Woohoo!!! Im finally a member of the club!
First impressions: WOW. My sr60's and x3i are singing like ive never heard before! Off the line out of my 5.5 ipod, bass and soundstage have a DEFINITE improvement. After a quick comparison with the petite and my old go-vibe v5, the petite is much clearer, wider soundstage, fatter bass. Its like i finally experienced what a decent portable should be doing, as opposed to my old portables which merely ampilifed volume (at least to my ears). The petite brings out the best traits of my grados and x3i.
Thu build is S-O-L-I-D. Nice mettalic feel and heft, plus it is really smaller than i expected. Ill try to post pictures later on over at Blackmores petite-pr0n thread hehe.
Looks like the caveats are true though, big cans need not apply. My dt880 250 ohms sounded anemic and underpowered. Sure they were loud at around 3 o clock, but the thump and presence of the signature dt880 sound were not there, so i took em off didnt try again.
But once I went back to the grados, audio nirvana quickly settled in. Once again, I am addicted to my music, and I simply lack the audiophile vocabulary to describe the changes I hear. Ive never had a decent portable setup, and my only basis for comparison is my desktop Millet Hybrid Max. The go-vibe petite is more forward, and to me, is a perfect fit for grados. Seems to me the niche of the petite is making low-impedance cans and iems shine.
Quick noob question though. I first tried pluggin it in my macbook, and leopard refused to recognize it. Is this so? So i cant use it in leopard? I quickly fired up parallels and vista, and vista immediately installed the burr-brown drivers. So the petite isnt mac-compatible? I sure hope not....
And what did you guys get it in the basic package? I just got the amp-dac, with 4 aaa batts already inside, the ouch, and the usb cable. The manual said there is another set of batts and a mini-to-mini cable, but i didnt have one in mine.
Im rushing to type this now, as i want to get back and explore my music library! Ill do a write up on the dac once I sort out my OS woes. I just had to write my first impressions, as i was absolutely floored by its sound. Suddenly, im reaching more for my grados, which has found its purpose in life again!
Gotta play with my new toy first....more impressions as the days roll by....