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post #2656 of 3080

I didn't mean to exaggerate, it's not exactly night and day. What I noticed was that the uha-6s had better separation and sound staging compared to the arrow. It's just overall more refined. I try to not over-analyze the differences though, so perhaps someone else who has both of them can chime in. The two amps both have different uses for me: the arrow as my portable and the uha-6s as my transportable/desktop for my uerms.

post #2657 of 3080
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post

I didn't mean to exaggerate, it's not exactly night and day. What I noticed was that the uha-6s had better separation and sound staging compared to the arrow. It's just overall more refined. I try to not over-analyze the differences though, so perhaps someone else who has both of them can chime in. The two amps both have different uses for me: the arrow as my portable and the uha-6s as my transportable/desktop for my uerms.

 

 

You know if I was still in school I'd actually consider the UHA-6S MKII for a transportable rig. However, I really don't need it anymore, so I probably won't drop the cash. I'd rather spend it on other headphones. 

post #2658 of 3080
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post

I didn't mean to exaggerate, it's not exactly night and day. What I noticed was that the uha-6s had better separation and sound staging compared to the arrow. It's just overall more refined. I try to not over-analyze the differences though, so perhaps someone else who has both of them can chime in. The two amps both have different uses for me: the arrow as my portable and the uha-6s as my transportable/desktop for my uerms.

 

That totally makes sense. That was the reason why I sold my Arrow. I still miss it and wish I would have left well enough alone but that was a issue for me. The sound was very closed in but the bass and power made up for the short comings. 

 

The UHA-6s MKIII is owning a lot of the competition right now so it really wouldn't surprise me if it was better! The Arrow is great at what it does but clearly has its short comings. Hopefully the 4T will address this and make the new Arrow legendary!

 

 

Fingers Crossed 

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

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post #2659 of 3080

I've had the 4T for almost 2 weeks now, and I absolutely love it.

Just a disclaimer: I don't really own any "high-end" audio equipment, so I'm probably much easier to impress than most people here.

The Arrow was intended to be an upgrade over the Fiio E17's amp, which I use as my main dac/amp right now with the HD 598 (my best headphones at the moment).

I felt that they weren't reaching their full potential with the E17, like something was missing.

Fortunately, I was right. With the Arrow the difference is very apparent.

 

I can't understand how people think that the 598's don't benefit much from a good amp, just because they're low impedance.

The soundstage was great to begin with, but with the Arrow (+E17 DAC) it reaches another level.

Instrument separation is amazing.

The biggest difference is in noisy music, such as early Nine Inch Nails. I'm hearing nuances in the production that I didn't even notice before.

Bass is more powerful and natural. Everything is just smoother and more pleasant.

Not to mention the actual build quality of this thing, which is fantastic.

 

Sorry that I couldn't give a real, in-depth review of the 4T. I'm simply not qualified to do so.

I'll just say that as someone who listens to music every day, this amp is worth every penny.


Edited by nicks9 - 6/20/13 at 2:45pm
post #2660 of 3080

I'm looking for an improvement over my 4G:

 

Would love to see a comparison between 4G and 4T. 

Also interested in opinions on the ultimate portable amp (Such as RSA SR-71B?). 

post #2661 of 3080

Received the 4T couple days ago. The sound quality is great. I prefer the 4T to the 4G. Will need to spend more time on this for the comparison.

post #2662 of 3080
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Received the 4T couple days ago. The sound quality is great. I prefer the 4T to the 4G. Will need to spend more time on this for the comparison.


Can you tell which is more neutral? I can believe the overall sound would be better on 4T, but I got 4G because I heard it was more neutral than the 4T. If this is not so I might try to trade for 4T or sell my 4G do I could get a 4T. Despite only owning it for a short while.
post #2663 of 3080
Sorry for this basic question,but I'm just wondering if the switches on the amp can change the er4p to the s?-So I wouldn't need to use the adapter anymore?
post #2664 of 3080
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Received the 4T couple days ago. The sound quality is great. I prefer the 4T to the 4G. Will need to spend more time on this for the comparison.

Subscribed, and looking forward to your comparison.
post #2665 of 3080

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Edited by labrat - 8/3/13 at 12:13am
post #2666 of 3080
Hahaha,ok never mind.Ill keep an eye out for one of those!
What is the impedance switch on the right though?
Or is that something different?
post #2667 of 3080
Oh I see,I was looking at an older version..
Looks like the impedance is now treble boost instead.Not sure i'll need treble boost for my ER4!
Edited by musicbased - 6/23/13 at 1:12am
post #2668 of 3080
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Originally Posted by musicbased View Post

Oh I see,I was looking at an older version..

Looks like the impedance is now treble boost instead.Not sure i'll need treble boost for my ER4!
I think I am right in saying that on the 4G impedance selection is automatic and internal.
post #2669 of 3080

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Edited by labrat - 8/3/13 at 12:13am
post #2670 of 3080

Personally, i love the ER4S.I've been using them for many years. Even though i have the P, i always use the converter, and would like to change to S permanently sometime.(Which is why it would have been convenient if the amp could do it).

I actually like the bass too!- i just feel it's maybe 10% less than i would like in the lower frequencies..Getting a good seal is really important.

If this amp could bring up the sub bass a bit i think it would be perfect!-I've seen quite a few people in this thread saying what a good combination it is with ER4, so i think i've pretty much decided to get one! ...

 

...Just have to sell my Hifiman hm-801 first though.

 

Actually,on that note, does anyone know how this compares to the Hifiman HM-801?

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