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post #76 of 91

Asr, I truly appreciate your review of the Pico amp.

 

Often seen as the 'holy grail' of headphone amp, you pointed out the obvious limitations of portable amps, which most reviewer barely mentions. It might be the holy grail of PORTABLE headphone amp, together with Predator, but they still have their 'obvious' limitations. Bottom line, it's probably as good as it gets in the PORTABLE realm.

 

Anyone thinking of getting one should take note of that. It took me a while to get that in my head with all the glorious reviews around.

post #77 of 91
Since this is a bit dated... Does the Pico still hold up to current standards in both dac and portable amp by today's price/performance standards?
post #78 of 91

I think it would still be in the top tier of portable DAC/amps, although I was a little happier with the Pico DAC + Slim combo.  

 

If you don't need to use it with an analog source on battery power, the DACport seems to be just a little better but not by a huge amount.  The differences are subtle, where I thought the DACport sounded a little more refined and spacious with my Macbook Pro.  But for my iPad, I still find the Pico DAC to be the best portable DAC for rejecting jitter with the iPad + camera connection kit.

post #79 of 91

I have the RSA Intruder, Apex Glacier, Leckerton UHA-6S.MKII and the HeadAmp Pico USB DAC/amp. The Pico is still my favourite for sound (the Glacier slightly better suited for my portable use given the form factor and ability to bypass USB charging when connected to my phone).

post #80 of 91

Hello,

 

relatively new here, but I wanted to share a discovery I thought was very important.

 

I've been happily using Pico DAC/amp for the last 3 weeks or so.  What an impressive little amp!  It can drive my IEM's (Tralucent 1+2 with gold/silver cable, Ocharaku Kaede, and Fitear 334) to a near speaker-like sound experience.

 

However, to optimize the sound of Pico DAC/amp when used with a laptop PC, I find it is CRITICAL to connect Pico DIRECTLY to PC's USB port using a A-male Mini-B-male adapter.  Doing this will MOSTLY or COMPLETELY remove hardness/harshness from the sound you've been hearing throught this amplifier.

 

The sound is MUCH MORE natural and detailed, even compared to a top-quality USB cable like Mapleshade Clearlink Plus USB cable, which has the reputation of being one of the most clear, natural, open USB cable in existence (seriously, on an absolute scale). 

 

 

post #81 of 91

I have a (rare) orange Pico DAC/Amp in stock, modded to work with Samsung phones. Brand new, never shipped. customer no longer wants it. I would like to ship it today with the rest of the orders going out. PM me if interested

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post #82 of 91

Is pico dac/amp still around? I checked back this community after three years. I find out nobody is talking about this wonderful portable dac/amp anymore. Apparently technology has evolved a lot in this three years. I am using it with IE 8 and it still sounds great. Has it been surpassed by those newer (maybe better) portable dac/amp? 

post #83 of 91
Depends on what you are looking for, form factor, sound etc.
post #84 of 91

My portable gear is surface pro 3+pico dac/amp+w4r. The sound is very neutral and dynamic. I am pretty satisfied with its mids and treble. It will be best if the bass can be a little deeper. What upgrade options do you guys think about?

post #85 of 91

Just upgraded my w4r to w60. pico does a great job when paired with westone. pico is clean and airy and westone is neutral. pico+w4r is too laid back sometimes. w60 is more forward. pico+w60 is more dynamic, fluid and musical. I am pretty satisfied with this setup now. 

post #86 of 91
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Originally Posted by gogohuskies View Post
 

Just upgraded my w4r to w60. pico does a great job when paired with westone. pico is clean and airy and westone is neutral. pico+w4r is too laid back sometimes. w60 is more forward. pico+w60 is more dynamic, fluid and musical. I am pretty satisfied with this setup now. 

dont know how the regular pico is but with the slim its too laid back for me...doesnt really keep me engage.

post #87 of 91
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Originally Posted by Law87 View Post
 

dont know how the regular pico is but with the slim its too laid back for me...doesnt really keep me engage.

I have never tried pico slim or pico power. Regular version has a dac built in so I guess it makes the difference. Some people use pico dac+pico slim combo. You might want to try that. Personally I think pico dac/amp is a great deal and the size is very portable. 

post #88 of 91
Hi guys

a question about the pico (amp only) and its performance with iems. While it seems it might sound good with my rs1s and other full size headphones, i wonder about volume travel with the jh13, since they are somewhat more sensitive and would hate it if they sound too loud at quarter travel. Also, does this amp have channel balance issues with iems?

I'm going portable and am looking for a good all around amp that'll handle both full siZe and iems.
Edited by Cha Cha Cha - 4/21/15 at 9:09am
post #89 of 91

I have both the Pico and the Pico Power.  Used both primarily with iems (ES5).  On low gain, I listen primarily between 8:00 and 9:00 on the volume pot - it's relatively easy to adjust the volume to the desired level on either.   At very low volumes, the Pico will have some channel imbalance.  Channel imbalance isn't an issue with the Pico Power. 

 

The Pico sounds quite good, however the Pico Power betters it in sound quality by a significant margin, and also has significantly more power to drive full size headphones.  If you are deciding between the two amps and can swing the Pico Power,  that would be my recommendation.

post #90 of 91
Thanks hi rez, will look into the pico power... Is it as vanilla flavored as the pico? That's one of the things I've read about the original that i liked so much. Not being a rechargable unit kind of sucks, though.
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