Originally Posted by FieldingMellish
Brooko, concise! Liked your descriptions. Good overview.
If a person wants to buy only one and buy it only once; has IEMs and cans and is willing to part with the dough; is the Arrow the way to go?
You've got a few options as far as slim form factor go - Pico Slim, TTVJ Slim and the Arrow.
I haven't tried the Pico or TTVJ - I bought the Arrow based on a lot of research. Here were my main reasons - YMMV.
* Form factor! The Arrow is under 10 cm long, about 5.5 cm wide, and is only about 8mm thick. It is perfect size for attaching to an iPod Touch/iPhone
* Tone - it is very neutral, just adding clean amplification - although you can alter the presentation with the switching options (bass, treble)
* Power! For me this was the big one - I wanted something that could handle everything from my 325is all the way up to my 600 ohm Beyers. The Arrow is a one-stop shop. There are 3 gain settings (2db, 9db, 18db) and combined with the variation on the pot, it is very easy to get the exact volume you want.
* Tone controls - for when you wnat that little boost without messing round with an EQ. Separate 3 stage bass and treble settings (off / small boost / larger boost)
* Long battery life - I just found out that it can be anywhere between 30-80 hours depending on power output you've selected. Amazing!
Other features - these are the 'bonus' features - but the more you use them, the more they become 'the benchmark' for your requirements.
- Automatic on/off. I can't being to describe how good this feature is. If there is audio running, the Arrow switches itself on. If no audio - after a set time, it switches off. No more drained batteries from forgetting to switch the amp off.
- Not sure how to describe this .... using a thumb wheel volume pot - instead of the normal exposed knob. Easier to get at, doesn't stick out, so far I haven't ever accidentally moved it (think blaring volume) like I did once or twice on my E11.
- Having input jacks at both ends - so you can orient it to exactly how and where you want the controls (ie which end of your iPod).
- Dual headphone outs - magic - spent Sunday afternoon (raining) with my 8yo daughter. She had my Beyers on, I had the Senns - both sharing the music. I used a volume attenuator with my HD600s so that I could match her volume without blasting my ears as well. Magic being able to do this without a cumbersome splitter, or extra cable.
- There is also a crossfeed feature - but to be honest, I haven't really noticed a major difference with the music I listen to. Need to spend more time with it. Any difference is very subtle.
Apparently you can talk to Robert about getting a resistor changed/fitted to lower the gain?/sensitivity with the pot - so that you can use it with more sensitive IEMs.
If you're only going to be driving cans up to 300ohm, and prefer a digital volume control (great for IEMs) like the idea of an inbuilt DAC, and can forgo the tone controls and other features of the Arrow - the Leckerton UHA-4 is worth considering.
Based on my own experience though, I would unreservedly recommend the Arrow as a one-stop shop. It is simply a fantastic piece of kit!