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These two juggernauts (in reputation, not size) are being released almost literally on the same day. Which will you guys go for?
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I went with the Protector because I was planning to go balanced later on anyways and I always wanted to balanced my HD650
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I will purchase both amps.
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I went for both, I can always sell one if I don't like one of them. Balanced JH13 and HD600 and Slim for the rest of SE IEM I have.
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Originally Posted by hvu View Post
I went with the Protector because I was planning to go balanced later on anyways and I always wanted to balanced my HD650
You'll have to DIY a balanced cable for the HD650 if you want to use the Protector since it does not use any standard balanced out.
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I'm going for the pico slim.

For now i'd prefer the smaller size and digital volume control rather than going balanced with my livewires.
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I already have a extra HD650 cable sitting around waiting to be recable once the get connector.
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I would say the protector, as its balanced with ample power to be a standalone desktop balanced amp.

The PICO slim is another Pico in a slim chassis.
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The PICO slim is another Pico in a slim chassis.
The Pico Slim doesn't share a single component or circuit with the original Pico amp

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These two juggernauts (in reputation, not size) are being released almost literally on the same day. Which will you guys go for?
You already have a Milletts TTVJ Portable like mine. Now to keep up and get the Pico Slim Jelt

I like the design philosophy of the Pico Slim. If I want a desktop amp, I'll get a proper desk. Then a desk top amp
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If I were in the market, I'd pick the Pico Slim because it's so small and light as to be not there, offers great ease of battery replacement, has digital volume control (very important for fine control with sensitive IEMs) and is best suited toward use with IEMs which are my portable headphone format of choice.

I wouldn't pick the Protector because its larger, heavier, doesn't look as nice, uses an absolutely dreadful choice of connector (inelegant, poor ergonomics, no rotation, low number of connection cycles before fault and/or failure) for the balanced output, doesn't offer the digital volume control and is endorsed with a fervour that I find on the mistrustfully fanatical by a member whos opinions I read with a very large degree of caution but who a great many regard as some kind of papal authority on small amps.
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Slim FTW … patiently waiting on the list, btw I also have the Pico/DAC amp and am very happy with it.
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I am sure they are both great amps, but both are for different iems, different purposes. They BOTH look sexy to me and I am sure they will both be excellent amps. The Slim, however, is slimmer (duh) and dear me... so full of personal expectation!
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wait till Justin pulls off a balanced portable amp to the battle.
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iBasso are also working on one! Great year ahead.
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