I don't know off hand what a suitable gain setting would be, I thought I read somewhere that said 1.5 VRM is a good setting for sensitive IEMs, but don't quote me on that. To answer your second questions: I'm relatively happy with the my MK2. It seems to synergize well with the Socket 1. Before I was using the DAC section of the HP-P1, and I was okay with it, but I felt like it was lacking that detail that I'm used to. Typically I like a neutral-ish DAC with a slightly warm amp. The synergy is amazing with my current CIEMs and headphones, and I feel like the Socket 1+Rx MK2 gives me this sound. An absolute amazing low end, great power and extension from the bass, and the treble is not fatiguing whatsoever, which is one thing I was worried about because I have quite sensitive ears when it comes to treble. I'm really enjoying the combo so far, but it is still too early to make that finally decision if I like it or love it. I'm interested in a comparison between the Socket 1 and the new Sony PHA-1 (Dac section). After I sold my HP-P1, I was debating which unit to get, and I opted for the VentureCraft because I already had an amp I loved (MK2).
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