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In certain condition..somehow i do prefer removable battery during my trip. Just grap spare battery with me and if battery down just unscrew and put the new one....but rechargeable battery imo is indeed more convenient in most cases.
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The pico Power is, for the my money, the best solid-state amplifier I've ever owned.  I do most of my music listening with my Sennheiser HD 600, which the Power drives with ease.  I've never felt the need to go beyond 3 o'clock on the volume pot, and that's at the unity gain setting!

 

FWIW, I would liken its sound to that of a more laid-back Gilmore Lite.  It performs on par with the Gilmore Lite (with a DPS) in nearly every respect, with sound staging being the only area in which the Lite held a a clear, albeit slight, edge.  I prefer the more laid-back sound of the Power overall, however.  Since its transient response is more evenhanded, the Power more appealingly captures note decay and ambience.  Its tonal balance reminds me greatly of the GS-1, although the Power lacks that amp's sheer authority.

 

The fact that the Power is a genuinely portable amp blows me away every single time I listen to it.  That fact, combined with its relatively low price and outstanding headroom, easily gives it the top slot amongst the various amps I've heard.

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^ Nice impressions. Thanks! The timing of this commendation is most welcome because I am less than 72 hours from finally hearing mine...

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^ Nice impressions. Thanks! The timing of this commendation is most welcome because I am less than 72 hours from finally hearing mine...

I don't think you will disappointed. I'm loving mine. biggrin.gif
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Has anyone experienced sonic changes with different gain settings?  

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Nope, only difference Ive noticed is that I have to turn the volume knob less to get my desired volume. Which I guess is the point of the gain settings but in some of my other amps that was not the case I would prefer high gain on low volume over low gain on medium-low volume.

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Has anyone experienced sonic changes with different gain settings?  

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It's always a good idea to use the lowest gain possible.  If your volume control isn't maxed out, then your gain setting is not too low.

 

I can't speak to any sonic differences between gain settings, but I adhere to this principle.  I love that the Power has a unity gain setting, as it gives me the opportunity to explore nearly the entire range of the volume pot.  It also makes the Power comfortably usable with sensitive IEMs, on account of its non-existent noise floor at that setting.

 

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^ Nice impressions. Thanks! The timing of this commendation is most welcome because I am less than 72 hours from finally hearing mine...

 

You're welcome! smily_headphones1.gif  I think you'll be very, very impressed.  What color did you get?  Mine is grey, and it looks so much better in person than it does in a photo.


Edited by Valens7 - 7/13/13 at 11:50pm
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I don't think you will disappointed. I'm loving mine. biggrin.gif

 

Glad to hear it!

 

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I can't speak to any sonic differences between gain settings, but I adhere to this principle.  I love that the Power has a unity gain setting, as it gives me the opportunity to explore nearly the entire range of the volume pot.  It also makes the Power comfortably usable with sensitive IEMs, on account of its non-existent noise floor at that setting.

 

 

You're welcome! smily_headphones1.gif  I think you'll be very, very impressed.  What color did you get?  Mine is grey, and it looks so much better in person than it does in a photo.

 

I have the Pico Slim in Grey - it is actually a violet grey shade - and it looks great.

 

I ordered the Pico Slim in Orange. I will post pictures in due course. First I have to see it.  :-)

post #204 of 353
My Pico Power set up :

Source : iPhone 4 S
Dac : Cyberlabs class -dB 1,69 Vrms is very good for iems and low impedance headphone
Amp : Pico Power
Headphone : Ultrasone Signature DJ

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Nice setup!

 

How do you get digital out of iPhone 4S?

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My Pico Power set up :

Source : iPhone 4 S
Dac : Cyberlabs class -dB 1,69 Vrms is very good for iems and low impedance headphone
Amp : Pico Power
Headphone : Ultrasone Signature DJ

post #206 of 353

At last...

 

 

Too early to say too much on the sound - it is burning in as I type - but I like it enough already that I have attached it my Rockboxed Classic with 3M Dual Lock. I intend to use it extensively.

 

The volume control is great. The channels are staying staying matched right down to the very lowest volume. Not only is there lots of low volume control but the available swing for fine volume control is huge on low gain with my IEMs.

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At last...

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Too early to say too much on the sound - it is burning in as I type - but I like it enough already that I have attached it my Rockboxed Classic with 3M Dual Lock. I intend to use it extensively.

 

The volume control is great. The channels are staying staying matched right down to the very lowest volume. Not only is there lots of low volume control but the available swing for fine volume control is huge on low gain with my IEMs.

 

Excellent photo, look forward to your thoughts. I'm still working on my review, but suffice to say this is one amazing portable amp. The best I've heard so far. 

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^ Thanks! I look forward to reading your review.

 

I am listening to the Pico Power with the Final Audio 1601SC right now and it does sound very nice indeed.

 

The volume control is fairly stiff as noted on Inner Fidelity. For portable use this is great; no accidental volume changes reaching into my bag. The movement is still very smooth. Ergonomically this is a lovely amp, doubly for use with the Classic as the footprint is identical.


Edited by cooperpwc - 7/16/13 at 9:08pm
post #209 of 353

I have been doing some back and forth between the Pico Power HP-out fed from the Classic and directly from the Classic HP-out listening to the Flat4-KAEDE. Generally I find that dynamic IEMs like the KEADE benefit less from amplification than balanced armature IEMs. This does not mean that there is no difference but rather that it is even more subtle. (All files are Lame 320 CBR re-encodes from lossless, FLAC or ALAC. Because the KAEDE plug is delicate, I am using a short 6" extension for the constant unplugging and replugging.)

 

Obviously volume matching is key but even when I err slightly in favor of louder volume on the Classic HP out, the benefits of the Pico Power are apparent. The Pico Power is incredibly neutral so there is not much change is the overall presentation; this is good. I do hear a bit more weight and definition in the bass. The treble is also a bit smoother which may be the one quality of the Pico Power that can be construed as a "sound signature". Overall though the change manifests itself in a greater presence and clarity. The sound is cleaner and more forward. It is a subtle difference but with an IEM of the quality of the KAEDE it is meaningful. When I listen for extended periods from the Classic HP out - and I find comparisons of lengthy listening actually more useful than back and forth A/B'ing - I find the sound to be just a bit flatter and less enjoyable. On the other hand, with the Pico Power in the chain, this is a fine portable system. I continue to be amazed by the Flat4-KAEDA and it ramps up nicely with the Pico Power.

 

I intend to spend some time doing the same comparison with the Heaven VI and ES5.

post #210 of 353
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The volume control is fairly stiff as noted on Inner Fidelity. For portable use this is great; no accidental volume changes reaching into my bag. The movement is still very smooth.

 

that was done intentionally with a machined teflon washer which can be removed if someone wanted a looser volume knob

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