Portaphile or Supermini??
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hi, i'm new with headphone amps...so this would be my first amp

i have an ipod photo with E4C and am lookin for a portable amp...wit the new E4C the sound out of ipod is alot better than my E2C but still lacks bass in my opinion...(i used to have an iriver h120 used to use wow and trubass)...even when i put my e4c playin songs out of the ipod through my computer i hear better bass


so i've decided to shell out more money and buy an amp...the SM3 looks real promising but its about 400 fully loaded and i'm not ready to shell out that kind of money....my budget currently would be $200 or less...it is used to primary improve the bass of the ipod to iriver level....i'm currently deciding on either the portaphile v2 (heard many good things about it) and the new supermini(upgradable to supermacro) whenever that comes out....

i was wonderin anyone kno how those two compares wit one another (not the new supermini but an older edition) and which one should i get for the best overall sound wit BASS....also i will upgrade to supermacro later if i get the new supermini....is there a big difference in performance between supermacro and portaphile??

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i was wonderin anyone kno how those two compares wit one another (not the new supermini but an older edition) and which one should i get for the best overall sound wit BASS


supermini with switches. the portaphile extends but doesn't add any bass.

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is there a big difference in performance between supermacro and portaphile??


No one seems to have both.
 
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supermini with switches. the portaphile extends but doesn't add any bass.


how about audio performance?? i heard portaphile is very close in performance to the SR71...how about the superminis?
 
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I do not believe the new SuperMini is out yet. That alone would make the Portaphile the choice I would make


I have an older version SuperMini V3 which, for the ~$60 I paid for it, I am pretty happy with. I used it with a Grado and Etymotic while I waited for my Supermacro v3 to come in. It is a noticable improvement over my Ipods headphone jack added a fuller, more spacious sound and better base impact with my Etymotics.

Hopefully your experience will be simlar with your Shures.
 
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how about audio performance?? i heard portaphile is very close in performance to the SR71


"very close" is a relatively subjective.
It depends on what you value in sound. While IMO the portaphile holds up to the sr71 well, there are some things that you'll hear with the sr71 that the portaphile can' t touch-- hence why the sr71 cost twice as much (and justifiably so). In other words, the portaphile is a good alternative, but not a good substitute for the sr71.
 
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