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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post

 

Btw is the volume supposed to be a lot lower when you use the SPDIF-in on the leckerton compared to input from a dac or dap?

 

Mine was too, so I surmise this is normal.  IME, the coax sounded noticeably better than the USB input, too.

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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post

 

Mine was too, so I surmise this is normal.  IME, the coax sounded noticeably better than the USB input, too.

Now I want to get a usb to optical converter... Should I?

post #1653 of 2184

how better will it be in i lowered the gain to -12db? my CIEM is UM Miracle.

post #1654 of 2184

You will just be able to use more of the volume pot for finer volume control. 

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And then you don't have to worry about any channel imbalance at lower levels too.
 

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Now I want to get a usb to optical converter... Should I?

The SPDIF input was notably better than USB input. Get something cheap like a fiio or a hifimediy.

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The SPDIF input was notably better than USB input. Get something cheap like a fiio or a hifimediy.

I've actually been thinking about those two. I'll probably stick with fiio as it is cheaper though.

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iPod LOD --> UHA6SMKII is notably louder than USB, Coaxial or Toslink --> UHA6SMKII

 

Difference between USB input vs Coaxial or Toslink is not day and night. So, no point in getting a converter as the converter may end up doing more harm than good.

 

Although this amp comes with a user switchable gain (low-high), the difference isn't that big. So, even with low gain, the usable volume is very little and one can easily run into channel imbalance problem. Thus, if you are using sensitive armature iem, it is recommended that you order this amp with its default gain lowered further.

 

A possible issue however is that by lowering the gain further, the volume may be too soft on headphones.


Edited by uelover - 6/18/13 at 7:05am
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

iPod LOD --> UHA6SMKII is notably louder than USB, Coaxial or Toslink --> UHA6SMKII

 

Difference between USB input vs Coaxial or Toslink is not day and night. So, no point in getting a converter as the converter may end up doing more harm than good.

 

Although this amp comes with a user switchable gain (low-high), the difference isn't that big. So, even with low gain, the usable volume is very little and one can easily run into channel imbalance problem. Thus, if you are using sensitive armature iem, it is recommended that you order this amp with its default gain lowered further.

 

A possible issue however is that by lowering the gain further, the volume may be too soft on headphones.

For me, volume on Modi+Leckerton is way too loud. How long do you think Nick will take to lower my gain? Also, do you think that he will charge me for that? I just bought the amp less than 2 months ago.

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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post

For me, volume on Modi+Leckerton is way too loud. How long do you think Nick will take to lower my gain? Also, do you think that he will charge me for that? I just bought the amp less than 2 months ago.

 

Maybe I should add feeding the UHA6SMKII with line level analog input will render the volume too loud on CIEM. The volume is notably lower whenever you are using its internal DAC.

 

I have no idea how long Nick would require to lower the gain nor whether he will charge you for that. The only thing I dislike about his business style is that he is not that flexible when it comes to prices. I had wanted to get another pair of opamps from him previously (one month after I have gotten the UHA6SMKII) and he is firm on charging me US$46 on shipping fees on top of what he would charge for the opamps (when he is selling the opamps at a higher price than external vendors).

 

I do hope that this will not happen to those who would like to have their gain lowered. I am not sure if the volume will become too soft if you were to use its internal DAC at a later stage. Not sure why that large volume difference between its analog input stage and its DAC stage.

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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

 

Maybe I should add feeding the UHA6SMKII with line level analog input will render the volume too loud on CIEM. The volume is notably lower whenever you are using its internal DAC.

 

I have no idea how long Nick would require to lower the gain nor whether he will charge you for that. The only thing I dislike about his business style is that he is not that flexible when it comes to prices. I had wanted to get another pair of opamps from him previously (one month after I have gotten the UHA6SMKII) and he is firm on charging me US$46 on shipping fees on top of what he would charge for the opamps (when he is selling the opamps at a higher price than external vendors).

 

I do hope that this will not happen to those who would like to have their gain lowered. I am not sure if the volume will become too soft if you were to use its internal DAC at a later stage. Not sure why that large volume difference between its analog input stage and its DAC stage.

Hmm. That's kind of scaring me. Anyways, I know he won't charge me $46 for shipping. I'm waiting until I go back to US to send my leckertons to him. I wonder why he is so inflexible? It's not like he is an employ that is pressured by his boss to charge a certain amount.

post #1662 of 2184
Dude has to make money somehow...
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Dude has to make money somehow...

I guess you are right, but he could give discountswink_face.gif

post #1664 of 2184
Well, there's always the new amp w/ digital volume control that Nick is releasing later this year! Using replay-gain helps a lot with getting more volume control. Its not a huge deal for the uerms imo cause they sound better at moderate to louder volume.
post #1665 of 2184

When I had the gain lowered on mine it was a quick turnaround (maybe a couple days?) and there was no cost other than having to ship the amp to him.

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