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post #91 of 1020
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Originally Posted by SlingBlade View Post

@mikemercer or others:
Microstreamer vs CEntrance DACport?

 

i'd be curious about that comparison as well,

post #92 of 1020

+1

 

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post #93 of 1020

Just received my Microstreamer today.  So far, so great!

I only listened with my SM3s so far...but honestly, they have never sounded better.

 

I think this is going to be perfect for work.

post #94 of 1020

I have the DF and really enjoy it.  I am auditioning the ME and love it.  I feel that the ME is more spacious and the clarity is above the DF.  The ME seems more powerful also.  But I find the DF to match better with some headphones so I don't feel the need to replace it.  I've been mulling over the MS since I first heard about it and after Mike's review and having the best price of the three, I really want to pull the trigger. I'd really like to know if it's really worth it when I already own the DF.  As of now, I don't really feel that I need to replace the DF with the ME.  

post #95 of 1020
dear all, if form factor and true portability is of any concern to you, the microstreamer is really a no-brainer.
post #96 of 1020
Thread Starter 

I gotta say I'm humbled at the communal sonic discoveries we've been experiencing here since that little aluminum brick

blew my mind, and I got up the balls to finally share a review as a thread (didn't know how that would come off - and I'm not the ******* ego guy like some of these old guard audiophile writers who think they write for Rolling Stone) So I finally got confirmation I'll be tackling a review of the MusicStreamer HD soon.

 

BTW - found another KILLER headphone mate for the microStreamer - one of my old favs - my Senn HD 25-1 IIs!  Don't remember if I tried them when I wrote the review.

 

 

 

Still can't believe the magic here,

and with Moon Audio's Blue Dragon USB lead - 

biggest surprise of the year turned into a good thing

(the microStreamer driving my LCD3s and my loving it):

post #97 of 1020
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

I gotta say I'm humbled at the communal sonic discoveries we've been experiencing here since that little aluminum brick
blew my mind, and I got up the balls to finally share a review as a thread (didn't know how that would come off - and I'm not the ******* ego guy like some of these old guard audiophile writers who think they write for Rolling Stone) So I finally got confirmation I'll be tackling a review of the MusicStreamer HD soon.

BTW - found another KILLER headphone mate for the microStreamer - one of my old favs - my Senn HD 25-1 IIs!  Don't remember if I tried them when I wrote the review.



Still can't believe the magic here,
and with Moon Audio's Blue Dragon USB lead - 
biggest surprise of the year turned into a good thing
(the microStreamer driving my LCD3s and my loving it):


Liked! Hope I save enough juice for a pair of 3s this Xmas! Mike you think the ALO Pan Am would be a nice match? I especially like the battery power part, listen anywhere!
post #98 of 1020
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by breadvan View Post


Liked! Hope I save enough juice for a pair of 3s this Xmas! Mike you think the ALO Pan Am would be a nice match? I especially like the battery power part, listen anywhere!

HELL YEAH BROTHA!

I use that combo, and prefer the battery pack!

 

I reviewed it for HPsoundings.com (Harry Pearson's audio blog)!

CHECK IT OUT!  I even talk about preferring to run on battery!!

 

Wild you asked me about that particular amp/DAC!

 

Here it is

700


Edited by mikemercer - 5/21/13 at 9:09pm
post #99 of 1020

Further impressions:

 

Used my XBA-3s with the Microstreamer today. The XBA-3 has a variable impedance curve and can sound unpleasant (i.e. metallic treble) on an amp with higher output impedance. With the very low impedance of the MS, the XBA-3 had nicely controlled bass with a non-metallicy, detailed treble. 

 

2 for 2.  Consider me impressed (and happy!)

post #100 of 1020
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RapidPulse View Post

Further impressions:

 

Used my XBA-3s with the Microstreamer today. The XBA-3 has a variable impedance curve and can sound unpleasant (i.e. metallic treble) on an amp with higher output impedance. With the very low impedance of the MS, the XBA-3 had nicely controlled bass with a non-metallicy, detailed treble. 

 

2 for 2.  Consider me impressed (and happy!)

F___IN splendid!

 

I'm so psyched.  See this is what the high end has never truly had:

A dedicated, connected community built around the journey for new sonic discovery!

They tear each other down, the old gaurd.  ALL ego-based.

 

Sure I've seen some of that here too.  You won't get rid of all of it - but I gotta say you

guys all gave me some hope when it was lookin' pretty bleak (being a younger dude in an old guys industry).

 

I'm enjoying myself more, and listening and writing about music and personal audio (gear) more than I did with super high end stereo stuff.

and as I typed that S__ I realized it was true!

 

SMILE

post #101 of 1020
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

HELL YEAH BROTHA!
I use that combo, and prefer the battery pack!

I reviewed it for HPsoundings.com (Harry Pearson's audio blog)!
CHECK IT OUT!  I even talk about preferring to run on battery!!

Wild you asked me about that particular amp/DAC!

Right on Mikey!! They even look great together smily_headphones1.gif Besides the PanAm, do you reckon any other DAC/AMP would do a similarly good job with the LCD3s, say the Burson? In the end I still might go with the PanAm, the mobility part to me is really a big thing, ie, I don't have to be tethered to a particular setup.

One more thing, would the 3s be better for classical and jazz (99% of what I listen to) than the 2s, or vice versa? I heard somewhere the 3s are more for rock, etc. Obviously this is rather subjective.
Edited by breadvan - 5/22/13 at 12:28am
post #102 of 1020

Wow I just received my MS about an hour ago and all I can say is it is definitely a huge leap up in SQ from the fiio E70k! I have been listening to Steven Wilson - The Raven that Refused to Sing (in 24/96) through my Grado SR60is and am totally blown away by the drive and clarity. Will be trying my Sennheiser HD-25-1 IIs and Hifiman RE-400s later today. Thanks to all in this thread for the push on pulling the trigger, been following it even though I hadn't posted.

post #103 of 1020
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by breadvan View Post


Right on Mikey!! They even look great together smily_headphones1.gif Besides the PanAm, do you reckon any other DAC/AMP would do a similarly good job with the LCD3s, say the Burson? In the end I still might go with the PanAm, the mobility part to me is really a big thing, ie, I don't have to be tethered to a particular setup.

One more thing, would the 3s be better for classical and jazz (99% of what I listen to) than the 2s, or vice versa? I heard somewhere the 3s are more for rock, etc. Obviously this is rather subjective.

Yo!

Admittedly, the only Burson I've lived with now is the Conductor - and its VERY impressive of course (aside of some issues with the Toslink input) - but obviously in a whole other price category.

 

So portability is a factor?

For me, the Pan Am is the biggest portable rig I would get into personally - because the carrying case makes it EASY.

I'm also very impressed with the Sony PHA-1, thanks to Jude for the reco: The noisefloor is so low it's astonishing.  That's my number one -goin for a walk- rig right now (that plus my iPod Classic or Touch)

and, it does make for a solid DAC/headphone amp w/ your PC too.

 

As for the Audeze LCD3: I think (and yeah this is ALL taste) that's the better of the two for classical and jazz.  Why do I think so?  Because the LCD3, IMO, is an even closer looking glass into the music.

Meaning: I think an Everest recording would pop on the LCD2, sure.  On the LCD3?  An Everest will come ALIVE.  But that's just me

post #104 of 1020
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by morserotonin View Post

Wow I just received my MS about an hour ago and all I can say is it is definitely a huge leap up in SQ from the fiio E70k! I have been listening to Steven Wilson - The Raven that Refused to Sing (in 24/96) through my Grado SR60is and am totally blown away by the drive and clarity. Will be trying my Sennheiser HD-25-1 IIs and Hifiman RE-400s later today. Thanks to all in this thread for the push on pulling the trigger, been following it even though I hadn't posted.

Wow.

 

I bet the microStreamer and Grado SR60is is a KILLER combo.

 

I'm currently trying out the SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks w/ my microStreamer!

post #105 of 1020
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

Wow.

 

I bet the microStreamer and Grado SR60is is a KILLER combo.

 

I'm currently trying out the SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks w/ my microStreamer!

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


Edited by morserotonin - 5/22/13 at 12:55pm
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