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post #241 of 367
Hi cooperpwc,

I agree with PP's bass but overall, pp is one of the best amp i have ever owned.

Great sound overall, great design and attention to detail. I am a big fan of Justin's amp. I will look for Shoshine to try them with my PP.

What other amps do you have? I know we both like FAD PF so there is a similarity for taste.
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The Soshine's finally ran out. I didn't time it but if they reached 30 hours I would not be surprised. Glad to see that battery death was instant and accompanied by loss of the power light - no slow deterioration in SQ. This fast death is to be expected with Lithium-ions and I like it.

Swapping batteries is indeed simple. Fresh set installed in about a minute and I am good to go for another 20-30 hours.

The Pico Power is a bass monster with IEMs. It is not some crummy bass boost or skewed frequency response; it is clean power that affects different IEMs to different extents. Across the board, anyone who thinks that IEMs don't change much with amplification has to try this amp. 
post #242 of 367
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Hi cooperpwc,

I agree with PP's bass but overall, pp is one of the best amp i have ever owned.

Great sound overall, great design and attention to detail. I am a big fan of Justin's amp. I will look for Shoshine to try them with my PP.

What other amps do you have? I know we both like FAD PF so there is a similarity for taste.

 

For portable amps, I own the Headsix, Stepdance, Quickstep, Pico Slim and Pico Power. If there seems to be a bias there, there truly is. I think that Jan Meier and Justin Wilson are in a different category than most others in the portable amp industry - and living close to Hong Kong, I get to hear the other amps regularly.

post #243 of 367

Already had shipping preparation email from Justin this morning. Anyone have experience of potential UK customs hit as Justin has not had feedback? So as I know what to set aside for the potential damage...

post #244 of 367

I would estimate around £80-90(max) on customs if he set the full value of the amp on the customs form. We also get taxed on shipping charges.  When I ordered my 4ai which was 454usd with shipping I paid around £70-80.


Edited by esuhgb - 8/7/13 at 1:50pm
post #245 of 367

Wow - I feel bad for you chaps... It might be easier to have someone buy it, and then send it. That way they can lower the customs value. I do that all the time for my international sales. frown.gif

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For portable amps, I own the Headsix, Stepdance, Quickstep, Pico Slim and Pico Power. If there seems to be a bias there, there truly is. I think that Jan Meier and Justin Wilson are in a different category than most others in the portable amp industry - and living close to Hong Kong, I get to hear the other amps regularly.

 

 

I suspect you are on to something here...

post #247 of 367
It's great to be near the HIfi Mecca of Asia (other than Japan).
It's very rare to be able to audition bunch of great amps in that close proximity in HK.

I heard good things about Meier Amps but have no chance to listen to them.
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For portable amps, I own the Headsix, Stepdance, Quickstep, Pico Slim and Pico Power. If there seems to be a bias there, there truly is. I think that Jan Meier and Justin Wilson are in a different category than most others in the portable amp industry - and living close to Hong Kong, I get to hear the other amps regularly.
post #248 of 367

Black Serial #222 in the house

 

No customs duty. Suspious.... (I know its a misspelling, am shortening my words these days)

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Black Serial #222 in the house

 

No customs duty. Suspious.... (I know its a misspelling, am shortening my words these days)

 

Black has to look good.

 

Here is a picture that I posted in the FAD thread. The focus is on the 1601SC but you can see how the Pico Power in Orange suits my favourite rig.

 

post #250 of 367
That orange reminds me of Barcelona holiday. Would be great if Justin can eventually have HQ shots of all colour choices on the site. Chose black as 'safe' and to match new DAC



Sorry for Nexus 4 photo. My iMac has stopped recognising external SD reader after years of playing ball. Grrr
post #251 of 367
FWIW..The picopower and shure 846 is a very good match. Just played with them using picopower at medium gain. I think the sound is perfect.
post #252 of 367

how do you remove the screws for the battery without messing up the paint job? They are so darn tight.....I must be doing something wrong

post #253 of 367
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how do you remove the screws for the battery without messing up the paint job? They are so darn tight.....I must be doing something wrong

 

i had an employee do the tightening of the nuts and he may have had a different idea than me of what is slightly tighter than by hand alone.  if i shipped them hand tightened only, the nuts can shake loose in shipping and then could fall off if the new buyer doesn't make sure they're tight. 
 

I've been trying to find a small slotted screwdriver made entirely of plastic.  i'm not coming up with anything so far. so i would just put a couple layers of tape around the tip of a small slotted screwdriver and you should be able to loosen them that way.

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post #254 of 367

I can't remember if I posted my impressions with the AK100 here or not (and I'm being too lazy to search). I have a Mezzo-modded AK100, which allows it to work properly with multiple-BA IEMs by bypassing the resistors at the output. That works very well, but adding the Pico Power results in a significant improvement in soundstage and instrument separation with acoustic music especially.

post #255 of 367
Still rocking stock batteries but good tip on using tape would be a real shame to mark a surface in any way!
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