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post #2236 of 2790

I got mine today also, I'm happy to report that it is smaller than what I thought it would be.

 

I've only used it for about 20 minutes so far with my old Sr125 Grados and I am really happy with it so far, I will definitely look for the Energizer battery pack and willy cable as it has met my expectations and anything more I squeeze out of it is just icing on the cake.smile.gif

post #2237 of 2790
Ordered a Quickstep yon use with AK 100
post #2238 of 2790

I'm astonished by how well the QUICKSTEP drives the HD800.. and I'm not talking about being able to drive it loud.. the note articulation, cleanliness of the presentation. extension (at both ends), bass impact, and control is simply terrific.  What I typically use to drive the HD800 isn't chopped liver either: the Violectric V800/V200 stack or an ODAC+speedballed BH Crack.  For me to come away this impressed with how a portable amp can drive the might HD800 says something (to me, anyways).  The SQ isn't merely good 'for a portable amp'.. it's damn good, period.  I'm not even using an external battery pack or 12V/15V wallwart, either.. this is all from a 9V battery.

post #2239 of 2790
Then all you need is go 15 volt. Then you can retire the other stuff.
post #2240 of 2790
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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

- low/high current mode?   how do I enable this?

 

 

- Thanks for sharing this, I found one of these on ebay and ships from the U.S., I should get it by next Wednesday.

post #2241 of 2790
On my original Stepdance it is a micro switch on the mainboard located inside the battery compartment. You might want to check that place. But I find the sound lacking punch on low gain. I always use high gain instead.
post #2242 of 2790
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pietcux View Post

On my original Stepdance it is a micro switch on the mainboard located inside the battery compartment. You might want to check that place. But I find the sound lacking punch on low gain. I always use high gain instead.

 

Actually he is asking about low/high current mode. (On the Stepdance, that is also a switch in the battery compartment.)

 

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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

- low/high current mode?   how do I enable this?

 

 

- Thanks for sharing this, I found one of these on ebay and ships from the U.S., I should get it by next Wednesday.

 

On the Quickstep, you would have to open the amp with the included Allen Key and move a jumper according to Jan's instructions that also came with the amp.

 

Don't do it. It is shipped in high current mode and that is how it operates at its highest sound quality.

post #2243 of 2790
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post

 

On the Quickstep, you would have to open the amp with the included Allen Key and move a jumper according to Jan's instructions that also came with the amp.

 

Don't do it. It is shipped in high current mode and that is how it operates at its highest sound quality.

 

Ok.

 

I was @ work and didn't have the manual on hand. I did do a quick search through the thread, but didn't find anything on it.

 

Thanks guys.beerchug.gif

post #2244 of 2790
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post

In the house:




The Quickstep is sounding pretty darn good right out of the box, perhaps a touch congested compared to my Stepdance. However the latter has thousand of hours under the belt.  The Quickstep's capacitors need some burn-in. 

I am very pleased.  :-)

I don't have any scientific proof nor it is just my feelings, but I also found the same with my new Quickstep, it was very very detailed yet congested and narrow sounding out of the box. It is now much better after just 40 hours plus of burning in. It is still burning in all day, gonna do that for another 10 20 days
post #2245 of 2790
You've got to love a consensus!

;-)
post #2246 of 2790
man the quickstep is great!!!!all the instrument separation is crazy!
post #2247 of 2790

I agree with all those that are saying the quickstep is great. I think it is outstanding!

 

Does anyone know if an ipowerus battery will fit in it? This post

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/507835/meier-audio-quickstep-also-stepdance-and-2stepdance-discussion-and-impressions-thread/720#post_7178427

 

says that the ipowerus batts are bigger than other 9v batteries, and I measured the battery aperture to be 26.4mm, so it looks tight.

 

Thanks in advance
 

post #2248 of 2790
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sjt1 View Post

I agree with all those that are saying the quickstep is great. I think it is outstanding!

 

Does anyone know if an ipowerus battery will fit in it? This post

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/507835/meier-audio-quickstep-also-stepdance-and-2stepdance-discussion-and-impressions-thread/720#post_7178427

 

says that the ipowerus batts are bigger than other 9v batteries, and I measured the battery aperture to be 26.4mm, so it looks tight.

 

Thanks in advance
 

 

Actually the design of the Quickstep is quite forgiving of large batteries, both in length and outer dimensions. I use the Soshine Lithium Ions without a problem and they are largish. I am guessing that you will be fine.

 

(For sure you will  get them in. The greatest danger is that you might initially want a paper clip handy to wedge them out. This was an issue early on with the Stepdance. It's not likely and not a disaster anyway.)

post #2249 of 2790
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

You've got to love a consensus!

;-)

 

Mike, I left the Quickstep burning in the first night and in just that twelve hours I perceived a real opening of the sound stage. The hay fever was gone. :-)  Improvements are more subtle now - after 24 hours I switched to just burning in as I listen.

 

I am loving this amp.

post #2250 of 2790

I had one of those listening sessions last night where everything I listened to gave me goosebumps. It was with the ODAC --> Quickstep --> Tzar 350. I drive the Quickstep with a 15V PSU and the Tzar350 shines much more and there is so much sparkling in them compared to when only driven by the 9V battery.

 

I think the Quickstep is so close to compete with my desktop Concerto that I am considering selling my desktop system and going 100% portable. I am just not sure if I will regret it in the long run... 

 

 

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