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Unboxing: Meier Audio Corda QuickStep and PCStep

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One week ago I noticed there are two new portable amps on the Meier Audio's webpage - QuickStep and PCStep, which will be launched in this Sept and Oct. As a super fan of Meier Audio's products, I emailed Jan immediately and showed my interests. Jan sent me a prompt reply within 15 minutes after my email was sent. (!) He said he has some pre-production prototypes of both models and would be glad to let me be the very first one owning these amps. These prototypes, as Jan said, are exactly the same as the final products. Without hesitation I placed my order immediately.... for BOTH!

 

The amps arrived today! Let me post some photos first.

 

 

 

 

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More photos. Enjoy

 

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QuickStep

 

 

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PCStep

 

 

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My two new toys

 

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post #6 of 49
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These amps are not my first Corda amps. I used to have Cantate.2, Symphony.2, Concerto, Rock, HeadSix, 3Move, StepDance (You can see what a super fan I am!).

I would be happy to share my impressions of these new amps later. But please kindly wait as I want the amps to be fully burn-in first. 

Cheers

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One point I can mention at this point of time is that the amps are solidly built. I am particularly impressed by the heavy duty 3.5mm sockets of the QuickStep. I would say it is a big improvement over the StepDance and 2StepDance. Now my LOD and headphone can be firmly plugged into the amp without any worries.

 

Another point. I have tried the PCStep with my MacBook Air (mid-2011). I use BitPerfect + iTunes. The PCStep works perfectly without any troubles.

 

Cheers

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I currently have a 2StepDance myself as welll as a couple of Jan's other amps in the past. Looking forward to your impressions!

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Looking forward to your impressions! Can the PCStep handle 24/96? 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post

Can the PCStep handle 24/96? 

 

Not sure, as I have only 16/44.1 AIFF files. Let's see if Jan would join our discussions here and clarify on this.

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Thanks for the unboxing pictures. Definitely interested in the QuickStep once it is official launched.
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WOW, lucky you. Guess that's the payback of royalty. Thanks for the photos. Looking forward to read your review.

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I have been listening to this combo these two days: QuickStep + iPod Touch 3Gen + Fiio LOD + Bose AE2

It's unfortunate that I don't have an audiophile headphone, source and LOD at this moment. Thus my impression may not be well-grounded.

That said, I really think QuickStep does an excellent job. To my ears the sound is clean, balanced and neutral (The Corda sound signature as usual). The bass from my Bose is now well-controlled and much more enjoyable.

I would suggest QuickStep is an excellent amp for classical music, or other types of music when clarity and neutrality are essential. I am now listening to Bruckner's Symphony 9. I can say I am very happy!

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Nice. How you stick ipod touch and QuickStep together? 3M double lock?

post #15 of 49

Dear headfellows,

 

"Can the PCStep handle 24/96?"

 

Sorry, but 16/48 maximum!

 

Jan
 

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