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post #2311 of 3080

Another super satisfied customer here! Its on the iPod for portable, and more interestingly stuck it on top of my hrt music streamer II DAC... it doesn't stop impressing. Rob you God!

post #2312 of 3080

Or you can talk to Robert when you make your order and he can do a tweak to two resistors to fix the low volume channel thing for high-sensitivity IEMs

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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

 

For anyone wanting to use really sensitive IEMs with an Arrow and iTouch/Iphone 4 - grab the Equaliser app (it's a lot better now), drop the preamp down, and this avoids any imbalance.  So glad I bit the bullet and purchased the Arrow!

 

 

post #2313 of 3080

Hey, just discovered a function I never thought I would use today! Not sure about older models but the Arrow 4g has two headphone out ports. 


It actually works really well. I was able to power both my UM3x IEM and my m-80 headphones without causing any noticeable difference to audio quality at all. This is not true of what happened when I tried to hook it up the car stereos though as both the m-80 and car stereo was getting significant crackling and degradation.

 

But this is amazing because now I can share my music with my wife off of one source and listen to things together with separate headphones, both taking advantage of a great amp and EQ abilities! Becomes a kind of splitter for your DAP or source. How can I love this amp more? The best part is that I love music pretty loud while my wife likes music quiet so IEMs for me and headphone for the Mrs.

post #2314 of 3080

 

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Originally Posted by DNZGamer View Post

Hey, just discovered a function I never thought I would use today! Not sure about older models but the Arrow 4g has two headphone out ports. 

 

Lol, yes I use it all the time.  Great to share on an airplane or A/B two different phones from the same chain w/o switching.

post #2315 of 3080

Would ATH-ESW9 or UE-TF10 benefit from the arrow? (w/ipod touch 4G + LOD).

post #2316 of 3080
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

Would ATH-ESW9 or UE-TF10 benefit from the arrow? (w/ipod touch 4G + LOD).


If you are referring to the wood clip-ons (ESW9) and not the headphones, then I have some experience with them. In my opinion, yes - the treble switch makes them more enjoyable, and sometimes it's nice to have a bass boost for some songs. The difference is not amazingly different however, I wouldn't spend 300 USD for such a small difference. Also the arrow doesn't work with an LOD.

EDIT: Oops, I don't know why I said that, I read that completely wrong. Disregard what I said!
Edited by Fusillade - 5/1/12 at 5:38pm
post #2317 of 3080

Thank you.

 

I have the ATH-ESW9 headphones, the clip ons are ATH-EW9.

 

Interesting that it doesnt work with an LOD. wow.(are you 100% sure?).


Edited by ExpatinJapan - 5/1/12 at 6:10am
post #2318 of 3080

Of course the Arrow works with a LOD.  It's how mine is connected - Touch > LOD > Arrow > Cans or IEMs

 

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post #2319 of 3080

tell me more brooko.

post #2320 of 3080

What the hell? I have two different LOD lines and they both work fine with the Arrow or any other amp on either inputs. If you can't get sound with LODs, yours is either broken or non-existent. 

 

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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

Thank you.

 

I have the ATH-ESW9 headphones, the clip ons are ATH-EW9.

 

Interesting that it doesnt work with an LOD. wow.(are you 100% sure?).

 

 

post #2321 of 3080

 

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Originally Posted by DNZGamer View Post

What the hell? I have two different LOD lines and they both work fine with the Arrow or any other amp on either inputs. If you can't get sound with LODs, yours is either broken or non-existent. 

 

 

 

 

It wasnt me that said it, I was replying to the person who posted above me.

 

Hence the `wow.(are you 100% sure?).


Edited by ExpatinJapan - 5/1/12 at 8:26am
post #2322 of 3080
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

tell me more brooko.

 

Best form factor I've ever used - adds very little bulk to your rig - so easy to carry around.  Does have a little channel imbalance at the very bottom of the pot - so not ideal for really sensitive IEMs - but apparently if you talk to Robert he can add a resistor (if your primary use is with IEMs).  For me 535LEs my listening level just avoids the imbalance most of the time - and if I want to go quieter, I just use Equalizer and adjust the preamp.

 

The available power and gain settings are impressive.  Handles both my HD600 and Beyer DT880 (600 ohm) with no problems.  Bass and treble boosts work well, and allow you to tailor the sound via hardware.  TBH - the crossfade (for my ears) is extremely subtle - so I haven't noticed too much effect.  I need more time with it.  Overall thoughts are very clean sound - great gain / amplification - highly recommend.

post #2323 of 3080

Thank you for the information Brooko. 

It is helpful.

post #2324 of 3080

I would use this amp when I'm on-the-go, which is when I'm only listening to music casually (not analytically).  How much do IEMs benefit from this with an LOD compared to just straight out of an iPhone 4?

 

I don't need the treble/bass/crossfade functions because I've already got an equalizer, and I don't need to amplify the power of the source because my IEMs are sensitive- I'm interested in the Arrow purely for sound quality- I guess what I'm asking is whether Arrow improves the signal enough that you can hear the improvement without concentration, and is that improvement worth $300?

 

Thanks in advance,

Chris


Edited by ChrisSC - 5/1/12 at 11:24pm
post #2325 of 3080

I would say no for IEMs. For my IEMs, I mostly just want the bass boost and treble boost since my IEMs are a little dark for me. Otherwise, I wouldn't bring it at all.

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