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post #2671 of 2775

Any chance of you hearing them both?

post #2672 of 2775
Unfortunately no frown.gif boarding ftw
post #2673 of 2775

Hmm, the quickstep has been sent last wednesday, and it still hasn't arrived.

Shouldn't take so long to go from germany to the netherlands...

Conjuring mild feelings of panic :beyersmile:

post #2674 of 2775

So how does it sound?

 

I hear it's very neutral. I'm looking for an upgrade to my PB1 which is starting to... piss me off xD It's sounding a little to hot in the upper mids. Shame on me for listening to my w1000x with my NFB 10ES2, cuz now my portable rig sounds terrible xD

post #2675 of 2775

Just got my Quickstep. No batteries or PSU yet tho.

 

The amp looks tiny, much smaller than I thought. DX50 looked alot smaller too:D I guess my sense of proportion is way off after browsing full sized equipment for so long and then turning to portable gear:D

 

Wait continues.

post #2676 of 2775
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

So how does it sound?

 

I hear it's very neutral. I'm looking for an upgrade to my PB1 which is starting to... piss me off xD It's sounding a little to hot in the upper mids. Shame on me for listening to my w1000x with my NFB 10ES2, cuz now my portable rig sounds terrible xD

 

I have had quickestep for about a month or so and find it very neutral. I use it with my Tera player which is amazing by itself but is picky about pairing with phones (so it needs more power to drive most of the other phones - my primary phones are 1plus2 and Koss Porta Pro and they do not need the amp at all with Tera - but my RE-600 and obviously some other larger phones do need extra power so quickstep is perfect for those).

What is amazing to me is that quickstep is so neutral that I can't even notice it's on as far as SQ is concerned (only that the output is louder volume) - that is the highest compliment I can think of (to not mess up the sound of my amazing Tera player - I have tried this experiment with my 1plus2 which does not really need the amp at all and if I use the amp I can't really tell the difference at normal listening levels).

One thing to watch for and the only thing I don't like about it is the battery door. It is very easy to fall off so you can very easily lose it if you are not careful (recommendation is to always keep a battery inside because that applies enough pressure to the battery door to keep it firmly in place - without battery there it can very easily detach - on my first day after I bought it I had to frantically search the bottom of my bag and fortunately found it there - after that experience I will never take it anywhere without inserted battery).

I can also add that I have a 15VDC adapter that I use with it while I'm at my desk (when I take it out I use rechargeable 9V batteries).

post #2677 of 2775
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Originally Posted by tgdinamo View Post
 

I have had quickestep for about a month or so and find it very neutral. I use it with my Tera player which is amazing by itself but is picky about pairing with phones (so it needs more power to drive most of the other phones - my primary phones are 1plus2 and Koss Porta Pro and they do not need the amp at all with Tera - but my RE-600 and obviously some other larger phones do need extra power so quickstep is perfect for those).

What is amazing to me is that quickstep is so neutral that I can't even notice it's on as far as SQ is concerned (only that the output is louder volume) - that is the highest compliment I can think of (to not mess up the sound of my amazing Tera player - I have tried this experiment with my 1plus2 which does not really need the amp at all and if I use the amp I can't really tell the difference at normal listening levels).

 

 

[snip]

 

 

That is indeed the "highest compliment" you could give!  To this day, I reach for my Stepdance as my personal reference for A+ neutrality, when I want to find out what a headphone sounds like with a neutral source and neutral amp. Even my CEntrance DACmini CX with the 1-Ohm output impedance mod, known to be more neutral than the standard DACmini CX, can't compete with the Stepdance for neutrality and transparency.  

 

:D

 

Mike

post #2678 of 2775
After reading a lot I decided to get a used quickstep. At first I was quite impressed with the sound quality. I do notice however it does have noise with brainwavz b2 iem on my listening level which is around 12 oclock at low gain. It's a bit disappointing actually considering JDS labs o2 amp is dead silent on the same volume level. On my dt770,600ohm however the noise is less obvious.

On the actual sound quality I'm still doing AB comparison. But it does feel as a step up from o2 but not as significant as I hoped.

Does anyone else feels the quickstep not to have totally silent noise when using iem?
post #2679 of 2775
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Originally Posted by Mahdi8 View Post

After reading a lot I decided to get a used quickstep. At first I was quite impressed with the sound quality. I do notice however it does have noise with brainwavz b2 iem on my listening level which is around 12 oclock at low gain. It's a bit disappointing actually considering JDS labs o2 amp is dead silent on the same volume level. On my dt770,600ohm however the noise is less obvious.

On the actual sound quality I'm still doing AB comparison. But it does feel as a step up from o2 but not as significant as I hoped.

Does anyone else feels the quickstep not to have totally silent noise when using iem?

With my IEMs I don't hear any hiss at listening levels. However, I don't find the quickstep to be better than the O2, I'd say they're actually on par, with slightly different flavors. The O2 has the bigger soundstage with slightly more detail and a more neutral sound. The quickstep in general has slightly more realistic voices, a fuller sound with slightly boosted bass (compared to the O2) and maybe a tad more air in the treble.

But, the O2 is significantly bigger than the quickstep. No way that the O2 will fit in any pocket with a dap. The quickstep atleast has some chance of still fitting in some huge pockets when combined with a dap.

post #2680 of 2775
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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post

With my IEMs I don't hear any hiss at listening levels. However, I don't find the quickstep to be better than the O2, I'd say they're actually on par, with slightly different flavors. The O2 has the bigger soundstage with slightly more detail and a more neutral sound. The quickstep in general has slightly more realistic voices, a fuller sound with slightly boosted bass (compared to the O2) and maybe a tad more air in the treble.
But, the O2 is significantly bigger than the quickstep. No way that the O2 will fit in any pocket with a dap. The quickstep atleast has some chance of still fitting in some huge pockets when combined with a dap.

After further comparison I think your comparison between them is pretty much spot on
post #2681 of 2775
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Originally Posted by Mahdi8 View Post


After further comparison I think your comparison between them is pretty much spot on

Thanks, that makes me feel a little bit more sane.

However, today I received the AKG K702, and this headphone did have slightly better synergy with the quickstep. 

post #2682 of 2775

Unfortunately I had to send back the quickstep today. I've emailed Jan, and he did mention that the sound changes positively after around 100-200 playtime. 

Not to say that I disliked the sound of the quickstep, it is quite marvelous actually. It was mainly a matter of 'overcomplete', and a sudden money crisis.

 

The exact reason why I chose to return the amp can be read here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/687288/so-im-looking-for-that-perfect-amp/375#post_9962139

post #2683 of 2775
I have a question about 2stepdance.

Anyone ever heard background noise on it? Lately I bought a pair of Sony MDR-Z1000 when I started to notice there is background noise. The noise becomes louder when increasing volume. I use iPod Classic 3 << old version CLAS << 2stepdance. Is 2stepdance the only source to generate noise? Is it possible that the noise is from iPod or CLAS?

Thanks.
post #2684 of 2775

The Z1k doesn't look like it should be sensitive enough to pick a significant noise floor, at least not from the 2Stepdance.

post #2685 of 2775
Is the gain set to Low?
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