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But the real reason for my post was to ask about rechargeable 9V batteries.   It seems there are 2 types, 9.6V up to 260 mAh and 8.4V up to 500 mAh.  Which is better for this amp and run time?

It depends on the load = headphone impedance.  The 9.6V batteries will give you more voltage = more power for high impedance headphones.  The 500 mAh batteries will give you more current = longer running time for all headphones.

post #47 of 2790

Just got the amp and am listening via DIY iPod 5.5g -> Stepdance powered by a 12V DC adapter -> EM3 Pro

 

This amp does sound different than my Arrow which is what I usually use with this setup.  Better, maybe, but I can't pinpoint any changes yet as I just started listening after being until just now.

 

My 200 mAh rechargeable I just bought at Fry's is charging in my slow charger.  I emailed Jan about a 9.6V vs. 8.4V batteries.  His summarized response:

- Not all batteries can vary in size quite a bit, make sure it fits

- Little sonic difference between 9.6V and 8.4V, so he would go for the 500 mAh battery

- He never uses a portable for his private listening, so he can't really recommend anything based on experience

 

I am trying to decide if I should get a 500 mAh 8.4v battery or just get the 9.6V battery, as my charger will charge the latter, but I will need a new charger for the 500 mAh battery...

post #48 of 2790
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Originally Posted by nlhk View Post

With ES5 (a very sensitive iem) and the amp set at low gain, I only start hearing some hiss noise if I turn the volume past 2:00. However I probably only listen to volume level without passing 11:00 when using ES5.


nlhk, so it sounds like there is a a reasonable volume adjustment swing (7:00-11:00 ish) with the ES5s. If so, this is good news as they are indeed sensitive. (EDIT: I saw your post in the ES5 thread.)


Edited by cooperpwc - 8/28/10 at 4:57pm
post #49 of 2790
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Originally Posted by Woody469 View Post

I think Skylab articulated best the sonic characteristics and abilities of this amp.. It would be difficult to expound further on his assessment without being redundant.

 

As far as pairing with other equipment, one combination (of many), is especially enjoyable. That would be the usb out from my Dell XPS laptop into the Pico standalone DAC into the Stepdance out to the Grado GR8. This combination gives the GR8's better bass weight, extension and control as well as helping with it's retrieval of detail and especially instument seperation. Talk about an upgrade to that holographic presentation I've become addicted to !  So those things with that setup greatly improved the GR8. I knew the GR8 was good but the Stepdance pushes them to a whole new level.

 


Nice too see the GR8 taken up another notch w/ that synergy.

 

Also, its not necessary to repeat Skylab's impressions but its good to get reaffirmation or other insight. 

 

@AJ  Keep us posted!  


Edited by Anaxilus - 8/28/10 at 9:11pm
post #50 of 2790

Interesting Amp from Meier-Audio once again. I am considering this amp as a high-end portable amp. Since I am a hugh fan of Meier-Audio (see my signature), this might be the right choice for me. However, I was considering 3Move before I saw Stepdance because of its familiar crossfeed function in each of his amp. I still think crossfeed is a trade mark of Jan since the beginning, but this Stepdance does not have one.

 

Can anyone discuss on this regard of having and not having a crossfeed function of this amp? Also the DAC function is taken away, this should mean that Stepdance is focusing on the sound quality seriously and neglect any auxilary function?

 

Thanks in advance guys

post #51 of 2790
Received my Stepdance today after a few minutes listening so far WOW!!
post #52 of 2790
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Originally Posted by travisg View Post

Received my Stepdance today after a few minutes listening so far WOW!!



Yeah, I can't wait until more people who bought this amp start giving their impressions.This has been my best audio investment in a long time !

post #53 of 2790

Hi.

Is this amp working good with iems? Such as Audio-Technica ck-100, shure SE530, Earsonics SM3?

 

Thanks

post #54 of 2790

Im waiting on cooperpwc to compare with his headsix before i jump into anything, i really want some custom iem's first!

post #55 of 2790
Thread Starter 

Still waiting on mine....

post #56 of 2790

What block batteries are you guys currently using with the Stepdance ? 

post #57 of 2790
I'm using powerex 9.6 volt
post #58 of 2790


 

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Originally Posted by travisg View Post

I'm using powerex 9.6 volt


I bought a Powerex charging station complete with 4 Powerex 9.6v cells.  Within 4 months, all 4 failed, one by one.   They would not charge when placed in the Powerex charger.  I have been considering trying this one:   http://tinyurl.com/34abj43

or this one:  http://tinyurl.com/2672rmk

post #59 of 2790
Yea if mine fail I will switch to the ipower pro.
post #60 of 2790

Still using my Tenergy Speedy Box Computer Controlled Smart Charger and Tenergy batteries. there are better batteries these days but I need to do more research. This is my second amp that uses 9 volt batteries, the other being the SR-71A.


Edited by Woody469 - 8/31/10 at 7:56am
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