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post #76 of 3051
One of those is a Headstage Arrow, I'm sure of it!
post #77 of 3051
Well, GoVibe Petite for sure, but also Magnum, can be called as direct competative, any impressions?
Also would be interesting to know more about full size headphones, like GS1000, D7000, W5000 etc, driving by Arrow.

THX
post #78 of 3051
I don't really see how the huge GoVibe Petite and Magnum bricks are direct competitors to the Arrow. Magnum does indeed have some features the Arrow has (but more rudimentary), both GoVibes have a DAC which the Arrow doesn't have, size-wise they're a lot bigger, and so on.

(I might be a bit biased since the GoVibe Derringer is the worst amp I have heard, about on par with the FiiO E3 and clearly surpassed by the FiiO E5.)

The Arrow is the only amp besides my Headsix that can drive UE11, SE530, e-Q7, and other difficult to drive IEMs without hiss or flaws - I wonder if the GoVibes can do so, but I somehow doubt it, as none of the other amps I've tested so far can handle these IEMs. As for full-sized phones, I will check how it drives my HD650 later on.
post #79 of 3051
Thanks, however I am not in IEM "business", so, no problem for me here. I will be comparing two, Petite & Magnum, when my W5000 are in, but with Koss KSC75 and PortaPro's I dont hear much differences, when using in normal gain, but after switching to Middle, mean Magnum, the impact is better, plus the feeling that they become alive is obvious. One minpoint is the battery life, which gets way shorter than Petit's.
Have to say that Petite have had some use, while Magnum is on his first 20 hours.
About their size. They are small, very small, but fattier for sure, doenst bother me at all..
I never tried Derringer, but even then, it must be not putted at the same level as both above, I think.
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post #81 of 3051
^^ Stop making me jealous while mine takes day after day to arrive. :0(
post #82 of 3051
I think I have to make you even more jealous... the Arrow is everything I hoped it to be - no hiss, excellent linearity, awesome subtle crossfeed (better than Rockbox), juicy bass boost.
post #83 of 3051
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Originally Posted by dfkt View Post
I think I have to make you even more jealous... the Arrow is everything I hoped it to be - no hiss, excellent linearity, awesome subtle crossfeed (better than Rockbox), juicy bass boost.
Arrrrrr, nooooo, you don't play fair.... Eh, well they do say good things come to those who wait.

I bet it's nice having the capability to boost the bass outside of the DAP. I've been wanting a decent portable with that feature for a long time. How is the quality of the boost? On par with the way Sony's 'clear bass' sounds? I like how their boost doesn't muddy up the sound too much (until you hit +3).
post #84 of 3051
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Originally Posted by dfkt View Post
I think I have to make you even more jealous... the Arrow is everything I hoped it to be - no hiss, excellent linearity, awesome subtle crossfeed (better than Rockbox), juicy bass boost.

I'm glad you hear it to be everything I have. I look forward to your impressions with the HD650s as I think the Arrow's ability to drive such a wide variety of headphones without missing a beat (pardon the pun) really sets it apart. It truly is an exceptional (ultra)portable amp.
post #85 of 3051
I just ordered an Arrow 12HE today. Where is the amp shipped from? My USB DAC Cable was shipped from California.
post #86 of 3051
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I just ordered an Arrow 12HE today. Where is the amp shipped from? My USB DAC Cable was shipped from California.

Germany (AFAIK) as mine was. I think some of the smaller items are warehoused in California (but don't quote me).
post #87 of 3051
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
posting a picture is fine of course, but editing out the original location, however, is offensive. I've had that happen before and I take it that if it happens again, I really should watermark the entire image, but that ruins the image and I don't like to do it.

But, if it does keep happening (where the logo is taken out and the picture edited), it will happen.
I cropped your picture so it would fit better & didn't even read what was written on it (until you complained). Just to make you happy I've now used another person's picture of Qusp's LOD.

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Here's a picture (I took) from the other end of the spectrum than dfkt's portable set-up. I realize it's heresy to many to use a portable amp with this full sized gear, but but you have to hear it before you knock it!


post #88 of 3051
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Originally Posted by Hellenback View Post
Germany (AFAIK) as mine was. I think some of the smaller items are warehoused in California (but don't quote me).
Thanks for the info. I still have to ship to them my trade-in hp amp which they won't receive until next week, good thing is its only California bound.
post #89 of 3051
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Originally Posted by Hellenback View Post
I'm glad you hear it to be everything I have. I look forward to your impressions with the HD650s as I think the Arrow's ability to drive such a wide variety of headphones without missing a beat (pardon the pun) really sets it apart. It truly is an exceptional (ultra)portable amp.
Reporting back - the Arrow indeed drives the HD650 not just fine, but perfectly. Poor Robert Gehrke, he will have a hard time designing a successor to the Arrow that is also an upgrade... I can't say I know of any other amp that drives the UE11 as well as the HD650.
post #90 of 3051
That little sliver of an amp drives beasties like that? Wow.
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