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I am thinking of getting the Fiio X3 when it gets availble in Europe and pairing it with my Stepdance from the lod of the X3.
post #2387 of 2775
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Originally Posted by pietcux View Post

I am thinking of getting the Fiio X3 when it gets availble in Europe and pairing it with my Stepdance from the lod of the X3.

 

Me too!  (In the U.S., though...)    biggrin.gif

 

The proprietary, integrated, 96/24 sigma-delta DAC in my Sony PCM-M10 is a little bright a tiny bit grainy - and it would be nice to have a "real" DAP U.I. instead of a U.I. designed for recording files.

 

Travel Rig as stored when carrying

 

 

Mike

post #2388 of 2775

I'm considering getting a quickstep but the idea of a battery is a bit of a turn off so here come three stupid questions:

- What's a great rechargeable battery to use for this and how long is battery life normally?

- Can a rechargeable battery be charged in the Quickstep or do you have to remove it every time the power dies?

- What's it like when the battery is dying/dead? Is there a gradual reduction in sound quality or does it just stop? I'm assuming there's no battery life indicator?

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Originally Posted by slowdown5646 View Post

I'm considering getting a quickstep but the idea of a battery is a bit of a turn off so here come three stupid questions:

 

- What's a great rechargeable battery to use for this?

 

I use these.

 

.. and how long is battery life normally?

 

It partially depends on the "low/high current" setting in the QS.  There are jumpers inside the QS to change this.  It comes from Jan in high current mode (I, and others, suggest leaving it in this mode, btw).  In high current mode, you can expect 10-12 hours of play time.

 

- Can a rechargeable battery be charged in the Quickstep or do you have to remove it every time the power dies?

 

A rechargeable battery cannot be charged in the QS.  It must be removed and recharged separately (i.e. with a charger your battery might have come with).  

 

- What's it like when the battery is dying/dead? Is there a gradual reduction in sound quality or does it just stop? I'm assuming there's no battery life indicator?

 

When the battery runs out, the sound simply stops.  No gradual attenuation or anything.  There is no battery indicator, but you'll know quite easily when your battery needs to be replaced.

post #2390 of 2775

Thanks for the help. I suppose on the positive side, actually having a battery charged and ready to go when your other one dies is pretty convenient. I might have to pull the trigger on this one after (shortly) hearing the stepdance2...

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 
There is no battery indicator, but you'll know quite easily when your battery needs to be replaced.

 

Actually I find that the power light goes out exactly when my Li-ion battery dies. I suppose that somewhat qualifies as a battery indicator.

post #2392 of 2775
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post

Actually I find that the power light goes out exactly when my Li-ion battery dies. I suppose that somewhat qualifies as a battery indicator.

Ah yes.. that is true.. good point.. not a 'traditional indicator,' per se.. but useful, nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 
There is no battery indicator, but you'll know quite easily when your battery needs to be replaced.

 

Actually I find that the power light goes out exactly when my Li-ion battery dies. I suppose that somewhat qualifies as a battery indicator.

ROFLOL

post #2394 of 2775
Anybody getting apple iphone rf noise while listening to quickstep and browsing online?
I thought his rf filter takes care of this?
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I only get it when reception is really poor and the phone is using extra power to desperately latch onto a cell tower signal.
post #2396 of 2775
Thread Starter 

I am not hooked up to an iPhone but the Quickstep is often close to my Lumia 920. I was surprised after hearing no RF noise for the first couple of weeks when suddenly I had a bit. It is only in rare situations - a welcome improvement over the Stepdance.

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I have it in EDGE situations when reception is very, very poor.  When I'm on 3G or 4G, I never get RF noise.  The trigger for RF noise on most sources/amps has been calls from other people.  I have never had it be a problem with the QuickStep.

post #2398 of 2775
Mike what happen to your ibasso?
post #2399 of 2775
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Originally Posted by tsvo614 View Post

Mike what happen to your ibasso?

I still have the PB2 - it's design is crude compared to the Stepdance. I've hung onto it for its ability to produce a lot of power (with LME49990 op-amps in the input gain stage with HA5002 buffers, combined with 16VDC power - via an XP8000 and a switchable 16V-or-19V Willy Cable.) This translates to better portable dynamics with the LCD-2, but with an unmistakeable loss of fidelity, transparency, neutrality offered by the Stepdance. Basically, the PB2 is a fun toy for rolling opamps, where the Stepdance remains my goto for best possible portable SQ.

Mike
post #2400 of 2775
If your getting rf noise from your iphone you gotta check the Lod or adaptor from the iphone .. That's where my problem was.. Now it has gone all away with no rf! While surfing net!
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