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post #856 of 935
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How are you guys connecting your Pico Slims to your source devices? They look awfully small to be strapped onto the source like other bigger portable amps (ex iPod and ALO RX, JDS C5). Do you guys just hang them there, or still strap them together?

I just do this.

 

post #857 of 935
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Originally Posted by Bananaheadlin View Post

How are you guys connecting your Pico Slims to your source devices? They look awfully small to be strapped onto the source like other bigger portable amps (ex iPod and ALO RX, JDS C5). Do you guys just hang them there, or still strap them together?


I use this kind of stuff http://www.tesa.com/consumer/powerstrips/tesa_powerstrips_small,c.html

 

 

 

 

I tend to use this with all my amps and up till now those never left any visible markings. just don't let them take a lot of heat in the sun or they make a mess. but I wouldn't let a dap and an amp in the sun for hours anyway so it's all good. (pico slim+sony A865)

post #858 of 935
Oh nice, I always thought those plastic sticky strips leaves marks! Good to see that they don't. The included leather case seems quite good though.
post #859 of 935
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Originally Posted by Bananaheadlin View Post

How are you guys connecting your Pico Slims to your source devices? They look awfully small to be strapped onto the source like other bigger portable amps (ex iPod and ALO RX, JDS C5). Do you guys just hang them there, or still strap them together?

 

A small square of velcro on the amp and iPod

post #860 of 935
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A small square of velcro on the amp and iPod

Velcro on the leather case or just the body no-case?
post #861 of 935
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Velcro on the leather case or just the body no-case?

I put the stiff half of velcro on the leather case, and on the soft half of velcro on the clip for my 6th Gen Nano - this keeps things from sliding too easily on the table or getting scratched, and when I clip the nano to my shirt without an amp the fuzzy half of the velcro isn't irritating to my skin. The LOD plug prevents the amp from sliding out of the case, since the 3.5mm jack has a strong grip on the plug.

post #862 of 935

pico slim hiss?

 

i am using mine on the desktop cause i use CIEM and SRH940 32ohms, the DAC is WA7's dac atm, soon magic D2 from mav audio

i got one annoying problem with the pico slim, when the knob is @ 80% and up i start to hear kind of small bz bz sparkle as if its a mic or there is statics sparkles they stop when i don't move the knob but on 100% there is a hiss :< i think this is making the sound no clean

the slim should be good with sensitive CIEMs right?  it is because i am using the WA7 as a DAC? or the problem from the amp? i bought OFC HQ RCA cable , but still the same, on the 940 the sparkle was little, but hey can be spotted,  all of that with out music btw

any suggestion? 
 

my CIEM is UM Mentor

post #863 of 935
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pico slim hiss?

 

i am using mine on the desktop cause i use CIEM and SRH940 32ohms, the DAC is WA7's dac atm, soon magic D2 from mav audio

i got one annoying problem with the pico slim, when the knob is @ 80% and up i start to hear kind of small bz bz sparkle as if its a mic or there is statics sparkles they stop when i don't move the knob but on 100% there is a hiss :< i think this is making the sound no clean

the slim should be good with sensitive CIEMs right?  it is because i am using the WA7 as a DAC? or the problem from the amp? i bought OFC HQ RCA cable , but still the same, on the 940 the sparkle was little, but hey can be spotted,  all of that with out music btw

any suggestion? 
 

my CIEM is UM Mentor

 

Of course it hisses at 100% with IEMs. You might listen at what: 35-40%? You would destroy your IEMs and your ears if you ever listened at the level you are judging at.

post #864 of 935
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Of course it hisses at 100% with IEMs. You might listen at what: 35-40%? You would destroy your IEMs and your ears if you ever listened at the level you are judging at.

not really on 50-60% the sound feels thin, and laid back or not enough to enjoy the sound. 

 

 

here after this level, i start hearing the annoying sound and feel like the sound became not so clean, and little more and the hiss start,  else before that level the sound feels thin, with a small sound stage and not worth it,  but really the sound before this knob level feels thin!! really not worth it, i started to doubt my unit, its used...

maybe this unit is faulty?  should i go pico power or something? 


Edited by Shini44 - 2/26/14 at 3:46am
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Pico Power has a fuller sound than the Pico Slim with more low end oomph. I think that it is the better amp across the board but it is much bigger too. I am guessing that you would like the Pico Power...

 

I didn't like the Pico Slim with the ES5 but absolutely loved it with the IE800. Synergy matters with this amp.

 

I can't comment on your used unit though.

post #866 of 935

btw the Mentor got 32 ohms, not 16 ohms like most of the CIEMs, i guess i will go pico power then. 

post #867 of 935
Reading good reviews on this with the JH16. Hoping to try it soon since my JH16 is on order and waiting now.
post #868 of 935
Thread Starter 

I just checked and the Pico Slim has a very tiny amount of hiss at full volume -- definitely not enough to be an issue. Any other weird noises would be coming from whatever was plugged in to it.

post #869 of 935
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I just checked and the Pico Slim has a very tiny amount of hiss at full volume -- definitely not enough to be an issue. Any other weird noises would be coming from whatever was plugged in to it.

 

That's what I told Shini44 in PM.  very tiny hiss starting at past 4 o'clock for me, at volumes that would blow out my IEM and ears if music was playing.  I can't usually listen with the volume past 2 o'clock, and staying below 12 o'clock is normal for me.

post #870 of 935

all of the digitally controlled analog volume controls add noise, which is why you hear hiss with the knob at those levels. its a trade off. you either have unbalanced left/right channels at the levels you actually listen at (standard volume pot), or you have balanced channels and hiss at levels you will never use (pico slim).

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