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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I was just wondering what ultra-portable amps were available? The only ones I've seen so far are the Digizoid ZO2 and the iBasso T3, other like the T5 are similar in size but muc heavier, so  is there anything else worth considering in the $60-150 range?

 

Some specs:

 

Digizoid ZO2.3 - 70 x 38 x 9.6 mm, 26.6g

iBasso T3 - 64.5 x 37 x 10 mm, 28g

iBasso T5 - 81 x 41 x 10 mm, 62g

iBasso D-Zero - 79 x 55 x 11, 60g

iBasso T4 - 64.5 x 37 x 10 mm, 29g

 

Was also wondering where it would be cheapest to buy some of these.


Edited by nucgaek - 8/26/12 at 2:57pm
post #2 of 13

http://www.headstage.com/The-Arrow-Amp/Headstage-Arrow-12HE-4G::10144.html

and 

http://www.aloaudio.com/rx-mk3

 

pretty small but also expensive 

post #3 of 13

No mention of the fio e5/6?

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post

No mention of the fio e5/6?

 

Would you actually listen to the E5?

 

I like the Arrow even though it's longish but it's the thinnest amp out there w/ the most drive and features in such a package.

post #5 of 13

Not heard any amps tbh, just threw out a couple of ultra portable suggestions :)   

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

I've tried the e5 and PA2V2, the PA2V2 was decent but a bit bulky whilst the E5 seemed to suffer from static too much

post #7 of 13

How much do you want to spend? On the low cost end there is iBasso and on the higher end Head Amp. Both are awesome in their respective brackets and of course the higher priced unit does sound better.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post

of course the higher priced unit does sound better.


Is this some sort of universal law now?

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by placebo-fi View Post


Is this some sort of universal law now?

No, it was my observation after having listened to both on multiple ocassions. Anything else?

post #10 of 13

Thanks for the clarification, I misunderstood.

 

Btw, he stated pretty clearly that his range was $60~$150, so headamp offerings are way out of range.

post #11 of 13
Originally Posted by nucgaek View Post

I was just wondering what ultra-portable amps were available? The only ones I've seen so far are the Digizoid ZO2 and the iBasso T3, other like the T5 are similar in size but muc heavier, so  is there anything else worth considering in the $60-150 range? 

 

Some specs:

 

Digizoid ZO2.3 - 70 x 38 x 9.6 mm, 26.6g

iBasso T3 - 64.5 x 37 x 10 mm, 28g

iBasso T5 - 81 x 41 x 10 mm, 62g

iBasso D-Zero - 79 x 55 x 11, 60g

iBasso T4 - 64.5 x 37 x 10 mm, 29g

 

C&C BK - 76 x 57 x 13

post #12 of 13

the better question is do you need an amp?

i think first of all you should upgrade your headphones, then your source and in the end the amp, so what headphones/source do you have?

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by eroarex View Post

the better question is do you need an amp?

i think first of all you should upgrade your headphones, then your source and in the end the amp, so what headphones/source do you have?

Using my iPod Nano with the Fiio L3 and my Galaxy S3 for very casual listening, but the PFE122 really seem to need some amplification. Also got the B2s and Atrio MG7s as well, but they seem fine without

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