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darkangel9685's Minibox-d review (56k beware)

post #1 of 12
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Well, I recieved my minibox-d yesterday afternoon, and, i have to say, I'm extremely pleased with it!

Looks/Ergonomics 7/10
Well, it's extremely thin...only about .35 in thick.
Some comparisons...




The polished metal looks good, espically with the "MINIBOX-D" etched into it

Ergonomically, I'm fine with how the box is designed. However, some might balk at the locations of the input/output jacks. Instead of being on the side(like the hornet), they are on the bottom, which could cause some prroblems for people, esp. those with ipods.




Sound
The most important part. First off, what I used for this test was:
Sony D-EJ2000 (PCDP)
Sony NW-HD1 (DAP)
Shure E3c
Music: Skinny Puppy - "Mythmaker"
Atreyu - "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses"
Random ATRAC Advanced Lossless files (from the HD-1, set it to random )
ON the Cd player, the sound was AMAZING!! With Skinny Puppy, I was hearing things clearer, and some things that I didn't know where even present! The bass was velvet smooth, with the highs striking out creepily, and the mids filling out the rest of the sound evenly. Of note, the bass was full and deep, but not overpowering, even on my basshead shure's

With Atreyu, the cymbal crashes were right on, not the least bit hissy at all. BUt the bottom, my god, it was booming(its not a bad thing) just like it was was supposed to. The bass drums were full, and the guitars and vocals were even and there, not "faded" or "muted" like I've sometimes heard. Very impressive.

On the HD-1, things were pretty much the same. Taking into account not all of the music i have on there is lossless(yet), the sound signature was more or less the same. Full, deep bass, clear, upfront highs and forward mids.
Overall 8/10

Total(not cumulative) - 8 or 8.5 / 10

A very impressive amp I must say!
Some more pix:
Front:

Side:

Bottom:

Top:
post #2 of 12
what happened to the pictures?? I also have the Minibox-D: I'm still feeling it out with various music, but so far I'm enjoying it. One thing I've noticed right off is it is a great companion to my Sansa e280, as the Sansa's volume is fairly low, and the bass is weak, without EQ. The MiniBox-D makes the Sansa sound like I feel it should've all along.

Some would say the in/out ports are on the front of the amp, since that's where the volume wheel, power switch and LED is located...
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
apparently webshots hates me!

here is the album with the pix: Minibox-d pix
post #4 of 12
I like the layout of the input and output jacks, as they are not crowded together like many other small amps.

When I first listened to the amp, I thought that the bass was slightly weak and uncontrolled, but after burning it in all night, that issue is mostly gone. It still doesn't have quite the bass impact of my Hornet (original version), but that's to be expected from the price and the size. So far I've used it with Grado SR80 and Koss KSC75 phones with excellent results, using lossless encoded music from a Red Wine iMod iPod as well as an original Nano lineout.

The cover slips off easily so that you can take a look inside. The PCB layout is nicely done.

I will be bringing this unit to the National meet in San Jose if anyone would like to check it out.
post #5 of 12
I wonder how it compares to 'full-size' affordable amps like PA2V2 and LDM+
post #6 of 12

Nice

Hi darkangel9685,

You review and pics is really nice. Can I use your pics on my website? I am very appreciated.

Thanks a lot.
Fang
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post #7 of 12

Pics from darkangel9685's album





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post #8 of 12
Just a question, whats the high/low switch for?
post #9 of 12
Nice review, keep 'em coming.

Oh and a random question, but how do you get links to show text instead of an underlined URL? For example, I want my signature to have Feedback as a link to my feedback thread, but I'm obviously incapable of doing so. A HREF= (etc.) doesn't work for some reason, so can anyone shed some light?
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by sHaRkKaE View Post
Just a question, whats the high/low switch for?
hi and low gain. Its really useful if you have both high and low impedence cans

Also, OP, did you have the HD-1 in line-out mode? It makes a significant difference IMO. and show some pics of the case!!! I was most impressed with the leather case then anything else when I first saw the minibox!
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by M0T0XGUY View Post
Nice review, keep 'em coming.

Oh and a random question, but how do you get links to show text instead of an underlined URL? For example, I want my signature to have Feedback as a link to my feedback thread, but I'm obviously incapable of doing so. A HREF= (etc.) doesn't work for some reason, so can anyone shed some light?
Paste this into you sig:

URL="http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=235043"]Feedback[/URL

Then put this [ at the start, and this ] at the end.
post #12 of 12
How does it sit in a pants pocket with the side mounted jacks? Is there any issue with jack stress (should i look for a right angle interconnect?)
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