Thanks for the review....really got me noticing the minibox-e.....i'm just slightly worried by the charging timing....it's quite long for a battery life of 30+ hours in my opinion...
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10/11/07 at 9:28pm
For my first portable amp, I purchased a Minibox-E to go out of my iPod Nano G2.
I already had the PK1s so I didn't get the combo deal. All I can say is this sounds fantastic. I compared it to using only the headphone out of the Nano with the PK1s. After adjusting for the volume difference, I definately noticed a substancial difference in quality. The iPod headphone out is rather mushy sounding. I never really liked the iPod headphone amp much. My Cowon U2 always sounded better. But now with line out of the iPod through the MiniBox-E, it just makes everything so clear sounding. The amp really brings out a lot more potential of the PK1s. Much more detail in bass, mids and treble. The soundstage is amazing with this combo too. I can't believe this whole system is portable!
Other points: The PtoS switch adds a bit more detail even thought the PK1s are already higher impedence than most portable headphones. The bass boost switch may be too much by itself, but when used with the PtoS switch it makes it sound more full.
For me, the SFOR toggle greatly affects the sound. I'm not entirely sure I like it but it does seem to open up the soundstage a bit. Is this a crossfeed? I can't quite understand what's it doing? Mrarroyo, do you have any comments on this toggle? I guess it could be fun for some music.
It seems to drive my HD600 and Beyer 880 2005 250ohm fine. I guess I don't listen that loud because 3 on the volume dial is too high for me through the minibox-E.
The only issues I have so far have nothing to do with the amp.
1. The 3.5mm to 3.5mm IC was nowhere to be found in the package. I wrote an e-mail to head-direct and hopefully this will be resolved shortly.
2. The little addon box is really cute - I'm sure I can find a use for it somewhere. The screws needed to be tightened a bit and there was a bit of cracking in the top cover. Not really worth mentioning.
But I really can't complain because I'm quite happy with the sound.
Lastly, I wanted to ask about the battery charging? When I plug in the charger, the red LED on the charger lights up. When charging, no LEDs light up on the MiniBox-E. How do I know when the MiniBox-E is fully charged?
Also, when using the MiniBox-E, is there any indicator for low battery? I believe it uses a Lithium and I'd rather not run it too low...
Mrarroyo, just wanted to thank you for writing up the review. It convinced me to finally get a portable amp and start with the MiniBox-E.