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post #2176 of 2775
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post

^ Why resist? ;-)

 

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

You will never regret it! regular_smile%20.gif

post #2177 of 2775

I've had my Quickstep for a couple of days now.. I have it paired with the ODAC.. and I couldn't be more satisfied with it.  Talk about neutral and resolving!  Notable portable dac/amps I've owned in the past are are the Headstage Arrow 3G, Leckerton UHA-6S MKII, Meridian Explorer (revised version), and PCSTEP.  The QS ranks as my favorite of the bunch.

 

The QS definitely shares the same 'voice' as the PCSTEP's amp section.. very transparent, clean, and neutral.. though the QS boasts an even better soundstage and seems more articulate... which is really something since I foudn the PCSTEP to really excel in these areas.

 

Bottom line.. I'd be happy with either amp (the PCSTEP's DAC section is really fun to use, too)... but the QUICKSTEP is very special.. can't really imagine wanting to 'upgrade' from it since it checks all the boxes for me.. and seems very capable of rivaling some desktop systems.


Edited by FlySweep - 5/22/13 at 1:21am
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post

I've had my Quickstep for a couple of days now.. I have it paired with the ODAC.. and I couldn't be more satisfied with it.  Talk about neutral and resolving!  Notable portable dac/amps I've owned in the past are are the Headstage Arrow 3G, Leckerton UHA-6S MKII, Meridian Explorer (revised version), and PCSTEP.  The QS ranks as my favorite of the bunch.


The QS definitely shares the same 'voice' as the PCSTEP's amp section.. very transparent, clean, and neutral.. though the QS boasts an even better soundstage and seems more articulate... which is really something since I foudn the PCSTEP to really excel in these areas.

Bottom line.. I'd be happy with either amp (the PCSTEP's DAC section is really fun to use, too)... but the QUICKSTEP is very special.. can't really imagine wanting to 'upgrade' from it since it checks all the boxes for me.. and seems very capable of rivals some desktop systems.

You could easily fool people in a blind test into thinking the Quickstep was a desktop amp.
post #2179 of 2775
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post

^ Why resist? ;-)

 

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

I already own both a 1gen Stepdance and a Jazz......

 

(all the more reason, I know)

 

wallet is beckoning ARRGGHH

post #2180 of 2775
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Originally Posted by Avi View Post

I already own both a 1gen Stepdance and a Jazz......

 

(all the more reason, I know)

 

wallet is beckoning ARRGGHH

 

I own the Stepdance too. It still gets constant use at home but I no longer take it for portable use very often. It's just a bit too large and I have become less geeky in this regard. The size of what I haul around matters now. The Quickstep is materially smaller. I am looking forward to getting it.  cool.gif

post #2181 of 2775
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You could easily fool people in a blind test into thinking the Quickstep was a desktop amp.

That's right! Specially when driving my T5p (32 Ohm) (and earlier Grado 325i - 32 Ohm) there is only a VERY little bit more soundstage and resolution in the Concerto vs. the Quickstep + 15V PSU. I think the crossfeed on the Concerto is the biggest difference with low impedance headphones and the Quickstep could easily do the job.

 

It is different when driving the T1 (600 Ohm) though. Also with HD650 the Quickstep sounds great too but still the Concerto has more power and blows more space and resolution into the sound. With higher impedance headphones the Concerto is much better than the portable Quickstep and here you can tell the difference in soundstage and resolution.

post #2182 of 2775
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Originally Posted by rasmushorn View Post

That's right! Specially when driving my T5p (32 Ohm) (and earlier Grado 325i - 32 Ohm) there is only a VERY little bit more soundstage and resolution in the Concerto vs. the Quickstep + 15V PSU. I think the crossfeed on the Concerto is the biggest difference with low impedance headphones and the Quickstep could easily do the job.

 

It is different when driving the T1 (600 Ohm) though. Also with HD650 the Quickstep sounds great too but still the Concerto has more power and blows more space and resolution into the sound. With higher impedance headphones the Concerto is much better than the portable Quickstep and here you can tell the difference in soundstage and resolution.

I think I'll end up buying another Quickstep cos even though the AHA is really awesome, I miss the incredible resolution and deep bass of the Quickstep.

post #2183 of 2775

I just received a new silver Quickstep from Meier Audio.  My original Quickstep was black.

 

Here are some differences:  the black quickstep had a blue LED while the silver quickstep has a red LED.  I have to say that I love the look of the silver Quickstep.  I've also noticed that the low gain switch seems to be throttled lower than it used to be... I can now use more of the volume knob on low impedance IEMs than I could before.  It's a very welcome change.

 

The sound is still blissful.  While I've got my WA7 to keep me happy while I am at home, the Quickstep is not much of a "step down" (hahaha) when I'm out and about.


Edited by utdeep - 5/23/13 at 3:44pm
post #2184 of 2775

Hey guys, I'm getting interested in the Quickstep. I'm in the U.S. and I wanted to ask you guys, how much is shipping to the U.S.? Will there be any Customs/Taxes that I'll have to pay?

post #2185 of 2775

His price in $ outside Europe includes shipping to the US.  There are no additional customs or taxes!

post #2186 of 2775
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His price in $ outside Europe includes shipping to the US.  There are no additional customs or taxes!

Thanks!beerchug.gif

post #2187 of 2775
Hi all, my Quickstep is on the way, waiting hard next week!!! Can someone please advice, is the 9v vs 15v make any SQ difference to sensitive CIEM too?? I really hope not, because the priority of the Quickstep is entirely for my CIEM, and it is not very logic to feeding 15v for optimum performance vs portability. Please someone advice.
post #2188 of 2775
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Originally Posted by precsmo View Post

Hi all, my Quickstep is on the way, waiting hard next week!!! Can someone please advice, is the 9v vs 15v make any SQ difference to sensitive CIEM too?? I really hope not, because the priority of the Quickstep is entirely for my CIEM, and it is not very logic to feeding 15v for optimum performance vs portability. Please someone advice.

I imagine it would, specifically in terms of bass impact.
post #2189 of 2775
Thread Starter 

precsmo, good 9 volt rechargables will be just fine. That is all that I ever used with my Stepdance and the ES5.

 

Don't get me wrong. I love that Mike (zilchmod) and others pursue that extra edge, but especially for CIEM, you will be very happy not doubling or tripling the size and weight of the Quickstep.   ;-)

You just bought a spectacular highly portable amp.  beerchug.gif

post #2190 of 2775
My cans are between 32 and 64 ohm. The higher impedance they have,the more the difference is noticeable. And yes it is about the bass impact. But also the overall impulse response and soundstaging. And I only use 12 volt from the xp 8000 battery.
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