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post #76 of 602

Since the amp was just released I would give it another week or two before a review pops up.

post #77 of 602
Thread Starter 

I should have one in a couple of days. I look forward to hearing what changes there may be between the very stable D10 and the new D12. 

post #78 of 602

I wonder how the D12 stacks up against your D10 with blackgate caps?

post #79 of 602
Thread Starter 

I will find out. I don't plan on using hard to drive phones, as that makes no sense. I will use phones that aren't meant to be used with an amp with its voltage swing and current capabilities, which will be the Ultrasone Ed. 9, JH13 Pros, Koss PortaPros and a couple of others. I look forward to the comparison and to impressions from others. 

post #80 of 602

please give us some impression on the regular D12 before you upgrade to black gates.

btw, how's life treating you on a tropical island? adjusted to the slow pace of life? 

 

post #81 of 602
Thread Starter 

I may not modify it and I definitely will not in the beginning or I won't have a baseline. 

 

Island life is slow, to a a point. I have adjusted some but not to other areas like requesting something by purchase order and waiting, and waiting and waiting. There is a lot of US tax dollar waste here. The economy has been propped up with 80 million a year and I see things that piss me off that My hard earned tax dollars are not being used effectively. It hasn't helped the community at large either. As one person put it very recently, "we have been spoon fed (by US money) and look at the results'. So that is where it is. Take away the US dollars and the system would collapse. There are many good people here though and in general I like the culture but alcohol use is on the rise with a corresponding physical abuse problem on the rise. 

post #82 of 602

This is very interesting, especially because I am getting an Iriver H120 in the mail. That player has optical out, so it should sound really good with the D12 utilizing its DAC. BTW, I wonder if Luminette with his two year old "leaving portable hi-fi, its too silly" thread has as much of a case now as he did two years ago. His views on real portability might still be valid, but with these new amps and DACs coming out, the game may be changing concerning the sound quality of portable devices. Not that portable-fi will be a substitute for home-fi, but it certainly might be closer now. Somebody please tell me if I have no idea what I am talking about, because I am trying to make sense.

post #83 of 602

I believe since that was written, portable has progressed a bit, just off the top of my head - JH audio with their JH13 (6 drivers) & 16 (8 drivers) and JH3A, balanced portable amps, balanced portable DAC, HM-801 & 602, and the upcoming CypherLabs Solo. And progress will continue, flash memory price is dropping, portable batteries are getting smaller with more stored power - that's the way technology is.
 

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Originally Posted by GeorgeGoodman View Post

This is very interesting, especially because I am getting an Iriver H120 in the mail. That player has optical out, so it should sound really good with the D12 utilizing its DAC. BTW, I wonder if Luminette with his two year old "leaving portable hi-fi, its too silly" thread has as much of a case now as he did two years ago. His views on real portability might still be valid, but with these new amps and DACs coming out, the game may be changing concerning the sound quality of portable devices. Not that portable-fi will be a substitute for home-fi, but it certainly might be closer now. Somebody please tell me if I have no idea what I am talking about, because I am trying to make sense.

post #84 of 602
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

I may not modify it and I definitely will not in the beginning or I won't have a baseline. 

 

Island life is slow, to a a point. I have adjusted some but not to other areas like requesting something by purchase order and waiting, and waiting and waiting. There is a lot of US tax dollar waste here. The economy has been propped up with 80 million a year and I see things that piss me off that My hard earned tax dollars are not being used effectively. It hasn't helped the community at large either. As one person put it very recently, "we have been spoon fed (by US money) and look at the results'. So that is where it is. Take away the US dollars and the system would collapse. There are many good people here though and in general I like the culture but alcohol use is on the rise with a corresponding physical abuse problem on the rise. 


well I look forward to your impressions.

 

as for your observations on Micronesia, it's pretty much the same here on Guam except with bigger budgets. Every new school year we have the same news, people holding their breath whether schools will be able to start due to school lunch contract problems , enough school buses for transportation, Department of education fund levels etc..in the end it usually ends up with government transferring money from emergency government funds, and just postponing the problems for next years education budget....I remember my first year, the utilities company threatening to shut down half the street lights because the government haven't payed over 10 years of debt.. though I think Guam is probably much better with its economy due to tourism from japan and the military (and the build up coming soon). 

 

and about mail, yeah welcome to the club...though its getting better, with USPS priority mail taking around a week to 2 weeks (a few times it took considerably more) . I assume its probably worse down at your end..If given the chance I now use express mail whenever I can, though it costs considerably more.  

post #85 of 602

D12 came in today.  Almost exactly the same size as the D10.  Anyone who has a sysconcept cable made to size for the H1xx/D10 should be able to use the same for the D12.   Has a nifty white power LED now instead of the D10's red.  The volume knob is nice and stiff with almost no noticeable channel imbalance at low levels.  The gain has a bigger difference between low and high than the D10's.  The initial listen sounds good so far, with perhaps a little more midrange beef and some nice low end as compared to the D10 with stock opamps.

 

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Edited by wolfen68 - 9/30/10 at 5:16pm
post #86 of 602

^^ Any impressions?

post #87 of 602

I DEMAND IMPRESSIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

post #88 of 602

I haven't had much time with it...and it's DAC performance is my greatest interest.  But I'm convinced that later impressions will agree with my initial impression that the stock opamps in D12 are superior to the D10's stock amps.  I feel like I have a topkit already in this thing...and it has a nice open sound that I really like.  I've only listened with RS-1's so far...and will check later to see if there's any hiss with my JH13's. 

 

Edit:  Slight channel imbalance at the lowest volume using the JH13's....but acceptable.  No hiss and a nice black background even at maxed volume.    


Edited by wolfen68 - 9/30/10 at 7:16pm
post #89 of 602

I've discovered a new added bonus to the D12.....the pocketable search and rescue spotlight LED!

 

The new white LED casts a significant beam of light approximately 30 feet.  You can read by it, go spelunking, or take it to sporting events to cheer on your favorite team....

post #90 of 602

lol My Toucan has the same LED and I do agree it is way to bright I really miss the red led.

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