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post #31 of 37
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

Have any of you used either with the Westone 3's or TF10's?  I'm leaning towards the Pico Slim for low level listening.  What I'm hoping to gain is the best lower level listening with all the dynamics these IEM's produce at louder levels from the dap's headphone out.  Right now I have to listen at 60% top 75% volume, which is louder than I'd like, especially for extended listening.  Bass is the big thing that suffers at lower volume listening.


Sadly no, for optimum volume out of your headphone out it really depends on 2 things 1) your DAP of course 2) your files.  I find better recordings will give better signals, or even recording process, with FLAC files it matters as well but it's a big thing with CD players from what I've noticed.  For bass, definitely go with the Arrow, bass boost can solve lots of bass aches (lol).  But, again it all depends on how you like your bass.  Due to the Pico Slim's design it does give a bit more attenuation even though it's digital I think it was 255 steps?  Arrow I don't know but, for low listening attenuation the Pico is better.

 



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Get the Arrow and you will not be disappointed.  I find the Arrow is extremely fun amp to listen to while the Pico Slim is more on the netural side.  On the other hand, I much prefer Pico Slim on low level listening.  Much more control on the volume setting than the Arrow.  I wish Arrow have a lower gain setting...



Well said :)



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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post

Thanks for writing up the review. Very nice insights.

 

And BTW ... this is perfect:

 

"It really is a nice feature, just like heated seats in cars in winter."

 

 

Excellent analogy. I know exactly what you mean.

 


Haha, I assume before living in TX you lived somewhere cold?  Haha, I do hear northern TX can get pretty cold near 0 degrees Celsius.  But, up here in snow land heated seats are truly nice especially if you have leather seats.  I always have my turned on cause leather seats are way too cold haha.

post #32 of 37

Thanks for the comparison review, I got to try an Arrow out at the Bay Area meetup today, and I'm definitely considering it as my first headphone amp.

 

Am I correct in understanding that something like the Sony MDR V6s would benefit from running through the Arrow after coming out of my iPhone or computer in terms of overall sound quality? They don't particularly need any extra power, but I thought I could hear at least some difference when comparing straight audio jack to going through the Arrow.

post #33 of 37
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Originally Posted by Matchstix View Post

Thanks for the comparison review, I got to try an Arrow out at the Bay Area meetup today, and I'm definitely considering it as my first headphone amp.

 

Am I correct in understanding that something like the Sony MDR V6s would benefit from running through the Arrow after coming out of my iPhone or computer in terms of overall sound quality? They don't particularly need any extra power, but I thought I could hear at least some difference when comparing straight audio jack to going through the Arrow.



I can't comment on the MDR-V6, but generally some headphones do benefit from amps while many don't.  I can't say if there is a difference or not. 

 

Anyone else have any specific questions before I send the Arrow back into the mail?

post #34 of 37

Thanks for the review.....

 

I was just starting to look for an amp for my ipod and was leaning toward the arrow.

 

I think I tend to be a purist so the Slim may be the answer.

 

Is it worth 25% more than the Arrow??

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Is it worth 25% more than the Arrow??


By all counts of normal logic.  Not even.

 

post #36 of 37

... Granted, we audio types have never been known for making logical choices.

post #37 of 37

can anybody compare arrow with voyager?

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