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Yay!  Another XP8000 user!  wink.gif

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I'm cross-posting this for my fellow Stepdance afficianados:

 

Drool!  

 

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AppleMark

 

Woodcans is using  the spectacularly neutral and transparent Meier Audio Corda 2Stepdance - a descendant of the Stepdance that has better battery life, an external gain control switch, and a flatter case (better for stacking).  Like the Stepdance, it uses an internal 9V battery or external PSU or battery packs up to 15V (for voltage swings approaching 30V, if desired to drive the likes of LCD-2 with authority), is known for having a spectacularly low noise floor (even with noise-sensitive IEMs like the Shure SE530), a totally silent, digitally controlled 32-step volume control that uses relays to literally stack op-amps as needed to increase output, and lastly, if all that's not enough to pique someone's appreciation, Jan Meier's Active Balance feature, that very effectively simulates a balanced amp by compensating the impedance fluctuations normally "felt" by transducers that share a common ground (allowing you to enjoy balanced isolation of the drivers while still using single-ended cables).

 

In short, Woodcans is using an amp that's truly worthy of the Tera Player - and I'm green with envy!   tongue_smile.gif

 

Mike

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/633511/pictures-of-your-portable-rig-part-xvi/3915#post_9416339

 

Mike


Edited by zilch0md - 5/7/13 at 6:57am
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I'm building a portable stack to use with my Galaxy S3's USB Audio out (S3 > ultra-mini USB hub > ODAC > PCSTEP + Anker Astro3 12VDC).

 

It's reported that this adapter can facilitate the connection between a DC power cord and the PCSTEP/QUICKSTEP DC power port.  Has anyone confirmed that this adapter fits on the Astro3's DC power cord?

 

Also, has anyone found a very short DC power cord (i.e. 3 to 6 inches) that I can use between the Astro3 & PCSTEP?

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I've been using the Quickstep as my primary portable amp for the last two weeks and I am blown away with how good this sounds.  Over the past few months, I've gone through the Alo Continental, International, Pan Am, RSA Hornet, Mustang, and C&C amp  and nothing sounds as good with an iPhone and LOD as this beautiful little amp.  It sparkles with the HD800 and FitEar 334s... it doesn't alter any part of the headphone's sound signature but maintains incredible detail, transparency, and sound stage.  

 

I haven't owned a Meier amp since the original Porta Corda.  The Quickstep is my dark horse candidate for amp of the year!  I can't say how much I appreciate the RF-filter.  I received so many calls over the past week while using the iPhone where I didn't have to take off my headphones for the usual distortion.  This is very useful innovation in a portable amp.

 

I've searched dozens of threads now for a good US power supply for the amp.  I don't want to carry a battery pack.  Is there a simple 15V adapter and plug I can use?  Would the worldwide slender Radioshack 15V adapter plus plug (mentioned a few threads back) work with this amp?


Edited by utdeep - 5/13/13 at 6:45pm
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Originally Posted by utdeep View Post

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I've searched dozens of threads now for a good US power supply for the amp.  I don't want to carry a battery pack.  Is there a simple 15V adapter and plug I can use?  Would the worldwide slender Radioshack 15V adapter plus plug (mentioned a few threads back) work with this amp?

 

It's great to hear of another Quickstep fan joining the family!   Thanks for your impressions.   I agree!  (Although I own the original Stepdance, instead.)

 

To my knowledge, no one has tried the Radio Shack 15V adapter you're referencing, but I think it work fine - if you're willing to try it.  

 

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Mike

post #2166 of 2775
Did Meier audio just start a new Spring Sale? It looks like most of the amps are being offered for a significant discount!
post #2167 of 2775
Thread Starter 

Wow. These are serious sales. Quickstep is $310 outside of Europe including shipping!

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$110 off the 2Stepdance is pretty sweet too!
post #2169 of 2775

holy molly 310 shipped? that's plenty tempting :(

post #2170 of 2775
Thread Starter 

^ It's an amazing price. I have to decide whether I really need a more portable version of the Stepdance. So tempting. I have it diarised...

post #2171 of 2775

I'll check back in another 3 weeks. NO MORE HEADFI TILL THEN  who am i kidding man frown.gif

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by B[van] View Post

I'll check back in another 3 weeks. NO MORE HEADFI TILL THEN  who am i kidding man frown.gif

 

I speak from the heart in saying that if you do not own a Stepdance/2Stepdance/Quickstep, you should jump at this. The Stepdance is still the all round best portable amp that I have ever heard. It's my first choice for low ohm headphones at home too. 

post #2173 of 2775

tbh, i had  a first gen stepdance.. regretted selling it in restrospect

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Spring Sale? Classic + Daacord for 1040, allowing me to bring my Jazz to work (and replace the 1stGen quickstep)?

 

No, must resist temptation.

 

Must resist.

 

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post #2175 of 2775
Thread Starter 

^ Why resist? ;-)

 

I pulled the trigger on a Quickstep. I always wanted to buy it and the price is just too good.

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