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post #166 of 977

Got the Microstreamer yesterday and took it work with me today and was very excited to try it out. Been using a Fiio E07K for a while at work and had no complaints about that really. I'm using Shure SH-840's at work at the moment, and I immidiatly heard "more" than I did with the FIIO. The FIIO is great for what it's intended to do and also rechargable. But the Micro clearly outshines the FIIO as a DAC. It should also be enough power to drive a lot of headphones, but I did a little experiment and hooked the line out into the line in of the Fiio. That was a shock...they play really well together and it was even better than the microstreamer alone. I'm gonna use it with a C&C BH2 at work soon when that arrives, and the FIIO will be my out and about amp/dac. I've just had 4-5 hours of use on it, but I'm very happy I bought the Microstreamer. It will get recommendend to everyone wondering what that little silver gem on my officedesk is? 


Edited by tommo21 - 7/5/13 at 9:42am
post #167 of 977
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Originally Posted by tommo21 View Post

Got the Microstreamer yesterday and took it work with me today and was very excited to try it out. Been using a Fiio E07K for a while at work and had no complaints about that really. I'm using Shure SH-840's at work at the moment, and I immidiatly heard "more" than I did with the FIIO. The FIIO is great for what it's intended to do and also rechargable. But the Micro clearly outshines the FIIO as a DAC. It should also be enough power to drive a lot of headphones, but I did a little experiment and hooked the line out into the line in of the Fiio. That was a shock...they play really well together and it was even better than the microstreamer alone. I'm gonna use it with a C&C BH2 at work soon when that arrives, and the FIIO will be my out and about amp/dac. But that's just 4-5 hours of use I had on it, but I'm very happy I bought the Microstreamer. It will get recommendend to everyone wondering what that little silver gem on my officedesk is? 

I own both of those pieces of gear but I haven't tried lining out to the E07K yet.. going to get it now!

post #168 of 977

Ok I do hear a slight improvement lining out to the E07K... bass is a bit more controlled, hits slightly harder and the mid range fuller. It would be interesting to try the line out with a even better amp but I don't have one.

post #169 of 977
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Originally Posted by morserotonin View Post

Ok I do hear a slight improvement lining out to the E07K... bass is a bit more controlled, hits slightly harder and the mid range fuller. It would be interesting to try the line out with a even better amp but I don't have one.


Tha'ts exactly what I felt as well. It might just be the power that's doing the business, but its more of the "goodness" I feel;-) I also played around with the bitrates and generally feel I get the best sound at 88k2, but it also depends on the files played and source I guess.

post #170 of 977

It isn't all bliss in the combo though... While the bass is more refined and the mid range fuller... I feel I am losing a bit of detail in the mid range and maybe a bit of air in the treble. Over all it is slightly more enjoyable, yet we will see how time effects my opinion :)

post #171 of 977
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

the pops and clicks i had were only when using jriver in wasapi mode,  with high res files, and the fix for this, with most dacs that have this problem, is increasing the buffereing,

with hrt products, DECREASING the buffering works, this was the case with the micro, and msii, 

oh, and yeah mike, its all your fault, you got me to try hrt  in the first place, and now i'm a fan, i love stuff, thats no nonsense, no fluff, no "snake oil" just well engineered, great sounding stuff, with good customer support(kevin helped me along, answered every email himself), and reasonable pricing,

what i'm really looking for right now is going to be my "reference"or "keeper" dac,the one i'll keep, i'd like to just here the msii+ , kevin suggested it since i don't kneed portabilty

but the micro is so damn good !

These messages keep me going.  

I'm humbled that you put enough faith in my words to try this magical, "unreasonably great" (considering it's price) headphone amp/DAC that still blows my mind all the time!

The II+ still beats the crap out of most expensive DACs I get in here for review!!  SMILE.  I highly recommend it.  I never reviewed the II+, but I did review the original Music

Streamer+ and the II+ is a serious upgrade from the original.  

 

Now, this is CRAZY:

 

I was rockin' the ALO Studio Six last night and my Audeze LCD3's, havin' a BLAST.  

Next thing I think to myself "I haven't used the microStreamer in a few days since my last experiment w/ cabling - so I hooked it up using my ALO USB cable

(I have this cool little USB adapter: mini-B male to female A), and I used my Moon Audio Silver Dragon cable on the LCD3's (w/ Grado 1/4" to 1/8" adapter).  

This sounds like total overkill, but I was havin' a serious geek-out sesh...

 

The result - lets just say the HRT microStreamer got closer to the Studio Six rig than it has ANY right too given the cost.

I'm NOT SAYING they're equals.  But, to hear, percentage-wise, just how close it gets is staggering!!  Maybe I just love the little thing too much to think straight.

 

AppleMark

post #172 of 977
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

These messages keep me going.  

I'm humbled that you put enough faith in my words to try this magical, "unreasonably great" (considering it's price) headphone amp/DAC that still blows my mind all the time!

The II+ still beats the crap out of most expensive DACs I get in here for review!!  SMILE.  I highly recommend it.  I never reviewed the II+, but I did review the original Music

Streamer+ and the II+ is a serious upgrade from the original.  

 

Now, this is CRAZY:

 

I was rockin' the ALO Studio Six last night and my Audeze LCD3's, havin' a BLAST.  

Next thing I think to myself "I haven't used the microStreamer in a few days since my last experiment w/ cabling - so I hooked it up using my ALO USB cable

(I have this cool little USB adapter: mini-B male to female A), and I used my Moon Audio Silver Dragon cable on the LCD3's (w/ Grado 1/4" to 1/8" adapter).  

This sounds like total overkill, but I was havin' a serious geek-out sesh...

 

The result - lets just say the HRT microStreamer got closer to the Studio Six rig than it has ANY right too given the cost.

I'm NOT SAYING they're equals.  But, to hear, percentage-wise, just how close it gets is staggering!!  Maybe I just love the little thing too much to think straight.

 

AppleMark

Mike you know I love my microStreamer and due to a previous post I tried it with my EO7K amp (read cheap, but I like the amp section, the DAC is a bit dark and veiled for me) and I think I actually heard a bit of improvement to the MS. So in interest of something really insane maybe we should line out the microStreamer to the Studio Six and see how close this little wonder gets to the Mytek. I am thinking quite close actually... Listening to Lorn - Ask the Dust > Amarra Hi-Fi > HRT microStreamer > Fiio E07k > Grado SR60i with L cushions now.... 

post #173 of 977
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Originally Posted by morserotonin View Post

Mike you know I love my microStreamer and due to a previous post I tried it with my EO7K amp (read cheap, but I like the amp section, the DAC is a bit dark and veiled for me) and I think I actually heard a bit of improvement to the MS. So in interest of something really insane maybe we should line out the microStreamer to the Studio Six and see how close this little wonder gets to the Mytek. I am thinking quite close actually... Listening to Lorn - Ask the Dust > Amarra Hi-Fi > HRT microStreamer > Fiio E07k > Grado SR60i with L cushions now.... 

that's a BRILLIANT idea brotha!

 

I'm down, and I have a Nordost Heimdall iKable (1/8" -to-RCA cable, now discontinued) for the microStreamer!

Cuz I have Heimdall on the MYTEK, so this way no variables on cabling between the two.  

 

I'll also use the same USB cable (using my adapter) that I'm using on the MYTEK, which is the new Light Harmonic

USB cable.

 

lets check this sh*$ out...

post #174 of 977

well, i'm back in the fold ! i've decided to make the microstreamer my "keeper" it will replace the fiio e10.

i do travel some, and i most always carry my laptop, but up until the last six, eight months, i didn't really listen to

headphones, now i have discovered how much i love listening with headphones, i can take i very good sounding

listening experience with me.

now i may still look for a dac that will be strictly for my desktop, and the msii+ is at the top of my list there.

the are a lot of choices in the $300-$500+ desktop dac category .

over the last couple of months as i tried different dacs, i didn't like having to go back to the e10 until

i tried something else, and the e10 ain't bad at all !

i don't think i'll have that same feeling now.

also, new set of headphone update

new arrival today: alessandro ms2, i'm Not going to rave how great it is yet

all i'm gonna say is i'm smiling right now,

and i'll probably have a bigger smile tomorrow because the microstreamer will be here tomorrow thanks to amazon and next day shipping !! lol

post #175 of 977
I bought my little microstreamer about a month ago, have never hooked up headphones to it. Just using the lineout to my NAD amp. Today I decided to try some headphones with it. My gosh it has some power!!! I couldnt go past Windows sound manager on 10. Only tried my HA-S500's with it, but damn does it make them sing. Such an amazing little piece. Ive been tossing up wether to purchase a NAD M51, but speaker stands are next on my list. This little guy punches well above the price imo.
post #176 of 977
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Originally Posted by Townyj View Post

I bought my little microstreamer about a month ago, have never hooked up headphones to it. Just using the lineout to my NAD amp. Today I decided to try some headphones with it. My gosh it has some power!!! I couldnt go past Windows sound manager on 10. Only tried my HA-S500's with it, but damn does it make them sing. Such an amazing little piece. Ive been tossing up wether to purchase a NAD M51, but speaker stands are next on my list. This little guy punches well above the price imo.


WAY above !

i had returned my first micro, but ended up getting another that just got here yesterday, just used the line out so far, but here in a little bit, going to hook up my new alessandro ms2'sthe the micro directly


Edited by jaywillin - 7/7/13 at 5:49am
post #177 of 977

I finally got mine this weekend and really impressed by the sound. It opens the capabilities of Sony MDR-MA900, provides a tight and enegretic sound full of details on any loudness. It's really good especially with a good Mac OS player (I like Fidelia a bit more than Audirvana with this combination). Overall, I'm happy with this and join the numerouns recommendations!

post #178 of 977

OK. Mike, I get what all the hysteria is about - the out-of-the-box experience is as good as I've had with anything short of a naked woman in my living room, and this is a family board so I wont go there. If the DEA ever decide to go after audio companies for selling the audio equivalent of crack, I would strongly advise Mr Halvorsen to get in his Learjet and move to Mexico, fast.  ;)

 

You win this round, my friend, but I'll be back. I still think you're barking mad, but there is method in your madness in this case. How the hell do HRT do it for the price ??  I'll give more detailed impressions at the end of the month, but consider me a dribbling convert to your church, even if it does bear more resemblance to Waco than the Vatican at this point in time !  :D

 

estreeter 

post #179 of 977
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

OK. Mike, I get what all the hysteria is about - the out-of-the-box experience is as good as I've had with anything short of a naked woman in my living room, and this is a family board so I wont go there. If the DEA ever decide to go after audio companies for selling the audio equivalent of crack, I would strongly advise Mr Halvorsen to get in his Learjet and move to Mexico, fast.  ;)

 

You win this round, my friend, but I'll be back. I still think you're barking mad, but there is method in your madness in this case. How the hell do HRT do it for the price ??  I'll give more detailed impressions at the end of the month, but consider me a dribbling convert to your church, even if it does bear more resemblance to Waco than the Vatican at this point in time !  :D

 

estreeter 

This is an awesome reply! Welcome to our church, though I must warn against the kool-aid unless you like drooling in technicolor.... 

 

My only complaint so far is how hard this little device is making my upgrade path... there is better gear it is just so expensive :p

post #180 of 977
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

that's a BRILLIANT idea brotha!

 

I'm down, and I have a Nordost Heimdall iKable (1/8" -to-RCA cable, now discontinued) for the microStreamer!

Cuz I have Heimdall on the MYTEK, so this way no variables on cabling between the two.  

 

I'll also use the same USB cable (using my adapter) that I'm using on the MYTEK, which is the new Light Harmonic

USB cable.

 

lets check this sh*$ out...

 

I was surprised by the number of high-end cable companies who do actually sell mini-to-RCA cables, and the Nordost versions are predictably expensive (serious $$$). Here's something a little more reasonably priced from Kimber Kables:

 

http://www.needledoctor.com/Kimber-Kable-GQ-Mini-CU_2

 

In most cases, I would scoff at anyone spending the purchase price of their DAC on a cable, but perhaps I'm just cheap. Would a ~$200 cable make sense between the microStreamer and a ~2K headphone or speaker amp ? I think it would, but I'm happy to hear that there is a Rat Shack alternative that is 'just as good'. Absolutely killer laptop-based rig for auditions, IMO - more to follow. 

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