For sale is my lovely Meier PCSTEP portable amp/DAC. I absolutely love this amp.. so much so that it prompted me to sell my (heralded) Leckerton UHA-6S MKII. That's a big deal b/c the UHA was my favorite portable amp for a while.. it completely squashed any desire to get another portable amp.. but I had always wanted to hear Jan Meier's highly respected creations.
Since moving on to the PCSTEP (from the UHA) and using it for two months.. I haven't regretted the decision one bit. The PCSTEP amp's signature & technical performance is very very similar (perhaps even indistinguishable) to the UHA's amp (both do employ OPA209 op-amps.. but implementation is more important). Both amps are very transparent, neutral, and detailed. Where's the difference? Soundstage: it's much more multidimensional & immersive on the PCSTEP. My jaw was left agape, actually. The PCSTEP's bass performance is also much more visceral and deep. It's got a punch you just don't experience from the UHA. The biggest thing for me was Jan's famed volume control.. you don't really appreciate just how awesome *and important) it is until you use it (then swap back to something with a less refined pot and get sad). All this.. while maintaining the terrific neutrality the UHA is renowned for.
The PCSTEP's DAC is wonderful, as well. Again, very neutral.. but with a delicate touch of warmth that adds a subtle richness to the midrange. I feel there's a terrific synergy at play between the DAC & amp section. Of course, you can use your own DAC since the PCSTEP has a line in port, too... but I often times found myself immersed in the PCSTEP's DAC/amp combo. Jan mentioned he made some special mods to the DAC chip and squeezed much more performance out of it than what one gets from its more conventional implementations. I preferred the PCSTEP's DAC to the UHA's DAC (and I was using the UHA's DAC off the coax input.. which yielded a noticeable performance improvement over the USB input). If you've got an Android phone that's capable of outputting USB Audio, you're in for a treat since the PCSTEP works flawlessly with my Galaxy S3 & an OTG cable. Why am I selling the PCSTEP? Cause I'm upgrading to the QUICKSTEP... and solidifying my "Meier fanboy" status in the process. LOL.
I am the original owner of the PCSTEP & purchased it directly from Jan/Meier Audio not more than a couple of months ago. The PCSTEP is in mint condition and comes with all accessories.
-Price listed includes PayPal fees.
-Free shipping to CONUS. Int'l buyers, contact me to work out shipping.
Edited by FlySweep - 5/10/13 at 2:46pm