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  • Great portable amp

    posted by 7hirteen on 01/26/2009

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month


    It has so many more features than the Fiio E3.

    Rechargeable is a huge plus.

    Bass boost is much better than I thought it would be. Normally I wouldn't touch it as usually bass boosts are totally overdone and excessive and I'm a fan of running things flat, but it's pretty subtle and could be helpful depending on your headphones and source.

    You can connect it to a line out source and control the volume with the amp if you choose to, which makes for a potentially compact headphone rig.

    The case and amp layout it nice. I took it apart shortly after receiving it to see what it was like. The spring clip spring is a bit finicky to put back in place FYI.


    The volume down button is too close to the headphone jack which makes it a little tough to press. It's something you get used to but at first it can be a little finicky.

    No way to tell battery level (wouldn't expect that from a $20 amp though).

    Noise floor seems to be a tad better than the E3, but not by too much. That's a tough goal to accomplish for under 20 bucks though.


    Tests were done mainly with Grado SR-60 headphones on a variety of sources - computer with stock sound from an Asus P5QL Pro mobo, iPod classic, and a dedicated NAD CD player (rca line out).


    Pretty much a full featured E3 in a better casing. I'd say if you're on a low budget pick this one up instead of the E3 since you'll go through tons of batteries with the E3. It also accepts a lot less interference - anyone who has had a cell phone ring near them when listening to an E3 can vouch for that. With a blackberry attached to me 24/7 that rings constantly this was slightly important.

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