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Thanks for this Larry.. Def putting money into new IEM's before this will come along.
 

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The Stepdance is better but it's not a huge jump in "wow" factor.  The D4 with upgraded opamps comes closer, but it's not quite as good (but close), nor as powerful as the Stepdance with high impedance cans.

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Thanks for this Larry.. Def putting money into new IEM's before this will come along.
 


Yeah, if you didn't already have the D4 I'd say get the Stepdance, and if you were driving high impedance phones or hard to drive phones you will notice a bigger difference over your current amp.  But with IEM it was a small upgrade.  My only portable that I liked more than Stepdance is my ALO Amphora, and it's really more of a transportable amp.

 

With the upgraded opamps the D4 sounds just like my old P-51 which also wasn't quite as good as the Stepdance, but it's close enough if you already have one of those amps.  I also liked the Stepdance more than my Predator, and about as much as the DACport (which in my review I thought was also better than my other portable amps).  But the DACport doesn't have nearly the power of the Stepdance, nor can it be used with an iPod.  

 

I've thought of maybe selling the Protector to get a Stepdance, so that I don't have to deal with balanced connectors in order to get max power from the amp.  The Protector really needs to be running balanced to come close to the power of the Stepdance.  I mostly use portable amps with my Macbook and a portable DAC, so I haven't decided if I really need one right now.

post #168 of 2775
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post




The Stepdance is better but it's not a huge jump in "wow" factor.  The D4 with upgraded opamps comes closer, but it's not quite as good (but close), nor as powerful as the Stepdance with high impedance cans.

Thank you for the input! Now had I known where to get those opamps and how to install them etc etc. Being such a newbie to this world, I don't know my options to choose between. D4 is my first portable amp and I just don't know what I am missing. Small comments like yours can save a lot of money. So thanks again! 
 

post #169 of 2775

What is stopping me from pulling the trigger with this portable amp is the power supply - does anyone have a link to a practical solution that looks like a walwart or plastic brick - not some oscilloscope-like monstrosity?  I dug around Elpacs web site, but their in-stock 12 volt's plug is too big.

post #170 of 2775

Elpac sells a supply that is regulated to +/- 5% that you can order with any tip - but I'm not sure if that is regulated enough - anyone know?

 

http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=8790009

post #171 of 2775
Thread Starter 

I believe that it is straight mathematics. If you use a 12 volt power supply with a +/- rating of 5%, it will operate between 11.4 and 12.6 volts which is entirely acceptable.

post #172 of 2775

And what size tip is needed?

post #173 of 2775

Barrel size according to meier's stepdance manual is 1.3/3.5 mm (0.05”/0.14”) and center is positive (outside is negative).  Usually most outputs I have found are center positive which is good news, but most power supplies have larger barrels.

 

Skylab's suggestion about the 12 volt solution looks good to me, but the stock versions according to the PDF data sheets are too big.  I am hopeless when it comes to ordering electronics.  Is there a way to customize it or buy adapter barrel tips?

post #174 of 2775

There are two types of regulated power supplies: linear and switching.  All of these that have been shown are switching and there are much lower priced switching power supplied.  If you can solder and have a meter to check polarity (although the amp has reverse polarity protection), you can replace the connector of any 12V regulated power supply with the tip from thisThis one looks good to me and looks similar to the one I currently have, which measures rock solid at 12V under load.

 

Or, if you don't care to transport it, you can go with a linear one and use the cable from the above adapter, such as this (13.8V).

post #175 of 2775

I found an inexpensive 12V DC switching power supply that will work for those in countries without soldering on a new plug with 100-130VAC power systems with a minimum quantity of 1 through digikey:  http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Detail&name=T984-P7P-ND

 

Hopefully this is helpful, as I will probably be ordering a Stepdance myself in a week and a half.

 

--Eric

post #176 of 2775
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I found an inexpensive 12V DC switching power supply that will work for those in countries without soldering on a new plug with 100-130VAC power systems with a minimum quantity of 1 through digikey:  http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Detail&name=T984-P7P-ND

 


Thanks for the link.  You are a life saver - I can't solder anything.  After looking at the link, I finally figured out how to use Digikey's search engine for power supplies.

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Thanks for the link.  You are a life saver - I can't solder anything.  After looking at the link, I finally figured out how to use Digikey's search engine for power supplies.

 

No problem.  I'm glad I could help.

 

--Eric
 

post #178 of 2775

I'm currently running the UM1 and Sennheiser HD 25-1 II straight out of my iphone 4 and felt an upgrade was in order so I placed an order with Jan for the STEPDANCE last night. I'll be pairing it with the UM3X as a step up from the UM1 (since getting the HD 25 I've not bothered with the UM1 (not to take anything away from the UM1), but I want something a little more discrete (!) for portable listening, so decided to give the UM3X a try).

 

I've been e-mailing Jan with a number of queries RE his products for a while and I must say he's a very helpful chap. I'm also encouraged by the useful impressions in this thread, and Skylab's write-up in his incredible portable amp review thread of course (what a useful resource that is!).

 

I'll let you know my impressions when I get it and how it gets along with my existing portable setup and the UM3X.

post #179 of 2775
Thread Starter 

Jan is enjoying great success with the Stepdance (and it is well deserved IMHO).

 

I was communicating with him today on some other questions. He told me that he thought he had enough stock of the Stepdance produced to last at least one year. Four weeks in and he has already sold half of them!

post #180 of 2775

Yes, the Stepdance is an absolutely fantastic amp.  I used it with my LCD-2 when I don't want to move around and it does an admirable job.  Of course, it does well with my IEMs.

 

On the battery front...the 9.6V batteries are not worth it IMO as they don't last all that long vs. the higher mAh batteries.  The only difference is the volume needs to be a little louder with the lower V, higher mAh batteries to acheive the same spl.

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