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Sub $400 - amp suggestions for IEM

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Thread Starter 

I've been umming and aahing over a new amp for a while now, and asked some questions before. My ibasso D2+ has been chugging along OK, so I've been postponing a decision. But last week the left channel started going after 30mins or so use. I've checked cables etc, and it's def the amp.

 

I primarily use the amp when commuting, with Westone UM3X IEMs. I'm looking for good with a small form factor. My big decision is whether to play in the fiio E12/ibasso T5 market (where my wallet is currently saying to go) or push higher to Leckerton/Pico slim/Arrow land (where upgraditis is pushing me to go)?

 

Cheers!

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Have you looked at the JDS c5 or headstage arrow? I find that the arrow is probably the best portable amp due to its great form factor and immense power. Arrows are about 300 new and I have seen them for around 160 used on the forum. The 3G is my favorite model but I think they are all around the same, just with minor differences.

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the jds labs c421 have a footprint much like the jds labs c5, the alo audio mk2 is a nice amp more or less the same footprint of the c5, headstage arrow 3 or 4 much smaller footprint then the c421/c5/alo audio.

 

ray samuels audio amps are excellent they are small in footprint but slightly thicker than the others i mentioned.

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Thanks for your suggestions guys. I actually got impatient the other day and pulled the trigger on a 3G refurb, only to discover with a little further investigation that the issue is a headphone cable one - unfortunately not the replaceable model.

So, a new amp finally. But now a likely decision needed on whether to push for a headphone upgrade. Now, who can I borrow from to fund 4Rs.... smily_headphones1.gif
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Thanks for your suggestions guys. I actually got impatient the other day and pulled the trigger on a 3G refurb, only to discover with a little further investigation that the issue is a headphone cable one - unfortunately not the replaceable model.

So, a new amp finally. But now a likely decision needed on whether to push for a headphone upgrade. Now, who can I borrow from to fund 4Rs.... smily_headphones1.gif

what kind of iem's

post #6 of 9
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Um3x. Not the r model unfortunately. Looks like I might manage a good deal on the 4.
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Um3x. Not the r model unfortunately. Looks like I might manage a good deal on the 4.

well if you contact BTG_Audio he can make the um3x rc he charges i believe 45.00 plus shipping. but its worth it than replacing a iem like that

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Cheers again. Unfortunately usurous shipping costs from Australia would translate that into close to $100, a good chunk of a brand new set of cans. Pity no repairs here in Oz afaik
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Cheers again. Unfortunately usurous shipping costs from Australia would translate that into close to $100, a good chunk of a brand new set of cans. Pity no repairs here in Oz afaik

yeah that does suck, it would still be cheaper than a pair of used um3x, but understand the whole shipping thing.

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