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^ Good to know, Justin. I personally do not. The volume control is one of the pleasures of this amp.

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

Justin,

I've sent you emails three (3) separate times asking about the scratchy volume pot on my pico power. Have not received any email response. Hopefully this time I'll have your attention. I can't see a logical explanation on why there has been no response. I am considerate to the fact that you're busy and thats why I spaced my emails. But three times! Your products are well made and a piece of art. To hear no response, thats a different story. Thanks.

Miles
post #213 of 367

i responded a few days ago from my phone, i remember typing a response about the different battery capacities.  guess it didnt go through, i will send another now

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This amplifier is a beauty. With the SQ to match, it seems from the feedback. I'll be ordering one when I can. Subscribed.
Edited by thegrobe - 7/17/13 at 8:33pm
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Is the battery door easy to remove tool-lessly <sp>

post #216 of 367

Yep, its very easy since its in place with thumb screws (nice ones at that).

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Is the battery door easy to remove tool-lessly <sp>

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Is the battery door easy to remove tool-lessly <sp>

 

I haven't actually tried yet - the included installed Duracells are lasting forever. However it feels pretty tight to me and the nuts are tinier than you might think. I believe that you will want a dime handy to make the change.

 

I really like that it comes with a spare set of matching color nuts.

 

Edit: Well maybe I'm wrong. :-)


Edited by cooperpwc - 7/17/13 at 8:55pm
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Thank you for the reply.  It is hard to tell from photos the scale of things and how hard it would be to get a good grasp on them. I keep contemplating selling my Pico Amp/DAC for one of these little guys. Just so hard since the original Pico really does no wrong and has the advantage of the DAC portion! I definitely don't need the extra power for my little custom IEM's, but it sounds like Justin really thought out the volume control which would be a nice feature for me.

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I haven't actually tried yet - the included installed Duracells are lasting forever. However it feels pretty tight to me and the nuts are tinier than you might think. I believe that you will want a dime handy to make the change.

 

I really like that it comes with a spare set of matching color nuts.

 

Edit: Well maybe I'm wrong. :-)

 

i slightly tightened the thumb nuts w/ a screwdriver to prevent them from rattling loose in shipping.  during actual use, i just hand tighten them

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post #220 of 367
Mine was quite stiff for 1st time use. But after 2-3 days it self loose..still a bit stiff but alot smoother now. No problem at all when turning it -- the volume knob.
Edited by muzic4life - 7/17/13 at 9:57pm
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Has anyone experienced sonic changes with different gain settings?  

 

No, but I have fooled myself into thinking there is with other devices.

post #222 of 367

Sonic changes?? I don't think the gain setting may vary sonically...at least i never experienced like that before with more than dozen amps.

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To the floor, how is the range of control that the volume pot provides at each gain? For those of us who own everything from IEM to full size cans. And is there a black background?

 

Aside from Rudi who has already commented in the portable rig picture thread, anyone else compared against alo / rsa?

 

And very lastly how long is free shipping offer valid for as some of us get paid at the end of each month.

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To the floor, how is the range of control that the volume pot provides at each gain? For those of us who own everything from IEM to full size cans. And is there a black background?

 

Aside from Rudi who has already commented in the portable rig picture thread, anyone else compared against alo / rsa?

 

And very lastly how long is free shipping offer valid for as some of us get paid at the end of each month.

 

I can comment on the black background and the range of the volume pot. The volume control is very well done, especially for being analogue. I detect very minimal channel imbalance with the collection of earphones/headphones I have. Actually I don't hear any with my full-sized headphones. The most sensitive IEM I tried with the Pico Power was the SE535. It had very minimal channel imbalance, very hard to pick up on. Once you turned the knob a few notches, completely gone. The background is very black with headphones. I did pick up on a bit of hiss turning the volume up very high on my 1plus2 IEMs, but I would never listen at that volume so for me it is a non-issue. There is a lot of play on the volume control with the three gain settings. I don't think you will have an issue there. I can't comment on the comparison because I've never heard an RSA amp, but from the portable amps I've heard... this one is far superior. The only amps I've heard that come close are the L3 and the Tralucent T1, but only with IEMs. The T1 doesn't have enough power to drive full-sized headphones properly.  


Edited by Greed - 7/18/13 at 12:28pm
post #225 of 367

I have had no concerns with the volume range from IEMs through to 300 Ohm headphones or orthos.

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