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post #1096 of 1319
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Originally Posted by dallan View Post

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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

It IS a hobby....There is only so much time.

 

 

 

 

 

Dang!   tongue.gif

Oh, a hobby.......aaah, yeah that's right a hobby.

 

 

hob·by  

/ˈhäbē/
 
Noun
  1. An activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.
  2. A migratory Old World falcon (genus Falco) with long narrow wings, catching dragonflies and birds on the wing.
 
Synonyms

avocation

 

Wait, avocation.....blink.gif

 

 

av·o·ca·tion  

/ˌavəˈkāSHən/
 
Noun
A hobby or minor occupation.
 
Synonyms

profession - vocation - occupation 

 

Oh, like a job okay i got it, not like a falcon but work....well i am working at it for surerolleyes.gif

Or working for ..."it"  (a new amp, cables, source...whatever!)  ph34r.gif

post #1097 of 1319
Got my Fostex back today.
Five day turnaround.

I always suspected that the headphone out was a bit imbalanced as i had to move my headphones around quite a lot to find the sweet spot. They have fixed that as well as the volume pot and it is sounding great - as it always could have.
So I am happy.

Thanks again Fostex.
post #1098 of 1319
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

The volume pot on my Fostex hp_p1 seems to have gone funny.

 

I gets static or louder in one ear when tapped to the side.

 

I think I need to send it in for servicing, anyone else had a similar problem?

 

Hi Expat,

 

Got to this one a bit late, been O/S. I had this problem late last year and it was a bugger to get repaired. What transpired is that inserting a RCA into the line-out at the rear may dislodge the socket from the board and short some of the componentry. My Fostex  went back and forth to the repairers three times before the issue was resolved. No problems since then (using it as a digital transport into a desktop dac/hp as we type - James Brown getting funky!).

 

regards,

 

Giles

post #1099 of 1319
Software update!!??!!

It seems i may have an update.

Firmware 1.1,2
Hardware 1.1.2

The volume bar has disappeared,
it sounds 'better'?,
It sounds better with the stock cable now rather than my custom cable.

I will post pictures later.
post #1100 of 1319

There is nothing about it on the Fostex website....You may have something from lab...ph34r.gif

post #1101 of 1319

Well I had a good listen today.

 

I bought a pair of ATH-ES10 (equipped with ESW11 leather earpads - upgrade) last week or so and found them not be what I was expecting. Even with the Fostex.

 

I had been pleased with the Fostex but had a few things I want 100% about , for example:

-I found that it did sound better with my custom piccolino USB/LOD even though some people said it being just 1 and 0s that it shouldnt matter etc, but it did make it cleaner and clearer to my ears.

-Also the sound seemed to be ever, EVER so Slightly to the right, I was not convinced it wasnt just my ears, my ear canal or my hearing that was causing this and had to spend time Constantly finding the sweet spot to get an even sound. I did read of low level volume channel imbalance but I was getting it at 1 and 2 o`clock on the volume pot.

-I have never understood why with basic portable amps the volume bar disappears but on the Fostex, CLAS and upcoming Hifi-M8 the volume bar stays there, although disabled.

 

Today I got my serviced Fostex back and was quite surprised, to quote the email;

`We completed the repair of your HP-P1.
We replaced the volume pot with the new one.
Also we added some more soldering to eliminate a static / crackling
noise at the headphone jack.`

 

This seemed enough to make it sound uber good.

 

The few things I wasnt 100% about seemed to have cleared up too.

-It now sounds better to my ears With the stock Fostex USB/LOD. This is trying with my ATH-ES10 and the more mid centered ATH-ESW9.

-The sound is even on both ear cups and seems to be all through the volume pot (need to test further at low levels with some IEMs admittedly).

-The volume bar now recedes/disappears when synced with the Fostex hp_p1.

 

And the ATH-ES10 now sound awesome! L3000.gif

 

And the sound seems better to me, less `murk` and more clean. More impressions to come on the sound with the new firmware.

 

Screenshot of new Firmware (I think hardware is the same?)

 

Stock Apple music player (no volume bar).

 

Flacplayer app (also no volume bar)


Edited by ExpatinJapan - 6/28/13 at 6:42am
post #1102 of 1319

Great report Expat! I wonder when they will make the 1.1.2 available for general upgrading?

post #1103 of 1319

On a side note: K&D Sessions -- very nice album :-)

 

My hardware revision is 1.1.2, software is 1.1.1 and my unit is quite new. So yes, you seem to have got early access to a new software revision...

post #1104 of 1319
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Great report Expat! I wonder when they will make the 1.1.2 available for general upgrading?

No idea, I emailed Fostex just now thanking them again for the repairs and quoted the above post,

and also enquired about getting more information regarding the new Firmware.

 

Exciting to have some new News on an `older` product that many of us still use and love.

 

My incoming Hifi-M8 now has its work cut out for it.

post #1105 of 1319
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Originally Posted by plakat View Post

On a side note: K&D Sessions -- very nice album :-)

 

My hardware revision is 1.1.2, software is 1.1.1 and my unit is quite new. So yes, you seem to have got early access to a new software revision...

Mine is the same as yours plakat....No worries, it sounds great!

post #1106 of 1319
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Mine is the same as yours plakat....No worries, it sounds great!

Yes, yes...keep telling yourselves that.

It wont help you sleep at night ...imagining....what If expats Firmware does sound better?..what am I missing out on??

 

LOLvery_evil_smiley.gif

 

L3000.gif

post #1107 of 1319
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Mine is the same as yours plakat....No worries, it sounds great!

Yes, yes...keep telling yourselves that.

It wont help you sleep at night ...imagining....what If expats Firmware does sound better?..what am I missing out on??

 

LOLvery_evil_smiley.gif

 

L3000.gif

Bad Expat! Naughty Expat!  biggrin.gif

post #1108 of 1319

As I'm working in IT I'm always a bit hesitant to install updates as my second question is inevitably 'What new problems are now included?' ;-)

 

Nevertheless I'm quite content with the HP-P1 as is. But its nice to hear that Fostex does care about their products... especially since I'm about to look into the HP-A8.

post #1109 of 1319

Meanwhile I'm on 1.1.0 firmware. Volume bar disappears on iPod Touch 2G but not on the 4G. 

 

I have no idea how I would firmware update in Australia?

post #1110 of 1319
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Originally Posted by AJHeadfi View Post

Meanwhile I'm on 1.1.0 firmware. Volume bar disappears on iPod Touch 2G but not on the 4G. 

 

I have no idea how I would firmware update in Australia?

Hmm, that is interesting too.

Maybe the volume bar disappearing was attuned to an earlier Apple OS and Fostex firmware.

 

I will have to dig out the old iphone3 or is it 3G(?).

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