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post #106 of 1020

You should be using the system volume

post #107 of 1020
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Originally Posted by morserotonin View Post

It is a KILLER combo but lets just say the microStreamer through the HD-25-1 IIs  with a Designer Drugs remix of the Cyberpunkers just sent chills up my arms.... the last time this track did that to me it was being blasted through an EAW Avalon series club system!!!!

 

I do have a question though, how do you control the volume... the slider in iTunes or system volume... this thing has a tendency to be LOUD lol

Good question!

 

And after reading about your reaction to that DOPE remix (I know that feeling - hearing that on a Funktion 1 soundsystem) I grabbed my LCD3's and got completely lost in Depeche Mode's "Welcome to My World" off Delta Machine (my review HERE) using the microStreamer - I am still blown away every time I connect these two components.  Admittedly, when I'm using the microStreamer these days it's usually a situation where I don't have my LCD3's (traveling, at a clients office - working at a desk for the day, etc.).  When I reviewed it I tried all my best cans, and then stuck w/ the LCD3's because of the sparkle factor (as I call it when you get that magic feeling from listening to the music).

 

I'm psyched you said that!  Having FUN

 

As to the question (sorry for the cyber-blaggin):

 

I use the system volume.  The reason first and foremost is that I play Amarra - and ever since version 2.5 you can bypass the iTunes gain altogether - 

leaving the system volume to control the MS.

 

I would recommend using the system, as opposed to the iTunes gain.  Though another killer attribute of the microStreamer's Async DAC is that is has

a digitally controlled analog gain stage (and btw - they had it before Audioquest w/ the HeadStreamer) - so perhaps they sound the same!

 

But, for loudness control, I like hitting a button - just like a DAW in a studio:

I HATE mousing over faders or knobs.  Gimme a controller!

post #108 of 1020
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Originally Posted by RapidPulse View Post

You should be using the system volume

and he beat me to it!!!

 

right on

post #109 of 1020

Thanks guys! I have Amarra HiFi and it has the gain bypass too. I also learned there is a button command, command up or down arrow for volume in iTunes but I will switch to system volume.  

 

On a side note I also like my Hifiman Re-400 IEMs with the microStreamer - it sounds correct to me, but they are not as fun as the afore mentioned combos. Also I am finding microphonics problematic with those particular IEMs.  I think I will be able to stick with this amp/dac for quite sometime as I learn what I like in headphones. If you love it with the LCD-3 this thing has plenty of growth room in it!!


Edited by morserotonin - 5/22/13 at 2:57pm
post #110 of 1020
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

On the LCD3?  An Everest will come ALIVE.  But that's just me

Oh man Christmas please come quickly!
post #111 of 1020

After a days worth of listening and waking up and trying the RE-400s again while not wearing a collared shirt, I must say this combination is probably the best all around listening combo! The collared shirt was rubbing the cables a lot, without that interference the microStreamer to Hifiman RE-400 IEMs makes sublime balanced music that is totally engrossing. It doesn't favor a genre at all unlike the 2 previously mentioned above. This morning I have listened to Jimi Hendrix's Electric LadyLAnd and Depeche Mode's Delta Machine and both are great! It rivals my reference vinyl system and since I am unable to listen to that due to life circumstances I am a very happy!  Thanks again to the forum for help in deciding on both of these recent purchases!

post #112 of 1020
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After a days worth of listening and waking up and trying the RE-400s again while not wearing a collared shirt, I must say this combination is probably the best all around listening combo! The collared shirt was rubbing the cables a lot, without that interference the microStreamer to Hifiman RE-400 IEMs makes sublime balanced music that is totally engrossing. It doesn't favor a genre at all unlike the 2 previously mentioned above. This morning I have listened to Jimi Hendrix's Electric LadyLAnd and Depeche Mode's Delta Machine and both are great! It rivals my reference vinyl system and since I am unable to listen to that due to life circumstances I am a very happy!  Thanks again to the forum for help in deciding on both of these recent purchases!

I'm SO pumped you're having so much fun with that combo, and that you pulled the trigger!!

 

I am getting the HRT Music Streamer HD - and will report on that ASAP.

But I'll have my microStreamer with me at T.H.E Show next weekend.

post #113 of 1020

hi

i'm very interested about this microstreamer, very hard to find in france :s.

 

does anybody know the component of the microstreamer dac and amp ?? i can't find anything about this

btw thanks a lot for all yout comments and review about this famous little box

 

By the way i am hesitating also with the sabre hifimedy wich is a lot cheaper.
 technicly unlike the microstreamer the hifimedy doesnt have an amp section right ? Is it a big drawback ? 
does anybody know the component/specs of the microstreamer dac and amp ?? i can't find anything about this

Edited by cedou97yon - 5/27/13 at 2:45pm
post #114 of 1020
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Originally Posted by cedou97yon View Post

hi
i'm very interested about this microstreamer, very hard to find in france :s.

does anybody know the composant of the microstreamer dac and amp ?? i can't find anything about this
btw thanks a lot for all yout comments and review about this famous little box

By the way i am hesitating also with the sabre hifimedy wich is a lot cheaper.
 technicly unlike the microstreamer the hifimedy doesnt have an amp section right ? Is it a big drawback ? 
does anybody know the component/specs of the microstreamer dac and amp ?? i can't find anything about this

I happened to have both, although I haven't tried the hifimedy dac for headphone, the website does say "For headphones the level decreases down to 1Vrms for 32ohm headphones", someone more technical could comment whether that is enough for most headphone use.

I used both on my desktop driving a pair of Audioengine A2 powered speaker, I'd haphazardly say the Microstreamer sounded more pleasing to my ears, more fleshed out, open and airy, but that's just me, and I honestly don't think I have spent enough time comparing the two direct, so you might feel the complete opposite.

To this date, I still think the Microstreamer was a great purchase, never looked back, use it almost everyday.
post #115 of 1020
For those who are interested, the Android app USB Recorder Pro finally works on the Microstreamer.

What sets this app apart is that it allows 24/96 playback on compatible Android devices like my Samsung Note II. I have tested it although on my setup it still has occasional pops and ticks, need to check with the developer, but it is still a great step forward.
post #116 of 1020

thanks i've read about the microstreamer that it is perfetc for iem and that's what i could use, but what about the hifimedy ?

Is it bad for iem ?

post #117 of 1020

Hi,

Does anyone know if the HRT streamer would be compatible with a Synology NAS?

Thank you !

Lionel
 

post #118 of 1020
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Originally Posted by lionel marechal View Post

Hi,
Does anyone know if the HRT streamer would be compatible with a Synology NAS?
Thank you !
Lionel

Sorry in what way? You would at least need an interface to stream files to the streamer, which only has digital input. I use JRMedia player to get files from my NAS and play through my PC connected to the microstreamer, works flawlessly. Sorry if I did not understand your question.
post #119 of 1020
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Originally Posted by cedou97yon View Post

thanks i've read about the microstreamer that it is perfetc for iem and that's what i could use, but what about the hifimedy ?

Is it bad for iem ?

I'm not familiar with the hifimedy - but the microStreamer is KILLER for IEMS!

I love it w/ my JH Audio JH-13 Freqphase IEMS.

post #120 of 1020
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Originally Posted by cedou97yon View Post

thanks i've read about the microstreamer that it is perfetc for iem and that's what i could use, but what about the hifimedy ?

Is it bad for iem ?

I love my microStreamer with my Hifiman RE-400 IEMs... that is my default listening rig at the moment! I don't know anything about the hifimedy though, sorry.


Edited by morserotonin - 5/28/13 at 1:49pm
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