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post #16 of 3152
There are many many threads all over this site discussing burn in. I personally will wait a while before serious comparing to the Shadow. Plus I just don't have the time now.
post #17 of 3152
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There are many many threads all over this site discussing burn in. I personally will wait a while before serious comparing to the Shadow. Plus I just don't have the time now.
A cursory impression would be helpful. It can always be updated upon further listening. (But if you don't have time, you don't have time)


Just FYI: I emailed Robert about "burn in" on the Arrow and he replied it didn't apply (as it's his amp I assume he knows what he's talking about).
post #18 of 3152
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Just FYI: I emailed Robert about "burn in" on the Arrow and he replied it didn't apply (as it's his amp I assume he knows what he's talking about).
Thanks for checking, Hellenback. That's one less thing for my rapidly filling up brain to worry about.
post #19 of 3152
I'm still waiting on mine as well (I think it should be here this week though). I also bought a usb dac cable but I did that like a week after the arrow already shipped so I'll have to wait even longer for that.

What was the issue with the arrow's case? I was reading some stuff from the other thread about how there was a flaw in the case and Robert was gonna send out replacements. Not sure if I understand this situation completely.

Also...just curious...I noticed that this new thread was put in full size amps. I thought this was considered more of a portable amp if not an ultra portable amp. From the pics I've seen...it's pretty tiny.
post #20 of 3152
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I'm still waiting on mine as well (I think it should be here this week though). I also bought a usb dac cable but I did that like a week after the arrow already shipped so I'll have to wait even longer for that.

What was the issue with the arrow's case? I was reading some stuff from the other thread about how there was a flaw in the case and Robert was gonna send out replacements. Not sure if I understand this situation completely.
I think I can safely speak for the group when I say, "We don't know." What's on the Headphonia site - that's what we know. What I do know is... this amp doesn't make me look fat. If mine has a manufacturing flaw, I'm unable to identify it. I asked Robert once, but I didn't hear back. I'll ask him again and let him know he's got a bunch of us inquiring minds over here.
post #21 of 3152
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Robert's explanation of "the flaw" and my apology to Robert

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Originally Posted by Mediaogre View Post
I think I can safely speak for the group when I say, "We don't know." What's on the Headphonia site - that's what we know. What I do know is... this amp doesn't make me look fat. If mine has a manufacturing flaw, I'm unable to identify it. I asked Robert once, but I didn't hear back. I'll ask him again and let him know he's got a bunch of us inquiring minds over here.
Official apology to Robert, who's been extremely responsive to all my questions: I sifted through all my emails with Robert and I never actually asked him about the flaw. So, the flaw is mine. Sorry, Robert.

With his permission, here's Robert's response with regard to the flaw (and some additional fun information):

"See the screw hole on the back side of the amp. One hole was slightly rebored (by me). If you can’t see it even better! BTW, the new end panels will be available in each two versions with reversed printing. That way you can rotate the amp and the printing won’t be upside down. The new aluminum case will have the full laser engraving as well (with the “ARROW” on the side as shown on the website).

Regards
Robert"

And no, I still can't see it.
post #22 of 3152
More impressions please people... to tide me over during my wait....
post #23 of 3152
@ Zeeter (Post #19)
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Also...just curious...I noticed that this new thread was put in full size amps. I thought this was considered more of a portable amp if not an ultra portable amp. From the pics I've seen...it's pretty tiny.
This has been one tough impressions thread to get titled and displayed properly. I hope one of the the mods (or anyone else) is able to relocate it in the proper place so that people looking for a great, reasonably priced portable amp can find it.
post #24 of 3152
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BTW, the new end panels will be available in each two versions with reversed printing. That way you can rotate the amp and the printing won’t be upside down.
Nice, I like a manufacturer that thinks about everything, no matter how tiny the detail.
post #25 of 3152
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@ Zeeter (Post #13)
This has been one tough impressions thread to get titled and displayed properly. I hope one of the the mods (or anyone else) is able to relocate it in the proper place so that people looking for a great, reasonably priced portable amp can find it.
Good catch, Hellenback. I newb spazzed and didn't see the (full size) when I drilled down from the main forum page. I'll see about moving it.
post #26 of 3152
Well I'm getting kinda worried now because I received my usb dac cable today in the mail. Robert had told me previously that he had already shipped my amp a week before I ordered the cable so I'm curious as to why my amp didn't make it here first. I hope it wasn't lost in the mail, but I've already emailed Robert about this and am waiting for his reply.

Maybe it could be stuck in customs somewhere?!? I live in Roanoke, VA.
post #27 of 3152
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Well I'm getting kinda worried now because I received my usb dac cable today in the mail. Robert had told me previously that he had already shipped my amp a week before I ordered the cable so I'm curious as to why my amp didn't make it here first. I hope it wasn't lost in the mail, but I've already emailed Robert about and am waiting for his reply.

Maybe it could be stuck in customs somewhere?!? I live in Roanoke, VA.
Yo, zeeter. This question should really be posted in the "Where o where is my..." sub forum. I'll post my thoughts there.
post #28 of 3152
Sorry about that....Could a mod possibly move it?
post #29 of 3152
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Update: Battery Life

I've tried to document as best as I can. I'm still on my first full charge from Monday. According to my notes, I've got 29 hours on it and the power LED just starting blinking (4:00 PM Pacific Time). I don't detect any SQ degradation.

Relevant settings during the first battery use

3-4 Hours:
  • GAIN I
  • IMP O, I, and II
  • Volume: about 1/3

25-26 Hours:
  • GAIN III ( \m/ show yer hornz)
  • IMP O
  • Volume: between 1/2 and 2/3

To my ears, both my good phones sound best with the gain cranked and the impedence on the lowest setting. Who knew? CROSS and BASS - I'm all over the place. As I've come to trust the Arrow's clean power, I've dialed my Zune down from 15/20 and settled on 11. Which is a cool number and easy to remember for the obvious pop culture reference reason.

(Still blinking at 4:18)
post #30 of 3152
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I've dialed my Zune down from 15/20 and settled on 11. Which is a cool number and easy to remember for the obvious pop culture reference reason.
I've read somewhere that a player's optimum output is between 11 and 12 (o'clock) on the volume dial. Seems your ears tell the same story. There is likely some variance between players...
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