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Joy!

post #2762 of 2790

Sorry to be out of topic but I'm selling my corda quckstep to funds upgrades. And want to know what's a fair price of a used one in really good condition. is $260 asking too much for it? Since it's almost 40% off new price I thought it's reasonable

post #2763 of 2790
Start at about 75% of new and knock 5% off every 3 days when you bump the listing.

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I wonder what was the lowest price for corda quickstep used ever sold

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it's funny how some of the few threads on head-fi I subscribe to are pretty quiet. I see this as (in this example) the Quickstep owners are just happy with their amp and there's no need for too much talk, just enjoying their Quicksteps!

 

I must say, I still love mine, one helluva an amp if you ask me!:smile: 

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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post
 

it's funny how some of the few threads on head-fi I subscribe to are pretty quiet. I see this as (in this example) the Quickstep owners are just happy with their amp and there's no need for too much talk, just enjoying their Quicksteps!

 

I must say, I still love mine, one helluva an amp if you ask me!:smile: 

x2. I use it every day at the office and will (probably) never sell it until Jan Meier designs its successor at least. It is one of the very best portable amps out there. 

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post #2768 of 2790
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

My Stepdance continues to amaze me, too.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/633511/pictures-of-your-portable-rig-part-xvi/12195#post_10581084

 

Mike

Very impressive rig you have there! 

post #2769 of 2790

Thanks!

 

The PCM1792A DAC section of the FiiO X5 is stunningly detailed and transparent, as well as having a warm (not dark) signature, with terrific bass, that I've discovered (since taking those photos) works very well with the Sennheiser HD800.  So, I'm no longer packing the PM-1 with my "Travel Rig" - I've got the HD800 in there, instead.  

 

I hadn't imagined that the Stepdance could drive the HD800, nor that I could find a DAC that would allow the perfectly neutral (not at all warm or colored) Stepdance to "cure" the HD800's brightness.

 

The FiiO X5's built-in headphone amp is not powerful enough for the HD800 or LCD-2, but it's also nowhere near as transparent and neutral as the Stepdance.  It adds warmth on top of the warmth of the PCM1792A DAC, and it softens the resolution with an extremely fine veil or graininess - I'm nit-picking about this, but when you A/B it with the Line Out to the Stepdance, the loss of resolution is just detectable where the additional warmth is obvious. 

 

So the X5 > Stepdance > HD800 is really incredible - allowing the HD800 to show what it's capable of doing, without the brightness and lack of bass that has haunted me since I got them in December.   They're still a little too analytical with poorly recorded tracks, though. The nice thing is that the HD800 isn't as bright as it sounds on other rigs I've tried, including desktop rigs, and the 15V Stepdance is controlling it beautifully, without holding it back in any way.  Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" is absolutely the most impressive I've ever heard it with this rig - dynamics are stunning and everyone who has heard it just drops their jaws (sometimes literally, but always at least figuratively), slowly shaking their heads in awe or saying "Wow."  It's a song that nearly everyone has thought they had heard before, but the X5 > 15V Stepdance > HD800 chain reveals everything.  Michael Jackson's vibrato has never been more apparent, for example and everything in the treble region is super clean and grainless - like the sound of a wet fingertip circling a wine glass - just pure tones with no harshness, no grain, great separation and definition.  And again, I want to emphasize that the FiiO X5's DAC is as a big a hero, here, as the Stepdance and HD800!  

 

I've got the "Travel Rig" with me in Charleston, South Carolina this week, staying in an 1843 mansion B&B on "the Battery" that has a wonderful garden patio where I hang out in the mornings - as I'm doing right now, while my wife sleeps in.  I've had several guests walk by and ask "What is that?"  I think at least one of them will be replicating the rig - he has given me his e-mail address to "hook him up" - despite my warnings about how much work it is to rip the CDs, load the microSD cards etc. He seems to be geeky enough to go for it, though.

 

:tongue:

 

Stock photo:

 

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Mike 



Adding a picture of the rig in use:


Edited by zilch0md - 6/5/14 at 4:03am
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Thread Starter 

Mike, I agree. The X5 line out > Quickstep (Stepdance) combination is lovely.

 

Meanwhile, for those looking for an all-in-one solution, Jan has a sale on the PCStep for June only: $220 instead of $300. http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

 

I am sorely tempted to jump at this amazing deal but having the Quickstep and numerous portable DACs, I am not sure that I really need it.  :-)

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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post
 

Mike, I agree. The X5 line out > Quickstep (Stepdance) combination is lovely.

 

Meanwhile, for those looking for an all-in-one solution, Jan has a sale on the PCStep for June only: $220 instead of $300. http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/

 

I am sorely tempted to jump at this amazing deal but having the Quickstep and numerous portable DACs, I am not sure that I really need it.  :-)

I took part in the Fiio X5 review tour awhile back, and would also confirm this great little combo (x5 + quickstep). The x5 by itself was not doing it for me with my akg k3003i. I added the Quickstep in the chain, and boom! there it is! I find the akg 3003i a bit picky or maybe a bit too revealing (like what I hear about the HD800), but the Quickstep has been a life saver. Really, really great amp, fantastic with these iems and also powers my cans very respectfully.

 

BTW, I bought the PCstep a few weeks ago. Great product, but unfortunately I have no use for it, since, if I need an amp, I always reach for the Quickstep. If I need a portable DAC (hardly ever!) I reach for the D3, so it doesn't get any use. I haven't done much of an A - B comparison between the PCstep and Quickstep, but I can say that they are basically the same signature. The dac to me sounds a bit laid back in the treble region, but like I said, I haven't used it much, AT ALL.:confused_face:

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Thread Starter 

^ The UD100 + Quickstep is getting a lot of use on the road with my Surface Pro 2 driving my Heaven VI. It would be nice to have the DAC integrated but like you I wonder if I wouldn't always reach for the Quickstep.

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My AK100 + Quickstep is one of my 2 end-game portable rigs for serious/critical listening (the other is an iPod Classic/CLAS -R/Conti V3 stack).   

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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post
 

^ The UD100 + Quickstep is getting a lot of use on the road with my Surface Pro 2 driving my Heaven VI. It would be nice to have the DAC integrated but like you I wonder if I wouldn't always reach for the Quickstep.

it's hard not to reach for the quickstep! I have opted out of getting a new dap (like the X5 or D90 for example) in favor of my Hisound Studio 3 and Rocco BA which have great form factor, and great standalone daps in their own right, because I choose to keep the Quickstep around. No doubt the X5 and D90 are great daps, but they'd be a bit to bulky + the Quickstep, and I needs MY QUICKSTEP! (for more critical listening anyways).:smile:

post #2775 of 2790

Long live the Stepdance!

 

Quoting my post at the Fiio X5 thread:
 

...I've ranked the amps, from best to worst, only for detail and transparency into the HD800, across several DSD2.8 and 96/2 WAV files:

 

(FiiO X5 Line Out > amp > HD800)

 

- Meier Audio Corda Stepdance (on 15V external power)

- iBasso PB2 Pelican with 2x OPA1612 duals + dummy buffers (on 16V external power, balanced out)

- CEntrance DACmini CX (with 1-Ohm output impedance mod)

- iBasso PB2 Pelican with 4x LME49990 singles + dummy buffers (on 16V external power, balanced out)

- Oppo HA-1 (balanced out)

 

I know... This list looks as if it might be upside down, but it's not.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/661411/fiio-x5-thread-info-updated-on-jan-17th-2014/10815#post_10690110

 

Mike

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