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HELM Audio DB12 AAAMP THX Amp
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HELM Audio DB12 AAAMP THX Amp

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DodgingBullets
0
Nov 11, 2022
Sorry to say the DB12 is not working for me and looks like I'll be returning it soon.
  1. Every time I tap the volume-up it turns down the sound volume
  2. Tapping twice only replays the current song and does not play the next song
  3. Tapping the volume up increases sound more than needed and lacks finesse
  4. Tapping 3 times to play the previous song does not work
  5. Control buttons lack design maturity, and have a feel of a lower tier
Schorschi
107
Oct 5, 2022
I tested it thoroughly. The big buttons control my iPhone but you can also use it to connect to your Walkman/Diskman, inflight entertainment etc. as it has analog inputs...it adds a constant 12 dB to the incoming audio signal. With the dB12, you can use your big cans on an airplane, for example. In terms of sound, it makes it "bigger" (more headroom) but also fluffier (less dense), which is typical for THX. My writeup: https://www.audioreviews.org/helm-db12-review-jk/ My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDqaXLHnR2g
Zeal-Peterson
9
May 14, 2021
Will this work with the ADV. nsmo 3D triple-driver gaming iem's mic? It may be a stupid question, since I don't know if iems need that much power in the first place, but I wanted to know if the connected mic still works if they are plugged into this.
quicklytoo4
676
Aug 2, 2021
pretty sure it would need to be a 3 pole connector to have mic passthrough but I'm not an expert on 3.5 combo connectors
RayF
22491
May 4, 2021
I generally find video reviews helpful, but while the first one was just barely tolerable, when I clicked on the second one and heard: "What's up...this is your boy..." I knew I'd seen enough!
LesterSingh
7
Apr 4, 2021
Hi, can someone please confirm if the cables are braided or not? I am seeing different types in the photos. Has the item also been updated? There are people complaining about the buttons being difficult to press.
Surly1970
6
Apr 7, 2021
Hello, yes the cables are braided and some of the comments on the button's being a little sticky were only in early production runs on a handful of units. With any new product release there are a few tweaks to work out in manufacturing which have been done thus the buttons all work very well.
Tariq_M
3
Jan 19, 2021
Anyone received shipping email? it’s the 19th in it’s still “reserved for shipment”!
liteon1
70
Dec 26, 2020
With this device depending solely on a 3.5mm input, it seems kind of pointless. If your 3.5mm output sounds like crap, a AAA won't make it sound any better, just no worse. I guess I'll just stick to the output of my LG G7.
jsmiller58
803
Feb 2, 2021
You are right in that if you have a bad source this will deliver bad sound. If you have a good source (like your LG) the THX amp won’t mess up the sound through another amp stage, you will get more power, and the ability to boost the bass. I have this and an LG v30 and this device really is not bad out of the LG, or my iPad. But, given the future - or lack thereof - of 3.5mm output jacks, this is a purchase with likely a short useful lifespan...
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malone
10
Dec 24, 2020
Will this amp drive the 6xx headphones?
JDR2
16
Oct 10, 2022
Did you get a good answer?
FISTDEYUMA
65
Oct 19, 2020
I wonder how well it will work when combined with a dac like a cobalt. Ill be interested in getting feedback on that. I have a cobalt and it might be worth using both, but only of they work well together.
I'm not sure why you would have a need for this if you have a cobalt, similar power specs into 32 ohms. Are you interested just because it has THX modules? FYI the mobile modules are not the same level of performance as the 788 or 888 modules you find in desktop amps. Will it work, most certainly, is there any reason... not that I can see.
FWIW - I've had the good fortune of using the DB12 AAAMP with some HELM DAC prototypes and if you listen to your headphones at "decent" volumes (I don't want to encourage hearing loss but some of us are well on the way to that destination regardless) the DB12 AAAMP has plenty of power and the whole THX AAA zero-distortion technology is something to behold. I don't believe that the experience would be much different with a competitor's DAC. If you like it mobile, loud, and crystal clear, the DB12 AAAMP delivers the goods.
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