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Mike,

 

I got my Quickstep running at 15 volts thanks to you and your posts. Awesome sound and much appreciated. Thanks!!

 

-wc

post #2402 of 2819

I found this in one of the compartments of my gear bag:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

careful how you store your batteries!

 

post #2403 of 2819
Thread Starter 

^ For sure! If you let a piece of metal conduct the positive and negative terminals you are headed for a meltdown.

 

(I travel with three spare batteries and I take care to keep them safely isolated. It's easy but you have to do it.)

post #2404 of 2819

yep. that's exactly what happened. redface.gif

 

Another lesson learned!smile.gif

post #2405 of 2819

I've been using a Meier "Move".

Great with my rockboxed iPod Mini.

Good with the iPhone 4s.

Didn't improve the 5gen video.

This one, having a "warm" signature, would become "intensely" warm if you see what I mean.

But the 5gen. video still sounds better than Move+Mini or iPhone.

I love the crossfeed otpion, but.

 

Now I was wondering (and forgive me if this is not the right place to ask this question): what amp should I get for the 5gen video?

A Stepdance?...a Quickstep?

Is there anything in the 100$range I could get here instead on the forum that would improve it?

Maybe a Digizoid Zo2?

 

What I mean is that rather than start spending 2/300$ on an amp, I would probably be better off buying a second hand Sony PHA-1 amp/dac instead, and use it with my iphone, don't you think?

Basically: do you know of a reasonably priced amp that would improve, NOT the volume, but the SQ (giving a "fuller body" - if you want - to the SQ) of my 5gen video?

 

Many thanks!!


Edited by huckfinn - 7/15/13 at 2:16am
post #2406 of 2819
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

yep. that's exactly what happened. redface.gif

 

Another lesson learned!smile.gif

 

You are lucky those are NiMH. If those are Li-ion, it could have exploded. Do be careful from now on.

post #2407 of 2819
Yea the quickstep sounds best at15v!!!smily_headphones1.gif
post #2408 of 2819
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Originally Posted by woodcans View Post

Mike,

I got my Quickstep running at 15 volts thanks to you and your posts. Awesome sound and much appreciated. Thanks!!

-wc

I'm thrilled to hear you're happy with the power upgrade.

Amazingly unknown to their owners, many portable amps have op-amps inside that can be driven at higher voltages than what their internal batteries can deliver. Triad Audio, for example, makes an optional, adjustable, 17-to 30-V external battery pack for their Lisa III amp (called the "LLP.") It leaves the factory set at 24V because that's the supply voltage at which the Lisa III's op-amps produce their lowest THD + Noise figures. They will handle up to 30V, for additional improvement of dynamics, but THD + Noise specs will suffer.

Note that, internally, the Lisa III uses two 9V NiMh batteries (only 18V total, when fully charged.)

http://triadaudio.net/

http://triadaudio.net/the-llp-portable-power-supply/

The iBasso PB2 is equipped with a 3-cell, 12.6V internal LiPo battery, and sounds much better on 16V external power (with all but efficient IEMs), but how often have you heard that the RSA SR-71B is equipped with a 4-cell, 16.8V internal LiPo battery? For portable operation with inefficient headphones, the SR-71B leaves the starting line with a distinct advantage over the PB2 (with 16.8V vs. 12.6V).

More power!!

:-)

Mike
post #2409 of 2819
:)nobody messes with the Lisa triad! That's a lotta power!


Anybody combo the cypher labs algorythm dac with the quickstep?
Somebody on here combos with stepdance and cypher labs algorythm dac and said it sound awesome!
post #2410 of 2819
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Originally Posted by tsvo614 View Post

:)nobody messes with the Lisa triad! That's a lotta power!


Anybody combo the cypher labs algorythm dac with the quickstep?
Somebody on here combos with stepdance and cypher labs algorythm dac and said it sound awesome!

I think that was Ianmedium, before he went to the CLAS > SR-71B > LCD-2. Given that the Stepdance family pretty much just amplifies your source without coloration or grain, I'd say a Quickstep is great with every rig where you're not hoping to use an amp to "fix" a problem with other components.
post #2411 of 2819
I'm using a CLAS db with a Quickstep along with several IEMs - Ocharaku Flat 4 Kaede, FitEar 111, Sennheiser IE800, Tralucent 1Plus2.
The combo is stunning. I briefly got a Ray Samuels SR-71A to compare, and I preferred the QuickStep by a large margin with the CLAS.

The only concerns I have are that it doesn't seem to do a great job with the LCD3 regardless of whether I give it 9.6 volts or 15 volts. I'm going to compare it with the Pico Power in the next few days to see if that works any better for my needs.

I think you are in good hands with the CLAS and a QuickStep!
post #2412 of 2819
Good to know, plan on getting the CLAS db for my intruder , will have to try it with quickstep too

Got a 8 pack 9v battery at SAM' s Club, got 11 on hand , will not have to worry about running out on batteries
post #2413 of 2819
:)geeeez utdeep you got everything! Give me some!biggrin.gif
post #2414 of 2819

I'm going to drop kick the QuickStep/CLAS combo and put it in the FS forum.   Just wait a few days!

 

;) just kidding.  I'll need to buy some decent boots for that first.

post #2415 of 2819
Give it the Russian Gas Pedal for good measure.
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