Summary: I understand why this was discounted so heavily. With only a USB and an RCA input, it's practically useless. When I say RCA, I mean it has two RCA cables hardwired and coming OUT of it. Weird. Might as well have a cassette player in it. No wonder there were no pictures of the back of it. Sending it back.
Excellent no frills MP3 player; good class A amplifier. No display, no remote, no tone controls.
Richard L. Baty, Amazon
16 November 2013
Summary: The Pyle PCAU11 is an amplifier packaged with a MP3 player. The amplifier is a single IC (TDA7360) Class A stereo amplifier which is inverting input to output with a RMS output power into 8 Ohms of about 2 watts (31 watts peak to peak into 4 ohms). The Pyle PCAU11 has a Capacitor coupled output (goes with class A) and therefore has no output voltage offset. The amplifier does not have tone controls, and if you need them, consider something else.
Excerpt: This unit fit for what I needed it for. Great amp. Clear sound. Great Price. Would be nice to have had a folder skip button. It only has a forward and reverse and play. Also a remote would be nice.
it's pretty good, and exceptional for its price range.
Erik A. Berger, Amazon
6 February 2012
Summary: I bought this to power my bathroom wall speakers during showers, so I wanted something cheap that would do the job as I was sick of using a modified Memorex alarm clock as the speaker amp! it goes more than loud enough to be uncomfortable with a pair of 8 inch speakers, so if you're worried about that 3w @ 8ohm @ 1% THD rating, don't. it pushes more than that and it doesn't distort even at maximum volume.
Excerpt: This little amp works wonder. I have it hooked up to a pair of two bookshelf speakers with 6 1/2" woofers, and it really belts out the sound, easily filling my living room with clean, undistorted sound. Highly recommended.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
Summary: I ordered the because I wanted a way to power a pair of speakers with push-button terminals from my laptop. I thought I could run a USB cable from my computer to the Pyle amplifier, and then I could send audio to my speakers. That doesn't work. You can plug an mp3 player into the amplifier but, as I understand it, you still need an interface if you want to send audio from your computer to the Pyle. So, for about the same cost, I found an interface and amp on ebay.
Summary: This is a neat little unit. It is little, 5.6 x 2.17 x 4.21 inches, and because instead of 15 Watt it is, according to their spec. sheet, 3 watts @ 1% THD into 4 ohms, 15 Watts "Max Power" into 4 ohms. I especially like the USB input. I wish it didn't beep everytime you push a control but I can get past that. I have it hooked up to a pair of Bogen FG-30 speakers, which are 8 ohm.
Summary: I have two other Pyle amps and they are an excellent value. They are compact and well designed. This PCAU11 has a different setup than you might expect: it has the one RCA jack as referenced in its description but that RCA jack is a male hard wired 1 foot cable - NOT the female (red & white) that you expect to see. Why Pyle went with this design is a mystery to me. I sent it back and, as per usual, no hassle from Amazon with the return.