Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T Digital AC/DC Mini Amplifier 15 WPC

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Dayton Audio's DTA-1 mini amplifier has the heart of a serious performer, in a truly portable package. The DTA-1's Class-T output chip produces imaging, dynamics, and sound quality that rival esoteric tube amps—up to 15 watts per channel is on tap to push compact speakers.
  • 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
  • Superior, hi-fi sound quality
  • Soft turn-on eliminates annoying speaker pop
  • CE and RoHS rated design
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Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T Digital AC/DC Mini Amplifier 15 WPC

Don't let the compact size fool you—Dayton Audio's DTA-1 mini amplifier is a serious piece of audio gear. A proprietary Class-T amplifier chip enables the DTA-1 to be 88% efficient while still producing pristine, high-resolution output. This makes the DTA-1 T-Amp an obvious choice for powering high efficiency single driver speakers. Up to 15 watts of power per channel is on tap to drive desktop and bookshelf speakers, for the ultimate portable hi-fi setup at home or in your office.

The Dayton Audio DTA-1 T-Amp can run off of 8 AA batteries for total portability, or the included switching power supply (with quick-release US and European style plugs) for stationary use. A rear mounted 3.5 mm stereo (1/8") audio input is provided. The amplifier also includes a 6" long, coiled male-to-male 3.5 mm cable for making connections to iPods, MP3 players, PCs, and portable CD or DVD players. Spring-loaded push terminals are incorporated for quick speaker wire termination. Intelligent short-circuit and over-temperature protection ensure amplifier longevity. The Dayton Audio DTA-1 is the perfect replacement for the now unavailable Sonic Impact 5066 NIB class T amplifier. Dayton Audio has taken the technology developed for the Sonic Impact 5066 and perfected it in this hand-held digital amplifier.

Specifications: • Power output: 2 x 15 watts RMS (into 4 ohms @ 10% THD), 2 x 10 watts RMS (into 4 ohms @ 0.1% THD) • Efficiency: Greater than 88% • Dynamic range: 102 dB • Dimensions: 2" H x 6-1/8" W x 3-3/4" D

Product Specifications
  • Power Output (RMS Per Channel @ 8 ohms)10 Watts
  • Power (RMS/Channel 8 ohms)0 - 25 Watts
  • Special FeaturesClass T,Battery Operated
  • Weight Range< 10 lbs.
Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T Digital AC/DC Mini Amplifier 15 WPC
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDTA-1
  • Part Number300-380
  • UPC844632074356
  • Product CategoryAmplifiers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (105 Reviews)
  • Weight1.1 lbs.
  • Case Qty24
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T Digital AC/DC Mini Amplifier 15 WPC
Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T Digital AC/DC Mini Amplifier 15 WPC is rated 4.2381 out of 5 by 105.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sounds Good.... but....We bought this about a year ago. The amp sounds really great.. but one side quit working after 3 or 4 months.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good things come in small packages!I bought this amp almost 2 years ago and has provided some serious bang for your buck! After going through countless cheap, horrible sounding, clunky stereo cd receivers working in our Chick-fil-a's kitchen I decided to wire up some decent speakers and tuck away this amp, its so compact the whole system stayed out of the way of everything and sounded pretty good, considering the speaker placement and acoustics of the kitchen. I was worried it might not have enough power to really be heard in a loud kitchen but buy was I wrong! this little amp has plenty of power, without a lot of distortion at that. This little guy got us in trouble plenty of times because it could be easily heard through the whole store at only half volume.Fast forward year later I left Chick-fil-a and the amp got little to no use after I left so I switched it out for a clunky junker and after a deep cleaning shes running desk duty with 2 great infinity speakers and sounds better than any other receiver I own. So far she hasn't died, and hasn't been able to be replaced.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Basic Two Speaker AmpUsed With Batteries or Provided Power Cord This Little Amp Does The Job.I used it to run a set of speakers mounted on stands next to my bed. The TV is mount on the wall on the other side of the room and I did not want to turn the TV all the way up so I could hear it. The little blue LED does not cause an issue with viewing the TV at night, if it did a little black marker would do the trick.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dayton DTA-1 AmplifierI was Worried about battery life on this amp. and was surprised that the AA batteries lasted so long. there is no tone adjustment and would like to have adjustment in future models. i have a mp3 player hooked up to the unit and also have some polk audio speakers. sounds very good for a small amp.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from DOAAfter it's all said and done, it won't work. To their credit, PE is replacing it for the cost of returning the original.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please give it a better battery compartment!Many people don't realize how far 1 watt will take them. With stereos claiming 1000 watt power ratings these days, they may snicker at the 15 WPC rating of this amp but don't let that fool you. This is one powerful little amp! (and this is coming from a guy that has a CEA 2006 certified 1200 watt RMS amp powering the subs in his trunk)Right now I'm powering a pair of JL Audio TR650-CSi 6.5" component speakers with this amp, and I am impressed by how loud it can go.My only complaint is the horrible battery compartment. They need to redesign it so that it is MUCH easier to replace the batteries. The springs are made of extremely soft metal. It is near impossible to install the batteries without bending one or more of the springs sideways, and then you have to straighten them out with a small screwdriver.I would prefer a battery compartment that holds a single row of batteries so that I can easily pull each of them them out with my fingers instead of having to bang them out. There is a red fabric tape you can pull to get the batteries out but I don't find it helpful and it gets in the way when you're trying to close the cover.But the good thing is that the batteries last a very long time (several days of listening). I'm using MAHA Imedions right now but I'm using an external battery holder that holds 10 cells (1.2V x 10 = 12V).I also don't really like the shape of the unit. I would have preferred a more rectangular shape so that it can be more easily integrated into a portable speaker.The blue power LED looks great.I don't know if this is asking too much but it would be nice if it had some tone controls (parametric even - or if you could design a portable EQ because no one seems to make one). Small drivers these days have incredible output potential but they often require heavy EQ to do it (think Bose Soundlink Mini), so having EQ could mean the difference between an ok sounding portable speaker to one that rivals much larger speakers.Anyway, overall I am extremely pleased with this amplifier!
Date published: 2014-03-23

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Dayton Audio DTA-1 Class T Digital AC/DC Mini Amplifier 15 WPC

How could I add a headphone jack to this amp?

I'd like to use this amp to power headphones, but offhand I don't see any way to do this. Any suggestions?
Asked by: nebulax
a dual channel l-pad and two non inductive resistors 500 ohm and a headphone jack , let someone(tech) wire it correctly or use a old style car stereo to amp phono input adapter, soldier a headphone jack to the phono ends , this drops the level to a 1.5 volt peak to peak output , this is the same power level as a pre out on a head unit. You may want to choose an amp that has a headphone output for a few $ more[no hook up hassles]
Answered by: digitalhaven 53
Date published: 2013-09-20

Too much current draw for power from car cigarette lighter?

This might be a dumb question, so forgive me if I'm missing something...I noticed that this DTA-1 amp can draw 2.75A at full power. I imagine current draw would be much lower under normal use, even in a car. I have no idea what the safe maximum current draw is from a car cigarette lighter. Any idea if it would be reasonable to power this amp from a car's cigarette lighter?
Asked by: rongon
Although it can vary from one to another, I'd say 10A is fairly common for today's vehicle. Most cigarette lighters have a dedicated fuse, so you could always check the fuse diagram for your particular vehicle. At any rate, I don't think the DTA-1 would be capable of drawing more power than a standard lighter socket could provide.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2013-11-09

how long would this run on 2200 mah rechargable AAs?

Asked by: Jake
In order to determine longevity on batteries, you have to use maximum power output multiplied by 1.1 (since this amplifier is 90% or so efficient).Maximum power consumption is 33W. Divide maximum power by the supply voltage to find current. With a 12V supply, the current drawn is 2.75A.Your batteries deliver 2.2A per hour, divide the current drawn from the amplifier by 2.2 to find longevity. Under maximum power conditions, your batteries should last 0.8 hours or 48 minutes. This is the minimum time you should expect.Most DTA-1 users are probably using around 1 to 2 watts per channel under normal listening conditions. This changes the longevity to roughly 6 hours.Basically you should expect 1 to 6 hours under normal listening conditions.
Answered by: mikevv
Date published: 2013-12-21

Will this accept banana plugs?

I bought a DTA-1 a while back and haven't used it yet. Planning to set it up for PC audio with the 3.5mm cable. However for speaker cable, will it only accept bare wire? I emailed post-purchase and the agent said it will take 16-gauge maximum, so I suspect only bare wire? Thanks!
Asked by: Siper2
Unfortunately no, this will only accept bare speaker wire or speaker wire pins.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2012-08-21

loud enough with 4ohm speaker?

How much of a differance is a 8 ohm speaker and a 4 ohm speaker? does it make a diffrence in loudness? i want to hook this up straight to my max 35 watt, 4 ohm speaker with my ipod. it must be louder than an ipod dock or similar products. i want to be able to have musice playing for a group of 8-12 people indoors or outdoors. Thanks for the help!
Asked by: ricky jay
All things being equal, the 4ohm speaker will play 3db louder than the 8ohm speaker.For that many people, indoors it will do fine for background music, but I wouldn't use it outdoors as it's just not enough power.
Answered by: Doug76
Date published: 2011-12-22


Asked by: Promoguy
No, the DTA-1 amp does not have an auto turn on feature. It requires you to turn it on manually via the on/off volume control. Because of the efficiency of the amp, if you use the provided power supply you could leave it on and power consumption would be near zero until it received an audio signal from you Comcast unit to amplify.
Answered by: Nitnub
Date published: 2013-12-21


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