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Kinter MA-170 2-Channel Mini Amplifier Bass Treble RCA In 2x18W

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The Kinter MA-170 amplifier offers an unstoppable combination of clean power, simple operation, and great looks.
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Part # 310-372
  • Adjustable bass and treble for lifelike sound
  • Pulsating LEDs change color
  • Extruded aluminum housing with mounting tabs
  • RCA source inputs
  • Power supply sold separately

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Kinter MA-170 2-Channel Mini Amplifier Bass Treble RCA In 2x18W

Kinter's MA-170 mini amplifier is the new value leader in audio amplifiers, with 18 watts of robust power per channel and a stylish, modern appearance. The latest in IC-based amplifier technology delivers smooth, natural sound without fatigue or distortion, while running cool and drawing minimal power.

The Kinter MA-170 is the real deal! You can use the MA-170 in a 2-channel home audio system, or build its capability into a portable unit that can be taken anywhere. RCA inputs and convenient spring terminal outputs will work with virtually any source and speakers to create a great sounding audio system. The black anodized aluminum housing's integrated mounting tabs make it easy to mount the amp anywhere. The glowing LEDs really set the mood for any music genre.

Specifications: • Power output: 2 x 18 watts • Input impedance: 47K ohms • Output impedance: 4 - 16 ohms • Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz • Minimum THD: ≤0.02% • Input voltage: 9 - 14.4 VDC • Rated input current: 1A - 3A • DC plug size: 2.1 mm x 5.5 mm •12V power supply sold separately • Dimensions: 4-7/8" L x 1-5/8" W x 4-5/8" D.

Kinter MA-170 2-Channel Mini Amplifier Bass Treble RCA In 2x18W
  • BrandKinter
  • ModelMA-170
  • Part Number310-372
  • UPC848864015262
  • Product CategoryHome Audio Amplifiers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (21 Reviews)
  • Weight0.5000 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.


Kinter MA-170 2-Channel Mini Amplifier Bass Treble RCA In 2x18W
Kinter MA-170 2-Channel Mini Amplifier Bass Treble RCA In 2x18W is rated 3.9524 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet sounding little toy for nearfield listeningI threw this into my last order to break the $100 mark and get the free shipping. I'm running it off of Model PS-SP11111 12 VDC 3A AC Power Adapter. Didn't expect much, given my experience with similar toys, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I hooked it up to some "real" 8 Ohm speakers of average efficiency and heard some quite lovely sound at adequate levels from several favorite well-recorded CDs. This was in a nearfield setup, with the speakers about 4' apart and listening chair about 4' in front of them.Of course, the output is quite limited and the advertised spec (as is typical with such products) is sheer fantasy -- there's NO WAY a class AB amp, maybe 50% efficient, with a 36W power supply in can produce 2x18W out! I figure that with both channels running, I'm getting maybe 4 or 5W RMS with 8 or 9W peak. Probably less, because it plays cleanest with the volume control set at about 1:00. Past 3:00, distortion starts to become audible and bothersome, without much increase in SPL. Still, it's far less offensive than the UGLY distortion put out by certain little Class D amps (I have two different models, and won't mention the brand) when they are even slightly overdriven.Now, if you have a pair of ultra-efficient horn speakers like Klipsch or Cerwin Vega, this little amp could probably drive them loud enough to fill your house with sound. With normal speakers, you will be limited to nearfield listening. A desktop setup, with this amp and some decent small speakers, would beat the pants off typical amplified computer speakers. A gutsier power supply, say 12V x 5A, might squeeze a bit more out of it.The bass and treble controls seem to work as intended, with gain/cut in very small increments, which is good. Of course, it sounds best with both set for flat response. There seems to be a bit of built-in boost around 100Hz, which will get a bit more apparent bass out of the kind of small speakers it was obviously intended to drive.The shifting-color LED light behind the volume control seems to have been thrown in as a bit of whimsical weirdness by some engineer with a sense of humor. I doubt if it adds much to the cost.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SparkleAgain, for the money, and Parts Express service. Can't go wrong. Picked this little amp up to run a set of piezo tweeters (bird houses) to add a little more sparkle to the sound. Piezos are high passed at 3.5k in combo with this amp hit the mark. The bass, treble, and volume are way smoother than I expected. I have noticed after it sits for a few days it cracks quite loud when powered on, and a moment or two of static in the volume, but it clears right up. Got back in to audio and cabinet design / building after a 20 year laps. Just was not happy with the out of the box systems and components that have been coming down the line. So, back to basics, and that warmth in sound that has been missing. Two channels, three amps, 540 watts @ 6 ohm on tap. Life is good. Thanks to the good folks at Parts Express
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need an amp for computer speakers. This is it!I bought this to power a pair of computer speakers and it does that well. The slowly changing front dial light is kinda strange, but one learns to ignore that. It gets 5 stars because it does the job well with no drama. It simply works.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mini amp big soundI bought this unit to use with in my garage. It works fine with my phone as an input and fills the room with sound with my generic 5.5 inch two=way speakers.
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works and sounds great!I needed an amp for computer speakers and thought this should work good. I bought 2 299-680 Phillips TV speakers and built little boxes for them. The sound is better than any computer speaker I have ever heard! Next, I am going to use the same combo for a sound dock for the grand kids.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't find a fault...Bought this for my first speaker build. Powering 2 Hivi b3ns in a .56 cu ft3 ported enclosure. Powers speakers just right, and sounds great as a boombox. Has yet to even get warm after hours of playing.
Date published: 2015-02-24
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Kinter MA-170 2-Channel Mini Amplifier Bass Treble RCA In 2x18W

where do you get the power supply for ma 170

Asked by: daddydo
The power supplies in the related products section should be fine with this, currently we have #182-886 and #129-012 which will both work.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2015-02-12

Hi can you mount this (the kinter amp) inside a closed box? the instructions say use in ventilated area. the amp does not seem to get warm. thanks

Asked by: spudsho
Ventilation is required for this amplifier but as long as the box will leave some air space around the amp you shouldn't have any problems.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-11

Is this a class D or AB amp? What chip does it use?

Asked by: Ed240
These are class AB, the chip used is not specified by the manufacturer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-04

What version is this? MA170E?

Asked by: rinthesun
The model number on the box and amplifier are MA-170.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-11-19

Will the Kinter MA-170 amplifier power two 8", 8 ohm JBL Industrial Series speakers? Is it bridgeable to increase output?

Asked by: BobbieJim
This amplifier will power them but it may be limited on total output depending on the application. Unfortunately they cannot be bridged.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-21

What kind of power cable does this come with?

Asked by: Bld0121
This does not include a power cable but requires a 2.1mm x 5.5mm DC plug.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-08
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