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Best ultra portable amps (very small amps)

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
Hey

I'm looking into purchasing an amp for my RE0 and iPod Classic 160GB (2009). I am getting an LOD, so no worries about that. I already made a thread asking for the best for under 30$, but I think that I can raise my budget up.

I need an amp that is TINY. That is vital, as it needs to fit in one of my jeans pocket with my iPod Classic. I've been looking at iBassos...they look good, but I think that they are too big. The Fiio E5 is tiny, and that's what I need, but the SQ improvement is not dramatic apparently, so if there's anything better with the same size (or a little big bigger), I am willing to pay the price premium. Thanks.
post #2 of 32
RSA " The shadow" and the new Pico slim that just hit the scene, price is pretty steep but you get top SQ. If that's to pricey go to the Head-direct website and check out the minibox D or F there pretty small. hope that helps.
post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
The RSA Shadow's size is great, but it's too expensive indeed. I'm looking for something cheaper than 100$. I checked out the Miniboxes, they seem good. Any other suggestions?
post #4 of 32
I posted a size comparison of the various options here.

And after having used both myself, I can say that the Filo e5 is really not much smaller than the ibasso T3 - and the T3 sounds a LOT better. The e5 is actually thicker than the T3, and it makes a difference in the feel.
post #5 of 32
Minibox is a good budget choice. Shadow is a superb up-scale choice. Tried and like both; use Shadow now every day with Gen 3 iPod Nano, nice fit.
post #6 of 32
RSA Shadow and/or HeadAmp Pico Slim...
From posted pictures they seems to be really small.
post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by Hyperfluxe View Post
The RSA Shadow's size is great, but it's too expensive indeed. I'm looking for something cheaper than 100$. I checked out the Miniboxes, they seem good. Any other suggestions?
slightly Used?
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f42/fs...shadow-469753/
post #8 of 32
t3 or t4. i have the t4 and love it although im sellingbit to get some extra cash for upgrades down the road. it is very, very small.
post #9 of 32
ibasso T3
post #10 of 32
I can bet minibox-f would drive re0 not worse than shadow, I tried minibox-d with them (same as f , but some reports f is even better than d) and synergy was great , better than ibasso t3, but I only listened for a few moments.
post #11 of 32
What makes the Minibox F better than the Minibox D?

Sometime soon either the E5 or Minibox will be needed. I read the Miniboxes also worked with very low impedance headphones. I want to experiment with my old Monitor 10s to find out if amping them somewhat improves their sound. Otherwise a cMoy or amplifier based on that model is better.
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by wavoman View Post
Minibox is a good budget choice. Shadow is a superb up-scale choice. Tried and like both; use Shadow now every day with Gen 3 iPod Nano, nice fit.
Hi, if you have the MiniBox-E+ w/ the switches try to get a pair of AD797 op-amps to replace the pair of AD8610. I am enclosing a picture showing the AD797 in use. Cheers.
LL
post #13 of 32
Thread Starter 
I've compared the sizes using this very useful website: Sized Up: Apple iPhone vs Pack Of Playing Cards

The Minibox amps are too big for me in depth, it's thicker than my iPod. I was surprised when I saw the iBasso T3/T4 aren't that big. They're a bit bigger in height than a E5, but smaller in width and depth. I'm seriously considering the iBasso T3 or T4 for their price. Are there any other ultra portable amps that I should be aware of in the sub-120$ price range? Thanks.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
RSA Shadow and/or HeadAmp Pico Slim...
From posted pictures they seems to be really small.
x2
post #15 of 32
If you can get a hold of a used SuperMicro IV, even the pico or Slim may seem large. But, buying new is no longer an option as Xin is either off the planet, or ... well waiting years for his amps isn't worth it.
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