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post #286 of 367

Just received my Pico Power today. When Justin told me black colour has stock two week ago, I have placed my order immediately. The quality of the metal shell is excellent. Hope PP will be a perfect match with my DX50.

post #287 of 367
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Originally Posted by mkinmkin View Post

Just received my Pico Power today. When Justin told me black colour has stock two week ago, I have placed my order immediately. The quality of the metal shell is excellent. Hope PP will be a perfect match with my DX50.
It is a great match to me, surprised that some people have told me that the dx100 is still better then that combo for SQ. I just need a rubber band to keep them together
post #288 of 367

Call me fickle but I am seriously revisiting the Pico Power with balanced armature IEMs. Even with the Heaven VI which ramps up insanely under power, the result is compelling. It is a huge sound.

 

With dynamic IEMs (Kaede, PF IX, 1601SC...) I doubt that that there is a better portable amp out there to deliver the maximum clean smooth power (insofar as the L3 hisses and has poor low volume control). 

 

alv4426, I also have a DX50 on the way. Get some low profile 3M Dual Lock. You will never use rubber bands again.


Edited by cooperpwc - 10/17/13 at 2:34am
post #289 of 367

I am deep into a Pico Power session. It's blowing me away with all of my IEMs. I'm all in on the Pico Power as my pairing with the pending DX50 - just ordered a TWag mini cable from Justin to get the ergonomics right. (And TWag is pretty good as cables go...)

post #290 of 367

I just posted my impressions of the synergy of the Headamp Pico Power and Meier Quickstep with the DX50 in that DAP's thread. This is as detailed as my impressions of the Pico Power are likely to get on Head-Fi so linking it here.

post #291 of 367

I'm sorry if this has been asked before but what rechargeable 9V lithium batteries do you recommend with this amp? Also, does the mAH have anything to do with power output and battery life?

I'm totally clueless :confused_face_2: 

post #292 of 367
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I'm sorry if this has been asked before but what rechargeable 9V lithium batteries do you recommend with this amp? Also, does the mAH have anything to do with power output and battery life?
I'm totally clueless confused_face_2.gif  
Go with Li-ion. They have the least storage drain, like less then 10% a month. Charge it and it stays charged.
The best hands down are Hi-Tech from Japan.
They are a little high price wise but are the best. I'm not sure where you are located?, so you might find a closer dealer. But here is what you are after,
http://www.amazon.com/Hitech-Two-Lithium-Ion-Batteries-Charger/dp/B0038AT44C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383835102&sr=8-1&keywords=hi+tech+9v

I used these in my XXS and get anywhere from 60-70 hrs before recharge, your use might vary. But these hands down are the best 9v I've used/found!!
post #293 of 367
Right ok thankyou!
post #294 of 367

When I had the Pico Power I was using these -

 

http://www.batterymart.com/p-r-li9720-9volt-lithium-polymer-battery.html

 

Li-Polymer which is the newest tech. I got about 50-70 hours per charge which was incredible. The fit is pretty tight inside the battery compartment but some Vaseline cleared that up. The power was also slightly less than my old NiMH 9.6v. It was great for IEMs and efficient headphones but for those tough to drive headphones, you might looking into something else.

post #295 of 367
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When I had the Pico Power I was using these -

 

http://www.batterymart.com/p-r-li9720-9volt-lithium-polymer-battery.html

 

Li-Polymer which is the newest tech. I got about 50-70 hours per charge which was incredible. The fit is pretty tight inside the battery compartment but some Vaseline cleared that up. The power was also slightly less than my old NiMH 9.6v. It was great for IEMs and efficient headphones but for those tough to drive headphones, you might looking into something else.

720 mAh said it all.  I'm using 550 mAh with very good results.  Over 35 hours + for sure.

post #296 of 367
Greed, when and why did you sell it?
post #297 of 367
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Greed, when and why did you sell it?

 

Mainly sold it due to non-use. I'm just not using my portable audio much anymore. I've moved to the opposite extreme with a full-fledged speaker / vinyl system. Portable audio is fun and very convenient, the problem is I was always wanting equal sound quality to my desktop setup. I've come to find out, this is an impossible quest that probably won't ever be achieved. I've sold most of my DAPs, all my portable amps, and most of my C/IEMs. The market is growing fast and too hard to keep up with, tbh. The Pico Power was the best portable amp I'd ever heard, and if one were interested in buying something to power everything from sensitive IEMs to full-sized headphones - this is it. 

 

PS - Sold it a few weeks ago. 

post #298 of 367

Thanks all the same as your ramblings helped me to part with the cash

 

But man... the TH900 too? What if you are banned from speakers one afternoon :p

post #299 of 367
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Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post
 

Thanks all the same as your ramblings helped me to part with the cash

 

But man... the TH900 too? What if you are banned from speakers one afternoon :p

 

Then... GS-X mk2 + LCD-3 / Stratus + HD800 :D

post #300 of 367

I have not visited for any length of time in head-fi forum for a long time due to being busy at my work. Of course, I still have been listening to my music all those time every chance I get. I do have decent stereo system, home theater setup as well as portable system. Even though portable setup might not be the best sound quality but it gets used alot more time than my other setups. Recently I spent much of my music listening through Pandora One and enjoyed very much. However, after about three months of nothing but Pandora One, I switched to my portable setup which include Classic iPod (Applelosssless files), iems (UM Miracle, ER4S), and Pico Power. WOW, what a difference Pico Power in the mix makes so much more enjoyable to my music listening. The sound quality improvement by adding a quality portable amp may not be for everyone but Pico Power sure gave me a pure joy. Don't get me wrong that I must have a portable amp to enjoy my music. I can use just a cheap earbud and any kind of DAP to enjoy as long as right kind of music that I like playing. But if you want to have a chance to increase your portable setup to next level, give a Pico Power a try. It might be a nice surprise but give it a fair chance to evaluate properly. It is truly just more than a volumer increaser. Happy listening.

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