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Project Palaios: Iona Reviews

sp3llv3xit

A boutique entry-level amp that offers great value for money

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Pros: Dynamic, vigorous mids that pairs well with sub-100 ohms cans

Cons: Loose bass, small soundstage

Project Palaios IONA (Rosewood)             It’s infinitely difficult to judge sources without qualifications.  Come to think of it, everything becomes relative to something else when the assessment involves terms like “better than” and “lesser than”.  Take the case of the new Project Palaios Iona portable amplifier. I have been very fortunate to receive a loaner unit with a Black Cow interconnect courtesy of Mr. Wong Kwan Wae of Singapore.  Both have been with me for a week before any appreciative or critical thought was allowed to congeal into judgments that I am now struggling to transmit to my laptop as comprehensible words. Encased in...
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AnakChan

Decently priced neutral amp

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Pros: Well priced, neutral sounding

Cons: 9V battery, average/small soundstage, no limiter for voltage input

I've had the privilege of Charles Wong send me this prototype amp a few months back but didn't get a chance to listen to it until recently. Charles worked on this particular unit himself so it is still very much a prototype unit that I have in my hands. There were a few issues with the unit but since it's prototype, I won't dwell on that.   Overall, the unit is quite blocky due to the 9V battery it houses and the wooden case does have some thickness to it. The actual circuit board inside is actually quite small. Operation is quite simple, only a volume pot that acts as a off/on switch too. No gain switch option either. I did encounter an issue that any source with a "high voltage...
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lin0003

Great Sounding Wooden Amp

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Pros: Bass, Midrange, Separation, Looks Great, Hand Made

Cons: No Charging Circuit, Soundstage

From the moment Charles told me about the new project that he was working on, “Project Palaios”, I was intrigued. A wooden amp? That’s certainly not what you hear everyday and from the pictures that he put up on the website, all 3 colours of the amp looks amazing. It just so happened that I was going to Hong Kong around the time the Palaios was released so I decided to meet up with Charles and buy one off him. I think that the Palaios amp is a model from his new company called SQD Tech which he founded after he left Rhapsodio. I think that they primarily make amps and cables.   I have always been an IEM lover but I have never really been into amps and the Palaios Iona is the first...
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White Lotus

A wooden portable amp? The Project Palaios: Iona.

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Pros: Build quality, low impedance, great with IEMs, enough power to drive demanding cans, comes in different varieties of wood, replaceable battery

Cons: 9V battery only, input/output plugs are in the (arguably) incorrect spot.

Foreword:   I'm a production manager, but focus mostly on sound engineering and installations. I install and tune a lot of P.A equipment, and also mix live acts. My work environments consist mainly of: - live venues, - concert halls, - bars - nightclubs. - festivals - events I've taken a huge liking to headphones - IEM's in particular. I like the idea of having my own personal PA system that I can take with me anywhere. With Rockbox being in such advanced stages, and such great low-impedance portable amps coming out, you can really seem to get any sound signature you wish out of a portable rig.   That being said, things in the portable audio realm are getting a little...
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