Originally Posted by Gals
Anyone can recommend a small amp for the a10?
— Size wise, I would be happy if it would be similar or just a tag bigger than the a10.
- Treble boost & Surround could be nice, but not a must.
- Digital input could be nice as well, but not a must.
- Plan to use 40 ohm IEM so power shouldn't be an issue...
Right now I have the C&C BH2, nice, small, but would like cleaner sound, lower hiss & better resolution alternative.
Heard of the Pico Slim - though no boost at all nor any digital input. If anyone tried I would be happy to know how those pair....
as always it's a problem of size/battery/price/sound compromise.
the pico slim is clearly as great a form factor/battery as you can expect to get. the hiss as I said is going to go down. I used one with previous sony DAPs and it was a really neat combo, the volume setting being what it is(digital control) noise tends to go up as you increase volume. making in practice the pico pretty much noiseless with IEMs(just don't expect to drive headphones much). but for the money you could get some pretty great amp instead. you pay the size a lot. so it's your decision that matters (and your wallet maybe ^_^)
if you really want clean transparent sound, I would suggest a leckerton UHA6mkII it's certainly a nice sound/money amp as long as you don't have too demanding headphones. but the form factor doesn't really go well with the sony(I have the UHA760, same size that you can see with it in my A10 review). and no bass/trebles boost.