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How small is TOO small ?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
In a perfect world, DAPs wouldnt need portable DAC/amps - they would be able to drive most cans straight from the box. My X series comes a lot closer to that than anything else I own, but even when its connected to the D4 it fits comfortably in my hand. I am surprised when I read posts bemoaning the size of various portable amps - to me, a bigger case *should* mean gutsier internals.

Took a couple of photos - forgive the quality - of my D4 alongside a larger amp (the Topaz) and a smaller amp (the T3), with the current iPod Classic in the middle for reference purposes. Who would seriously want an amp to be any smaller than the T3 ? Where would you keep the thing - on a keyring ?
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post #2 of 31
LOL! Rather a personal question mate.

Sorry, the title drew me like a moth to flame.

If the amp were small enough, you could attach it and a small dap to a pair of headphones.
post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
Jesus, HC - did we have to go straight to Benny Hill territory ? Its in 'portable amps', so I thought it was reasonably safe ....
post #4 of 31
Fiio E5. Literally you can put it on a keying. Heck, strap it to your 2nd gen. Shuffle.
post #5 of 31
Those pics are pretty small lol.
post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post
LOL! Rather a personal question mate.

Sorry, the title drew me like a moth to flame.

If the amp were small enough, you could attach it and a small dap to a pair of headphones.
I'm ashamed of myself... I went straight there also...
post #7 of 31
Fiio E5 is a lot larger than the Shuffle actually, I had both at the same time. I think the P-51 mustang amp I used to own was way too small. IMO, portable amps should be based around the shape of the PMP it is being used with. If I could find a good DAC/AMP for my X1060 that was roughly the same shape and size etc, I would save up for it.
post #8 of 31
I'm just going to get this out of the way... It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it!
post #9 of 31
That's what people with small 'portable amplifiers' say, but yes, that statement is true
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
I'm just going to get this out of the way... It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it!
The thread's tittle and this crack me up.
post #11 of 31
Thread Starter 
stang, I think you will find that the D4 is a near-perfect match for the width/length of the X1060, albeit thicker. That rig works well, but I didnt like what I read about the 10-hour battery life and I find that hooking it up to a laptop via USB gives me more power for fullsize cans. Not exactly the ideal portable solution, but you have to take the swings with the roundabouts, IMO.
post #12 of 31
thanks for the recommendation. I had the P-51 mustang and TBH, found no difference in sound at all with my X1060 playing .wav files with my UM3X using a pure copper cable. Maybe it was because I listen to metal.
post #13 of 31
Forgive me if this is too far off-topic, but the same thing applies to players. I love, LOVE, my Clip+, but it's the third one I've had in the past year. The other two are...somewhere. The thing is so small that it disappears into my pocket or shoulder bag. Before I lost the previous two, I had a couple of profanity-laced episodes during which I was sure it was gone, only to discover that the little critter was hiding under some loose change in my pocket.

The current one hasn't pulled that trick, yet, but I constantly check my pocket when I'm not using it to make sure it hasn't exited the building.
post #14 of 31
I agree that the amp should be close in size to the DAP. My SR-71A fits nicely with iPod Classic and the Pico Slim should pair with i7.
post #15 of 31
i love my cowon d2 but it's been hard to find an amp that matches its size. i tried to find one at a low price but some were too big, some were too small and some were too long or too wide.
i ended up ordering a pico which should be almost the same size (very slightly smaller) as cowon d2, but it cost me a lot more than what i wanted to spend.
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