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post #16 of 29

Don't know where to post, but just wanna say the Kevin Halverson is the man.

 

His and HRT service were top notch when I sent my ms2+ in recently. I also think the ms2 is by far the best sounding <$200 dac

post #17 of 29

I am thinking of buying either FiiO E10 or HRT HeadStreamer to use with Grado SR80i. Which of the two DAC+headphone amplifier has a better sound quality? Does HeadStreamer worth the extra money?

 

E10 is almost half the price of HeadStreamer, but I am concerned about its flaws: delay at the start of music, channel imbalance, headphone jack problem, etc. Does HeadStreamer also has the same delay issue?

 

Thanks.

 


Edited by power1power1 - 3/24/12 at 8:22pm
post #18 of 29

Great Review


Edited by brokenthumb - 3/24/12 at 8:13pm
post #19 of 29

Great review...... buying the headstreamer as a result!


Edited by devgru - 3/24/12 at 7:22pm
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the comments everyone!

 

Power1power1, I have replied to you via PM. I have not tested the Fiio E10 but the HeadStreamer has better specs (SNR).

 

The headphone jack is very sturdy and I do not see any problem with it. In fact I was using a large 1/4 to 1/8 adapter which puts extra stress on the jack, and it still showed no signs of weakness or change in the signal.

 

 

post #21 of 29

m3_arun: Thanks so much for the reply.

post #22 of 29

YES! I was really lucky to meet Michael Goodman (many here know Michael - Managing Directorand Engineer at CEntrance) at RMAF 2011, and he offered me a job as their Director of Marketing right there!  I love the team: Very positive and we're doing well.

 

I'm still an HRT fan too however, as Kevin designs some KILLER kit and I was also lucky to be on his team for awhile!

The headstreamer looks VERY cool - hope to hear one soon!!
 

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And I see you are from another top brand! ofcourse I wish i could afford centrance :D
 



 


 

 

post #23 of 29

Great review, m3_arun. I've just purchased this gadget to plug in my laptop to enjoy some classical music and Mr. Halverson helped me with a SPL calculator.

 

Now it's time to pick a good open headphone (trying to choose from Senn HD558, Senn HD598 and Grado 225i) and enjoy!

post #24 of 29

After trying the headstreamer out, I would agree that it leans to the clinical side of the tonal range........

 

Regards!

post #25 of 29
Is there any Headstreamer user uses it with their smartphone? I am curious to know its power consumption, ie, whether it will drain the phone's battery fast.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by breadvan View Post

Is there any Headstreamer user uses it with their smartphone? I am curious to know its power consumption, ie, whether it will drain the phone's battery fast.

Any word on this from anyone?
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by PNWwildcat View Post

Any word on this from anyone?

I got the microStreamer in the end which is supposed to use more power, but it works fine with my Note II and actually doesn't drain the phone battery too badly, although if you could use a y-cable and power it from a portable battery.
post #28 of 29

Whats is difference between the old Headstreamer and the new Headstreamer mobile?

Store where i want to buy it has very low description of a product on their web site. I am not sure what it is. 

 

I know someone asked before "Is HS good enough to drive AKG k702?" but all those numbers doesn't mean much to me cause i am completely audio nab. Btw. i plan to buy used k701.


Edited by bruno03 - 4/18/13 at 11:33am
post #29 of 29

The HeadStreamer was replaced by the HeadStreamer Mobile last year.  The differences are in two areas:

 

1) The accessories included with each.  The HeadStreamer included a .5 meter USB A to USB mini B cable and a carrying bag.  The HeadStreamer Mobile added two additional accessories, the HRT HMA-1 (for use with an iPad) and an OTG host mode cable.  

 

2) The HeadStreamer Mobile itself is a slightly different product in order to support the additional accessories.

 

If you contact me at my HRT email address, I will be happy to provide you with our Excel headphone calculator so that you can determine the characteristics of any headphone amplifier combination.

 

Kevin Halverson (kevin@hirestech.com)

CTO

High Resolution Technologies, LLC

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