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Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T Mini Amplifier 60 WPC

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The small and powerful Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T amplifier installs virtually anywhere. It produces big-amp sound while occupying minimal space on your desk or A/V cabinet.
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Part # 300-3800
  • Audiophile-quality sound reproduction, extremely low distortion, fits almost anywhere
  • Ultra-quiet 103 dB signal to noise ratio (A-weighted)
  • 40 WPC continuous into an 8 ohm load, 60 WPC continuous into a 4 ohm load
  • Front-mounted 3.5 mm input and rear RCA inputs
  • Quad mini binding posts accept bare wire or banana plugs
  • Compact extruded aluminum heat sink enclosure
  • Thick, stylish black-anodized aluminum face plate

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Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T Mini Amplifier 60 WPC

Everything You Need in a Mini Amp

Dayton Audio has revamped the popular DTA-100 mini amplifier with an all-new design that improves on every part of the DTA-100's performance. The result is the Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T digital amplifier. It's everything you need in a mini amp, delivering the performance of enormous hi-fi gear, and smart features you'll wonder how you lived without...and thanks to the space-saving design, it fits and installs practically anywhere!

Big-Amplifier Power

The DTA-120 amplifier delivers the power of a monster amplifier, but in a tiny package. Thanks to Tripath's proprietary Class T technology, plus a robust Dual Parallel BTL configuration, the DTA-120 tackles the toughest speaker loads with ease -- while delivering the sound quality and low distortion of a conventional Class AB amplifier. The dual-power-chip design delivers 60 watts (RMS) per channel of efficient power into an 4 ohm load (up to 120 watts total), and 40 watts (RMS) into 8 ohms – continuously, with no reduction in output. That means powerful bass and clear output that keeps on going, even with the most demanding speakers.

Convenient, Small Size

With the DTA-120 amplifier, you get the most power possible from the smallest footprint imaginable. At under 3-1/2" wide, 2-1/4" tall, and 6" deep, the DTA-120 delivers more power per cubic inch than any other mini amplifier. All this is thanks to the revolutionary, cool-running Class T digital PWM amplifier technology and the extruded aluminum heatsink case. The robust external switching power supply hides out of sight. But since it can supply high current with even higher peaks, the DTA-120 can easily drive HUGE speakers.

High-End Features and Quality

The DTA-120 amplifier delivers the features you expect in a much more expensive amplifier, at a fraction of the size and price. The housing is black-anodized aluminum, with a thick machined faceplate and a silky-smooth volume control. The rear panel features high-quality, gold-plated RCA inputs and shielded, gold-plated 5-way binding posts that accept any type of speaker cable. A high-current DC power jack is also used to ensure maximum power transfer to the amp. On the front panel, there's a second 3.5 mm audio input jack, as well as a 1/4" headphone jack that receives its signal from a separate, high-quality headphone amplifier stage controlled by the main volume knob. (3.5 mm to 1/4" adapter included.)

Works With ALL Your Sources

In a world of changing digital and wireless specifications, the high-quality analog design of the DTA-120 remains virtually future-proof. Just connect it to any device with a headphone output jack and begin enjoying powerful, high-quality audio through your own speakers. Short signal paths inside the amplifier preserve all the quality of the input signal, and the DTA-120 automatically switches from the rear inputs to the front input when connected. No switches to flip, and just one knob. The DTA-120 is the perfect complement to your smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC, television, or any other audio source.

Head-Fi Friendly Design

The DTA-120 is the ultimate desktop amplifier. Not only can it drive even the smallest and least-efficient speakers to almost painful levels without strain, making it perfect for powering desktop mini-monitor speakers, but it also offers a separate solid-state headphone amplifier stage capable of powering even the most demanding headphones to high listening levels while preserving clarity, detail, and a refined sonic character. However you like to listen at your desk, the DTA-120 is the perfect partner.

Specifications: • Output power: 40W RMS x 2 @ 8 ohms, 60W RMS x 2 @ 4 ohms • Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.01% @ 30W, <0.1% @ 60W • Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz (+0/-1 dB at 8 ohms, +0/-3 dB at 4 ohms) • Signal-to-noise ratio: 103 dB, A weighted • Input sensitivity: 750 mV (full volume) via rear input • Inputs: Rear stereo RCA, front 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack • Outputs: dual shielded, gold-plated mini binding posts (banana plugs accepted) • Power supply: Input: 100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 1.6A; Output: 24 VDC, 5A continuous, with 2.5 mm DC plug • Power efficiency: >85% • Dimensions: Faceplate dimensions: 1-29/32" H x 3-3/8" W x 5/16" D • Body dimensions: 1-3/4" H x 3-1/8" W x 4-5/8" D • Overall dimensions: 2" H x 3.375" W x 6.25" D (including feet, faceplate, and volume knob).

c|net Review - March 15, 2014

Product Specifications
  • Special FeaturesClass T
Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T Mini Amplifier 60 WPC
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDTA-120
  • Part Number300-3800
  • UPC848791001086
  • Product CategoryHome Audio Amplifiers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (58 Reviews)
  • Weight3 lbs.
  • 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.


Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T Mini Amplifier 60 WPC
Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T Mini Amplifier 60 WPC is rated 4.5345 out of 5 by 58.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Broke in a weekThe on/off indicator light broke in a week. Called for an exchange. We'll see how the second one works.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended AmpI've had this for a year and like it. I used it as an integrated amp for a while, then as a power amp with a NAD 1020.The three best features of this amp are how good it sounds for the price, how small it is, and how utterly quiet it is when on with no music playing. Drop dead quiet. I forget and leave it on all the time.I will probably never get rid of it, I'll just move it to different duty until it dies. The free banana plugs were nice, too.Why 4 stars instead of 5? Because some day I would like to upgrade it in my current setup, so I don't consider it perfect, just excellent for the price. If you're looking to keep to a budget and are looking for max performance vs price, this is probably your amp.My setup: Speakers are Pioneer SP-BS41-LRs connected with cheap speaker cables. I play digital music, AAC and Apple Lossless, from my airport express, AAC and mp3 from my wife's iPod touch through the front mp3 accessory plug, struggling tapes from my old struggling Denon tape player, radio from my also struggling Technics Digital Tuner, and records from my Audio-Technica AT-60. (When plugged directly into the amp, the AT-60 has a powered pre-amp that you can turn on. When plugged into the NAD 1020, I turned that pre-amp off and used the phono pre-amp in the 1020.) All inputs are connected via Parts-Express budget RCA cables. When paired with the NAD 1020, I use the high output on the NAD. I rarely have the volume past 12 o'clock so I can't speak to higher volumes. I listen to jazz, blues, various electronica, rock, pop, classical, and a little r&b and hip-hop.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome amp for a small roomI have this amp hooked up to daytons sub 1000 and some pinalce s fit 150's sounds better then expected sound is very clean and detailed
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sounding, reliable ampI've had this amp for over a year now, and I've been very satisfied with it. It works great with my pair of speakers from a Sony MHC-EC55 stereo. It doesn't have fancy features like bluetooth or optical audio in, but it delivers the all the power these speakers can handle, and sounds great. The only problem I've had is that portable mp3 players, most of which use the headphone cable as an FM antenna, don't tend to work with this when trying to use the radio functionality. I suspect it's due to interference from the high frequency switching current inside the amplifier. But other than that, it's just what I needed since the receiver that came with the stereo broke.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Promising, then DisappointedI needed a compact amp for an outdoor patio application. Signals are coming from an Apple Airport Express fed from my iTunes library. All my music is in Apple Lossless format. My need calls for clean but not loud sound (neighbors!). A 10w/channel class T I already had worked OK, but was not loud enough. This amp. should have been overkill in terms of power, and so should have matched the requirement.Initially, it seemed fine, but after only a short time, I was aware the sound quality was lacking in clarity and became quickly fatiguing. Experimenting across a range of known tracks revealed a sort of uneasy grittiness in the midrange. At slightly higher volume levels (about half way on the dial), or transients in the music, the grittiness gave way to painful distortion and proved totally unlistenable.(PE took it back for a full credit. I replaced it with Dayton's 15w/channel mini class D amp, which operates perfectly, and plays to very loud levels without any noticeable distortion.)Based on my experience, I cannot recommend this product. I question the 60w/channel claim, unless qualified with THD of 100%!!
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm just stunned...My DTA-120 arrived a few days ago. I had a difficult time believing that this tiny amp before me would impress much. That belief immediately went by the wayside when I connected the amp and listened. Phenomenal is the first word that came to mind when I listened to this remarkable little amp. I chose the Dayton amp over its primary competition, the Lepai LP2020, primarily because the Dayton has twice the rated power into 8 ohms. The Lepai's aesthetics also left a lot to be desired. I brought the Dayton home and started by giving it a challenge: inefficient speakers. I connected a pair of Pioneer Andrew Jones SP-BS41-LR bookshelf speakers, with a rated sensitivity of only 85 dB and an impedance of 6 ohms...a challenge for any amplifier. The speakers were mounted on 24" stands and were placed approximately 4 ft. from the wall behind them. Listened to a broad spectrum of music (rock, jazz, classical, etc.), and was pleasantly surprised at how the Dayton didn't seem to be fazed by anything. Listening to Laurie Anderson's "Bright Red", I could immediately tell this amplifier was done right. The soundstage was nice and wide, but I was stunned by how deep! I felt I could literally reach out and touch Laurie's face. Listening to Blue October's "Foiled", several of the songs on this CD are closely miked and the sound is appropriately "in your face". Listening to "Everlasting Friend" and especially "18th Floor Balcony", I was actually sad when the song ended...I didn't want it to end. That's how profoundly well-represented the music was by this amp. Turning to Mahler's 9th (4th movement), the intense gripping desperation of the 4th movement was palpable. Again...I didn't want it to end.I cannot recommended this amp strongly enough. I was absolutely floored by its performance. I still can't believe such powerful sound is coming from such a tiny amp. And you can't beat the price --- regular $139 but I got mine brand new for $99!Go to the Parts Express website and get yourself one of these gems RIGHT NOW! I will definitely be getting myself a second one of these soon!
Date published: 2015-07-11
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Dayton Audio DTA-120 Class T Mini Amplifier 60 WPC

Can this T-Amp be used with a Stereo Equalizer? I wish to correct the sound to my liking because there are no Bass or Treble tone controls on the unit to do so, like the excellently designed Lepai - LP-2020A+ T-Amp has.

Asked by: Pain for Fun 1980
Yes, but the EQ will have to be placed between the source and the amp itself.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-10-01

can i use this amp as a booster for my speakers i have on the wall by my projector screen to plug the 3.5mm audio out on my projector

Asked by: projector
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-09-30

Can I use this to bi-amp a bi-ampable speaker by running a Y-cable from my preamp to split the signal, connecting the ends to the DTA-120's L&R inputs, and then connecting the DTA-120's L&R outs to the the speaker posts (R for the highs, L for the lows)?

Asked by: tws4

Hi, Can the rca input be used as an input for a tube preamp? Thank You. Jeff

Asked by: jfrizz49
I might be a little off on my terms here--as I recall the input impedance is a little non-standard on this amp. I use an old NAD 1020 preamp with it, and it works fine because the NAD has high and low outs, and this amp requires (works best according to the internet) using the high outs. I did the research back when I paired it all together, and don't remember ANY of it now, but research the input of this vs the output of your pre for a good match.
Answered by: kurtt
Date published: 2015-09-12

Can you safely hook up a subwoofer and a set of bookshelf speakers to this amplifier by using a Y splitter RCA adapter in the rca inputs on the back? I have the dayton audio 8 inch 80 watt subwoofer, and a set of nd91 4 ohm dayton audio speakers. 

Asked by: Chris Colburn
Yes you can wire it this way, although the volume on the amplifier will not control the subwoofer volume. The only way to wire them together properly is to use the speaker level inputs and outputs on the subwoofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-09-01

Would this Amp be powerful enough to drive 4 Yamaha Ceiling Speakers NS-IW480CWH? ( 8 ohm, Nom Input 35 W, Max Input 120 W)

Asked by: mattclat
This should have no problem powering four of those speakers.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-09-01
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