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post #16 of 108
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Originally Posted by Naris
Well, it seems that the electronics on the AE-1 are about finished... I just got this email from him an hour ago.
I'm not being critical, but this has the same tone as what he told me in January. In other words, "I'm still working on things and can't give you an ETA." It makes me wonder if this is a ground-up redesign?
post #17 of 108
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Originally Posted by iSleipnir
Whoa, whoa, whoa free refresh?? Could that be why Justin's had my AE-1 for so long for repair (nothing big, an LED went out, everything else works). That would be a great suprise. No. Seriously where did he say there would be free refreshes? Why do I keep missing these things??
If you search the forum you'll find the details of the free upgrade for current AE-1 owners:

* Higher power output (but shorter battery life).
* 3 position gain switch.
* Low impedence hiss fixed.
* Calibrated volume pot.
* New laser etched faceplate.
post #18 of 108
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Originally Posted by dpippel
If you search the forum you'll find the details of the free upgrade for current AE-1 owners:

* Higher power output (but shorter battery life).
* 3 position gain switch.
* Low impedence hiss fixed.
* Calibrated volume pot.
* New laser etched faceplate.
Wow, adding to the fact that the AE-1 is already incredibly good, I think that the revised version will be a big hit. Will there be a price adjustment to reflect the improvements?
post #19 of 108
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Wow, adding to the fact that the AE-1 is already incredibly good, I think that the revised version will be a big hit. Will there be a price adjustment to reflect the improvements?
Not for current AE-1 owners - the upgrade will be free of charge according to Justin. As for revised pricing on newly purchased units, I don't know.
post #20 of 108
Totally psyched....I have #22 and will gladly take Justin up on this "refresh" when the timing comes.

- walk
post #21 of 108
When I ordered my in Sept. I got #36. I was suprised how few of those sold. Its a fantastic little amp. But then again, I wanted to start out with a nice portable amp first before venturing into desktops.
post #22 of 108
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Originally Posted by Jahn
do you think part of the refresh will be putting the power toggle in the front? i basically have to take my amp out of the bag every time I have to turn the amp on and off - that's alot of amp moving!
That is funny considering the battery life is well over 150 hours (at least with mine at the volume I listen too).

By the way I have S/N AE029
post #23 of 108
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo
That is funny considering the battery life is well over 150 hours (at least with mine at the volume I listen too).

By the way I have S/N AE029
you mean you leave it on ALL the time until it poots out? hmm i should try that!
post #24 of 108
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo
That is funny considering the battery life is well over 150 hours (at least with mine at the volume I listen too).
Apparently the phenomenal battery life of the AE-1 will be cut in half by the mods that Justin is making. 70-80 hours still works for me though.

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Originally Posted by mrarroyo
By the way I have S/N AE029
Mine is AE050.
post #25 of 108
The battery life is ridiculous. I think I used mine for 8 weeks before it ran out of gas. My SN is AE040. Sort of like a limited edition model.
post #26 of 108
You know, I really do not understand why the AE-1 seems to be the red-headed stepchild of HeadAmp's lineup. All of Justin's other amplifiers are respected and/or revered here at Head-Fi, but the poor AE-1 doesn't seem to get much love. Not to bash RSA's products AT ALL, but I stacked up my AE-1 against The Hornet and preferred it by far. It had more air, tighter bass, better soundstage, better materials/build quality, and was more versatile as a headphone amp that works equally well in both portable and home rig roles. Granted, neither amp was really burned-in at the time of my eval (I find the claim that "certain" solid state amps require 300+ hours to be, shall we say, beyond logic), but IMO the AE-1 rather handily came out on top as the superior product.
post #27 of 108

great can't wait!

mine is AE033
post #28 of 108
Sorry double post
post #29 of 108
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Originally Posted by dpippel
Apparently the phenomenal battery life of the AE-1 will be cut in half by the mods that Justin is making. 70-80 hours still works for me though.


Mine is AE050.
Even 40 to 50 hours would be fine.
post #30 of 108
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Originally Posted by dpippel
You know, I really do not understand why the AE-1 seems to be the red-headed stepchild of HeadAmp's lineup.
I don't either, it's an excellent amplifier with a lot going for it and several unique features no one else offers like battery life and RCA inputs.
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