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post #1666 of 2203

The stock gain was too high for me as well with my UERM. There just wasn't enough volume travel on low-gain, so I had to send mine back in to Nick to get the gain lowered. It was a quick turnaround for me too, probably a week total, and he covered shipping one-way (I only paid return shipping). All in all, great service from Nick. 

 

@uelover -- aren't you from Singapore? I'd imagine it being extreme expensive to ship there. Not sure why you feel entitled to a discount. If you can source the opamps locally for a better price, that should absolutely be your course of action. But to want Nick to ship you a product for cheap, and then criticizing his business practices is a bit unfair. 

post #1667 of 2203
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Originally Posted by Questhate View Post

The stock gain was too high for me as well with my UERM. There just wasn't enough volume travel on low-gain, so I had to send mine back in to Nick to get the gain lowered. It was a quick turnaround for me too, probably a week total, and he covered shipping one-way (I only paid return shipping). All in all, great service from Nick. 

 

@uelover -- aren't you from Singapore? I'd imagine it being extreme expensive to ship there. Not sure why you feel entitled to a discount. If you can source the opamps locally for a better price, that should absolutely be your course of action. But to want Nick to ship you a product for cheap, and then criticizing his business practices is a bit unfair. 

 

I have purchased many other items from the US and have bought much bigger and heavier items shipped to me via USPS Priority and the shipping fee is less than US$40. However, Nick is quoting me US$40+ on the shipping alone just for the opamp using the same USPS Priority. It is the same amount that Schitt is quoting me to ship the Asgard 2 over, just that this time round I am just shipping a tiny pair of opamps.

 

Not that I feel entitled for any discount but at least, not being overcharged.

post #1668 of 2203
I just ordered the mkii with the gain lowered. Since I will only be using iems/ciems I don't think this will be an issue. It only involves Nick soldering two resistors in the signal path on the amp and is completely reversible.

What opamps are necessary? Maybe mouser is a better option?
post #1669 of 2203

I can feel your pain. One year ago I asked Nick why it cost $42 to ship just one amp and I never got a reply lol.

 

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I have purchased many other items from the US and have bought much bigger and heavier items shipped to me via USPS Priority and the shipping fee is less than US$40. However, Nick is quoting me US$40+ on the shipping alone just for the opamp using the same USPS Priority. It is the same amount that Schitt is quoting me to ship the Asgard 2 over, just that this time round I am just shipping a tiny pair of opamps.

 

Not that I feel entitled for any discount but at least, not being overcharged.

post #1670 of 2203
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A possible issue however is that by lowering the gain further, the volume may be too soft on headphones.

 

I think he keeps the high gain on +db something, and just lowers the low gain. I can get reasonable sound from my Mad Dogs/HE500 with the leckerton set on high gain.

post #1671 of 2203
I am prett sure that it lowers both. I will verify.
post #1672 of 2203
I just reread Nicks email, it is definitely both.
post #1673 of 2203
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I guess you are right, but he could give discountswink_face.gif

 

... which have been added to the list price before ;-)

As I understand thats a rather small business, i.e. there is not much room for error. For me not giving discounts is a sign of honest calculation that is not artificially inflated with negotiable parts.

 

As for shipping costs: I don't know about the USPS pricing structure, but some carriers have rather coarse classes (i.e. small/medium/large), so shipping costs might indeed be the same for 2 op-amps and a much heavier object falling into the same 'small' category. For a small business it might be infeasible to work with multiple carriers to optimize shipping costs (that are paid by the customer anyway). But of course it sucks to pay 46,- shipping for content worth about 30,-.

post #1674 of 2203
Not only that but please remember that the amp is worth more (compared to other amps in its price range and even those costing almost twice as much) than what Nick is selling them for.
post #1675 of 2203

If you're using a seperate dac, lowering both gains shouldn't be a problem at all for full sized headphones. However, if you're using the UHA-6s's dac then you might run into problems with full sized headphones.

post #1676 of 2203
I'm selling a pair of the 627 opamps if anyone is interested.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/668859/2x-burr-brown-ti-opa627ap-op-amps#post_9540471
post #1677 of 2203
Confirmed with Nick that the gain mod reduces all gain even if an external source is used. That being said my gain will be -12 and +6.
post #1678 of 2203
Does anyone else with the mkii have a pair of phonaks? With the gain mod the low gain is far too low of a volume and on high gain I need to have the volume anywhere from half to 3/4. It appears as if the phonaks are hard to drive however I have no other iems or phones at this time to ensure it isn't the amp.
Edited by Poimandres - 6/22/13 at 2:06pm
post #1679 of 2203
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Does anyone else with the mkii have a pair of phonaks? With the gain mod the low gain is far too low of a volume and on high gain I need to have the volume anywhere from half to 3/4. It appears as if the phonaks are hard to drive however I have no other iems or phones at this time to ensure it isn't the amp.

 

What are you using for your source? The built-in Leckerton DAC or something through the line in?

post #1680 of 2203
The built in dac, but it shouldn't matter as Nick stated the mod will affect the volume level regardless of the source.
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