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post #16 of 25
since i got the Hornet, i've stopped having that need for a new portable amp. knowing how bad my GAS can get, that's certainly saying something. it's the perfect blend of price, performance and convenience for me. oh, and it's Green. whee!
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
Glass jar audio sells the raw parts kits (not sure if it includes enclosure)... if you're into DIY thats your best value.

Rockhopper audio sells them, and they are starting to show up used on the F/S board.

You should also consider the minibox-E from head direct. It has socketed 8610 chips and will allow some OP amp rolling to fine tune things to your tastes. I have never heard one, so I can't comment any further, but it has its fan-base as well.
Thanks! Oh, I don't want one. I was just curious because I've read so much about them lately. I have a V7 Max Extra which is the best Go-Vibe Norm ever made by a longshot, a Pico with DAC on preorder, and an Opera in transit. So I'm pretty good with the amp situation. Next major purchase will probably be a Macbook, or maybe another pair of cans. I'm interested in hearing the HD800 when they come out.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by xnothingpoetic View Post
Ray Samuels can't be the best portable amp.

He's just a human.
I think he's the shortest portable amp, but I'm not sure he's the best. He does get quite amp'ed and becomes rather portable when he smell the eggs at a breakfast buffet!
post #19 of 25
And, evidently he's the only amp that works while in the shower!
post #20 of 25
They are high quality build, and what more important is they are so small. I switched from TA to Hornet after finding out the size issue is not for me.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by d-cee View Post
Ray Samuels' amps are well respected and are among the top tier of portable headphone amps here on head-fi

Best doesn't exist around these parts.

Only most suitable for.
Well said. X2.

F. Lo
post #22 of 25
mmmm pity they are quite pricey
post #23 of 25
In terms of construction and looks, Ray is hard to beat.
post #24 of 25
RSA also just announced a portable amp/dac combo called "The Predator" on their website. Not too much info yet except 6-7 days playback at 8 hours per day on one charge, lower floor noise than the Tomahawk and Hornet, and a 3 gain switch.
post #25 of 25
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In terms of construction and looks, Ray is hard to beat.
And from the get go, I'm pretty sure Ray would not release anything that was not of the utmost quality. I find cost per value in Ray's equipment to be spot on and he is in my top 10 all time manufacturers when it comes to customer service.

With that last statement about CS the one thing you can count on is his designs and products being around for quite some time. A quality product is only quality with long term backing and support. One off's are great sometimes but they like the one hit wonder in music they might dissapear like the Dodo bird of course having skills and a good business set are the ticket
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