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post #2386 of 3080
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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post

I do believe it is a better sounding device but the bass boost is pretty much there for show now. All 3 levels of boost sound almost the same to me, but I'm a Treble/Mids guy so I don't mind not having overly boosted bass if it means the other freqs are better. I'm also experiencing less interference issues (less than the 3G but its still there a little). If you're a basshead you are probably not going to be happy with a 4G compared to the 3G. I am very happy with my 4G I don't regret the upgrade at all.

 

x2

 

The bass boost on the 3G is vastly more preferrable to my ear than is the 4G bass boost (I've heard both). The 4G is not bad ... it's just *very* very subtle and deep ... whereas the 3G circuit is more "tight" ... "snappy" and pronounced. 

 

Recently my Shure SE535 IEM's were stolen from my local gym ... being sick and pissed ... I immediately sold my Arrow 3G ...swearing to never invest any money in portable gear again.

 

LOL ...

 

Then, a day later, I emailed Robert and asked him to send me another Arrow 3G cause I'd already made up my mind to buy another set of Shure SE535's (thieves be damned!) ... this as opposed to the 4G Arrow because I'd heard both with my SE535's and because I knew the 3G was way more fun with them ....

 

Anyway ... this isn't so much a knock on the 4G as it is a mention of how the earlier version has very different bass boost circuitry... cause I know it's a stellar bit of kit (the 4G...I was a BETA tester for it) ... but for my preferred IEMs? The 3G bass boost allows much more enjoyable possibilities ....


Edited by s1rrah - 9/15/12 at 2:17pm
post #2387 of 3080

Thanks guys! 

Sorry to hear of your 535's, I'm not sure how I'd react to that but i wouldn't be pretty!

I think just a new battery for mine will do for now, I've been rinsing it since day 1

post #2388 of 3080

I gotta add guys the battery life is insane, I'm still on the original charge (I went back to check Ive had it exactly 1 month). I have used it as my portable amp/DAC for my laptop since I got it and it has been my only amp/DAC for the last week as I had to put away my fullsize stuff since I'm moving and Ive put on a bunch of time with my HD650 and JH5/TF10 and its still going on the same charge. Sorry for the run-on biggrin.gif

post #2389 of 3080

robert emailed me and said the 4g upgrade will be shipped in 1-2 weeks

 

can't wait

post #2390 of 3080
upgraded 4g !!
just pulled a trigger on this sexy port amp 2 days ago on a local shop,is it possible mine was the upgraded version? since this amp had just arrive to my country few days ago straight from Robs office,i hope it is..
post #2391 of 3080
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Originally Posted by proedros View Post

robert emailed me and said the 4g upgrade will be shipped in 1-2 weeks

 

can't wait

 

I received my 4G a couple of days ago. Twelve days after I placed my order, so the 1-2 weeks seems about right.  The 4G was shipped express from China if anyone cares to know.

post #2392 of 3080

Is the 4G a big enough upgrade from the 2.2 to warrant me sending it in for an exchange? I'm pretty satisfied with it now and don't really care for new features on my arrow.

 

Has the over sound quality improved much since 2.2?

post #2393 of 3080
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Originally Posted by alv4426 View Post

I gotta add guys the battery life is insane, I'm still on the original charge (I went back to check Ive had it exactly 1 month). I have used it as my portable amp/DAC for my laptop since I got it and it has been my only amp/DAC for the last week as I had to put away my fullsize stuff since I'm moving and Ive put on a bunch of time with my HD650 and JH5/TF10 and its still going on the same charge. Sorry for the run-on biggrin.gif

 

The 4g has a DAC in it?

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post #2394 of 3080

No it doesn't I have the the headstage DAC cable bundle (although I think I have the older version). I was going to link to it but I can't find it on their website so maybe they don't sell it anymore confused.gif

 

Originally Posted by grokit View Post

 

The 4g has a DAC in it?

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post #2395 of 3080
Quote:
Originally Posted by AdDicTiVe View Post

upgraded 4g !!
just pulled a trigger on this sexy port amp 2 days ago on a local shop,is it possible mine was the upgraded version? since this amp had just arrive to my country few days ago straight from Robs office,i hope it is..

my bad.. a missunderstanding about the comment above
Though.. it seems there is some better improvement ,
according to some people whom own the earlier 4g batch.
post #2396 of 3080

I am thinking about buying the 4g.

But I will be using it with a v-moda m80. Do you guys think this is overkill for that headphone, or will it give me substantial better sound?

Thanks.

post #2397 of 3080
@decckie : just pull the trigger dude,i found this amp was good to drive my small impedance cans.
post #2398 of 3080

Hi guys.

 

After reading all the great stuff here, I decided to jump back in the Head-Fi game.

 

Several years ago, I bought a pair of Ety ER4-S, and enjoyed them until, after a few years, my ears revolted against the flanges, foamies, etc.

 

So I went to the dark side, and used Bose Quiet Comfort. (Yes, I don't blame you if you stop reading. )

 

I travel overseas a few times per year and decided to revisit the whole thing.

 

So, I dusted off the Etys, had some custom molds ( Sensaphonic ) made, and bought an Arrow 4G.

 

Ordered it on September 25, and it arrived today ( 15 days later, including a 3 day delay from Robert's forwarder in HK. ) 

 

2 hours into this new kit, I'm stunned at how good this all sounds - using an IPOD Classic.

 

A few early comments, while using a mini - mini (Yes, yes, yes, an LOD is coming. See below. ):

 

I'm not a bass guy by any means, but the combo of the custom molds and the bass switch gives me everything the Etys alone lacked.

 

I listened to several types of music and was amazed to hear things I've not heard through an IPOD before.

 

The custom mold allows me to listen at a much lower level, yet the amp enhances the Etys.

 

A couple of questions if I may.

 

1) With the Etys, custom mold, Arrow, and the IPOD, I've got about $1,000 of kit. Will a FiiO L3 or L9 LOD be good enough, or is it worth another $40 - $60 to upgrade?

 

2) Is there a market for used Bose QC's ? :))

 

Cheers.

 

cmasia

post #2399 of 3080

The FiiO LODs are great. No need to upgrade imo

post #2400 of 3080

Hello, 

I purchased the Headstage Arrow amp, and I was wondering if there is a case for just the amp.

If there is could someone please give me some suggestions? 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I am sorry if this has been answered elsewhere.

Thank You,

NK

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