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The remarkably small and well-built Pico Slim does a fantastic job with sensitive custom IEMs.

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Pros: Tiny, excellent build quality, volume control is excellent, sound is grain-free, charges off USB and the battery life is long.

Cons: Not suited to cables with large plugs. Designed for IEMs only.

  As if portable amps didn't have enough limitations to begin with, using them with sensitive custom IEMs could introduce a number of problems. First was that they require a very low gain, they would draw out hiss out of even good amps and amps that use regular volume pots often have channel imbalance. Portable amps are also bulky. So it was that Justin at HeadAmp came up with the Pico Slim, which addresses all of these problems.          As the Jerry Harvey JH-13s were becoming popular, they ran into all of the above-mentioned problems, which anyone with multiple-driver IEMs are likely to have encountered at some stage, so the Pico Slim is fitted...
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Very functional and neat unit with a good headphone amp that works as both an amp or DAC.

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Pros: Small, good-sounding, USB can pass-through optical digital with the unit on or off, very well-built

Cons: Not so great with IEMs or high-impedance headphones.

Review: Furutech ADL Esprit Headphone amp and DAC/ADC       Furutech are a Japanese company very well known for their cable products, the other most well known being Oyaide. It was interesting to see that fairly recently, they had started branching out into making audio equipment under the name of ADL, which stands for Alpha Design Labs.  Their portable amp, the Cruise and their first USB amp product, the GT-40 (which includes a phono stage) were quite well received, though are fairly unknown on Head-Fi.  While at the Fujiya Avic Headphone festival in Tokyo, I saw that they had a new product, the Esprit, which combines a DAC, pre-amp and headphone amp...
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