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Ibasso PB 2 Pelican


Pros: Power, balanced/single ended output

Cons: Battery life

I've owned two of these now and it's time to write a review.  One I bought new last year (and sold on here) and one I bought used on these forums.  To put it simply, this is the best portable headphone amp I have ever owned or heard.  I used this with a pair of Hd800s, balanced D7000s and LCD-2s.  It easily powered all of these with authority.  There are multiple gain settings as well, for more sensitive headphones, although you have to take the amp apart to change this.  The little opamp kit this comes with is pretty cool as well, its really quick and easy to swap them out and fun to play around with different options.  Sound from this amp (stock) is pretty neutral.  I did many comparisons with this and my Schiit Lyr (out of the single ended output from the PB2) and I can honestly say that I could not tell them apart, this little amp can really power anything with some serious force!  My one and only complaint is the ridiculously low battery life of this amp.  I would say based on my experience that this amp has a realistic battery life of 5-6 hours when fully charged.  But I guess that's a small inconvenience for such an awesome amp!

Ibasso PB 2 Pelican

32V voltage swing, the highest voltage swing among portable Amplifiers. Up to 2500mW output power. Takes Balanced and Single End inputs, and provides Balanced and Single End outputs. 3-Setting gain jumper for impedance matching. 10 DIP sockets for OPAMP and Buffer rolling. 4-layer gold plated PCB. Rechargeable battery pack. More than 20 hours play time with stock OPAMPs. Measures 55*24*100mm, and weighs 167g.ALPS quad potentiometer, Hirose connector, Switchcraft jack, and Vishay high grade capacitors inside.

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