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post #31 of 44
I had a III & just bought nc8000's IV. Superb little amp w/ a host of features as already posted. Add its small form factor = absolutely worth getting.
post #32 of 44
And have a lookee here:

Xin's Cool Talk - XIN SuperMini-III Headphone Amp Manual
post #33 of 44
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I'm hoping to get my 3 soon....
post #34 of 44
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I'm a-bed my portable amps and sources at the moment. UESF5pro and Grado SR60 with HD414 pads, silver interconnect cable, iRiver H320, Cowon D2, 1st gen nano and sansa clip as source.

Hands down winner, the XXS. Its just so smoothe, clear and full of live. Used with my H320, it is absolute heaven. Easily the best $170 I've spent.

My Xin Supermini, for some reason, doesn't seem to sound so good to my ears. I don't know, but although the bass is tight, the treble just lacks spark to my ears. I'm not sure the Xin justifies all the hype around it. Who knows, maybe its just me not being familiar enough with it yet. Thoughts of selling it as I tested it certainly are not a good indication.

I purchased this one: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f42/ic...2004-a-350201/ Could it be just that I have a poorer version of the amp?

My soundrigor is a surprise act. Sounds to my ears more like a brighter version of the XXS. Certainly not as much detail, and the bass isn't as tight, but overall it is quiet close. In fact, I'm getting second thoughts about selling it. Works especially well with my iRiver h320.

The Storm B3 is like a poorer version of the Soundrigor. I think I may well sell it since I don't think it works well with the gear I have.
post #35 of 44
Well you can always change opamps. Also make sure your batteries are up to par. Either some good alkalines or the Eneloop (the best) deliver good current.

The 8616 opamp works well and there are many others.
post #36 of 44
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Mine is the older version, which doesn't allow op-amp swapping I think.
post #37 of 44
I used to own a SuperMini IV with default opamps(8397). It sounded very good and the impedance switch was nice with my ER4P as was that bass boost.

...but still at that time I favored my Meier Porta Corda amp.

post #38 of 44
I think the SuperMini was never the best of Xin's amps for pure sq but it was the clear winner for me as a total package given it's size, form factor and flexibility. I have never heard the 2004 version but going from the first III version through upgrades of this to the last IV there was improvements every time. I wish he was still reliably around to do a version that fully utilized what he learned from the Reference project, I'm sure that would be a real winner.
post #39 of 44
Oh yeah. A Mini could be made with Reference internals and it would be one of the smallest portables and one of the very, very best. Well almost. It is also the big cap that the Reference uses but the Mini could be close and that is saying a lot. ............
post #40 of 44
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Hmm, so are my ears deceiving me, or is my D2 (which is what I planned on using it with) tuned do well from the factory that it doesn't really need an amp? Maybe my SF5pros just don't satisfy me anymore?

I find very few amps make the D2 sound better than it already is.

I think mine is a v6.2C Xin Supermini. It has the crossfeed in it, but no op-amp rolling.

EDIT: Just put it up for IC.
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by nsx_23 View Post
Hmm, so are my ears deceiving me, or is my D2 (which is what I planned on using it with) tuned do well from the factory that it doesn't really need an amp? Maybe my SF5pros just don't satisfy me anymore?

I find very few amps make the D2 sound better than it already is.
I use the i7 and I've found that amping it is not worth it unless using power hungry cans,which I never use with i7.
post #42 of 44
Thread Starter 
Even my iRiver H332 doesn't really require much amping to make it sound fan-bleeding-tastic.

Do I simply have a knack for buying good mp3s, but not amps?

Well, either way, I'm putting the Xin up for IC to see if anybody wants to take it off my hands.
post #43 of 44
Thread Starter 
Just did a lot of back to back listening again, and I managed to find a combo I'm happy with!

2GB Sansa Clip + Xin Supermini + random interconnect + SF5pro

Very good ultra portable rig!

Lesson from this: Never AB equipment whilst drinking scotch.
post #44 of 44
I ill be posting pictures of my latest uber portable rig this evening when my daughter gives me my camera back.

Basically it is a 4gb Sansa clip, supermicro iii and ety er-4p's. The thing is the player nor the 'phones require amping as the combo sounds superb by themselves. Moral of the story- clip + ety's = portable pocket size musical heaven.
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