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ibasso vs. tomahawk

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
so what is the difference in SQ I am looking for a upgrade but I only use iem's and I am looking for a identifiable boost in SQ to make it worth it
post #2 of 12
Which ibasso model are you referring to?
post #3 of 12
Any Ray Samuel's portable amp trumps an iBasso. I owned and loved and iBasso D1, but it was no match for the Tomohawk in power. Power also means that an amp can drive higher impedance headphones. While iBasso has a plac ein my heart, I would recommend a Ray Samuels unit if you can afford the extra cost.
post #4 of 12
You've only owned the D1 and Tomahawk and you can tell that any RSA trumps any iBasso?
post #5 of 12
Lil Knight, I too have only owned the lowly, bottom of the barrel Tommy in the RSA lineup. Logic dictates that if the RSA Tommy is better than the iBasso D1 then ALL RSA amps would be better. It seems clear to me that breakfastchef is being fair and even admits to warm fuzzies for the iBasso. I really don't detect a bias in his analysis.
post #6 of 12
That might be true in some cases but the fact that the later generations of iBasso have improved pretty much, especially the D3, I still have some doubt on the statement of breakfastchef.
post #7 of 12
I have had the pleasure of owning various of Ray's portable amps. For example:

- SR71A
- The Hornet M
- Tomahawk
- SR71A

I have also tested/listened to:

- The Predator
- The Hornet (Non-M)

These amps are built like tanks and the quality is second to none. Ray's customer service is legendary and he ships very fast (sometimes before he has even received the payment). As you can see I am a Ray "fan-boy", he has earned my respect and I am a very happy customer.

Having said all that I will also say that there are other very good amps out there, some of which are as good or depending on your musical taste or gear better. This is of course a relative term.

So for some I can see where the D3 by iBasso would be a better alternative, specially if under a price limit. Another fact is that the D3 has a built in DAC so perhaps the P3 which is only an amp would be a better comparison w/ the Tomahawk.

If you are a tweaker the P3 offers sound alternatives by allowing you to taylor its sound via the op-amp selection. To me this is very attractive due to the many cans I have. On the other hand the Tomahawk is thinner and has an extraordinary battery life, which you will need because IMO it need at least 800 hours of burn-in.

OP, in closing the best would be for you to attend a local meet and try these two amps. Only your ears should decide what is best for you and your gear/music. Good luck.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Lil' Knight View Post
You've only owned the D1 and Tomahawk and you can tell that any RSA trumps any iBasso?
Yes, I owned a D1 that cost me around $250. An entry level Ray Samuel's unit will cost around $400. That price difference seems huge, but the quality difference is also huge. While I did enjoy my D1, I also demoed most of the RSA line at CanJam '08. If I had to choose a portable amp, I would go with the SR71. The Tomohawk was impressive for its size, though.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by breakfastchef View Post
Yes, I owned a D1 that cost me around $250. An entry level Ray Samuel's unit will cost around $400. That price difference seems huge, but the quality difference is also huge. While I did enjoy my D1, I also demoed most of the RSA line at CanJam '08. If I had to choose a portable amp, I would go with the SR71. The Tomohawk was impressive for its size, though.
Your logic is faulty. You haven't heard all iBassso amps and you haven't done a side by side comparison.

You are your own best argument against your credibility
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
well I bought a used tomahawk and I hope it does trump my ibasso d2
post #11 of 12
But didn't you own/use a tomahawk for some time?

Honestly I'd choose the most compact amp that does well with iems. This must mean no volume imbalance and a gain of 1. Obviously the Tomahawk totally fits this description, but I've not yet heard any ibasso amps.
post #12 of 12
Double-post of awesomeness.
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