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I can't believe there isn't a thread already about this one:

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gavn8r/geek-a-new-usb-awesomifier-for-headphones

 

If there is, I just suck at searching...

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This project has only been up for 5 days and already the cheaper pledges have gone.  I managed to get in for $159 so not so bad.  The rrp for when it is released in January 2014 is $299.  It looks like a great option as it supports higher definition formats like DXD and DSD.

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I got in at $139 and was surprised there isn't a huge buzz about it here already. I was about to purchase and upgrade for my iBasso D10 when I stumbled upon the kickstarter project. I'm hoping it has enough current to drive my HD-600's or I'll have to consider getting another more suitable pair of headphones for pairing with the GEEK. I'm going to be using it at the office. Also, direct/integer support with Audirvana Plus is a must have feature for me. Audirvana elevated the performance of my iBasso D10 quite a bit.

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Hi, superconductor

 

Thanks for starting this thread. And I would love to know what type of headphone amp you think that will fit your headphone?

 

Thanks,

 

Larry Ho/ Light Harmonic

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just found it today

 

here's their blog also

http://mustgeekout.blogspot.nl/2013/08/geek-vs-others.html

 

edit: the one thing thats noticeable is their 4 ohm impedence

not quite low enough for some iems

vs the microstreamer which has 0.5 ohm impedence


Edited by fuzzyash - 8/19/13 at 7:05pm
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Hi Larry,

 

Thanks for dropping in.  I'd also like to know what headphone / earphone impedance range the Geek will handle.

 

Also you might want to check out the http://www.head-fi.org/a/terms-of-service as there are fairly strict Member of Trade rules and I wouldn't want to cause trouble by asking you a question that may be inappropriate.
 

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Yes. I will answer the technical related questions here... 

 

For output impedance, we have several design thoughts:

 

First of all, we need to make GEEK sound nice when pairing with low-Z headphones, e.g. 30ohm around.

Second, we need to take care of high-Z headphone as well... e.g. 300Ohm Sennheiser HD series.

Third, we hope to follow the gold ratio rule of thumb, I know not everyone agree on this, the output Z of GEEK and input Z of Headphone 

ratio should be around 1:7 ~ 1:8...

 

So 4 ohm is the value we came out. But we will continue to experience more with more headphones to see what is the best value.

 

IMHO, output Z is not always the lower the better... ;-)

 

Larry

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I signed up yesterday so I am looking forward to this product. If it can sound better than the Meridian and decode DSD, it would definitely be a winner. Although the GEEK is cheap, it will be quite expensive for me because I will want to get a dedicated computer as my music server and a good A-D to archive some of my LP's in DSD. :-) Good luck in getting the GEEK to production. Chuck
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Some more specifications listed here: http://mustgeekout.blogspot.nl/2013/08/geek-vs-others.html compared to the DragonFly and Meridian Explorer.

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Backed it. Would have loved to have gotten in at $99, but $159 is still a decent deal.

 

If it works well on my android devices.... well then that's just awesome. Not awesome enough to power an HE-500, or have pre-outs to a separate amp it seems, but still awesome.

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Originally Posted by Larry Ho View Post

Hi, superconductor

 

Thanks for starting this thread. And I would love to know what type of headphone amp you think that will fit your headphone?

 

Thanks,

 

Larry Ho/ Light Harmonic

Something with lots of current smily_headphones1.gif should do nicely. I'm using an HD-600 now but seriously considering a planar magnetic type, HIFIMAN HE-500 or the new Mr. Speakers Mad Dog Alpha. Yeah, I realize I'm probably asking too much from a portable amp, but this is going to primarily for office use.

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Hi, it's good to know that Larry is in the house! :)

 

Supperconductor, I have searched for post about GEEK a few days ago and I got nothing. But suddenly today I see people start talking about it in head-fi. I just came from another thread (http://www.head-fi.org/t/677972/new-dac-amp-on-kickstarter-the-geek). I'm one of the backers too. So lucky that I manage to slot into the $139 category, but because I'm living outside of US, I need to top up $20 and take makes my pledge to $159, but I'm still very happy for it.

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Does it supports 300ohm headphones?  And if its possible to bypass the amp to make one of the 3.5mm inputs a lineout?


Edited by David Chavez - 8/21/13 at 8:06pm
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Does it supports 300ohm headphones?  And if its possible to bypass the amp to make one of the 3.5mm inputs a lineout?
Yes to both... ;-)
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Yes to both... ;-)

 

This will be interesting....popcorn.gif

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