Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › Audio Technica AT-PHA30i - ipod powered amp
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Audio Technica AT-PHA30i - ipod powered amp

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
Geek Stuff 4 U - For Geeks By Geeks Audio Technica amplifier for iPod

Anyone else curious?
post #2 of 37
Nah! It's getting powered by the iPod battery. Just sort of a volume booster in my view.
post #3 of 37
it is a real amp, powered by a 20mw X2 amp, but is unique to connect to the iPod, much like the Fiio E1. I think it is a great idea if AT can pull off a good implementation of it. Who knows, maybe they oem from Fiio - I cannot imagine they make even half of their massive line of products.
post #4 of 37
I can tell you for sure that FiiO didn't OEM it for AT. In fact it is more like AT copied the idea since FiiO announced the idea first almost half a year ago (or you can call it spontaneous-idea-generating on AT's part ).

One thing I don't understand is why AT has to make the output so weak. 20mW is barely better than some DAP's headphone-out. Other than that it looks pretty solid. Personally I am more interest in the other small portable amp AT is releasing at the same time (no sure what model it is though).
post #5 of 37
The model is called the PHA10, but both look impressive. by OEM, I mean that Fiio may be the OEM for them - in other words, maybe AT buys from Fiio.

More information on both here: Audio Technica AT-PHA3i and AT-PHA10 headphone amps
post #6 of 37
Yep, that's the one.

I understand what you mean but still, FiiO didn't OEM anything for AT (I heard it from James @ FiiO himself).
post #7 of 37
okay, good. yeah, anyway, i may hear them soon as I'll be in japan!
post #8 of 37
AT-PHA30i BK/WH JPY12,600



Japanese-Page
http://www.audio-technica.co.jp/prod...at-pha30i.html

AT-PHA10 BK/WH JPY6,300.



Japanese-Page
http://www.audio-technica.co.jp/prod.../at-pha10.html
post #9 of 37
I am pretty curious about how the AT-PHA30i sounds like. I bought the Icon Mobile amp but i found that I do need a remote for the iPod Touch. If it synergies nicely with the CK100 I would be pretty happy.

BTW, I believe elecom had a similar LOD/Remote which they sold for the last several years called the AVD-RCAD1WH.
post #10 of 37
JPY12,600 is like US$140, right? That is real expensive. It will have too be extreme good to warrant that price tag.
post #11 of 37
Actually its around 8900 to 9800 yen retail, which is about $100 USD. Considering that my Icon Mobile amp cost me about 20,000 total when you include the LOD and the cable, it puts everything into perspective.
post #12 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yukster View Post
Actually its around 8900 to 9800 yen retail, which is about $100 USD. Considering that my Icon Mobile amp cost me about 20,000 total when you include the LOD and the cable, it puts everything into perspective.
I would think it is because Icon Mobile is severely overpriced in Japan (my understanding is Icon Mobile is around US$150 in Japan's local retail). You can actually buy directly from NuForce for $120, shipping included. A non-fancy LOD can be obtained from eBay for $10~20 with free shipping. Assuming if you get lucky on the custom, the total of both will come cheaper than buying from a Japanese retailer on the amp alone. Plus, don't forget Icon Mobile also has an USB DAC.

I think a fair comparison with be iBasso T4, which is about $110 in retail, or at least it should have the performance of a really good cmoy.
post #13 of 37
Yes, the Icon Mobile is overpriced if you buy it in Japan at retail prices. I bought a OK LOD and a interconnect cable all at the same time. I will use the Icon Mobile when I am at home, either with a CD player or my laptop, but using it in the subway during rush hour is too much of a hassle. I had the old Elecom inline remote for the iPod, and I loved the convenience of it but hated how it made everything connected to it brighter and seemed to compress the sound a little. This is why I am waiting for the AT-PHA30i. I am hoping it will have better synergy with the CK100 since they are both Audio Technica products. Actually, the Fiio E1 would also work, and I will try get on through DealExtreme.
post #14 of 37
AT-PHA30i BK/WH JPY12,600

too bad NOT compatible with iPhones
post #15 of 37
I bought one, and I am currently burning it in.

Right off the bat when paired with the ATH-CK100, there is slightly more bass when compared to the Icon Mobile.

More impressions to come after I listen to it some more.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Headphone Amps
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › Audio Technica AT-PHA30i - ipod powered amp