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post #16 of 37
Just came out in Hong Kong. Bought one

At first test, can't really tell a difference besides more bass and better highs through the SE530's i use.

Question is... will it sound better after burning it it? This amp need burning in?

P.S. it does not have a mic function and cannot use earphone to listen to calls
post #17 of 37
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Originally Posted by fulayg View Post
Just came out in Hong Kong. Bought one

At first test, can't really tell a difference besides more bass and better highs through the SE530's i use.

Question is... will it sound better after burning it it? This amp need burning in?

P.S. it does not have a mic function and cannot use earphone to listen to calls
is it compatible to your iPhone 3Gs???
how much did u pay for it?

thanks in advance
post #18 of 37
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is it compatible to your iPhone 3Gs???
how much did u pay for it?
I payed HK$920 that is about US$115

It is compatible.. however, when u plug it in, it will come with a message "Accessory is not made to work with Iphone"

Simply ignore that.

In my opinion, I think this amp is worth buying if you want to listen to better quality music on the run on ur Ipod / Iphone. After burning "my own ears" into these... it makes a difference after I listen to them for 10 hours.

It is pretty expensive though
post #19 of 37
@fulayg

thanks for the info.. im eying on this or the cheapo Fiio E1

for my iPhone 3Gs+UE TF10pro
post #20 of 37
I am not sure about the Fiio E1, but for the Audio Technicas, it keeps drawing power as long as you have it connected to the dock connector, even if you are not playing music through it. A pretty big minus point in my book.
post #21 of 37
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Originally Posted by Yukster View Post
I am not sure about the Fiio E1, but for the Audio Technicas, it keeps drawing power as long as you have it connected to the dock connector, even if you are not playing music through it. A pretty big minus point in my book.
How much battery does it actually draw and how is it performing?
post #22 of 37
On my iPod Touch 2G, if you leave it plugged in overnight, without playing any music, will bring the battery down from 100% to 50%.

As for the sound quality, for my commute, I have been listening to a lot of podcasts, so I really tell you how the sound quality has changed.

Some other small things that has been irritating me... I am not sure if its an issue with my dock connector, or just a general flaw, but when the plug is yanked hard, and the connection slightly gets disconnected and reconnects, some times the playback stops and all you get is static. The volume on the static is pretty loud too. Of course, this is happens only when I have my ipod in my pocket, riding a bicycle with a pretty heavy messenger bag slung across my body, so there is a lot of strain on the cable for the PHA30. Not your typical usage situation.
post #23 of 37
It seem like E1 to me.

Not much improvement on SQ FWIR.
post #24 of 37
Anyone has any idea where to buy it in the UK / Hong Kong?
post #25 of 37
I bought it at Mingo headphone in Mong Kok on Dec 21, 2009.

www.mingo-hmw.com

Check out store locations there..

there are a few stores in Mong kok.
post #26 of 37
Has anyone else experienced this? Sometimes when I start listening, if I press play from my ipod classic the volume suddenly jumps to 100%. Not nice at all. Quickly learned not to have headphones on when starting, or to start playback from the amp's play button. Luckily I'm not using earbuds...

Haven't noticed any battery depletion when not using the thing but haven't been really paying attention. Definitely not half the battery in one night. Right now it's showing full battery after being plugged overnight and a couple of hrs listening.

I bought mine from bluetin.com for roughly 90€ +shipping, paypal costs, total circa 110€ delivered to Finland.
post #27 of 37
Anyone compared this to ibasso t3 or t4 ?
post #28 of 37
So how's this tone correction circuitry I read about?

That thing is so small already, would it have hurt to throw in a rechargeable battery to avoid using the ipod's?
post #29 of 37

I received mine yesterday from benippon.com (http://benippon.com/fr/catalogsearch/result/?q=at-pha30i). I don't have another amp so I cannot tell the difference. I was also afraid to have made a mistake because of battery consumption. Wrong! AT designed it so that it does not draw too much energy from the ipod. Using it for a couple of hours yesterday, it did not seem to me an issue at all. I did not measure but my feeling is that it draws more power only when volume is really up (above 66%). I am running it on a Nano 3rd G 8Gb.

 

Tha amp sounds good to me because now I can hear the "hiss" on my E2C :-). The sound is much better (clearer and cleaner), but I cannot tell whether it's just because it is amplified, because the "dock" plug is better, or because the amp is good. By the way, can anyone tell me if the dock plug bypasses the ipod's amplification stage ? If so, then the PHA30i amp is way better than the ipod's. It should not be a surprise since it's an aftermarket product.

 

Overall it's a "real" portable amp, with better sound than the regular ipod jack line out. It's amazing what those little things can do. Now I'm getting second thoughts about acquiring a bigger amp, such as the Linearossa W3, not as portable that's for sure. I might change my earplugs first. Any idea is welcome but i'll check on the forum as well.

post #30 of 37

I bought AT-PHA30i.

It compared it with Fiio E1. 

 
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AT-PHA30i notes.
It is a point "Since iPod nano" and "Since the fifth iPod generation" corresponding iPod.
 
It is uncorrespondence at iPod mini and the fourth iPod generation before that. Because I own some models of the uncorrespondence, it is regrettable. 
 
Comparison of sizes.
It is remote control for portable CD player of Sony and Panasonic, Fiio E1, and AT-PHA30i in order from on.
 
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Next, comparison of Dock connector areas.
Dock Cable (JPY105), Fiio E1, and AT-PHA30i.
Because Fiio E1 has the amplifier substrate in this part, it is large. 
 
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Comparison of sounds.
It connects it at the third iPod nano generation.
 
Fiio E1 is better than the main body of iPod nano.
Mid and Bass of AT-PHA30i are stronger than that of Fiio E1. 
 
It is sold in the large-scale electric appliance shop in Japan.
It is possible to audition by connecting my iPod/iPhone in the shop.
 
Up to now, I have thought it is the best in the person who doesn't know Headphone Amp.
The price has become JPY8000 or less. 
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