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Are you sure the iQube 3 can be used to bypass the internal DAC of an iOS device? Because all information points to it being unable to do so.   An owner of the iQube v3 already commented that they couldn't do so.   The PHA-1 doesn't just bypass the DAC of an iOS device, it also bypass the DAC of pretty much anything that uses the 30-pin connector as well.   And the DAC makes a sizable improvement.   I think the T5P would be a good upgrade over the Edition 8, but I...
So I just acquired a PHA-1...   Very good and clear amplifier. It easily outpaces many devices around its price point.   Battery life is not poor at all. I get 4.5 hours with digital input from my iPhone.   As an amp, it lasts for 11 hours with my Vita, which is not shabby at all.   The selling point? That BASS! Oh god... I have not heard bass this good from any portable device at all! It's impactful, visceral, textured, and super solid without any hint of giving...
Yeah, the excess output is noticeable. But it's a controlled boost rather than just extra boom. The amp section of the PHA-1 is very very well-implemented. The boost is even more controlled than the Schiit Magni, which has less than 0.1 Ohm output impedance.   The ES10 is still tuned with low impedance sources in mind (namely my iPhone 5), but my DT770 is now tuned for the PHA-1 because the pairing sounds very nice. That bass is really to die for. I haven't heard bass...
Okay, Sony wins.   They converted me back into a semi-basshead, so... I retuned the DT770 with bass in mind.   I wish good ol' @mikemercer can attend this mini meet, because I would love to get his opinions on this DT770.   Daniel, I think you'll like this one very much. I tried my best to shave that treble down, so hopefully it won't be too bright for you.   Still keeping that smooth and slightly sweet midrange, of course.
Well, I'll bring the PHA-1 this time, so you can play around with it on your other cans. I'm retuning my headphones based on it because it sounds obviously better than anything else I have right now. It just sounds right. Perhaps the iQube is a more refined amp, but since I can tune my headphones for that extra refinement, the PHA-1 would work just fine. Plus I can use the PHA-1 as a DAC with my portable devices. The iQube, on the other hand, can't replace the DAC of my...
 Pretty much like the above poster, but... for better midrange, go for... Bottlehead Crack
 Oh... now you're just teasing! Just kidding. Really, I'd LOVE to. But wouldn't that leave you with practically nothing to enjoy other than a pair of HD800 and the Balancing Act?? I'd feel really bad since I'm holding on to a lot of your gears already.  My guess... it was probably because you used the ESW9A to test. If you were using something else... like a DT770 or the ES10... you'd hear... the BASS! Oh man... that bass. It makes me want to go back to being a...
 Hopefully I'll receive it tomorrow. Comparison to Magni, Vali, and Bottlehead Crack imminent. I suspect the Crack would be a better amp overall, but the Vali and Magni might well be beaten. It's not like I haven't heard the PHA-1 before. It impressed me the last time while driving the LCD-XC prototype.
And here's another mini-meet: SF Bay Area mini-meet   And it seems we do have another meet coming up in July now. Sorry for not updating the thread! Will do so now.
Why!? WHY!??   I'm still abroad by July 19...   Ah well, have fun without me, folks. I'll see you guys at CAS if we also have a meet by then.
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