Updated December 02, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Class D Amplifiers

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Unlike the linear and hybrid topologies of their relatives, class D amplifiers deliver punchy sound and plenty of wattage, without the significant heat dissipation and power draw. Aside from being light on energy use, they're generally quite easy on the wallet, and tend to be among the most compact available. We've ranked the best around for home entertainment and car stereo setups. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best class d amplifier on Amazon.

10. NAD D 7050

9. Alpine V-Power

8. Topping TP30

7. Ignite R1600

6. Behringer Europower

5. Skar RP Series

4. Dayton DTA-1

3. Fosi BT20A

2. Power Acoustik RZ1

1. SMSL AD18

Editor's Notes

November 29, 2018:

Class D amplification is one of the 21st century's less-heralded advancements; the technology's been refined over the last fifteen or so years to the point where many users are more than satisfied with the class's output quality. Plus, they're pretty small, extremely lightweight, and (generally) don't get very hot. For two-channel use at home, it's hard to beat the Dayton in terms of price and simplicity (note: "Class T" is simply a partially refined version of class D topology). We particularly like the SMSL for powering a Windows- or Android-based setup, as it's versatile, powerful, and easy to control from across the room. There's no shortage of impressive car audio options, either, and the Power Acoustik has about as good of a price-to-performance ratio as you'll find. Finally, the Skar is a fantastic choice if you have massive (and highly durable) subs that call for exceptional power levels.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 02, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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