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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hey there!

 

I wanted to know if there is a portable amp out there(just an amp, not a amp-dac combo) that is only SLIGHTLY aggressive that will also increase bass extension and impact? It would have to be, at the most, 300 dollars.

 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 19
How about ibasso PB2?
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

I haven't heard anything about the Ibasso PB2-. I had the D10 but that made the my ES7 too smooth and dark.

post #4 of 19
May be the Pico Slim on the FS?
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hmmm--you may be on to something lol. I'll check it out--have you heard the Pico slim before?

post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Nuge View Post

Hmmm--you may be on to something lol. I'll check it out--have you heard the Pico slim before?


What do you mean have I, I own a pico slim and I am not putting it on the FS.  But if you want to go to the FS, tey to find one w/ a S# below 250--that will give you life time warranty.  I consider the Pico slim a collector's item at this point.

 

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

I only asked because sometimes people make recommendations even though they haven't heard the things they are recommending. I will strongly consider getting the pico slim.

post #8 of 19

Yes, I understand and get your point.  I do not do that though and I was not upset either.

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

To be honest, I am a bit worried that the pico slim will be too smooth sounding? Oh, and just a side question, does the non-slim pico amp sound the same as the slim version?

post #10 of 19

Practical devices xm5 is a beast. Does have a DAC though. I use it with Shure, Grado, Fischer and Audio Technica Headphones. As well as several IEMs.


Edited by havagr8da - 9/24/11 at 4:53pm
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hey there! How would you describe the sound signature of the XM5? I do not want to darken the sound at all, or have the amp push the vocals back--that is what the ibasso D10 did to my ES7 and it made them way less fun-sounding with most of my music(except some of my 70's soul music).

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Nuge View Post

To be honest, I am a bit worried that the pico slim will be too smooth sounding? Oh, and just a side question, does the non-slim pico amp sound the same as the slim version?


No they don't sound alike to me.  The Slim sounds very dynamic, fast, slightly punchy, and very close to you.

 

post #13 of 19

The Pico (not the slim). Another one is the TTVJ hybrid, it moves the soundstage forward. I have both. I also have a D10 so I know what you are talking about.

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post

The Pico (not the slim). Another one is the TTVJ hybrid, it moves the soundstage forward. I have both. I also have a D10 so I know what you are talking about.



Thanks!

post #15 of 19

The XM5 without any gain on bass or treble just makes volume. I do not sense that it colors the music in any way really. A good amp should just amplify. Want more bass use the gain for it. More treble gain available as well. OPAMPS are removable and there are many options to tailor to desired sound if one chooses. I have not strayed from the stock configuration as I am well pleased with it as is.

 

Sound signature I would describe as Just Louder everything else is in place as it should be.


Edited by havagr8da - 9/26/11 at 12:38pm
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