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post #106 of 555
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That is one interesting amp. If it wasn't such a huge brick compared to the Arrow, I would be all over it. Don't get me wrong - it still is awesome compared to the competition, for stationary use.



I thought the same thing, but I've realized that I really need two amps: an iBasso T3 and a higher-quality "brick" for non-pocketable portability.  

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I thought the same thing, but I've realized that I really need two amps: an iBasso T3 and a higher-quality "brick" for non-pocketable portability.  

 

It still isn't that big an amp (bigger than my Mustang, though...).

 

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Cheers!

-HK sends
 


Edited by HK_sends - 10/21/10 at 4:37pm
post #108 of 555
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It still isn't that big an amp (bigger than my Mustang, though...).

 

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Cheers!

-HK sends
 


It's not quite an arrow from a pocketability perspective, but I would definitely consider it very portable.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sold on this thing... just patiently waiting for it to hit the website.

post #109 of 555
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SoulSyde,

 

I don't have time to post my impressions (I'm at work), but I will say that when you do order, skip the OPA134s and BUF634s and go straight for the AD8397 (using the copper busbars in the buffer sockets).  It sounds the best with the HF-2 and LA-2000 Lite cans (compared to the stock setup and the AD8610 OpAmps).  I like!

 

Cheers!

-HK sends

 

PS - The AD8397 was my favorite OpAmp in the XM5...


Edited by HK_sends - 10/25/10 at 1:32pm
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SoulSyde,

 

I don't have time to post my impressions (I'm at work), but I will say that when you do order, skip the OPA134s and BUF634s and go straight for the AD8397 (using the copper busbars in the buffer sockets).  It sounds the best with the HF-2 and LA-2000 Lite cans (compared to the stock setup and the AD8610 OpAmps).  I like!

 

Cheers!

-HK sends

 

PS - The AD8397 was my favorite OpAmp in the XM5...



Nice to know, thanks.

 

I'm sans-amplifier right now.  Just sold my P3+. 

post #111 of 555

Not having an amp has been killing me to I purchased a Nuforce HDP (needing a desktop amp anyway).  That thing is amazing!!

 

I'm still looking forward to the XM6 release though.

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Not having an amp has been killing me to I purchased a Nuforce HDP (needing a desktop amp anyway).  That thing is amazing!!

 

I'm still looking forward to the XM6 release though.


I totally understand.  I really don't know what the delay is and wish James would give me more info to pass on.

Enjoy the HDP...post impressions if you will...I'm curious as to how it sounds.

 

Cheers!

-HK sends

 

post #113 of 555
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I totally understand.  I really don't know what the delay is and wish James would give me more info to pass on.

Enjoy the HDP...post impressions if you will...I'm curious as to how it sounds.

 

Cheers!

-HK sends

 


I need more time with it, but I will.

post #114 of 555

@HK_Sends,

 

I'm still burning in my HDP, but I will get back with impressions shortly.  I can say that it's a very good amp so far.

 

BTW, I had an opportunity to demo the new Meier Stepdance - holy crap that thing is good.  It can push my HD 600s without a problem at all.  Since I don't really need a DAC I'm having a hard time deciding between the upcoming XM6 and the Stepdance now.

post #115 of 555

That's the unfortunate position that Practical Devices always seems to be in, in that they easily win the features and functionality/versatility category, but the new amps that came out around the same time tend to edge it out (debatably) in terms of sonic performance.

 

I wonder if they'll ever produce a desktop amp.

post #116 of 555

well im sure i cant be the only person who absolutely wants that versatility

 

actuall what i wouldnt mind if they offered a casing that had a little hinged panel for getting to the opamps without having to pull the thing apart

post #117 of 555
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well im sure i cant be the only person who absolutely wants that versatility

 

actuall what i wouldnt mind if they offered a casing that had a little hinged panel for getting to the opamps without having to pull the thing apart



Oh absolutely. It's just that on these forums there's a rather strong focus on "best sound quality" and functionality and design often seems to come second place. I catch myself being guilty of this all the time.

post #118 of 555
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well im sure i cant be the only person who absolutely wants that versatility

 

actuall what i wouldnt mind if they offered a casing that had a little hinged panel for getting to the opamps without having to pull the thing apart



iBasso already built that feature into a couple of their amps.

post #119 of 555
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well im sure i cant be the only person who absolutely wants that versatility

 

actuall what i wouldnt mind if they offered a casing that had a little hinged panel for getting to the opamps without having to pull the thing apart

I would be all for it!  I'd also like a combo RCA spidf/optical input into the XM6 DAC (I have soundcards that have it and my laptop 3.5mm headphone out jack supports optical output).  The problem is the features add to the cost and complexity.

 

Of course, at the moment, we don't know what the XM6 final price will be...will it (I sincerely hope) remain cost competitive with the other DAC/Amps out there?

Still waiting for cost and release date...

 

Cheers!

-HK sends

 

post #120 of 555
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Still waiting for cost and release date...

 

Cheers!

-HK sends

 



Me as well.  The price will dictate which amp I purchase.  I sent an e-mail to James regarding the price and official release date and he hasn't responded - but I wasn't really expecting he would as most companies don't release pricing info until they are ready to.

 

In the end, if this device is price-competitive I will likely purchase it, but if it's close to the Stepdance I might lean towards the Stepdance instead.

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