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JUST IN: iBasso P3 Heron Hi-Resolution Pictures *drool*

post #1 of 27
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Hi everyone,

My Heron finally arrived after a gruelling two day wait that seemed like two eons.

Anyways, please enjoy the pictures and ask questions if you have any - I am happy to answer.

And no, I will not resize them or they wouldn't be Hi-Resolution as stated in the title



As with most iBasso amps, the wall warts are placed on top of the amplifier and the leather case is always on top of the amplifier which is at the bottom of the box.
Precicely cut out foam inserts - a nice touch to ensure a safe transit.


Here is the Heron with the extra black casing, extra opamps and a tweezers for replacing them easily. The extra screws and a hard to find T6 screwdriver was a nice touch!


Page One - Very detailed instructions on how to roll opamps.


Page Two.


An impressive selection of opamps and buffers. They even included an extra volume knob! Really impressive goodies provided, good job iBasso!



Extra black casing for those who find the indium colored casing too flashy, and lots of extra screws - a nice gesture instead of having to charge customers $20 for extra "custom made" screws!


Wall wart... nothing special here.


A very nice brushed metal finish. One minor pet peeve is that the brushed effect is not perfectly linear and it is slightly off alignment. It isn't visible in the pictures because it is sooo fine.


Very nice clean front though the power socket is a little off alignment to the left side. (see the gap between the socket and casing.)


This thing is huge, its larger than the Viper!
I like the way they manufactured the casing from a single slab of continuous metal - not having to join two parts. It makes it look much more aesthetically pleasing.


Clean back, but AGAIN the power socket is off alignment this time to the top of the casing.


This is a better angle to show the misalignment.


The spring contacts were very rigid and rather hard to close. I wonder if this has any effect on the long term durability of the circuit board.





No sharp corners here.



With 5 customizable components, the P3 offers unparalleled customizations in sound!



The opamps weren't soldered on well though.
Notice that they used hot-glue on the volume pot - why?


The magnetic closures on the opamp rolling box was a very nice touch. It is very unexpected and it shows how they paid attention to minor details.


And here is the flat cable interconnect I ordered, it is very flexible!


My first impressions will be posted shortly.
post #2 of 27
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Double post...
post #3 of 27
Nice pictures
how much does it cost anyway?

-wynn
post #4 of 27
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It cost US$179 plus about $20 shipping.
post #5 of 27
Your pics are amazing! I love that clear background.
post #6 of 27
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Your pics are amazing! I love that clear background.
Thanks! The background is actually just a glass Ikea table that I do work on.
post #7 of 27
Awesome, thanks for the pics! Considering getting one of these myself, so much appreciated.
post #8 of 27
Great pics!

Oh, they include the TORX now.
(Not done on the first D3s)
post #9 of 27
Those pics are drool-inducing.....

Wish I had some $$$
post #10 of 27
what about SQ?!

great pics
post #11 of 27
Looking really nice indeed.
Congratulations!
post #12 of 27
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what about SQ?!

great pics
X2
post #13 of 27
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what about SQ?!

great pics
Well ,it looks like he has to put things back together first.(he,he,he). That battery compartment configuration is a bit different isn't it ? I would say to make sure you take your time every time you re-install a battery so that you have some control over the wear of the contacts(which may not really ever be an issue,but it doesn't hurt to be aware of how things fit) As mentioned by others ,nice job on the pics.
post #14 of 27
wow, nice photography skill. even 100x WOW for 1Ds MarkIII !

time to burn Heron in bro.
post #15 of 27
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what about SQ?!

great pics
Thanks for the comments guys.

I haven't been given a chance to fully listen to them but first impressions are that they are not as silent as my Viper.

Don't know why but I've been experiencing this ****ty hissing and shrill whistling sound when moving the volume pot and it is a pain in the ass. I am rather mad at this and would probably shoot iBasso an email to see why is this happening and if any other buyers have experienced the same problem.

Apart from the silly sounds, the Heron is sounding mighty fine. I didn't know music could sound any better than my Viper! The bass is much more defined in the sense that you can really feel the THUMPH but not to the point of being too bassy. The soundstage also seems wider but I am not too definite of that at the moment.

Can any other Heron owners comment on the hissing issue? It is especially pronounced when I am using it with my UM2's and not so much with the KSC75, I am thinking this is because the UM2 is of lower impedance but I may be wrong.

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wow, nice photography skill. even 100x WOW for 1Ds MarkIII !

time to burn Heron in bro.
That's just creepy, how did you know what camera I was using?!
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