Originally Posted by zilch0md
Yeah, their cables are an extremely good value.
Speaking of impulse purchases... I also ordered the Mini-X A-100...
Finally, I'll be able to hear what everyone's talking about.
I've had the Mini-X for two days and want to defer my in-depth assessments for later, but my initial impression is that the amp is not neutral. It's got recessed mids or, if you prefer, elevated bass and treble - the classic "smile" curve that's generally OK when the goal is to increase the fun-factor with typical loudspeakers, but not necessarily a good thing with most headphones.
Again, my impressions here might be premature and I don't know if this amp changes with burn-in, but after listening to it with my very neutral DACmini CX as a USB DAC, with just about everything I own in the way of transducers, including LCD-2, T1, K550, HD280 Pro, ATH-M50, as well as a pair of Definitive Tecnhnology StudioMonitor 45 two-way bookshelf speakers, which are highly praised by Chris Martens of Absolute Sound and are known to have a very balanced, accurate, lack of coloration - almost to the point of having no personality, much like the T1...
... I'm currently concluding that the Mini-X, in and of itself, has a signature that's like a gentler verizon of my friend's Ultrasone Pro 900 on a neutral source and amp - which are exceedingly heavy in the bass and sibilant in the treble - a big "smile" curve. The Mini-X is no where near as dramatic in this regard as the Ultrasone Pro 900, but what I'm hearing is in that direction.
Back in January, Head-Fi member Steppenout had posted that he'd purchased a Mini-X and expressed his distaste for sibilance as he requested recommendations for orthos to go with it. Some people recommended the LCD-2, but I've not seen any follow-up posts from him on the subject.
For my tastes, the LCD-2 coloration is perfect with a neutral source and amp, and I actually prefer my LCD-2 on my DACmini CX amp, which has the less "musical" more neutral, 1-Ohm output impedance mod, to using the LCD-2 with my Burson Soloist. (I've proclaimed my LCD-2 preference for the DACmini CX amp over the Soloist in several threads.). Barring changes that may come with further burn-in, with the LCD-2, the Mini-X is too energetic in the bass and treble for my tastes. I can live with the bass coloration - it's fun - but not with the excessive treble energy, which, with more recordings than not, is just too harsh and sibilant for my tastes. The LCD-2 has a nasty spike in the lower part of the treble region that's just exacerbated by the Mini-X. And going by what others have said, I would likely find the treble even less appealing with HiFiMan orthos.
With the T1, the Mini-X treble is almost unbearable for my tastes, but the bass is freaking wonderful. The LCD-2 is still a better match for the Mini-X than the T1 - again, for my tastes.
And for both headphones, there's no denying that the mini-X brings very appealing transparency, extension, speed and dynamics that demand my appreciation.
With the Definitive Tecnhnology StudioMonitor 45s, the experience is similar to the T1 - terrific bass in every aspect, but unsavory highs. (Note that the T1 is worse, however - and is often accused of being too bright with neutral source and amp combos.)
In short, I'm developing a love-hate relationship with the Mini-X.