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[10/11/08] Currently shipping order 39276835. If your order # is smaller and have not received anything from us, please contact us. If your order # is larger, we'll email you soon to confirm your current decision. If you canceled your order, feel free to restore it. If you paid with PayPal and want to cancel your order, please tell us how to refund you (PP's email address or mailing address for a check to send to). Thank you!
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[07/08/31]Cool Talk forum is currently down due to technical issues and they are working on it. Sorry for the inconvenience.
[07/08/01]The new XIN Reference amp: all-FET circuit for the most tube-alike sound and the shortest wiring for the purest sound possible. Both 1/4" and 1/8" jacks that are unseen in amp history with 200 hours battery life. Available on "Cool Stuff".
[06/05/09] Now available the XIN SuperMacro-IV, SuperMini-IV and SuperMicro-IV ultra portable headphone amps, powered by the latest and greatest 4-channel technology. Click here for details and here to buy.
[06/01/23] This site is being moved. Some functions may not work at this moment. Sorry for any inconvenience.
[05/10/09] Now available the whole new line of the ultra portable and powerful XIN pocket headphone amps. This is a corner stone in audio history. Nothing else is such small and versatile.
[05/09/21] Coming soon, the all new SuperMacro-3 V5, SuperMini-3 and SuperMicro-3 ultra portable hi-end headphone amps.
[05/06/18] Available now the SuperMacro-3 Lite, without the bells and whistles but the same quality and key features of the standard version.
[05/03/14] The new SuperMacro-3! Also, coming soon the new SuperMini-3.
[05/01/13] Now you can chat in real-time for sales and technical questions.
[04/12/12] We'll be closed for a week, from 12/20/2004 to 12/24/2004. There'll be no any service and order processing during that week.
[04/11/03] Coming soon on 11/14, the new SuperMacro amp - the smallest and best ever!
"This minuscule pocket amp (2.5 by 1 by 0.6 inches, and just 1 ounce) has full, warm, and accurate sound quality. We were disappointed by battery life—the one triple-A lasted only 7 to 9 hours—and the music quality degraded before the power light indicated that the battery was going. For a mobile listener, though, this is the best choice."
Many thanks to PC Magarzine and Mr. Matthew D. Sarrel, PC Magazine Labs' technical director.
Note that the SuperMicro reviewed was an earlier version and the latest versions have been improved with better battery life.
[02/08/04] New talk, very good. With such a great forum, I'll post tips there and you'll see far more tips coming and you can post your own tips and add your comments too. I think one-way web publishing is a past thing, forum is the way to go!
[12/26/03] A new tip for Samsung Nexio S160 handheld - fix the keyboard problem with a $0.02 paper clipper! Now this greatest handheld ever becomes a true handheld device that you can hold and type on your hands.
[11/18/03] Note: Our office will be closed between 11/22 to 11/28. Orders submitted around this period will be delayed. No packages will be received except for USPS packages.
[10/28/03] A new option is added to both Micro and Mini amps - bypass able built-in ER4P-to-4S adapter. Many people requested this feature and we heard you!
[10/25/03] A new tip for the new era of wireless computing and related devices including Sony Ericsson T610, Nokia N-Gage, 3650, Siemens S55, Treo 600 and Samsung Nexio S160.
[10/09/03] The new Samsung Nexio S160 available from Dynamism for $1249.00 seems the first PDA/Laptop that's done right and the best thing after Libretto or since sliced bread. It is the first time a really useful computer (800x480 reflective screen + keyboard/cover) that you can really put into your pocket (3.6x6.1x0.5in, 8.8oz). Other built-in features: WiFi, USB, CF slot, VGA port, etc. It is currently sold in HK only and Samsung HK website has very detailed info including user guide and manual.
I never liked Palm and its alike PDAs, because for what people mostly use it for, organizers do them better and are much cheaper and neater. I recently bought a Sharp OZ-590 and I'm really in love. More details here.
[09/27/03] Initial release of XIN Super Micro headphone amp. Note that initial shipment may be delayed up to two weeks, depending on the arriving date of new parts.
[09/15/03] The name of the Inline amp is changed to SuperMicro and its release date is set to be 9/27.
[09/10/03] Prototype of the coming XIN Inline Amp - even smaller and more power!
"The world's best audio bargain?" by Neil Stebbins, Stebbins' Stage, The Inner Ear Report, Volume 15, #2 2003.
"A headphone amplifier that shoots the moon" by David J. Weinberg, The BAS Speaker, Vol. 25 No. 2, 2003.
My many thanks to the authors and the magazines. The honor belongs to all of you who have been supporting this website and related services and products. Thank you!
[07/20/03] A new option is added to Xin Super Mini Amp: class A biasing via current source (CS). CS improves sound by minimizing small signal distortions (crossover distortion). Meanwhile, prices are lowered, thanking to our new production line.
The mini XinFeed add-on, 75 ohm and home adapters have been polished and now they look and feel decent. If you already bought these adapters and if you are not so happy with their packaging, you can replace them for free.
BTW, I'm currently working on a new project - Xin Mini MP3 Player. For the first time in hi-end audio history, this will the first ultra portable player with a built-in high-end headphone amp. Like the Xin amp, it will not have the bulky look shared by hi-end audio and it will have many functions not found in current MP3 players. The first version is scheduled to be available in about three months. Its firmware will be downloadable and easily upgradeable to end users.
[05/25/03] As some V6 customers cannot hear the difference of the newly added crossfeed feature, I added some instructions and a test audio for them to find out easily the effect.
[05/22/03] Thank God, the parts eventually arrived today. Shipping will start consequently. Thank you for your patience.
[05/17/03] Shipping for amps with digital controls are delayed, due to the bad business of the part vender (Maxim-ic.com). I ordered the digital pot IC more than a month ago when it was supposed to ship within one week. I got an automatic email confirmation immediately and it said if anything wrong I would be notified in 48 hours. Three weeks later, I did not get the parts, nor any email notification. I emailed them and they told me the shipping was scheduled on 5/20. Yesterday, I asked them again and they told me my CC was declined. Of course this is an excuse, a lie. They had charged the same CC many times and they screwed me exactly the same way before with the same excuse. Last time I had to ask them to let me talk to their manager to get the parts shipped overnight. I'll call their manager again on Monday. I'm very sorry if you ordered an amp with a digital pot and hopefully they'll be shipped next week. There is no delay for the analog version.
[05/10/03] A new tip for how to make a short USB cable.
[05/07/03] About a year after the debut of our Super Mini Amp, We proudly announce the release of XIN Super Mini Amp V6.0 with built-in crossfeed!
[05/01/03] XIN (Screen) Saver - a very powerful screen saver that allows seamless functions through Windows screensaver.
[04/30/03] The new Sony SRF-M37V radio that replaces SRF-M35. Now with TV and WB, only one AAA and no more that dreaded background hiss.
[04/19/03] A new tip for some acceptable portable MP3 players - the Odyssey 1000 and Philips EXP431.
[04/05/03] V5.18 of the XIN Super Mini Amp - active power module and other improvements/changes.
[03/20/03] Updated the suspend tip and now you can use screensaver to suspend or hibernate your PC, or run any program you'd like.
[02/21/03] Amps that have no booster connector should not be used with external power. See the technical details.
[01/11/03] V4.0 of the XIN Super Mini amp is now available for online ordering. As we promised, we'll do our best to keep the low price, for the sake of poor students. Therefore, still $99.99 as earlier versions, even though more parts added with improved sound.
[01/08/03] V4.0 of the super mini amp.
[01/01/03] Happy new year! My new year gift to V3.0 and V3.0-a super mini amp owners - free V3.1 upgrading.
[12/28/02] A new tip - fast and affordable wireless.
[12/19/02] Because the company who sells the digital control IC cannot guarantee shipping time, I stopped selling the digital version, until I can find a reliable supplier. I also stopped selling the enhanced replacement cords for ER4S/P, because demands are too high to handle (it is very time consuming to make these cords). The digital amps ordered before 12/10/02 will be shipped out tomorrow. If you ordered an amp after that date, it'll be shipped out in 2-3 days. Very sorry for the delay, but I had no control on the supplier and I've done all I could to ship the amps out before Christmas. Thank you and happy holidays to you all!
[12/02/02] A key part, the digital volume control IC used in Super mini amp, has still not arrived yet. Therefore, the shipment of the amp will be delayed and we cannot tell how long at this time. We are really sorry, but this is out of our control. This digital pot is hard to get and is almost always back-ordered. In order to reduce the waiting period, we just added a new version - the Super Mini Amp-a. It is identical to the "non-a" version except its analogue volume pot. If you cannot wait, you can cancel your order, or change your order to the newly added "a" version.
[12/01/01] Unlike an analogue volume control, a digital one cannot take more than its power supply voltage, i.e. 4.5V (-2.25 to +2.25) in this case. The output level of most portable audio is within -1 to +1 V (0.7 V RMS), and thus there is no problem. Home audio equipment usually output at -2.8 V to +2.8 V (2 V RMS) and may cause the amp to clip. The headphone output of some desktop/PC audio could be so high that this amp might be permanently damaged by the extremely high voltage (7 V or higher).
The lately amps (shipped after 12/01/02) has an improved input circuit dealing with this issue and can be safely used for both portable and home audio. If you have an earlier V3 amp and do use it with your home audio, you may send it back for free upgrading. If you use your V3 amp with portables only, you don't have to do the upgrading.
[11/17/02] The Xin Super Mini Amp (V3) is now available on the Cool Stuff page for online ordering. Because some of the key parts take two weeks to arrive, shipping time could be anytime between 1 to 15 business days.
[11/08/02] I still have not received some of the key parts including the digital volume control chip. I called the vendor today and they told me they would ship today (I ordered last Friday when I saw them in stock!). Hopefully they'll arrive early next week. Please don't email to ask the status of the V3.0 new amp.
[10/31/02] I've got much more sleep since the shutdown of my amps, but I have not been sleeping all the time. I spent most of my spare time to develop the V3.0 of my super mini (scroll down to the history section). I've just finished the first two, and they work just the way I wanted - one-button digital volume control, line-in jack and large caps. Online purchasing will be available as soon as I receive all the new parts (1-2 weeks). The listed price will be $169, but headwize and head-fi members will get the introductory price of only $99.99.
[10/21/02] The amps are stopped, until my new design is out. In addition to more improvements, the new design will reduce the building time significantly. I.e., by then, I will no longer have to put a high price to prevent orders and, instead, be able to take all orders and ship them timely. Even though the cost for parts will increase significantly with the new design, I won't increase the price (might even drop it because of the building time decrease). Hopefully they'll be available again in 1-2 weeks but could be much longer.
For those who already ordered an amp, your order will be shipped within about 1-7 days, depending on your position in the waiting line. Nobody has been really charged for $125. Even though you ordered after the price increase, you were still charged for $79.99 only (plus S&H). The listed high price was just a way to reduce orders but still to allow those who are willing to pay more to get an amp. Anyway, the amps do worth more than $125.
[10/20/02] Some people ask why I increased the prices of my amps. I try to answer it in the FAQ.
[10/09/02] Now the super mini has the same feedback loops of the mini. This is another milestone in super mini's development. The sound is now transparent and detailed. Super mini owners can send their amps back for this upgrading. Because more expensive parts will be added and the work is very difficult, a $20 fee will apply - well worth it. Now I challenge you for hearing any significant difference from a full meta. Those that have order # equal or greater than 30606083 already have this latest improvement.
[09/18/02] We have received the parts for the amps and have started shipping. All of you who ordered the amps and other products will be notified of shipping in the next few days. Sorry for the delay and thank you all.
[09/13/02] Wow, although I knew many people would love my super mini amp, but I did not expect so many! I'm running out parts but more parts are arriving in overnight FedEx. Sorry for the delay.
[08/13/02] Mini headphone amp!
[07/29/02] Record digitally MP3 to MD using GE1101P DVD player!
[05/30/02] Pocket radio, the best gift for Dad!
[05/08/02] Now you can join our mailing list for quick answers. You can choose/change anytime between three subscription modes: feed (get everything), daily digest or index only. If you don't want to subscribe, you can still post to the list (email@example.com) and view posts online at Cool Message.
[03/20/02] Wow, now your Libretto can have an PS2 port and an super mini optical mouse!
[01/11/02] A new tip: NAD, Your Entry to Audiophile.
[01/03/02] Now available two more gold-plated adapters for ER4P and other headphones.
[12/19/01] Now we can remove Libretto 100/110 password.
[12/18/01] Tip for GE1101P DVD player.
[11/25/01] Tip for securing SRF-S83's clip.
[11/18/01] Tip for Sony SRF-S83 tiny pocket radio.
[10/26/01] Now we sell the IDE converter for laptop hard drives.
[10/10/01] An enhanced version of the headphone adapter is now available. All connectors are 24K gold-plated and the low-capacitance cable is 6 ft long.
[08/17/01] New tip for Windows clean up and updated L100 mouse tip. Go grab one of the August issue of What Hi*Fi? This UK magazine costs $8.50, but the Stereo on the Go addition in this issue well worthy it.
[08/07/01] New tip for Etymotics ER4S, ER4P earbuds and their cable, adapter.
[08/03/01] New tip for upgrading your laptop up to 30GB.
[07/07/01] All the search buttons now work.
[07/03/01] Radio Shack is selling a remarked Sangean DT110 for $39 (#12-804)
[07/01/01] Toshiba's website is selling Libretto battery chargers for only $9.00. I ordered one and it arrived in one day by FedEx! Also on sale are L100/110 adapters for the charger ($9) and the enhanced docking station with USB port ($19). Even if you don't need a charger, you can use it as AC adapter. If for any reason you cannot buy from Toshiba, I can resell them to you for extra $20 plus S&H (from Toshiba to me and then to you).
[06/21/01] Best Pocket Radio -- Sony SRF-49, SRF-59, Sangean DT110
[04/11/01] Added a tip for one-click suspend/hibernation.
[04/08/01] Added a tip for CF-M32 regarding its IRQ problem and the fix.
[08/12/00] Added 30db Sealed Earphone --- a great earbud for travel in air, bus or train. Or listen to music without bother your wife in bed.
Added review of Sony SR7K --- currently the smallest and lightest PC that runs Windows 2000.
Added initial products and services. More available soon.
Added Casio Fiva and Windows 2000.
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