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post #106 of 367
:cool:My simple but Powerfull set Up With excelent SQ

Source : AK 120
Amp : Pico Power
Headphone : LCD 3
Cable : Norse Audio Reign Seies 24 brid x 24 awg
Ventura Craft mini to mini LE Audiophile grade Quality


Edited by rudi0504 - 6/7/13 at 8:57am
post #107 of 367

If you bought a Pico Power at the pre-order price and are thinking of selling, let me know please! Thanks. 

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So, I finally got some free time away from work to unbox and try out the Pico Power after it was sitting in my closet for the past few months.  Pretty late to the party but might as well chime in...

 

Some unboxing pictures first (notice the neat little optional small volume knobs):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sound quality of this amplifier is phenomenal.  I use a Pico DAC/Amp every single day at work, and while with my Westone 4Rs there isn't much of a difference between the Pico DAC/Amp and the Pico DAC => Power, there is a significant difference when it comes to driving more power hungry cans (as its name suggests!)

 

The Pico Power drives my HD800s with absolute authority and is a huge improvement with respect to clarity and detail over the stock headphone out of my RME Fireface UC.  Unfortunately, due to the HD800's innate lean sound signature the Pico Power still isn't that great of a fit, especially through my RME which is extremely neutral -- a good tube amp is still the king with the HD800s since it hides most of its low-end flaws, but then again I'm comparing a $500 pocket amplifier with a $2000+ Zana Deux.

 

However, when I plugged in a pair of HD650s to the Pico Power, the resultant sound is absolute bliss, and HeadAmp's signature wire-with-gain house sound fits the HD650's dark SS perfectly.  It reminds me a lot of how the GS-1 (and the GLite w/ DPS) sounded with the HD650 from way back when, and it's quite astonishing how much headphone amps have progressed over the past 7-8 years.  Something that used to require a separate rack to get benchmark-level sound is now possible in the palm of my hand!

 

It is a shame that the Power runs solely on 9V batteries and can't be plugged in all the time, otherwise I'd definitely use it in place of my Fireface UC's internal amp.  As it currently stands, while there is a noticeable improvement with both the HD650s and HD800s with this amplifier, the annoyance of having to rip out the batteries every few days to recharge them just isn't worth the hassle for me.  Perhaps it's more suitable for semi-portable setups at, say, work, where you can use full-sized headphones, but that's a pretty small subset of an already niche market.


Edited by akwok - 6/9/13 at 1:22am
post #109 of 367
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Originally Posted by akwok View Post

...the annoyance of having to rip out the batteries every few days to recharge them just isn't worth the hassle for me.  Perhaps it's more suitable for semi-portable setups at, say, work, where you can use full-sized headphones, but that's a pretty small subset of an already niche market.

 

Try two sets of rechargeable batteries for fast swapping. Perhaps the hassles of opening the amp every couple of days really is too much for you. I have been using that system with other amps for years so I don't really get it but to each his/her own.

 

Battery power has its advantages. It is very clean.


Edited by cooperpwc - 6/9/13 at 3:43am
post #110 of 367
Just purchase this amp early this week and replace the stock Duracell yesterday with these batteries.

http://www.ipowerus.com/Products/DC9V520pro/DC9V520pro.htm

I like the improvement in sq particularly with lcd2 and hd800 smily_headphones1.gif
Deeper bass, cleaner treble, better presentation and imaging.
post #111 of 367

I am wondering if PP on low gain sounds identical if not better than Pico Slim. If so, i am willing to replace my Pico Slim with Pico Power.

post #112 of 367

Wow, this is a true audiophile setup!  Although it was setup for portable, I am sure it sounds much better than many people's home setup.

 

Nicely done.smile.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post

:cool:My simple but Powerfull set Up With excelent SQ

Source : AK 120
Amp : Pico Power
Headphone : LCD 3
Cable : Norse Audio Reign Seies 24 brid x 24 awg
Ventura Craft mini to mini LE Audiophile grade Quality

post #113 of 367
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Originally Posted by superjohny View Post

I am wondering if PP on low gain sounds identical if not better than Pico Slim. If so, i am willing to replace my Pico Slim with Pico Power.

 

it is better, but is not going to have the extreme precision of channel balance as the digital volume control of the Pico Slim.  so for sensitive IEMs, the Pico Slim is still recommended

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post #114 of 367
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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

it is better, but is not going to have the extreme precision of channel balance as the digital volume control of the Pico Slim.  so for sensitive IEMs, the Pico Slim is still recommended

Also you can't beat the battery life and rechargeable advantage of Pico Slim. It's best for someone primarily uses IEMs for portable.
There is always trade-offs biggrin.gif
post #115 of 367
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Originally Posted by xinghui0711 View Post

Also you can't beat the battery life and rechargeable advantage of Pico Slim. It's best for someone primarily uses IEMs for portable.
There is always trade-offs biggrin.gif
portabikity isnt a big issue for me as it will be primarily used at office and home and on the way btw and i always carry a bag. so if at least the SQ is identical across the range its better for me to switch.
post #116 of 367

Thinking about getting can someone compared how well this with RWAK100 work with something like HD800 vs RWAK100 with HD800? I expect improvement but unsure how/how much. Thanks! 

post #117 of 367

I don't have HD-800s handy, but using high-impedance headphones and my Mezzo-modded AK100 the Pico Power seems to do a better job with the M-AK100 by itself sounding less clear.

post #118 of 367
If RWAK100 have the same output spec as AK100, it can't powered hd800. Even AK120 alone with HD800 sound thin (it can get loud though, but it give me fatigue quite quickly). Adding Pico Power between ak120 and hd800, it sound quite nice indeed.
post #119 of 367

Thanks guys Im pretty sure ill get this in a few weeks time now the hardest part is to get it in blue or black? I wonder one over the other shows fingerprints more or less, if anyone got any idea please let me know, hopefully it will help me make up my mind on color choice :/

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Originally Posted by ivanrocks321 View Post

Thanks guys Im pretty sure ill get this in a few weeks time now the hardest part is to get it in blue or black? I wonder one over the other shows fingerprints more or less, if anyone got any idea please let me know, hopefully it will help me make up my mind on color choice :/

I have the blue and it's not a fingerprint magnet. Also, I just touch it when changing batteries then it goes back into its vinyl casing. The lue looks good too. At the end, the color choice is still yours.
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