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post #2206 of 2819

Pietcux,

 

Thank you for your advice!   But I heard K701 is now out of production !?

 

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Mike,

 

Another M10 -  Shake hands !

 

For M10, my only complain is it cannot play FLAC & APE format.

 

Another finding is the cord which link M10 and 2stepdance really affects the sound.

 

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Airwater

post #2207 of 2819
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Pietcux,

 

But I heard K701 is now out of production !?

 

 

They are at least not end of sales. But yes there will be a K 612 and a K 712 soon. They are mainly sporting different earpads for better bass and a headband without bumps. And a different color scheme. And they will be pricey. You could shoot a K 701 and get the K 712 earpads later if you want 3 dBs more bass. That is my understanding right now.

post #2208 of 2819

I got a quickstep recently, and I posted some impressions of how I think it improves the output of the AK100 DAP here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/630288/the-new-iriver-ak100-a-high-end-dap/5535#post_9491102

 

Hope this is useful to someone
 

post #2209 of 2819

Ok guys, kinda newbie in here. I need a little bit of a help cuz I am confused for the moment.

 

I am really interested in Quickstep as there is a sales going on too. I tried to read to learn more but I am still a master student and my exams starting next week, don't have much time though, so I wanted to ask if someone can help me.

 

When I look at the portable amps (lets say Heir R1 or FiiO E12), you charge it through usb, you use it until is is depleted and you recharge it. I see you guys using power supply with the amp. What is the reason for it?

 

I didn't understand much actually. I am really not very good at technical things and English is not my native language, I am having some problems to understand honestly. If somebody can explain to me how I will use it in day to day life, it would be much appreciated.

 

Apart from this, I never read anything bad about the amp, seems like exactly what I need. I don't want my amp to color my music, that's why I want to go for Meier Quickstep.

post #2210 of 2819
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post

Ok guys, kinda newbie in here. I need a little bit of a help cuz I am confused for the moment.

I am really interested in Quickstep as there is a sales going on too. I tried to read to learn more but I am still a master student and my exams starting next week, don't have much time though, so I wanted to ask if someone can help me.

When I look at the portable amps (lets say Heir R1 or FiiO E12), you charge it through usb, you use it until is is depleted and you recharge it. I see you guys using power supply with the amp. What is the reason for it?

I didn't understand much actually. I am really not very good at technical things and English is not my native language, I am having some problems to understand honestly. If somebody can explain to me how I will use it in day to day life, it would be much appreciated.

Apart from this, I never read anything bad about the amp, seems like exactly what I need. I don't want my amp to color my music, that's why I want to go for Meier Quickstep.

Hi AmberOzl,

You can use the Quickstep with its internal 9V alkaline battery (or a rechargeable version), with just about any IEM or headphone and it will sound fine. Some of us are using 15V power only because this can make the Quickstep (or Stepdance or 2Stepdance) sound even better with inefficient headphones that require more power to sound their best.

More: http://www.head-fi.org/t/507835/meier-audio-quickstep-also-stepdance-and-2stepdance-discussion-and-impressions-thread/2180_20#post_9468806

So... What type of headphones or IEMs do you intend to use with the Quickstep?


Mike
Edited by zilch0md - 6/3/13 at 4:18am
post #2211 of 2819
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post


Hi AmberOzl,

You can use the Quickstep with its internal 9V alkaline battery (or a rechargeable version), with just about any IEM or headphone and it will sound fine. Some of us are using 15V power only because this can make the Quickstep (or Stepdance or 2Stepdance) sound even better with inefficient headphones that require more power to sound their best.

More: http://www.head-fi.org/t/507835/meier-audio-quickstep-also-stepdance-and-2stepdance-discussion-and-impressions-thread/2180_20#post_9468806

So... What type of headphones or IEMs do you intend to use with the Quickstep?

Mike

First of all, thank you Mike, for your quick reply and explanation. When I order Quickstep will I get rechargeable version and will there be a cable/adapter to charge it?

 

I will use it with iem/ciems. I am planning to buy 2 in the future, well relatively near future. Spiral Ear SE 5 way reference (if I am not mistaking 133 ohm impedance) and Heir Audio Tzar 350 (350 ohm impedance). My DAP will be my Clip+ for the moment but FiiO will release X5 before the end of this year and I will get it when it is out in EU.

 

I know usually iems don't need much power but these 2 of the has relatively high impedances. 

post #2212 of 2819

I think you misunderstand what Mike means by 'rechargeable' - he means the 9V battery being either non-rechargeable or rechargeable, not the amp itself. That means even if you get a rechargeable 9V battery to use with QuickStep, you still need to take the battery out and recharge it via a dedicated 9V charger. The amp will not recharge the battery as there is no charging circuit inside the amp.

post #2213 of 2819
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post

I think you misunderstand what Mike means by 'rechargeable' - he means the 9V battery being either non-rechargeable or rechargeable, not the amp itself. That means even if you get a rechargeable 9V battery to use with QuickStep, you still need to take the battery out and recharge it via a dedicated 9V charger. The amp will not recharge the battery as there is no charging circuit inside the amp.

Oh, sorry about that my misunderstanding. As I said, it is not my native language and sometimes it can be tricky to understand all these terms and all. Def. my mistake, sorry for the stupid questions.

 

Okay then let's say I get 9V rechargeable battery version. It should be pretty easy to take it and charge it and put it back inside of the amp. That's fine but then I need to get charger too to use it with the battery. Does Meier Audio sell these things too or I have to get them separately? Also, how long it takes to drain out 9V battery in low gain? I wish more than 10 hours honestly.

post #2214 of 2819

No, Meier doesn't sell battery. You will need to find it yourself. Low or high gain doesn't affect battery as much as low / high current mode. If it is high current mode, it will last around 8~12 hours or so on rechargeable (depends on the capacity of the battery as well), double that on low current mode.

 

You can easily find decent 500mAh~600mAh Li-ion 9V rechargeable from China on eBay and most of them are actually quite decent. Some of them can be recharged via a regular NiMH 9V charger while other need dedicated Li-ion charger, so pay attention on which you get.

 

BTW, most NiMH and Li-ion 9V rechargeable is actually 8.4V. The one I like the most is from the Chinese battery maker Hoba. Their 9V uses a different construction and actually is 9V, not 8.4V. They used to be sold on eBay but now I can only find it on Aliexpress: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wireless-microphone-9v-500mah-charger-set/806265317.html

post #2215 of 2819
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post

No, Meier doesn't sell battery. You will need to find it yourself. Low or high gain doesn't affect battery as much as low / high current mode. If it is high current mode, it will last around 8~12 hours or so on rechargeable (depends on the capacity of the battery as well), double that on low current mode.

 

You can easily find decent 500mAh~600mAh Li-ion 9V rechargeable from China on eBay and most of them are actually quite decent. Some of them can be recharged via a regular NiMH 9V charger while other need dedicated Li-ion charger, so pay attention on which you get.

 

BTW, most NiMH and Li-ion 9V rechargeable is actually 8.4V. The one I like the most is from the Chinese battery maker Hoba. Their 9V uses a different construction and actually is 9V, not 8.4V. They used to be sold on eBay but now I can only find it on Aliexpress: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wireless-microphone-9v-500mah-charger-set/806265317.html

Okay, so I have to buy the amp and buy the batteries and the charger of the batteries. I have to check through some local and online shops in here, I am in the EU region so I prefer to buy it from here, you know our tax system and all, sometimes it can be really painful to get something from otherside of the world. Also, there is no need for buying it from Asia I should be able to find these things easily from here.

 

Sorry for bugging the thread with my newbie questions, in case if I need further help I will try to work with PM's instead of ruining the thread. Thanks a lot to Mike and ClieOS for their kind help and explanation.

post #2216 of 2819

AmberOzl,

 

Your questions are welcome here - no problem!  biggrin.gif  I think ClieOS has cleared it up for you, now, but here are some pictures that relate to your questions:

 

From:  http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

 

 

 

Mike

post #2217 of 2819

Shouldn't we talk about the Xpal XP8000 regarding this case?   L3000.gif

post #2218 of 2819
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

AmberOzl,

 

Your questions are welcome here - no problem!  biggrin.gif  I think ClieOS has cleared it up for you, now, but here are some pictures that relate to your questions:

 

From:  http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

 

 

 

Mike

Mike, I have to say you are a great guy. Thank you very much. Ok I got everything and I have to say I liked the system, in this way when battery dies, you don't have to send it to manufacturer and all, you do your own job the way you want, wonderful.

 

As you guys are already experienced, in which you suggest me to use it? I honestly don't feel like carrying one more thing with me so I was thinking buying a rechargeable battery and charger of it would be good. I am getting more and more into this Quickstep and if I can manage the price, I am buying one asap.

post #2219 of 2819

You know I have the XP8000 and I have power for a whole week without ever thinking about empty battery or buying a new one. And running @ 12 volt from the XP8000 gives the amp noticeable more control over your phones. I can even proof hat with the Sennheiser IE80 and that is an easy to drive IEM for sure. It is a bigger package that is true, but you can even get a special adapter for 15 volt output of the XP8000 and even if I do not have it I am sure that would be another great improvement.

 

please note that this is the original Stepdance, not the Quickstep

post #2220 of 2819
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

AmberOzl,

 

Your questions are welcome here - no problem!  biggrin.gif  I think ClieOS has cleared it up for you, now, but here are some pictures that relate to your questions:

 

From:  http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

 

 

 

Mike

 

 

Looks great. Now I want a Quickstep with a red battery door. ;-)

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