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post #181 of 2790

Seems like you received your pico slim already. I can't wait for a shoot out between your portable amps.
 

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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

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.

post #182 of 2790
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Originally Posted by violeta88 View Post

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

 

 


So this'll work eh? I just ordered one.

Thank You for the link and I hope you enjoy your new Stepdance when you get it.

It's truly an amazing little amp.


Edited by Woody469 - 9/17/10 at 9:33am
post #183 of 2790
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

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.



Thanks Joe, I'm glad I didn't bother investing in the 9.6V batteries (I was tempted though)   This may seem a silly question but, since the Stepdance does not charge batteries, should the battery be removed when using a transformer (wall wart) ?

 

Oh and by the way, I am astounded at how well the Stepdance pushes my LCD-2. The LCD-2 is far from portable but sometimes it's just easier to plug into the Stepdance instead of my home system. The combo does not leave feeling like I need more juice but the battery drains really quick (as expected)


Edited by Woody469 - 9/17/10 at 9:29am
post #184 of 2790
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Originally Posted by Woody469 View Post


This may seem a silly question but, since the Stepdance does not charge batteries, should the battery be removed when using a transformer (wall wart) ?



Not necessary at all. In fact, Jan recommends leaving a battery in as it put pressure on the battery door to hold it securely in place.

(Edit: Joe is right. My assumption is that your walwart is delivering more power than the battery, for example 12 volt regulated which will be a popular choice with the Stepdance.)


Edited by cooperpwc - 9/17/10 at 7:23pm
post #185 of 2790

Has anyone tried powering akg K701's or 702's with the Stepdance, and if so, does it do a good job (for a portable)?  I currently have a Corda Move, and it does a decent job (to a point) but it seems to be lacking a bit when it comes to loud dynamic swings.  Anyway, if anyone has experience with the Stepdance and the K701/2 I'd greatly appreciate any insights on how well they perform together.

 

--Eric

post #186 of 2790
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Originally Posted by airwax View Post

Seems like you received your pico slim already. I can't wait for a shoot out between your portable amps.
 


Nope, still don't have the amp, just a tracking number.  The amp hasn't even been handed off to the post office yet.  I question Justin's grasp of the concept of time as he said they would start shipping in a week about 3 weeks ago now.
 

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Originally Posted by Woody469 View Post


Thanks Joe, I'm glad I didn't bother investing in the 9.6V batteries (I was tempted though)   This may seem a silly question but, since the Stepdance does not charge batteries, should the battery be removed when using a transformer (wall wart) ?

 

Oh and by the way, I am astounded at how well the Stepdance pushes my LCD-2. The LCD-2 is far from portable but sometimes it's just easier to plug into the Stepdance instead of my home system. The combo does not leave feeling like I need more juice but the battery drains really quick (as expected)


As long as your wall power is several V higher than the battery voltage, the amp will not drain the battery while plugged into the wall.  So, yes, you can leave the battery in.  It is actually recommended per Jan because it holds the battery cover in place!

 

And with my 600 mAh battery (yes, I am still using that) I get a full day with the LCD-2!

post #187 of 2790
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

And with my 600 mAh battery (yes, I am still using that) I get a full day with the LCD-2!



Is the 600 mAh battery a lithium polymer battery? I was looking at them. They require a special charger. I guess that is next on my list. Ordered a wall wart today thanks to the link from violeta88 .  Can't believe you still don't have the Slim. If ever I was happy to cancel an order, sthat was it. I was in the first 250 lifetime battery replacement slot like you as well !! lol Oh well

post #188 of 2790

Yes, the 600 mAh battery is a lith ion and requires a special charger because it seems to reverse charge.  My charger from iPower caused the polarity to be reversed (although I didn't try it before I charged it) and the 520 mAh battery seems to last quite a while also.  And yes, the other amp...I will reserve any more comments until later...

post #189 of 2790
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Originally Posted by violeta88 View Post

Has anyone tried powering akg K701's or 702's with the Stepdance, and if so, does it do a good job (for a portable)?  I currently have a Corda Move, and it does a decent job (to a point) but it seems to be lacking a bit when it comes to loud dynamic swings.  Anyway, if anyone has experience with the Stepdance and the K701/2 I'd greatly appreciate any insights on how well they perform together.

 

--Eric


Hey Eric, 

 

You'll have to forgive me for being a bit vague in the way I explain my experience with the Stepdance and 702s, I'm pretty new to the audiophile world, so not too sure about terminology.

 

I also pair my 702s with the MOVE and I agree that it does a decent job at driving the 702s. However, since pairing the Stepdance with the 702s, I have felt that everything is a lot 'cleaner'. The stepdance, I feel, drives the 702s a bit better. I really hate to just simply say that I think the Stepdance pairs well with the 702s and does a better job than the Move without any proper justification or explanation, but that's what my ears seems to feel when I compare the two together.

 

Ultimately, this is a very subjective point of view with very little backing so I'm not sure if this helps at all :(

 

 

 

post #190 of 2790
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Originally Posted by yeemanz View Post




Hey Eric, 

 

You'll have to forgive me for being a bit vague in the way I explain my experience with the Stepdance and 702s, I'm pretty new to the audiophile world, so not too sure about terminology.

 

I also pair my 702s with the MOVE and I agree that it does a decent job at driving the 702s. However, since pairing the Stepdance with the 702s, I have felt that everything is a lot 'cleaner'. The stepdance, I feel, drives the 702s a bit better. I really hate to just simply say that I think the Stepdance pairs well with the 702s and does a better job than the Move without any proper justification or explanation, but that's what my ears seems to feel when I compare the two together.

 

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That is the type of explanation I was looking for, as the Move is lacking in clarity and distorts at higher volumes.  If the Stepdance drives the K701/2 at the same volumes but cleaner, than clearly it will be what I am looking for, and does power the K701/2 better than the Move.  Audio is often a subjective point of view, and since I have done the technical research I needed to verify it would power the K701/2, I was looking for subjective observations (which you provided).  Thanks yeemanz!!

 

--Eric

post #191 of 2790

Would iPhone4 -> Stepdance -> JH5 be a good set up or would I also need a portable DAC?

post #192 of 2790
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Originally Posted by thinkpol View Post

Would iPhone4 -> Stepdance -> JH5 be a good set up or would I also need a portable DAC?


If you use a LOD, you should be fine.  The iPhone is already decoding the material with it's internal DAC from either the headphone out or a line out signal.

post #193 of 2790

Anyone knows of any pouches for the Stepdance ? :)

post #194 of 2790
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Originally Posted by violeta88 View Post




That is the type of explanation I was looking for, as the Move is lacking in clarity and distorts at higher volumes.  If the Stepdance drives the K701/2 at the same volumes but cleaner, than clearly it will be what I am looking for, and does power the K701/2 better than the Move.  Audio is often a subjective point of view, and since I have done the technical research I needed to verify it would power the K701/2, I was looking for subjective observations (which you provided).  Thanks yeemanz!!

 

--Eric


No worries Eric, forgot to mention my setup before, probably doesn't matter though: ipod Touch 4th gen > DHC Lod > Stepdance/Move > 702s

 


 

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Originally Posted by x3dnd3x View Post

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I'd be interested in finding something nice to put the stepdance into as well. Currently using my really old sony MD pouch. Fits my setup nicely... except the Lod cable sticks out :( lol

post #195 of 2790

Which one would you get ....

 

A Stepdance and sflo2/t51 (total cost of about 350+140=$490 with shipping ) or a HM-602 plus re262 ( total cost $390).

 

            

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