I said you can't beat it for the price! Of course it's not as great as some high priced amps but still... I love it!
5 Stars By Ninja1784 on 2017-08-15
Highly recommend for all around fun
Was skeptical about ordering this from other reviews but went ahead since the money was right.
I had some awesome outdoor speakers that my father gave me and was not sure if this was going to power them enough.
Well at half volume you can hear this system while on the lake behind my house (maybe more than 100 feet out).
I use 6AWG speaker wire and have the two speakers at 200W (they have a selector switch on the back, forgot the name of them).
So I highly recommend this device if you want it in your house or in the backyard. I have it in a cabinet I built in my yard under cover and no issues yet (knock on fake wood).
Take care and god bless.
4 Stars By Lee R on 2016-11-30
Good for Price, Just Don't Expect Too Much
This is probably as low as you'd want to reach for a Bluetooth-capable receiver. For the price, this amp does a lot of things, though very few of them very well, and my actual rating is about 3-1/2 stars, even after factoring price. The manual isn't very good, but that was expected. It does have input for a lot of items, so that's a plus. Be aware that the output only drives two speakers, so using it as a poor man's home theatre isn't a real option here. On the plus side, it was able to easily drive a pair of mid-level Boston Acoustic 8 ohm speakers without noticeable distortion, so it should be more than adequate for most household uses. Some users reported very limited range on the Bluetooth; I didn't experience that problem from 20' inward.
The FM tuner is no better than the one on my MP3 player, but I didn't buy the amp for that purpose. It does an ok job with my MP3 player, phone Bluetooth, and to drive auxiliary speakers for my normal tv home surround sound setup. As reported elsewhere, the remote is sort of worthless; an odd feature is that the power off button will turn off the sound, but the unit will stay lit up. That is a little weird and not fully understood; I really don't need "instant on" for a sound amp.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-05-19
Great receiver for the price(at any price really). It's feature rich for sure! I've only used the radio and daily I stream music from a tablet via blue tooth and it works great for me(unless my wi-fi is acting up). It's built very solid too, which surprised me. Banana plugs are required for the speaker connections. It has a connector for an antenna as well, as there's no internal antenna for the radio. The remote is pretty good, although it has to be directly inline with the unit to be used(if the unit is lower than remote, it won't pick up the signal).
5 Stars By dclark on 2017-05-08
Small but powerful
I purchased this to run a couple of zones in my house. It is small, compact, powerful and has many options for playing music - USB memory key, radio, bluetooth or other input. The only issue I have seen after using it for a number of weeks on a regular basis is the distance for the bluetooth. It is really weak. Within 10' and a clear line of sight you are good.
5 Stars By Gordon H. on 2016-11-26
Great stereo for your garage or tool chest.
I wanted a receiver that would fit in my tool chest. This little guy fit perfect ....I paired it with some small speakers I picked up at Goodwill for $24 ...this things sounds great. Only negatives for me is the station memory is odd and delivery was a little slow....but still 5 stars.
5 Stars By Tracie B on 2017-06-26
We use this for out by the pool, it has worked great!! Easy set up and user friendly!