Greetings, fellow Head-Fi'ers,
I've spent a good few hours with this amp now (at least 10 hours+ since receiving it yesterday morning), and I think it's a good time to give you all a little "first impressions" on this amp as it will only be with me for this week, before I send it off again.WARNING: I will apologize in advance for the bad quality photos as these pictures below are taken with my phone, and that I'm not using audiophile terminologies for this first impressions. I'll make it clear now, that this first impression is from a non-audiophile's point of view.
Okay, to kick things off, I would like to thank H20Fidelity for letting me be the first to experiment with this amp, it has been my pleasure.
To those who had read my other first impression, I tend to keep things brief, and to the point as to how I see it, and I'll be referencing this amp to the C&C BH
and FiiO E11
The first thing I had noticed when I opened the packaging, was that it was very light and compact, it defined "simplicity" in terms of an amps' looks. Very firm in the hands, and has a nice solid structure. Although, the only thing that seemed somewhat flimsy about it, was just the switch at the back of the amp, but I guess it was alright, as the amp is just a budget amp. I have yet to open it up and view what's inside, as I'm not all that great with the tools and don't really know what I'm looking for inside this little box, so I'll leave that for the pros.
When compared to the BH and E11, it has a much smaller footprint than the other two, and has quite a solid build. Made of what seems like the same metal that was used in the production of the BH amp - strong and solid. Light as the E11, but as tank as the C&C BH.and a show of how big the K0 really is when put with an iPod Shuffle 4th Gen.Sound Quality
What I noticed about the sound quality, was that it was really vibrant, and has a good rhythm, which made it all that more enjoyable. It's unique in what it does. The ability to distinguish between instruments in this amp was very easy and noticeable, and as of the separation, it was satisfactory - pretty decent. The bass was very meaty, and provided the amp with a nice warm touch - a plus. Although it has quite a few ups, it also has it's down; and that would be it's detailing.The K0 required just a touch more detailing to make an improvement in that area. It has good depth, and a nice and clean vibe. So overall, the sound is quite impressive, not all that bad for the price and size of the unit!Comparisons
When compared to the C&C BH (With all switches off to make things fair), it wasn't far off from the BH. It was actually somewhat almost equal to the BH. Where it was let down, was it's detail and clarity. Besides that, it did have some advantages over the BH such as how it has a more forward mid range, but other than that, it performed exceptionally well when put up against a $100 amp, the BH. The BH only just
takes the lead here, because non of switches were used in this comparison, but if those switches were allowed, then the BH would take the lead easily. In addition, it did make me feel impressed with what it could put out.
When compared to the FiiO E11, it does perform overall, better than the E11 in most aspects - price, power, battery life, separation, good vibe, structure, instrument separation. The only thing that it doesn't beat the E11 in, is the extra features you get, such as the EQ switch, and High Gain/Low Gain switch. (I don't mean to be so harsh on the E11, sorry to the fanboyz out there! Just saying it as it is to me
with my players.The K0 and the C3. The K0 and the iPod Nano 3rd Gen Summary
Over the short period of time that I had spent with this amp, I had much enjoyed it's presence and it's function with my devices. Very compact and portable, and it should not be underestimated for what it is. Ultimately, I'm very satisfied with this product from Rhapsodio, and for it's price, I think it should be a good quality budget amp for any Head-Fi'er out there to consider. It's what a "bang for the buck" amp should be like.
had mentioned to me that they will be releasing a revised version of the K0
(the one I reviewed/first impression-ed was the old model) in around a week or two from now (not confirmed). The new one will be featuring a "linear regulator"
(I have no clue what it is).
sent me two pictures of the new product, so I'll share it with you guys.BackFront
Over and Out,SkyBleu-Edited by SkyBleu - 4/9/13 at 3:33am