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Is the minibox ES an updated Minibox E+?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Minibox ES

Technical specs looks the same, except no opamp info.  

 

 

http://www.head-direct.com/product_detail.php?p=15

post #2 of 17

That's an old pic of the previous generation Minibox.  THe one I had used buttons not switches for the PtoS and bass boost.  Don't know what's going on here.

post #3 of 17

ES is a tuned version of E+. While E+ is based on AD8610, ES is based on OPA627.

post #4 of 17

there are tests on abi that show opa627 behaves  almost the same as ad8610 in miniboxe+, so it must be basically the same

 

amp inside. i hope that new name ES means single ended and there will also be miniboxEB - balanced amp.

post #5 of 17

I have yet to hear anything beat OPA1611, LT1677, ISL28127, and ADA4627-1 in the Minibox-E+.

 

I emailed them to see what else might be different, if at all.

post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

I have yet to hear anything beat OPA1611, LT1677, ISL28127, and ADA4627-1 in the Minibox-E+.

 

I emailed them to see what else might be different, if at all.


Any word from them yet?  Please let us know.

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by flargosa View Post

Any word from them yet?  Please let us know.


Soon hopefully.

post #8 of 17

Any idea what the "ES" stands for? I'm guessing it is not "Elite Series" like Westone...

post #9 of 17

Head-Direct told me it is just a change of opamps.  Some upgrade/update.  The chip is expensive and for the price of one from Digikey, you can get 2x ADA4627-1, which is much better than 627 in both the Minibox and my Compass DAC.


Edited by Mad Max - 7/29/11 at 2:50pm
post #10 of 17

I am confused ny the new pictures on the website. I was very interested in buying the Minibox E+ because it had the bass boost and 'P to S' buttons, but the new ES version looks more simple with just a 'gain' button?...Can anyone confirm it still has both options like E+?...

post #11 of 17

It most likely doesn't.

Have you asked Head-Direct?

post #12 of 17

Yes , they said it was the same,just a better sound output, but it really doesn't look the same.

They said it would be easy to see once i received it!-Not sure...

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

I have yet to hear anything beat OPA1611, LT1677, ISL28127, and ADA4627-1 in the Minibox-E+.

 

I emailed them to see what else might be different, if at all.



How is it better...I was under the impression that the OPA 627 and AD8620 were pretty much top-notch  confused.gif

 

post #14 of 17

Just received a message this morning from Ms. T in customer service: Only change was the op amp "upgrade" from an AD8610 to an OPA627.  I wonder how this will effect the overall synergism of parts to sound?

post #15 of 17

The new version does not have the Bass boost or PtoS.  That was the deal breaker for me.  I heard rave reviews about how this amp was just made for ER4.  As much as I LOVE my decade old ER4 I have to add a little bass.  The circuit on the E+ is way better than a software EQ from a DAP.

 

Long story short....I found a used E+ for sale on the forums here and my ER4s have never been happier!

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