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post #76 of 3957
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Originally Posted by ComfyCan

In other words, I may very well have no idea what I'm talking about

Yes, but you say it so well.





Great review. Post me your K701s and i will tell you what they sound like with the Supermacro

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post #77 of 3957
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Originally Posted by Nick Christy
Yes, but you say it so well.





Great review. Post me your K701s and i will tell you what they sound like with the Supermacro

How about I just meet you halfway; say around Greenland? Thursday looks good for me.
post #78 of 3957
comfycan, thanks for your impressions. i'm hoping that it mates well with the k81dj (my portable headphone)...i'll also pick up the k701 one of these days...if someone will buy my for sale items (shameless plug)
post #79 of 3957

XIN SMIV arrived today

Howdee-my Xin SuperMacro IV arrived today 7/31,order placed 6/30/06. I'm in North Carolina.

Cheers,
Robert
post #80 of 3957
I also got my SuperMacro IV today, ordered it 6/26. Looking forward to listening to it, after I break it in for 50 hours or so.
post #81 of 3957
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Originally Posted by Skylab
I also got my SuperMacro IV today, ordered it 6/26. Looking forward to listening to it, after I break it in for 50 hours or so.
Cool; can't wait to hear your impressions, as well as Robster's.

I didn't even think about break-in. I have no opinion whatsoever about whether break in is "real" when dealing with solid state amps (I have no basis upon which to render any such opinion). I've always listened to them right out of the box, and can't say I've noticed any changes in any of them over time. Of course, by listening to them every day I also probably destroyed any possibility of detecting changes, since my ear would have adjusted as changes were taking place.

I do believe in break in for at least some headphones; The K-701's changed quite a bit over a few weeks. The GS-1000's have held pretty steady, to my humble ears.
post #82 of 3957
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Originally Posted by ComfyCan
E4c:
Wow. The SuperMicro IV really shines with the E4c's. The perception of an open, 3d experience is quite noticeable in comparison to the SuperMicro III. The distinction is most pronounced when used with the MicroDac in the chain, but is still very discernable with just an analogue line out to the amp.
After 10 mins of listening with my SuperMicro-IV, i'd have to say that is quite true. Between ampless and amped, gives a very nice bass boost to the E4c's as well.
post #83 of 3957
robster and skylab, could you guys post some pics of the supermacro?? would love to see how it looks like with your rigs.

nice impressions, comfy can. it makes me wanna get a supermicro and a e4c too! that will be a nice setup for the gym!! (with the ipod nano)
post #84 of 3957
Kinda dissapointed in the supermicro casing. Mine didn't come with the little band to keep the lid together.

Also, some bad machining around the volume knob.

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So far, sounds great in bringing out the guitars, can really notice the difference. More listening later.
post #85 of 3957
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Originally Posted by aluren
it makes me wanna get a supermicro and a e4c too! that will be a nice setup for the gym!! (with the ipod nano)
I really need to remember to grab a camera. I spend 15 minutes every morning gathering my audio toys for the day, but always forget the camera.

The Nano+Xin+E4c's is, indeed, a killer gym setup. That was how I started this journey--bought a Nano for use at the gym and then stumbled accross the Headfi website. Things got a little out of control after that. The only issue I have with gym use is with the tips: I strongly prefer the yellow foam tips with the Shures, but they get a bit icky with aerobic activity. Therefore, I often use cheap buds or flanged tips on the Shures at the gym unless I'm just hitting the weights.
post #86 of 3957
wow, even with the lousy cut on the volume pot, it still looks pretty damn good! comfycan, you gotta post some pics man, you owe us from all the impressions you gave that made us drool!!

i think you've talked me into getting the gym setup! let me see how the supermacro sounds when it arrives. still gotta make sure i like the xin amp... then its off to get the supermicro, ipod nano, and the e4c (or maybe the e500 )
post #87 of 3957
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Originally Posted by skev13
Kinda dissapointed in the supermicro casing. Mine didn't come with the little band to keep the lid together.

Also, some bad machining around the volume knob.

Size Comparison:


the Machining:




So far, sounds great in bringing out the guitars, can really notice the difference. More listening later.
You're right about the case; it is definitely the weakest link. I actually bought a spare case for mine, since the original case cracked on my version III when I sat on it. I ordered a replacement case awhile back, and Xin sent me a SuperMicro IV case (before the SuperMicro IV was released). That case--the one that now houses my old version III, has clean machining for the volume wheel.

The two cases that came with the version IV amp look exactly like yours. It appears likely to me that after Xin got through tweaking the innards, the volume wheel did not align properly with the slot, so he had to widen it a bit to accomodate the change. The result is definitely a cosmetic imperfection, but one I'm quite willing to forgive considering the sound.

Also, I didn't get the polybands with the IV either, although he did send me one with the replacement case ordered earlier for my version III.

I made a comment on my order form about the quality issues with the SuperMicro housing; Xin included a brief reply on a copy of the invoice enclosed with the amp on delivery that says "Why don't you get SuperMini-IV for better Case?" Typical Xin, and probably good advice.
post #88 of 3957
Quote:
Originally Posted by skev13
Kinda dissapointed in the supermicro casing. Mine didn't come with the little band to keep the lid together.

Also, some bad machining around the volume knob.

Size Comparison:


the Machining:




So far, sounds great in bringing out the guitars, can really notice the difference. More listening later.
that machining is awful! i would ask xin to send me another one...i imagine you could throw the innards in a tiny container (altoids gum tin?) while you wait...

well, more people seem to be getting their amps so i'm optimistic about possibly next week??
post #89 of 3957
Ah well. I bought the micro for the size, and i'm quite pleased.
post #90 of 3957
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Originally Posted by kugino
that machining is awful! i would ask xin to send me another one...i imagine you could throw the innards in a tiny container (altoids gum tin?) while you wait...

well, more people seem to be getting their amps so i'm optimistic about possibly next week??
You definitely don't buy a SuperMicro for the "bling" factor.
I thought about trying to make another case, but I really don't have the time or skills to do it. (I suppose I could do it if I applied myself, but it was easier to buy an extra case).

As with all-things-Xin, you have to give up a bit of gravy in order to get the finest cut of beef.

The SuperMini and SuperMacro are definitely much more robust, and that's clearly the route to go unless, like me, you just can't resist having the world's smallest kick-ass headphone amplifier.

A neoprene sleeve would be fairly simple, and would solve the problem with the lid which, again, is held in place by friction alone unless you wrap a band around it. A neoprene sleeve would not prevent you from cracking it if you sit on it though. That seems to be the biggest real risk--overcompression = cracking. The amp is so light that dropping it is unlikely to hurt it. It wouldn't float down by a feather, but a brisk wind would be enough to effect it's trajectory.

If anyone is looking for the world's smallest niche market, I'm quite sure an enterprising DIY'r could develop a very happy customer base by designing an after market SuperMicro case. I'd certainly buy one, but then again I buy one of everything, much to my wife's chagrin.
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