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$100-200 portable amp for UE triple-fi's?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Now that the zune has a LOD ive decided to try out portable amps.  Anyone have any suggestions?  Im currently looking into building my own mini^3 which would cost ~$100 or just buying ibasso T3 or D4 if it's really worth it.  anyone have any experience with both the mini^3 and D4?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 18

Have you considered the Meier Headsix..?? You can get it shipped from Jan for $155USD anywhere in the world.

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

hmm that one looks good too.  any comparisons between these amps?  The search feature of this forum seems to suck.

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Have you considered the Meier Headsix..?? You can get it shipped from Jan for $155USD anywhere in the world.



 

post #4 of 18

Check out this link... might give you some more insight into portable amps :)

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/214588/review-portable-amp-roundup-37-portable-amps-reviewed-and-compared

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

thanks for the link.  The headsix sounds like a great option for a smaller budget.
 

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Originally Posted by Townyj View Post

Check out this link... might give you some more insight into portable amps :)

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/214588/review-portable-amp-roundup-37-portable-amps-reviewed-and-compared

post #6 of 18

I use an Mseed Spirit amp that works really well with my Trip10's (in custom molds). So far I've listened to two other flavor of the month amps, and while both are quite nice ( and much smaller) neither one made me want to give up the Spirit. The company is no longer around, so you'll have to look on the used market.

post #7 of 18

I'm in a similar situation and from scanning many a review i'm still torn between the

iBasso T3 or the Little Dot MKI+

 

I would LOVE some input on this from anyone

got a thread on the issue here: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/501132/ibasso-t3-or-little-dot-mki-please-help#post_6765066

post #8 of 18

The iBasso T3D was made for IEMs, and has a really great bang for your buck. I loved using it during Can Jam, and the Digital volume control is extremely useful. The iBasso T3D really clears up the issues that the Triple.Fi has.

 

Many respected members (such as Shigzeo and Skylab) also like the iBasso T3D.

 

However, if you can swing it, I really liked the iBasso D4 and the TTVJ Slim.

 

Note: I don't own the iBasso T3D, but have used the iBasso T3D with the Triple.Fis.

post #9 of 18

Thanks. I noticed that they (iBasso.com) have been out of stock of the T3D for sometime and have only the T3. do you think it is worth waiting for more stock of the T3D or just grabbing the T3?

post #10 of 18

The only difference between the iBasso T3 and the iBasso T3D is that the iBasso T3D has a digital volume control. The iBasso T3 has an analogue volume control. Some people actually like analogue over digital. Both the T3 and T3D have extremely similar if not identical sound signatures.

 

It is a matter of preference.

post #11 of 18

Thanks for your help guys, I went ahead and got the iBasso T3.

cant wait

post #12 of 18

Please let us know what you think of it!

post #13 of 18

WooHoo! I recieved my iBasso T3 today!!

 

Unfortunetly I've torn my iPod LOD (Just yesterday running for the bloody 65 bus who drove off on me!! grr )

 

So until I replace it I'm using the poor 3.5 interconnect cable that came with the T3. However even with this cable my SE530's are singing! The sound is much better than the FiiO E5 was (Even though the E5 had a high quality LOD!!)

I'm very happy and can't wait to try the T3 with a decent LOD.

Does anyone know if the SQ will change slightly on the T3 with some burn-in?

 

On another note the T3 is waaaaay smaller than I expected (kinda wanted to strap it to my iPod but its a little small for that ). Still a great sound from something so small (not much bigger than the FiiO E5)

¬ Also I thought it would have been nice if the little leather pouch it comes in had the iBasso logo on it, which it doesn't. But I'm just sad like that LOL!


Edited by EllisDee - 7/14/10 at 8:46am
post #14 of 18

I just bought the ibassoT3 yesterday (no pouch with mine!?), using it with some ATH-ESW9 I bought yesterday. I am enjoying it too. Lets share some more impressions in a day or two.

post #15 of 18

Great idea!, couple of days to run them in. Hopefully I'll have a new iPod LOD by then too

My package came in an iBasso box with a Black leather pouch / 3.5mm - 3.5mm connecting cable / Warranty card and of course the T3.

Here is a picture of what I got just out of the box:

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