Because I knew virtually nothing about amps at the time .
Honestly, I'm glad I chose the C&C, it's been a great amp for the numerous bus rides back and forth from college to home. I am moving up this summer to a dedicated amp - just haven't decided which one though.
The Mini3 is what I would have bought had I been into headphones for a couple of more months. Even now I think I would happy with it and the $125 price tag rather than spending the $4-500 that my next amp will probably cost O_o.
thanks for your help!