A/B testing the T5 w/Ipod and T/5 with CLAS, much harder to notice the difference in instrument separation. Also, unlike the pico slim, the T5 didn't produce the sharp sibilance that I experienced with my W4's. This amp is a winner, and I'll be returning the CLAS. The sound may not be as "accurate" but it certainly is fun and lively.
Er, really ? If I'm reading you correctly, a (cheap) portable amp has just negated the impact of being able to bypass the DAC in your iPod and you are now happy to get rid of a device that many waited years for ? I know this is a hobby of diminishing returns, but that's a little hard to comprehend - that said, I havent heard the DAC in the CLAS so it may simply be down to personal preference.
Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of iBasso's products, and they have my credit card details (!) - but $170 worth of Chinese amp just nixed $580 worth of high tech wizardry : you'll forgive me if I'm a little skeptical.