1.2 watts? O_o'
P4 the Warbler a new portable amp from iBasso . . first impression pg 3 . images Pg 6&7 . . . - Page 2
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Good point actually. If this has half as many channels but costs more (more than twice as much per channel), then what are we supposed to expect is the better amp?
I'm a a quality over quantity person which makes it hard for me to understand this.
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More powuh of course.
I've always dismissed ibasso as a whole because none of their products were really practical for me. The big portable a,ps with their 5 batteries and tiny run time really made me doubt if they were intended to be portable at all, I mean, I could shove a 24v and my m3 into an iPad sized case and it would be portable and I'd be sure that the sound is good. Rsa is very overpriced for their functionality, you're mostly paying fr premium parts and the brand.
Now the p4 with a rechargeable battery and pure amp is piquing my interest, though I continue to doubt the necessity of a portable amp. Now that I have an iPad, portable dacamps are a possibility.
iBasso has chosen to include an excellent rolling kit containingl very high-quality devices; this can easily account for the difference in cost between the Toucan and the P4. In addition, the circuitry is more complex with the choice of 3 and 4 channel ground architecture.
I am anticipating that for those individuals who do not need a built-in DAC or balanced output, the P4 will prove to be an excellent performer. It is really bridging the many of the differences between desktops and portables, combining many of the best features of both.
I am looking forward to putting the P4 through some stringent testing and comparison with my desktop!
How are you planning to do that? The Boomslang only outputs a balanced signal and the P4 only accepts SE input.
Seems it would take a bit of surgery to do that with the Boomslang. I am not sure it would be worth.
Yes, that is one area that I really find exciting is the 3 and 4 channel grounding. I like 4 channel but often there is DC bleed through but if done right, as I mentioned above, the sound to my ear is more open and in addition I often find it a little more dynamic with better detail separation.
It's beautiful in its simplicity. I'm curious what the back layer of that board looks like.
With so many opamps it's understandable why they didn't list battery life as different combinations would result in different drain, but I'd be interested to hear rough times once someone actually gets their hands on one.
My warbler is on the way!!!
I have a balanced to SE mini IC someone very nice on head-fi made me to use just for this purpose!
I never have problems with Battery times...I mainly use my amps in a stationary sense...those LION packs are pretty good...
Lion batteries are good for a while, but my concern with them over rechargables is when the battery goes dead in a year will I be able to get a replacement. It was one of the key reasons I went with the D4 - I can use NiCad or Alkaline batteries in it and never need to worry about replacements.