Originally Posted by bobeau
I don't believe a thread exists for this amazing device so I thought I'd create one.
First off, links to pro reviews:
My own impressions:
I've had a DragonFly since last summer and a Meridian Explorer for a bit over a month. I'm not good at reviews so I'll keep it succinct - I was never a big fan of the DF. I found it overly warm and bloomy down low and going on over 6 mos of almost daily use my opinion hasn't changed much. When others say it's tight/detailed/bright I don't hear that at all, and this is running a variety of IEMs out of it (TG334, GR07 MKII, FXZ-200, FXD-80, EPH-100). The ME is interesting. Obviously the first batch has a very high output impedance of 47 ohms, apparently that's corrected on currently shipping units (although we don't know how much). With the right tips I thought it paired pretty awesome with my TG334s, albeit a bit thin with recessed bass. But overall the sound is such that it justifies the expense of these very pricey IEMs. I can't quite say the same of the DF. Due to the nature of my work I need a compact solution that attaches to my 11" MBA.
Enter the MicroStreamer. I've had it about 5 days now with maybe 30 hours of head time. I'm in love. It seems to right the wrongs of the DF, but I can't quite say it bests the ME or will esp. once the impedance issue is corrected. My gut feeling is the MS still has an ever so slight warm/analogue thing going with it, but the bass holds up well and the whole sound is rather coherent and detailed if not a detail-meister. With the ME, I guess we'll have to wait and see... in any case, just getting the ball rolling so others can share their impressions.
SORRY I didn't see you had a link to my review,
and see you're looking for user impressions.
Well, the thread below also has those for you guys!!
Actually, sorry if you guys missed it - I reviewed the HRT microStreamer for Positive Feedback during CES (well thats when it was published)
- and I was posted about it here - SO psyched at the positive response from the Head-Fi community.
Kevin Halverson has been building high end digital since his days running Muse Electronics (one of my favorite lines) at the CTO - NOT "CEO".
He's a KILLER engineer, which is why I went to work for him years ago. He pushed the envelope so much further sonically with the microStreamer.
It allows, for me, ultimately, a deeper emotional connection to the music. I love my Dragonfly because if you're going on a quick trip, take my Macbook
and I'm covered (cans too of course). and it seems, alot of Head-Fi people ended up buying microStreamers! VERY COOL - I'm humbled.
HERE'S THE THREAD URL:
There's a reason I've been writing about this website for years, and its not just because Jude is a dear friend of mine.
I've learned more from all of you about personal audio than I ever have about home audio after working in the high end audio press for 20 years!!
It's a new sonic frontier for me, and that is a great gift. The cool thing is, at 38, I've been the young guy in an old industry (high end audio). Now,
sometimes I feel like an old man! But I'm really having a great time exploring this space. I split my time 50/50 between my Hi-fi and my headphone
LOVIN the Burson Conductor right now w/ a new Audeze LCD3 cables from Drew at Moon Audio (new Silver Dragon).
Audeze LCD3+Conductor - spectacularly musical combo! Ray Samuels DarkStar is also blowin' my mind... boyz and their toyz
Edited by mikemercer - 4/24/13 at 10:05pm