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Originally Posted by oicdn View Post

Speaking of RSA variants, he paints over the opamps with red paint as well. I would take a pic of the innards, but they all came out blurry because my camera doesn't have a macro mode
I managed to get some pics of the Go-Vibe Petite+DAC and my other toys but somehow can't link picasa here (maybe I don't know how... and imageshack I can't login?), so please visit the link page (hope it works!) :

Picasa Web Albums - Tristram

The amp works great and it's sound is rather aggressive unlike the GV5 that I heard before which gave a more relax sound. For me, the amp sound much louder as DAC and in that mode it can run my 250ohm DT990 loud enough but I don't like how it sounded that way. By the way, the info about the amp's earphone impedance range of 16 to 120 ohms mentioned earlier in this thread was printed on the amp's manual/instruction sheet. Only minor thing is that it's so small that I can't use the interconnects with big plugs like Canare F12. Great that I also got matching ICs from Jaben which fits the size and which synergises well with the amp.

But hey, it works great for all my other cans, and it's so small and nice! The DAC works like a charm with both my PC and my notebook PC, just plug and play away my library of MP3s. And the battery life is great, and no problems even when out of juice/dead cos it uses AA batteries which is rather easy to buy, whether alkalines or rechargeables..

It's one of my best buy to date. No regrets. I call it my "poor man's" tomahawk, with DAC somemore, so MUST buy! My unit happens to be the display/demo set in the first batch, becos I just can't wait then. LOL.

Cheers.
post #17 of 133
Great pics, Tristram. Thanks
post #18 of 133

Hmmn... now it plays the 250ohms loud enough...

I took out my Beyers for a re-listen with this amp again. This time the 192 kbps mp3 tracks I played direct from my Zen Vision M Line-out dock are running better with sufficient loudness for the 250ohms. Really wonder why?? Perhaps the burning in for all this times did some magic, or was it the repeated charging cycles led it to its full charge already. I am clueless.

But though it plays loud enough, I felt the SQ is not as well-controlled (some shrillness or harshness that my ears felt) as for lower impedance cans, at least not yet. Maybe it's something like the tomahawk that is more specialised to drive low or mid impedance cans better. Well, that's all IMHO, and YMMV. Maybe I put it in another way... I would prefer to use my ATH-SQ5, MS-1, Mylarone X3 or X3i and Ksc 75 rather than the 250ohms DT990.

So it's playing the 250ohms loud enough for now, and that's great. If I do have the time to re-rip my songs from CDs to lossless formats, I will prob try again, but I really can't imagine when I may get time for that.

Perhaps TS (oicdn) can look into this area if he can get to try on some more demanding cans, or maybe other experts can offer their insights too.

Still, totally no regrets and very happy about this amp as it really sounds good with most of my stuff.

Cheers.
post #19 of 133
Thread Starter 
I personally think it sounds much better than a TH, but that's just my opinion on it. The TH is infact prettier, but that's about it. Whatever battery life the TH has on the petite, the petite makes up for it for having a DAC and being close to half the price.

I wish I did have more demanding cans, but budget constraints prevent me from doing so.

But in the end, this amp is PUNCHY and is unlike the other brothers/ancestors in the Go Vibe family. Pretty much the only thing the others share is the name and the bargain pricing. Otherwise, this amp/dac is a different beast all together.
post #20 of 133
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Originally Posted by tristram View Post
I managed to get some pics of the Go-Vibe Petite+DAC and my other toys but somehow can't link picasa here (maybe I don't know how... and imageshack I can't login?), so please visit the link page (hope it works!) :

Picasa Web Albums - Tristram

The amp works great and it's sound is rather aggressive unlike the GV5 that I heard before which gave a more relax sound. For me, the amp sound much louder as DAC and in that mode it can run my 250ohm DT990 loud enough but I don't like how it sounded that way. By the way, the info about the amp's earphone impedance range of 16 to 120 ohms mentioned earlier in this thread was printed on the amp's manual/instruction sheet. Only minor thing is that it's so small that I can't use the interconnects with big plugs like Canare F12. Great that I also got matching ICs from Jaben which fits the size and which synergises well with the amp.

But hey, it works great for all my other cans, and it's so small and nice! The DAC works like a charm with both my PC and my notebook PC, just plug and play away my library of MP3s. And the battery life is great, and no problems even when out of juice/dead cos it uses AA batteries which is rather easy to buy, whether alkalines or rechargeables..

It's one of my best buy to date. No regrets. I call it my "poor man's" tomahawk, with DAC somemore, so MUST buy! My unit happens to be the display/demo set in the first batch, becos I just can't wait then. LOL.

Cheers.
Nice photo's Tristram, I do think the Petite looks nice and a bargain for a amp/dac combo but my interest are your feelings of the C&C amps? Noticed you had a Box and XO. Have you been happy with the C&C amps for the price also? THX
post #21 of 133
I just received Petite and will write some later about it.



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Originally Posted by Capunk View Post
Somebody need to compare it with Go-Vibe 7, amp vs amp.
post #22 of 133
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Originally Posted by oicdn View Post
I personally think it sounds much better than a TH, but that's just my opinion on it. The TH is infact prettier, but that's about it. Whatever battery life the TH has on the petite, the petite makes up for it for having a DAC and being close to half the price.

I wish I did have more demanding cans, but budget constraints prevent me from doing so.

But in the end, this amp is PUNCHY and is unlike the other brothers/ancestors in the Go Vibe family. Pretty much the only thing the others share is the name and the bargain pricing. Otherwise, this amp/dac is a different beast all together.
Actually I fully enjoyed your review and agree very much on what you mentioned about the amp... especially that it sounds punchy and different from GV 5 which I felt had a more relaxed sound, that the DAC works great, and that it's a beast, with the bass and power I felt aplenty. Actually I have a little regret in my 250ohms Beyer in that I should have gotten a lower impedance one had that been available when I buy. That would have made it more compatible with my simple amps and be driven much better. After all, what I wanted was to enjoy the amped music heaven.

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Originally Posted by Podster View Post
Nice photo's Tristram, I do think the Petite looks nice and a bargain for a amp/dac combo but my interest are your feelings of the C&C amps? Noticed you had a Box and XO. Have you been happy with the C&C amps for the price also? THX
Thank you. Yup, the Petite+DAC is nice, small, got the lighted power on switch like an R.S. amp (which are some of my dream amps), uses AAA batteries, easy to charge and long battery life, GREAT SQ, DAC just plug & play with plenty of reserve, so it's really a steal.

About the C&Cs, the Box V2 gave me the feeling of "Power" I felt a portable amp should have when I first had it. I then sold a nice blue Xtra x1 as it became too bland to me after the Box. I like it so much then that I had a little watch leather stuck onto the volume knob so that I can feel the adjustments better. I would've ranked the V2 much higher than a few other amps which I often see preferred, but I understand everyone is entitled to their own views, so I still enjoyed the many reviews and respected the various rankings.

I bought the Box V2 from uncle Wilson (Jaben). His pricings are as friendly as his hospitality, and usually comes peppered with some useful & nice freebies, sometimes even lucky draw chances, which many (if not all) who had been to Jaben and bought from him would attest. It did not sound as good as I use to think it did, with the fast and furious churning out of new amps these days.

My sexy purple XO hails from headb.com. I just could not wait for Jaben to bring it in then. It is a very beautiful and powerful amp, especially good for vocals. It is not very big actually, very light in weight. I like the design as it allows for bigger IC plugs. It has a lazy saccharine sound which some may deem tube-like. The treble is not the clearest sounding but I have read all that can change with some op-amp fixes. I feel it offers a different sound from Box as the power is not as upfront, but it's massive powers hide behind the seemingly lazy and sweet sound. Now this amp can drive my DT990 no problems. It is stated to be capable of running cans of up to 600ohms, for a portable amp! Overall, the XO is a all-round improvement from the Box V2 (which would seem more narrow sounding and background not as clean when compared).

To me this amp costs much more than the Box V2 and even the new Petite+DAC. So it does seem a little expensive, especially with so many new amps or even amp+DAC offerings. But for its uniqueness and its offering of a different sound sig, I think it's with me to stay, at least for a while more.

As always, above is all IMHO, YMMV.

Cheers.
post #23 of 133
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post
I just received Petite and will write some later about it.
That's great!
looking forward for your impression.
post #24 of 133
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post
I just received Petite and will write some later about it.
Great, hope you enjoy yours too! I look forward to your views on it.
post #25 of 133
Thread Starter 
I'm just shocked this amp hasn't gotten more exposure for how sick it is...it also being a GoVibe and all...
post #26 of 133
maybe because jaben is not that popular in the US compared to RSA and headamp
post #27 of 133
I went on their site but I am having difficulty finding this amp. So where is it normally purchased?

Any more feedback on the sound stage being wide but with little height?
post #28 of 133
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I went on their site but I am having difficulty finding this amp. So where is it normally purchased?

Any more feedback on the sound stage being wide but with little height?
Hi jamato8, I think you may try going to their shopping page (when you go to Jaben Network) and make a non-standard purchase, or if you got any enquiries, you may email the man: wilson@jaben.net

Hope this helps you and/or him, as I enjoy reading your reviews (C&C Box V2, T1, predator, Xin's,... predator) and learnt quite some knowledge and Wilson's just such a nice guy to the head-fi community here in our locality. Anyone else interested may also try contacting him as such.

Note: Just wanna make it clear here that I am just a customer of Jaben and have no benefit whether you buy from him or not.
post #29 of 133
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
I went on their site but I am having difficulty finding this amp. So where is it normally purchased?

Any more feedback on the sound stage being wide but with little height?
I keep trying to think of a way to verbalize that, but the best analogy I could come up with is still a studio setting.

Think of it like this, a music hall such as an opera house. The sound is projected out, and you're more engulfed in the sound because of the acoustics of it all. The sound is so broad, you feel as if you can look in any direction and there's sound. It makes it a littler harder to focus on exact placement of the origin of the sound per say, but the instrument separation is still there(no smearing). You can listen to any of the lines of any instrument, but it makes it a little harder to place WHERE they are because of the broadness if that makes sense. It's a bit hard to describe, maybe some people say it's like being on stage surrounded by the music, but it's not quite that..

Whereas with the Petite, it sounds studio-ish in that the sound isn't congested, but it feels/sounds as if you can pinpoint where the instruments are and where they're coming from. You don't feel engulfed in the sound, you feel like you're in the opposite side of the studio room with perhaps a low ceiling(?), listening to the band practice or record. Still "front row", but not "on stage". i.e. you don't get that ambient, engulfed feeling, rather, you just get that good, clear, separated sound that seems to surround you, but not engulf you as if you were at a concert or music hall.
post #30 of 133
Great explanation, thank you.
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