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post #16 of 37
how about the new ibasso t that is coming out that looks like it is very thin and matches what u are looking for
post #17 of 37
What about the minibox d?

I'm planning on buying one if I ever get some extra money. It's super thin.
post #18 of 37

P-51, Mustang....

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Originally Posted by ZephyrSapphire View Post
Well can't argue about your preference there. If Dr. Xin was able to create 2 wonderful sounding amps, the Supermini (0.6") and the Supermicro (0.7"), (mind you I've only heard the Supermicro) I don't see why other amp makers can't do so?
Just incase you do not know, Which i believe you don't, the P-51, Mustang is .7" in hight.
Ray Samuels
post #19 of 37
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Just incase you do not know, Which i believe you don't, the P-51, Mustang is .7" in hight.
Ray Samuels
Is that the height of the body or is it the height of the panel?

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What about the minibox d?

I'm planning on buying one if I ever get some extra money. It's super thin.
I've got one and it's reasonably good for the price. I actually prefer it over my Meier headsix.

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how about the new ibasso t that is coming out that looks like it is very thin and matches what u are looking for
I know. I'm definitely getting it just to try it out.


My point is that amps should start being designed to actually be more portable than its predecessor, or at least start progressing into that direction. No doubt that we all search for a wonderful sounding amp, but I don't see a point of it if it still results in a bulky amp.
post #20 of 37
Relax Ray, and thanks for taking the time to chat with to us and to show your amps to head-fiers in Chicago and LA.

If you can't build a thinner amp with available components that meets your sonic standards then that is how it is. Peace.
post #21 of 37
I would like an amp that is as slim as possible, with a gain switch, on-off switch and no other functions.
No volume control since I rather use the headphone/out and the volume control of the DAP.
Much like the FiiO actually, but better (and no bass boost!).
post #22 of 37
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I would like an amp that is as slim as possible, with a gain switch, on-off switch and no other functions.
No volume control since I rather use the headphone/out and the volume control of the DAP.
Much like the FiiO actually, but better (and no bass boost!).
Pretty much thoughts on the matter. One of the issues i would have always thought that occurred with portable amps is that the volume control might accidental change when in the pocket, unless it was held in place. I personally do not have that big a use for for a gain switch, but each to his own.

Anyway, removing the volume control would not only reduce costs (though not by that much i would imagine), it would also allow the amp to become thinner, (as the volume control seems to be the limit). However, i do not know if you can actually build such an amp, though i do not see why not.
post #23 of 37
Thread Starter 
Alrighty. Back to the main discussion. I don't see how big "portable" or even thick "portable" amps should still be labeled as portable.
post #24 of 37
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Alrighty. Back to the main discussion. I don't see how big "portable" or even thick "portable" amps should still be labeled as portable.
If a large percentage of people find that they can listen to their rigs anywhere they want then it's portable. Even if they have to carry it in their hands, or even though they may need a backpack, or perhaps even putting it in their posckets. The exact definitions aren't that important. For me I listened to my rig today in a mall, in a hotel lobby, and at Starbucks. For me that's the definition of portable even if its with the "huge" SR-71A
post #25 of 37
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Alrighty. Back to the main discussion. I don't see how big "portable" or even thick "portable" amps should still be labeled as portable.
so your telling me that a tomahawk and p-51 mustang are not portable? I think you need to see them first
post #26 of 37
Would it be possible to use an app like iVolume to set the volume on your iPod music collection and then use a gain switch as a stepped attenuator. You might be limited to 3 or 5 choices on your volume control but it certainly should be more portable.
post #27 of 37
Maybe a thin lithium-ion rechargeable battery could be used (there are some thin ones that have plenty of life), and maybe the volume control could be put on the side and turned sideways, so the height of it ran length-wise and the depth ran width-wise (in regards to the amp itself)?
post #28 of 37
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If a large percentage of people find that they can listen to their rigs anywhere they want then it's portable. Even if they have to carry it in their hands, or even though they may need a backpack, or perhaps even putting it in their pockets. The exact definitions aren't that important. For me I listened to my rig today in a mall, in a hotel lobby, and at Starbucks. For me that's the definition of portable even if its with the "huge" SR-71A
Which I find quite sad because even though I've been on Head-fi for about a year, the goal of making more "portable" amps is slowly dying among amp makers. The only 2 amp builders which are actually making an effort in creating amplifiers that are smaller and better are iBasso and Headamp.

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so your telling me that a tomahawk and p-51 mustang are not portable? I think you need to see them first
I've seen and have my own impressions of the Tomahawk and Ray did say the P-51 is quote, "0.7 inches thick".
The Tomahawk isn't actually my cup of tea as well as "other" things to be discussed.
As for the P-51, 0.7" is still too thick to be pocket friendly.

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Maybe a thin lithium-ion rechargeable battery could be used (there are some thin ones that have plenty of life), and maybe the volume control could be put on the side and turned sideways, so the height of it ran length-wise and the depth ran width-wise (in regards to the amp itself)?
Volume pot turned sideways, that's what I was saying in another thread. And there wasn't a response after that.
post #29 of 37
When you consider that most amps are smaller than the iconic 'pack of smokes' i can't really see them getting much smaller. As an ex smoker i never considered a pack 'to big' to hide in a jacket/shirt pocket. Make them to small and then us big handed folk can't operate them. My wallet is actually thicker than my ipod+ibasso d3.
post #30 of 37
In the mean time, why don't you consider going to walmart or target and get a small camera case that clips on your belt?

Leaves more room in your pockets, and makes it very portable (and convenient)
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