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post #136 of 292
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Lear FSM-01, iBasso T3 and T5, JDS Labs C421 (AD8620 and OPA2227) and O2, Leckerton Audio UHA-4, FiiO E17, plus a reappearance of HeadRoom Total BiHead and digiZoid ZO2.3. The las t two have of course somewhat been reviewed in this shootout, but they will be re-listed solely because of their popularity in the forum.


Cant wait, I will definitely check it out.
post #137 of 292
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Lear FSM-01, iBasso T3 and T5, JDS Labs C421 (AD8620 and OPA2227) and O2, Leckerton Audio UHA-4, FiiO E17, plus a reappearance of HeadRoom Total BiHead and digiZoid ZO2.3. The las t two have of course somewhat been reviewed in this shootout, but they will be re-listed solely because of their popularity in the forum.

Brilliant! I thought you were just going to add 3 sub $200 amps to your sub $100 thread (since all those are under $200, too). I do think a final ranking of all 17 would be sweet. 

 

I know money is sadly limited, but I would be thrilled to hear how the Neco Soundlab V.3 would fare in this comparison as well. I've conversed with a few on here who had some very positive things to say about it. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/new-V3-DUAL-AMP-portable-headphone-amplifier-/140751982364?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item20c578cf1c#ht_7524wt_1185

post #138 of 292

Great job and thank you for the advice. I'm going to try the e11 this weekend and hopefully it will fill the gap that is having great cans and only an iPhone and Macbook pro to power them.  

post #139 of 292

Oh you tease. I'm really looking for something to replace my damaged FiiOs with and I'm not sure I trust the company enough to have no build quality issues anymore. Thus waiting for the $200 review.

 

Pity O2 w/ ODAC is quite a bit beyond $200...

post #140 of 292
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Pity O2 w/ ODAC is quite a bit beyond $200...

Well, O2 with ODAC isn't exactly portable as well... But I am quite interested in ODAC in the standalone case so I can stack the C421 on top of it. biggrin.gif
post #141 of 292

Yes, part of the reason I don't want the 2-in-1 package there.

post #142 of 292
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Slightly update to the Total AirHead's remark with the output impedance correction. Will add the 3 Channels Amp (dual LM4562 + Single LM6171) by fred_fred_2004 (which is also a member in the forum) soon, probably in the next day or two.

Also, sorry for another delay to the sub-$200 shoot-out as I just acquired a new, better multimeter and decide to remeasure all the data on the sub-$200 portable amps I have gathered, and that is almost 2 weeks of work that needs to be redone, including the interpretation of those data. But I would rather take the time to do it right at the first time. The new multimeter is also the reason why TA has a more accurate output impedance now, so it is worth the time and effort.
post #143 of 292
Thanks for the great review. Will help me a lot with my next purchase of a "pretty" decent amp!
post #144 of 292
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As promised, fred_fred_2004's 3 channels amp has been added to the shootout.
post #145 of 292
ClieOS, thanks for your well-considered, compare and contrast reviews here. I originally bought the E5 back when FiiO was going to first release that and you reviewed a preproduction sample, and I've enjoyed it since then (which has been, what, 3 years?).

You get posts about "which is best" all the time, but I'm going to try and hold out for your sub $200 review and hope you have some weighted value to compare the top amps from that category vs this sub $100 round-up. Based on your findings, I'll either mate my AKG Q701 and Etymotic ER*6i with a FiiO E11 portable and Yamaha Reciever when I'm home, or use those two headphones with a do-all amp that proves enough value over staying low-budget.

I think it's awesome that your hobby is useful to others in addition to yourself!
post #146 of 292
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Glad to know you find this thread useful. The sub-$200 shootout is almost ready. Would have posted it by the end of this week but I have a business trip this evening and will be gone till the weekend. I should be able to get it up by Monday or Tuesday though, so stay tuned.
post #147 of 292

After reading this thread and googling for a few hours, I ended up buying both a PA2V2 and Gary's 3 channel rechargeable amps.

 

I'll let you guys know what I think once they arrive.

post #148 of 292
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After reading this thread and googling for a few hours, I ended up buying both a PA2V2 and Gary's 3 channel rechargeable amps.

I'll let you guys know what I think once they arrive.

You mean Howard's? Gary builds PA2V2, Howard builds 3 Channels amp wink.gif
post #149 of 292

Erm, yeah, that's exactly what I meant. Sorry. :)

post #150 of 292
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post


Lear FSM-01, iBasso T3 and T5, JDS Labs C421 (AD8620 and OPA2227) and O2, Leckerton Audio UHA-4, FiiO E17, plus a reappearance of HeadRoom Total BiHead and digiZoid ZO2.3. The las t two have of course somewhat been reviewed in this shootout, but they will be re-listed solely because of their popularity in the forum.

 

I am selling my Lear FSM-01 at the moment. Like to see what you think about it. 

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