Best whole home audio amp under $200/unit | Arylic A50 Review
Sonos Amp is expensive. What did I, a discerning audio enthusiast, do when they cannot justify the price of Sonos Amp? I searched for an alternative. After nearly a week of searching, I discovered the Arylic A50. I’ve been playing with it for a couple of days, and I’ve got some thoughts. To set the bar, this is pretty affordable since I picked it up on sale from the manufacturer’s website for just $169.
The Amp is sturdily built. It’s a robust metal enclosure. The front panel is glossy black and has a window for a light and IR receiver for the included remote, which has basic controls. I only used it once, to turn it on. After setup, which was pretty easy to figure out by reading the manual with plenty of screenshots to walk me through, I used the 4Stream app on both my Samsung and my iPhone to control the Amp. The 4Stream app has native support for 24bit .flac playback. AirPlay works with my iPhone. The 4Stream app also has internet radio integrations, which worked well. It also supports, Interestingly, it also includes an RCA-RCA cable for use as a pre-amp and a 3.5mm-RCA for line-in.
This Amp can drive 2x50w at 8ohms. I used a pair of JBL MR26 bookshelf speakers to test the amp. (8ohm, up to 100w) It didn’t get even the slightest bit warm after about two hours of continuous playback at about 60% volume. I linked it with my Google Home Mini for audio output, and it worked okay. The Bluetooth 5 quality is pretty good because of the well-sized, rotatable antennae on the back panel. The Google Home Mini does have an issue with stuttering audio, which isn’t the amps fault. I tried Bluetooth with my iPhone X and my Galaxy S9+ with absolutely no problems. While speaking on connectivity, I should mention this supports multi-room playback for whole-home audio installs, just like Sonos. On the box, it shows that it is compatible with Spotify Connect, but I later found out in the manual and the Spotify app that this device requires Spotify Premium. I don’t know why. I didn’t even know that there are premium requirements for select Spotify connect devices. I bypassed that by just using Bluetooth and the included 3.5mm-RCA cable.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the amp. I’d recommend it for people who aren’t willing to shell out an arm and a leg for Sonos. Any thoughts or questions on this?
Not sponsored, I bought because I saw people on youtube using the board for building smart speakers.