Originally Posted by moodyrn
Originally Posted by upstateguy
A few things. First they don't tell you what dac chip and transport chips are used. Second, the istreamer requires an external AC power supply, so even though it's on the small side, it's not portable. third, the quality of the cheap plug in AC power supply is going to affect the sound of the dac. And forth, how is this different from a Constantine USB+ dac, or any of the other AC powered USB dacs? ....oh, one more thing, the PDF says that you have to have the windows volume control turned up all the way.... What's with that, I thought this was a digital signal?????
Yeah, I just don't see the point of this thing. Don't get fooled by the small size. This thing is "not" portable at all. And for that price, there are tons of options that uses external power.
Mellow out, people - if you dont like the specs, I expect that there will be many others who feel the same way and the iStreamer wont be the sales success that Kevin would have liked. Here are my thoughts:
1. I dont view a rig that consists of iPad->DAC->amp->headphones to be 'portable', regardless of the size of the DAC, amp or headphones. The same argument was made when the Lisa III was introduced as a 'portable' amp - the people who bought it were willing to accept the size of the thing in exchange for having the capability of a fullsize amp in a transportable package. I make no such claim for the iStreamer. 'Portable' is a pair of IEMs plugged into a DAP that fits neatly into my hand - when you leave the house/office/whatever, messing around with amps just doesnt make sense to me.
2. Wall warts are the bane of audio, but adding a discrete psu would have pushed the price up to a point where HRT would not have been able to sell anything like the quantity they have with the asynch Streamer. Again, if the Lisa III uses 2x9-volts, I dont see why this could not have been battery powered.
3. I routinely turn the volume to max in the operating system with every DAC I have owned and control the volume from my amp - I dont see this as a biggie, but others may well do.
Finally, the Head-Fi obsession with silicon chips is legendary - it completely disregards the importance of good design and implementation. End of the day, I guess that few of us will even hear the iStreamer, so its a debate that isnt worth pursuing.