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I GOT THE POWER...and it sounds amazing! (UPDATE: 5/4/14)

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Pros: POWER, solid construction, no detectable channel imbalance or hiss, gigantic effortless natural smooth flowing amazing sound

Cons: Clicks when turning on/off and when the battery runs out, only 4 hours of battery life, gets warm when running

IntroductionHere I am with another amp review and this time, its of the Portaphile 627 MICRO with the stock OPA627s.Keep in mind that absolutely everything in this review is subject to the law of Your Mileage May Vary. A head's up, as this is going to be much longer than my other review as I had far more to test it with so here's a tl;dr.  [[SPOILER]] Now that I've gotten that over with, time to continue. I just managed to catch the pre-order discount of US$439 including shipping (hurrayzaroo, US$100 off!) and I gotta say, its worth every cent I paid for it. I would've even been happy to buy it at the normal $539 price (if I didn't know about the preorder price as I'm rather cheap) as...
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Pure Ice-cold Flowing Sound

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Pros: PRaT, accurate, unforgiving, natural, neutral, great internal DAC, digital attenuator.

Cons: Unforgiving, neutral, DAC section occasionally malfunctions, digital attenuator, gain and reset switches.

This amp was my first audiophile amplifier purchase, bought second-hand off Midnightwalker. I wanted a neutral-sounding amp with an integrated DAC for convenience which would allow me to use it both as a desktop amp/dac and as part of a portable rig. I used this with the MacBook Air using the integrated DAC at a desktop and am currently using it with the Aedle VK-1 and M-Audio Q40, paired with the DX50 and a ZY HiFi audio cable while on the go, having previously paired it with the HD25 ALU and the NAD HP50. I have also tried driving the HD650 with these and comparing with the C&C BH2 and the DX50 in-built amp.   First impressions when I opened up the box were that the...
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