Jul 7, 2002 at 6:08 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5


100+ Head-Fier
Feb 8, 2002
I'm going to speak blasphemy here, but will someone do a thorough comparative review of Boosteroo vs. the likes of TAH, JMT, and Porta Corda and say WHY it's bad and heaven forbid, good, sonically, practically, etc. I'm just speaking from the perspective of someone who would casually come upon Head-Fi looking for information but actually finding nothing that would dissuade them from buying one. It is only $20 after all vs. a $110 Airhead. In addition, not everyone is up to DIY and know how DIY amps are better.

I know some of you actually have one. Joe?
Jul 7, 2002 at 6:20 PM Post #2 of 5

I know some of you actually have one. Joe?

Even I have limits! The name alone is enough to dissuade me from acquiring it.
Jul 7, 2002 at 6:35 PM Post #3 of 5
Joe BLOGGS that is.
Jul 7, 2002 at 7:56 PM Post #4 of 5
I've ever tried boostaroo at the very begining when I started to enter headfi world in light of powering my, at that time, newly acquired HD580. I really have to say that it's POC. All that it did was adding volume, static and distortion to the sound. I returned it very disappointed. Then I ordered TA from headroom, there it was!!! That's real amplification! Power HD580 with authority. I was happy dog. After that many more have come...(that's how people here behave

Happy listening

Jul 7, 2002 at 10:03 PM Post #5 of 5
I have posted my opinions about the Boostaroo before, and I am definitely in the minority here (no big surprise

My first decent headphones were/are a pair of Koss SportaPros. The sound that came out of these incredible little things was nothing short of amazing, especially considering their meager $19.99 pricetag. The only downside was that, at 60ohms, they taxed my headphone out of my little Panasonic PCDP to the point that I was using up my rechargable AA's rather quickly. Lo, I decide to try the little Boostaroo at my local RatShack and purchased it immediately ($14.99). It immediately brought out more from the SportaPro's, at a decent volume level, AND afforded me much more battery life just like the ad says.

The "hiss" that so many report was not evident with the SportaPros. Since trying the Boostaroo with other phones, both more efficient (lower end) and higher impedance (higher end) ones, this has shown up. But I think that the 60ohm point is just right for the Boostaroo in that they mask this shortcoming.

It served me quite well and did not ask anything of me. Battery use was very efficient too. In my particular combination, it was money well spent until I could afford a better home amp and cans. For portable use, I have gone MD and earbuds (ultra-stealth). I have tried a few of the Airhead models, past and present, regular Airhead and TA versions, and I would not pay full price for them. Get one used for a good price and they are a decent value. Or get a DIY from one of the good people here.

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