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Hey-after passing on the $99 GEEK, I bit last night at $159, only to wake up and find there are new options, Super and Super Duper. Not sure if makes sense to upgrade (it ALWAYS feels like I should upgrade), and don't see the option to do so on Kickstarter at any rate. What gives?

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Hey-after passing on the $99 GEEK, I bit last night at $159, only to wake up and find there are new options, Super and Super Duper. Not sure if makes sense to upgrade (it ALWAYS feels like I should upgrade), and don't see the option to do so on Kickstarter at any rate. What gives?

It's right there. Scroll down. lol

post #13428 of 26062

Found it-didn't read carefully, looks like you are subscribing again instead of increasing to new GEEK

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Emailed Gavin Fish, wanted details on upgrade, is it just more powerful amp (that can be enough, extra power can improve sound even when not needed to drive, at least that's true with speakers in my experience.

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Found it-didn't read carefully, looks like you are subscribing again instead of increasing to new GEEK

You just add more to your current pledge.

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I decided to sell the Sony MDR-XB600 and the NuForce NE-700X.  

 

MDR-XB600 was way too bass heavy; mids are muffled and highs are muted.  Not balanced at all.

 

NuForce NE-700X was very good, but not quite as good as Zero Audio Carbo Basso or Tenore.

 

I just ordered the A161P and will be comparing against my current inventory.


Edited by Grayson73 - 8/27/13 at 10:32am
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Thread Starter 

I am debating if I need to upgrade my Geek to be super.. Don't know if I am gonna use all that power. I am also wondering if that power will cause a negative effect or more battery drainage on a laptop/ possible added noise.

 

I suppose just having it plugged in all the time would fix that issue but there will be times when there is no plug.. Decisions decision.

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I am debating if I need to upgrade my Geek to be super.. Don't know if I am gonna use all that power. I am also wondering if that power will cause a negative effect or more battery drainage on a laptop/ possible added noise.

 

I suppose just having it plugged in all the time would fix that issue but there will be times when there is no plug.. Decisions decision.

 I think super yes, Super Duper no, The output would be decent enough to drive most headphones, obviously not something like a 600ohm piece to full potential but it will come in handy. I'm planning to use it as my portable laptop amp, so something like this means I won't have to worry about it not being able to drive whatever headphones I decide to travel with.

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Carbo Basso and/or Tenore or ES700? Can't decide :/ The X1 are too mid-bassy for me, i will put them on sale.

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Carbo Basso and/or Tenore or ES700? Can't decide :/ The X1 are too mid-bassy for me, i will put them on sale.

 

I am surprised you feel that way considering you have the S500's and Portapro's. How many hours of burn in do you have on your X1's?

 

Anyway, it depends on if you want iems or headphones, and how much you want to spend. I figure the ES700's would cost me close to $200 once tenso shipping and better earpads are taken into consideration, whereas the Basso's were only $65 shipped.

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The X1 too mid-bassy? *scratches head* confused_face(1).gif

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http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/PhilipsFidelioX1.pdf

I
'm not crazy! ;) There's quite a mid bass hump and a sub bass roll-off.


Edited by journeyy - 8/27/13 at 2:17pm
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I am surprised you feel that way considering you have the S500's and Portapro's. How many hours of burn in do you have on your X1's?

 

Anyway, it depends on if you want iems or headphones, and how much you want to spend. I figure the ES700's would cost me close to $200 once tenso shipping and better earpads are taken into consideration, whereas the Basso's were only $65 shipped.

 

The PortaPro's are similar in that regard, but the S500's are more on the sub bass side IMO. You're right about the price difference though..


Edit: I don't really care if it's IEM, on-ear or over-ear, it''s all about the sound, with a restricted budget ;)


Edited by journeyy - 8/27/13 at 2:06pm
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Originally Posted by Exesteils View Post

 I think super yes, Super Duper no, The output would be decent enough to drive most headphones, obviously not something like a 600ohm piece to full potential but it will come in handy. I'm planning to use it as my portable laptop amp, so something like this means I won't have to worry about it not being able to drive whatever headphones I decide to travel with.

Why not something 600ohm to its full potential?  While specs aren't listed for output into 600ohm, it should do just fine. Seems that there is still confusion/misinformation about how much power is needed to drive headphones.  Here is a good page plus a kick butt spreadsheet to run the numbers:  http://www.apexhifi.com/specs.html  

 

I doubt they would add the extra power if it hurt the SQ (added noise), but it will definitely increase the power needed which might impact whether or not this works with Android or iOS devices that have power limits.  I only plan to use this with portables or IEMs so I am sticking with the base version and even that could run my HD800s fine.

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Anyone else find it suspicious about these higher voltage output versions of GEEK (for more $) in addition to color options?  I feel like we're getting bait and switched here; what happened to making a commercially viable product and selling it at a specific price point?  Weird that they were so cautious before about abiding by kickstarter rules.

 

I posted this in the comments but my intuition tells me the only added expense is sourcing a few different parts for the power increase.  Why not start with the best part for the job and offer gain settings?

 

Will await for a better response but I wouldn't "fund" them further for something like this...

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