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post #9541 of 23606
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Originally Posted by DR650SE View Post
 

Im using my 5.5G iMod with no caps.  Though since it was sent to RWA for the iMod, Its not direct to the pins.  I believe my Fiio E17 amp already has built in caps.  So I'm waiting to get a silver LOD. :D  I'd love a chance to A-B the iPod a bit quicker.  As it stands I really can't tell too much differance in SQ from the Headphone out to the LOD with lossless files. :/  But either way, it still sounds great to me, especially in my DT880s. :D

 

Can't comment on RWA iMod as they mod differently (pins not lifted off board). Caps absolutely make difference in sound depending on what are used. I heard almost no difference with the Elna caps.

 

Your iMod has no internal caps but your Alo LOD has, then your amp also has the dc blocking caps. My amp has NO dc blocking caps, now I also tested with no caps from the dac all the way to the amp input. I don't know how Nick designed the UHA-6S, but he sure made it clear to me the amp can handle a few volts of dc offsets from input without actually having the dc blocking caps in the amp. That's awesome.

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post #9543 of 23606
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Originally Posted by Sorensiim View Post
 

Too bad that I just sold my Quickstep to another Head-Fi'er or I would have tried to hawk it to you, shipping it up to Sweden wouldn't have been a problem ;)

 

Seriously, do check out the Quickstep, it's phenomenal with IEMs!

Was just typing out a PM to ask you about the Quickstep. Will definitely be looking at that. By the way how's the PB2 with IEM:s, since I'm using high impedance and low sensitivity full-sized headphones along with IEM:s it would be nice to have one amp that would work wonders with both types of listening apparatuses. ;)

post #9544 of 23606
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Originally Posted by skalkman View Post
 

Was just typing out a PM to ask you about the Quickstep. Will definitely be looking at that. By the way how's the PB2 with IEM:s, since I'm using high impedance and low sensitivity full-sized headphones along with IEM:s it would be nice to have one amp that would work wonders with both types of listening apparatuses. ;)

The PB2 is the reason I sold the Quickstep, does that answer your question? ;)

 

Single-ended output is nothing spectacular but balanced it just blew me away. Took my ciems to a whole new level and on low gain I have the volume knob at around 9 o'clock with the ciems and 10-11 with my HD595. Only problem would be that gain is set with 4 jumpers inside the case, that might be an issue for you.

post #9545 of 23606
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Originally Posted by esmBOS View Post
 

What a beautiful combo! How does it sound?

 

I just got the a k100 mk2 yesterday .. 

 

it retains the characteristics of the IM-04, good clarity and separation ..

 

no hissing sound !

 

sweeter mids .. however, sometimes the bass is a tad too strong ..

 

overall, enjoying the sound 


Edited by xanden - 1/16/14 at 1:44am
post #9546 of 23606
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Originally Posted by Whippler View Post
 

 

Warning: Epic mobile dap Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome to see a Jolla incorporated in a rig! Did you preorder? I'm planning on getting one and making a custom "other half" with the arrow 3G! How is the music playback on the Jolla and what formats does it currently support?

post #9547 of 23606
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Originally Posted by xanden View Post
 

 

I just got the a k100 mk2 yesterday .. 

 

it retains the characteristics of the IM-04, good clarity and separation ..

 

no hissing sound !

 

sweeter mids .. however, sometimes the bass is a tad too strong ..

 

overall, enjoying the sound 

Can you give us your impression on IM-04 please. 

post #9548 of 23606
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Originally Posted by esmBOS View Post
 

Awesome to see a Jolla incorporated in a rig! Did you preorder? I'm planning on getting one and making a custom "other half" with the arrow 3G! How is the music playback on the Jolla and what formats does it currently support?

 

I did, but decided not to pay my pre order cause i wasn't sure about the phone yet, the initial bugs scared me a little. Jolla hit the stores here around mid December, so i just picked one up.

 

Music app is great, It finds the music from my 64GB mSD card just fine (fat32). All the files I have on the phone are flac, 44.1 and 96, both work just fine. And had to extract album art from metadata to folder.jpg to get em show up.

Directly from the phone with se535 there's the all too common background hiss. But as usual my 4G diminishes it pretty well.

 

I'd be more interested integrating AQ Dragonfly into the Other Half ;) Havent got anything to work over usb otg so i ques it's still under work, would be better over i2c tough.


Edited by Whippler - 1/16/14 at 2:14am
post #9549 of 23606
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post
 

 

Can't comment on RWA iMod as they mod differently (pins not lifted off board). Caps absolutely make difference in sound depending on what are used. I heard almost no difference with the Elna caps.

 

Your iMod has no internal caps but your Alo LOD has, then your amp also has the dc blocking caps. My amp has NO dc blocking caps, now I also tested with no caps from the dac all the way to the amp input. I don't know how Nick designed the UHA-6S, but he sure made it clear to me the amp can handle a few volts of dc offsets from input without actually having the dc blocking caps in the amp. That's awesome.

Hi,

 

What do you mean by "pins not lifted of board"?

 

I had the impression that you remove the 4 caps and you link them with 2 wires. DAC output L/R to the location where the very very small integrated caps are near the dock.

post #9550 of 23606
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post
 

 

Can't comment on RWA iMod as they mod differently (pins not lifted off board). Caps absolutely make difference in sound depending on what are used. I heard almost no difference with the Elna caps.

 

Your iMod has no internal caps but your Alo LOD has, then your amp also has the dc blocking caps. My amp has NO dc blocking caps, now I also tested with no caps from the dac all the way to the amp input. I don't know how Nick designed the UHA-6S, but he sure made it clear to me the amp can handle a few volts of dc offsets from input without actually having the dc blocking caps in the amp. That's awesome.

 

Yea, I was using the ALO Copper 18 LOD with the caps in it, but then I switched to s straight Fiio LOD which has no caps.  So I figured why have dc blocking caps and another set of caps.  Even so, I didn't hear much if any differance in the LODs.  Another reason I'm going to give the silver LOD a shot.

 

What I'm realy excited to try when I get home, is find an old 5.5G amd wiring directly from the DAC to the lifted pins with silver, and silver everything.  I also want to try an amp from Ray Samuels.

 

Why I choose the Fiio E17 is because I can equalize with it as it has treble and bass adjustments.

 

After that I'll probably be throwing more setups here :D  Can't wait o participate more with my own work. :p

post #9551 of 23606
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Originally Posted by Varoudis View Post
 

Hi,

 

What do you mean by "pins not lifted of board"?

 

I had the impression that you remove the 4 caps and you link them with 2 wires. DAC output L/R to the location where the very very small integrated caps are near the dock.


Sorry I meant "pins not lifted off board", referring to those two pins (#3 and #4 for R & L audio channels) of ipod's line out dock. If internal caps are used for this direct-out mod, there will be two caps (one each for R/L channel) bridging the dac and the pins. You only remove the two Z caps near the dac (no other parts are removed since the board is completely bypassed once those 2 pins are lifted off board). Without internal caps, you fly wires from dac directly to those two pins.

 

Sorry for the OT. Please move to the DIY thread if you have any other questions.

post #9552 of 23606

Could a 5.5g still run Rockbox if its modified with caps or whatever it is that you do?

And do they just effect the amp stage or does it make any improvement to the Line-Out stage also?

post #9553 of 23606
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Originally Posted by Paul Graham View Post
 

Could a 5.5g still run Rockbox if its modified with caps or whatever it is that you do?

And do they just effect the amp stage or does it make any improvement to the Line-Out stage also?

 

The mod has nothing to do with firmwares, meaning you can choose rockbox or apple OF or both as you wish.

 

The mod also leave the stock headphone out unaffected, meaning even with the mod you can still use the headphone jack if you don't want to use amp.

 

What this mod does is to improve the LO to your amp. So the improvement can be only realized thru LOD to amp. For more info , here is the DIY thread.

post #9554 of 23606

Thanks for the info bud :) 

The headphone out doesn't get used much anyway lol! :beyersmile:

post #9555 of 23606
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post

Try a diymod with NO caps at all. See my post here. Just make sure your amp CAN handle the 2V dc offsets. I am not liable for any potential damage to your amp. smily_headphones1.gif
That sounds like a good time, have you noticed any differences or improvements?
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