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Good choice. While I agree with everything you have said about it being transparent, once you spend an extended amount of time with the various settings you will have a tough time going back without them. Especially if you find a combo you really like. This thing is built to last IMO (I hope at least) and you never know what the future holds. You may one day change your mind about changing your source. Add on top the fact they are hard to get your hands on and hold a good value. I think I will pass mine down to my son in 17 years lol.
I jumped on a 6% home mortgage rate cuz it was the lowest I'd seen. That was 10 years ago and the rate has not been higher since.
I waited 7 months for my Arrow. Now I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop (so to speak) and Robert announce that Walmart bought his amp design and will sell Arrow 4Gs for a dollar a piece (placing them along side the gum at the checkout isle).
Just kidding....I think.
Finding the perfect balance for a particular pair of IEMs is one of the best things about this amp. I have a pair of miracles that I sometimes find lacking in bass qty. Likewise, My re-272s sometimes need more juice than regular earphones. The ability to tweak particular elements in the sound signature on a pair of earphones that are otherwise flawless to you makes this amp irreplaceable. Because it doesn't color the sound, you can retain the original sound of the IEMs while still making modifications to the sound. Pretty ******* impressive when you consider the fact that it is not much thicker than an ipod touch and sits almost flush with it. That way, you're not carrying setups that look like miniature I.E.Ds through airport security.
EDIT: Gave the amp a good 40-50 hrs for an initial burn in, and any elements of "harshness" have disappeared. The amp is smooth, and very lively. The sound does not get colored when keeping the amp at a 0 setting on all the eq knobs. The guitar distortions are a lot improved on my Miracles and sound very gritty. Bass goes deeper and hits harder. If you use the bass control switch, it transitions smoothly over the three settings without distortion, even on the heaviest-on-bass-tracks. Personally, I prefer the I setting. Treble has a very nice detail, but not to the point of being exhaustive from being too noticeable. If you love treble, the II second should be more than enough to satisfy you (even then, it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the frequency). I like having a little more than normal amount of treble and the 0 setting kept me satisfied. Tracks recorded live have a distinct "3D" quality to them and if you close your eyes, you can visualize the band in front of you, the instruments in their own separate orientations.
Anyone have any info on how many hours the battery is supposed to last on a charge?
I use my Arrow 2G at work for 5-6hrs daily and it can last up to 2weeks. Assuming a 5-day work week and i don't use them at all on the weekends, that's up to 50hrs battery life. This is just a rough calculation of course.
On 06.02.2012 i have received my arrow 4 g , after long wating time exactly 5 month since 06.09.2011.
My First comparison arrow 3 G vs Arrow 4 G
Source : Iphone 4 S
DAC : Fostex Hp !
Amp : Arrow 3 G and Arrow 4 G
Iem : AKG K 3003 , JH 16 PRO, SM3 V 2, UM 3 X , Shure SE 535 LE Red Color for Asia.
Headphone : LCD 2 Rev 2 , LCD 3 , HD 800 , T 1 , ATH W 1000 X , HD 650 , New bagde Grado MS 2 I
Cable : Mini to Lod Whiplash Elite Twag II
Mini to Lod Van Den Hul Tone Arm Cable DIY
Music : Jazz , Blues, Audiophile Songs , Classical Music
Format : WAV
Setting : all in Zero Position
Sound Quality :
High : my Arrow 4 G more extended and Clean high compare my Arrow 3 G
Mid : my Arrow 4 G more Sweet , Lush and forward compare to my Arrow 3 G
Bass : My Arrow 3 G Bass Impact is better , but my Arrow 4 G The Bass Quality is better and Clean
Separation : My Arrow 4 G has Better separation compare to my Arrow 3 G
SoundStage : My Arrow 4 G has better wide Soundstage and layering in the Depth compare my Arrow 3 G.
Overall : The Sound Quality from my Arrow 4 G is better tha my Arrow 3 G, more detail and Music separation also better, that i can feel the
The Sanger in Front from the Stage , follow by Instrument and The Drum / Bass at last .
The Arrow 4 G is very good for all rounder Portable Iem and Cans
Note : For better Sound Quality i added Fostex HP 1 as DAC for my Iphone 4 S.
This is my Personal impression.