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post #16 of 35
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Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post

Only cons to the GV mini is the fact there isn't a volume control on the unit it's self so you have to manually change volume through your DAP. It isn't a huge downside though.

So no LOD cables. Do we have a price yet? I googled GoVibe Mini and got some very non-audio results redface.gif
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post


So no LOD cables. Do we have a price yet? I googled GoVibe Mini and got some very non-audio results redface.gif


Check the Jaben audio website.

post #18 of 35

I also have one of these, brand new and unopened. But as I already have enough portable amps I think I'm just going to post it up for sale. Any idea what a fair price would be as I can't find a pricing for them. 

post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by kckc View Post

I also have one of these, brand new and unopened. But as I already have enough portable amps I think I'm just going to post it up for sale. Any idea what a fair price would be as I can't find a pricing for them. 



Send Jaben audio a PM here on Head-Fi and ask. haha

post #20 of 35

thanks for the quick review. i just bought this thing today for around 40 USD (used).

i pair it with HD202,  i'm really satisfied (for now) smily_headphones1.gif

post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by ezunyan View Post

thanks for the quick review. i just bought this thing today for around 40 USD (used).

i pair it with HD202,  i'm really satisfied (for now) smily_headphones1.gif


Glad to hear! :)

 

post #22 of 35

I got this amp as a little extra gift from Jaben when I purchased my GR07's and there was a delay - only just sitting down to hear how they perform with my CAL!'s. (source is my Cowon J3)

 

Initial impressions, whilst listening to some prog metal, better attack (noticing this a lot with the snare), slightly more forward treble (by this, cymbals seem that extra bit more sparkly) and instrument separation appears to be enhanced. Bass also appears to be more fleshed out. Micro details are also a lot more discernible :)

 

They have made my already fun sounding CAL!'s even more fun, great combo!!

 

EDIT: Check out this review and the included measurements for this Amp: http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/mini-amp-review-fiio-e6-fireye-mini-govibe-mini-box?page=0,3


Edited by rundllexe - 1/26/12 at 7:39pm
post #23 of 35

Further impressions with my CAL!'s are very favorable, been listening to a large selection of Post Rock and Prog Rock with the occasional Metal. Brings out quite a bit more bass quantity  from these cans as opposed to the headphone out of my Cowon J3, quality doesn't seem to be diminished at all, and no still no midrange bleed as far as I can tell.

 

Other than that there is no noticeable noise or hiss present at quite loud listening volumes (29 on my J3, normally listen to them @ 32 unamped). Appears this great little amp leaves your source as is with no colouration, and boosts the inherent qualities of whatever cans you are using with them, as the sound signature on my CAL's hasn't changed, just more fleshed out.

 

Tried using this with my Vsonic GR07's, but could not notice any difference apart from higher volume, not that I was expecting anything :)

 

Only gripe is the initial warm up, can take up to 5 seconds from playing your source to you actually hearing it through the amp. Has a weak scratchy veiled sound that slowly gets louder finalized with a pop as your music comes into focus, this doesn't reoccur unless you have maybe a 5-10 minute break between listens.

 

BTW my Fischer FA-011's are almost here, and they will be auditioned on the GoVibe Mini Box first so I'll edit with my impressions of a more power hungry phones soon :)

post #24 of 35

This amp is "off the charts good" I bought it two days ago after comparing the Fii 6 and multiple others, but these stand out as very clean and professional. As the former poster said, they increase detail with no distortion, everything is louder, more detailed, and more focused in a good way with better dynamics and cohesion, it doesn't degrade but only brings out the headphones true potential. In fact if you listen to Mp3's you end up clearly hearing all the side effects of compression.

But more importantly whatever qualities are lying dormant in your headphones potential is immediately brought out with class.

 

The other amps i auditioned were a joke compared to these. Go Vibe appears to know a thing or two about amping, they are simply superb. I only ever heard of amping recently because my HTC Phone was not giving me satisfactory volume when running my Sennheisers 449's and 439's and i thought "Damn" what a joke, Sennheiser is crap, until the guy at Jaben audio here in Melbourne Australia explained to me that the harder the headphone is to drive, the better its potential for higher sound quality, he told me that he has $600 headphones that are near impossible to drive, but when they are being amped correctly, well hey.

Anyway he said that with higher impedance headphones the resistance in the copper coil is waiting for high power to drive it and bring out the proper attributes in the headphone, and thus i was fascinated, so i took in my HTC Phone and Sennheisers and had a listen, WOW! Now were talking, end of story, give me that amp. Yes Sir $78 please, What! I think to myself, then i haggled and walked away with the  Go-Vibe Mini-Amp-Box for $50, i'm a happy camper, and you will not be disappointed if you get them, that's the truth. They are not ultra powerful, but they certainly send my Sennheisers to a much better loud level without distortion and that's all i was looking for. My advice, do not hesitate, i thoroughly recommend them, they solved my volume and clarity woes...Cheers!

 

PS: the 5 second wind up problem the former poster had is not prevalent in my case, he might have got a faulty one, or the makers of Go-Vibe might have since fixed the problem, i have had no such issue.


Edited by zardak - 3/30/12 at 7:14pm
post #25 of 35

Just got this with my TMA-1s today. One little problem with the Go-vibe Mini Box - I am getting this constant slight background noise (static) - is this supposed to happen? It is just noticeable when I got music playing quietly but it becomes very obvious when the music is not playing or my headphones are just plugged into the go vibe with no input. A defective unit perhaps? Or is this normal?

post #26 of 35
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Just got this with my TMA-1s today. One little problem with the Go-vibe Mini Box - I am getting this constant slight background noise (static) - is this supposed to happen? It is just noticeable when I got music playing quietly but it becomes very obvious when the music is not playing or my headphones are just plugged into the go vibe with no input. A defective unit perhaps? Or is this normal?


Hey mate, I can confirm that there is a slight buzz in the line whilst the source is inactive - but I as soon as music is playing I cannot detect anything. Have you tried it with another source?

 

post #27 of 35

Sorry to hear that assosson, i can say i have no such problem with mine, the only time i ever hear hiss is when its in the source material, as in bad signal to noise ratio of the song, typically in some 70's and  80's recordings, other than that no such thing. You may have a faulty unit, i hope Jaben will be willing to swap it instead of playing some form of denial game with you.

post #28 of 35

I have been trying to find this amp online but so far it seems that only Jaben carries it but apparently they are using it as tool to sell more wares to customers in the form of bundles.

 

Anyone knows where I can buy this amp (preferably located in the continental US) as a stand-alone item and not part of a bundle?

 

Thanks!


Edited by spanky310 - 5/24/12 at 12:49pm
post #29 of 35

So as you all know they have redesigned this amp to make it look even better and sound even better. Well i have just received it and made a unboxing and compared it sidewise to some other amps. I did however forget that as it has no volume control you can not use a LOD so my demo of me doing that is not obviously invalid.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by spanky310 View Post

I have been trying to find this amp online but so far it seems that only Jaben carries it but apparently they are using it as tool to sell more wares to customers in the form of bundles.

 

Anyone knows where I can buy this amp (preferably located in the continental US) as a stand-alone item and not part of a bundle?

 

Thanks!

I am sure that if you give them a email they may be able to sell one stand alone. They are very friendly!

post #30 of 35

Just bought the amp. Like the new design as it look compact. Was comparing with the FiiO E6 but then I pick this as it really better. Now pair with my FAD Adagio II. Sound great.

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