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Cypher Labs Algorhythm Picollo

Picollo from Cypherlabs: A simple, small, compact yet powerful amp with a very low noise floor

AnakChan

Pros: Detailed sounding, compact, long lasting battery, powerful, very low noise floor, under 1 ohm headphone impedance out

Cons: A neutral bass gives it a somewhat dry analytical sound (could be a Pro if that's your preference though), smallish soundstage

Introduction   Cypherlabs' new Algorhythm Picollo is the latest addition to its portable component offerings. It's a no fuss simple single ended input/output amp that charges via a standard microUSB 5V port in the rear. It's claimed to last for more than 24+ hours on a single charge. No OpAmps were used but instead a discrete component layout consisting of 10 pairs of matched...
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Good starter amp, but small soundstage and slight sibilance are a deal breaker
Good starter amp, but small soundstage and slight sibilance are a deal breaker

FiiO E11

Pros: decently powerful, strong bass, long battery life, light weight

Cons: small soundstage, can get sibilant, slight hiss, can't use when charging

Really solid portable amp in it's price range
Really solid portable amp in it's price range

Gemini Doctor WS 1.2 Blue Bird Portable Amp

Pros: Able to drive higher impedance headphones relatively easily(250-300 ohms is ideal), Price is right, solid customer support, and nice minimal aestetics

Cons: Not very much info on internal chips, not feature heavy like some, but they do advertise it as such( no problem for me). No on and off switch

A world-class foundation for bespoke, tailored sound
A world-class foundation for bespoke, tailored sound
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Electric Avenues PA2V2

Electric Avenues PA2V2

“ For quite some time that I wanted to get a portable amp that could make the sound more lively, with low noise and still be able to pump enough juice to some more power hungry cans, and PA2V2 definitely suited me.   The amp was used with different gear, so I could check it was a good purchase (aside from all raving reviews) and I couldn't be happier. I listened through Philips...” --Roller

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO E11

FiiO E11

“ Overview/Design (9/10) This is primarily designed to amplify sound out of mobile devices that do not get loud enough for you, either because they are low quality, your headphones are not sensitive enough, or you’re going deft :). As a bonus, it has a built in bass boost with 3 settings (off, 1, 2). It also has a good quality easily replaceable Lithium Ion battery (BL-5B), and comes with...” --rigodeni

91% Positive Reviews
JDS Labs CMoyBB

JDS Labs CMoyBB

“ This is my fist headphone amp, so I don't have anything to compare it to. I have the Sennheiser HD598 headphones and my first generation Microsoft Zune had a tough time giving them enough power. The CMoyBB makes a huge difference! I can now listen to music as loud, and louder, than I want to. The CMoyBB could easily blow my headphones if I wanted to, that's how powerful it is. There is no...” --Tristan944

100% Positive Reviews
Headstage Arrow 12HE

Headstage Arrow 12HE

“   The GOOD: -- Size: very small and pairs well with a J3, iTouch, Sony X-Series, iPod Classic or similar device. -- Battery life: as said before, simply amazing! -- Construction: very solid and well built.  Great switches, with a firm feel and nice "click" to them -- Form Factor: Second to NONE!  All of the inputs, outputs and switches are perfectly placed. --...” --SoulSyde

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO E12 Mont Blanc

FiiO E12 Mont Blanc

“   Here's my long-delayed E12 review on an early pre-order model. I waited to get a good feel with many songs before posting this, and a good feel for how the amp affects the sound presentation. I tested it with my standard playlist to get a reference point of view, but you'll see references to other songs sprinkled throughout the review that I think are relevant for illustration purposes....” --Evshrug

100% Positive Reviews
JDS Labs C5 Headphone Amplifier

JDS Labs C5 Headphone Amplifier

“ Okay, a serious question not related to the review: what is the difference between the "Audio Quality" rating and the "Quality" rating, and how is the "Quality" rating different from the "Design" rating?  *scratches head* Anyway, back to the review.     I did a video review for the C5 on YouTube if you are interested in an auditory/visual...” --miceblue

100% Positive Reviews
Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2

Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2

“Pre-Ordered from Oliver (EA) in Oct(?). Received the unit about 2w ago. The bad The volume pot tracking is not very smooth (catches a bit on some positions (tactile feel, not audibly)). (will check whether pot knob gets caught on the case) (edit: yep, that's it, no real quality issue there) To my surprise, the unit does not come with a 2RCA->3.5mm or 3.5mm to 3.5mm .I only had a fairly long...” --svyr

100% Positive Reviews
Fiio E6 Headphone Amplifier

Fiio E6 Headphone Amplifier

“   The evolution of the E5 portable amplifier that served as my very first portable amplifier before I eventually returned it in favor of the CMoyBB (and because the volume rocker broke), the Fiio E6 is, in some ways, little more than a sidegrade or de-evolution from the E5 as a total product. For instance, the E6 is now clad in shiny black plastic rather than the metal and plastic...” --TheGame21x

93% Positive Reviews
Fostex HP-P1

Fostex HP-P1

“ For some time I've been looking for a decent piece of kit to travel with. Previously I tried a HeadRoom Portable Desktop amp/dac, but didn't like the overall sound, though the DAC was good.  The Fostex, allowing digital output from an iPod or iPad to a high-quality DAC is more appealing, especially as it was reported to have a half-decent headphone amp. Something has to give in...” --Currawong

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO e10

FiiO e10

“I am using this little dealie for 3 months now. On my laptop I use it with a pair of Sony Headphones (MDR-MA300, nothing special) and this sounds way, way more open, dynamical and more powerful than through the laptop's own minijack. The USB connection should have been a USB B instead of a mini USB IMHO, this should make a cable upgrade a little easier. A nice extra - I found out later - is...” --Rambam

89% Positive Reviews
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