I have been using my new custom JH-16 pro for the last month and I'm really impress with this unit. My only "concern" is I think my iBasso D10 is not up to the task. I mean it doesn't match the resolution that the JH16 is capable off. Also I found really annoying the imbalance and the volume knob on the D10. So I was looking around for a new portable amp to replace my 3 years old D10 and I've bring down the list to 3 amps:
The RSA P-51 Mustang
HeapAmp Pico Slim.
I went to my local store and they told me they will receive all this amps in a couple of weeks. So me been there surrounded by awesome gadget and audio equipment I decided to try some toys...Long story short I came out the store with the Fostex HP-P1. Amazing DAC, but average Amp (pretty harsh and fatiguing).
So here is the thing. I'm still need and AMP!. and after reading many and many post about the qualities of the HP-P1 and the CLAS I simple cannot decided what to do. Should I:
1- return the HP-P1 and get the CLAS + Shadow/Mustang or Pico Slim?
2- keep the HP-P1 and get the the Shadow/Mustang or Pico Slim?
In other words is the DAC (32bits) on the HP-P1 so much better than the CLAS (24bits) to justify the extra money (leaving aside the amp section)? What will be the best match of those 4 components in terms of sound synergy with the JH-16?.
I'm planing to use this setting only with the JH-16 pro at the office. When on the way I can always just grab the iPod Classic with the amp and leaving the DAC at the office cause honestly both are pretty big as portable units...