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post #526 of 1013
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post

Yes for sure , I really can not associate the word "smooth" to my mS. redface.gif  

X2 here. Detailed, yes. Smooth, not so much.
post #527 of 1013

Yeah the mS plays an awesome trick on warmer/darker phones by giving them more energy without taking away their signature. Just how I like it :) My PX100-II are loaned out, but they sounded great with the mS.

 

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It sounds quite good with the SE215, the W4R, and the Momentums that I have.  All three have varying degrees of treble roll off, so I got lucky with synergy.

post #528 of 1013
Actually it works great even with the K550s. It's brighter than a Fiio but a pinch less bright than a Dragonfly. Neutral-ish :P
post #529 of 1013
Yeah that is a magical combo for some reason, its counter-intuitive but it definitely sounds really good.
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Actually it works great even with the K550s. It's brighter than a Fiio but a pinch less bright than a Dragonfly. Neutral-ish :P
post #530 of 1013

I've been dedicating a lot more listening time to the microstreamer, and even though bass quantity is less compared to regular laptop soundcard, I must say the gain in clarity is worth it. It is a bit bright with some tunes, but nothing to be scared about.

 

It's growing on me.

 

I feel like something similar is happening to when I went from Denon D1100 headphones straight to Sig DJ. You do lose bass quantity, but gain quality, soundstage, clarity, instrument separation... Though at first I missed the sheer quantity of bass, I learned to appreciate quality.

post #531 of 1013

It seems this mS does a perfect combo with Ultrasone Signature series :beerchug:

post #532 of 1013

The output impedance of the headphone amplifier in the microStreamer is much lower (less than .5 Ohms) than less capable amplifiers.  As such, under controlled and bloated bass characteristics that may have become familiar are diminished.  This may take some time to get used to but it is a much more musical and accurate presentation than would be the case if a high source impedance (low damping) amplifier were used.

 

There are always personal taste issues to consider and of course pairings between the characteristics of a transducer (headphone) and amplifier might suit one level of taste more than another, but in general, most good transducers that have a proper tonal balance will benefit for a very low source impedance amplifier.   

 

Headphones, like many things are highly subjective so a first hand listen is the best way to make such a selection.  I would always caution any individual not to weigh tonal balance as too important as this is the one factor that will most easily be realigned over time as a new reference becomes familiar.  Nearly every other factor, distortion, specificity, imagery will eventually become more dominant and important characteristics.  

 

Kevin Halverson

CTO

High Resolution Technologies, LLC

post #533 of 1013
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Originally Posted by Kevin_Halverson View Post
 

The output impedance of the headphone amplifier in the microStreamer is much lower (less than .5 Ohms) than less capable amplifiers.  As such, under controlled and bloated bass characteristics that may have become familiar are diminished.  This may take some time to get used to but it is a much more musical and accurate presentation than would be the case if a high source impedance (low damping) amplifier were used.

 

There are always personal taste issues to consider and of course pairings between the characteristics of a transducer (headphone) and amplifier might suit one level of taste more than another, but in general, most good transducers that have a proper tonal balance will benefit for a very low source impedance amplifier.   

 

Headphones, like many things are highly subjective so a first hand listen is the best way to make such a selection.  I would always caution any individual not to weigh tonal balance as too important as this is the one factor that will most easily be realigned over time as a new reference becomes familiar.  Nearly every other factor, distortion, specificity, imagery will eventually become more dominant and important characteristics.  

 

Kevin Halverson

CTO

High Resolution Technologies, LLC

 

Thanks for this incisive post Kevin!!

And thanks for keeping up with our thread!!

post #534 of 1013

It would be great to have the possibility to choose an alternative firmware with a more smooth sound. I think it would help to make the product attractive for a larger audience.

post #535 of 1013
So Mike do you think that the MS will work wine with the Alpha Dogs or would a M8 be much better? smily_headphones1.gif
post #536 of 1013
Has there been new firmware since the Microstreamer was released? The HRT site doesn't do the greatest job of making it clear if it has...
post #537 of 1013

Yes.  It is available from their support page

 

http://highresolutiontechnologies.com/support/

post #538 of 1013
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Originally Posted by RapidPulse View Post
 

Yes.  It is available from their support page

 

http://highresolutiontechnologies.com/support/

 

I've downloaded the firmware but which .bin is for the microstreamer? The abbreviations they use aren't really great condsidering the microstreamer doesn't have "Plus" "+" "HD" or "II" as part of its name...

 

Edit: Ok, found that it's us_1V2. I followed the instructions to the tee, restarted and checked USBView again, but it still shows 1.00 firmware. Any ideas?


Edited by rbf1138 - 10/6/13 at 6:12pm
post #539 of 1013

Unplug the microstreamer completely.  Then plug back in and run usbview again. It should show the correct version (I noticed same thing)

post #540 of 1013

What's the interest of of the Firmware 1.2 ?  I Use Linux and I didn't see any instructions for Upgrade ? :confused_face(1):

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