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post #1021 of 1367

Look at that serial number, really it has been that much??

post #1022 of 1367
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"Well it arrived some time when I wasn't in town..."
miceblue, I see you got a nice blue one. wink.gif   Congrats and if you or anyone else would like to trade a Blue 450 for a Black 450, please let me know!  
(I borrowed a blue one and...dang, it is purdy.)
Thanks for the offer! I'm definitely liking the blue colour. It's a bit darker than I thought it was going to be, and I like the darker blues.


I guess it's been said before, but I just tried out the Shure SE215 with the Geek Out and the 0.47 Ω output definitely has a lot, like a lot lot, of background hiss, much worse than my MacBook Pro's headphone out port...which is disappointing to say the least because the whole point of the Geek Out was to replace the on-board headphone out of a computer. Speaking of replacing the computer's soundcard, I'm not sure I believe the original Geek offered:
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10 times more powerful than the headphone amplifier typically used in laptops
I just switched over to my MacBook Pro's headphone out and the SE215 gets loud enough for me on volume step 1/64 compared to the Geek Out 450's 18/64.
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Well it arrived some time when I wasn't in town and I wasn't expecting it since I didn't receive an e-mail with the tracking ID (even in my spam folder), and it came in a kind of sketchy USPS Priority Mail shipping box with no return address and my address hand-written with "uniquesku" written next to my address, but it has finally arrived nonetheless.

Did other peoples' units not come with a warranty/instruction manual or something? I see a lot of questions about how to activate the 3D Awesomifier and it says very clearly how to do so in the instruction sheet (there's a whole section about it labeled in bold: "3D Awesomification").

 

Huzzah! Hopefully mine isn't far behind either. Looking forward to pairing the GO1000 with my Alpha Dogs to see how it handles. I still haven't had them contact me to verify the address, so I doubt mine is already in the mail.

post #1024 of 1367

it's a little funny to me how the geek out is still in "pre-order" status and yet they're going ahead with not one but two more crowdfunded projects. you would think they would take care of geek out and pulse backers fist.

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why would LH Labs pause/delay any new project when people seem more than willing to stuff money in their pockets?

 

I'll await my Pulse Xfi, but am done with their sell-sell-sell tactics, already got a refund for the LPS.  (marginal, if any benefit?)

and requested a Wave refund as well.   the perks and rapidly escalating prices of a DAP just aren't worth it to me.

 

will plug my iFi micro iDSD into a phone/ipad/macbook for the next 2 years and be more than happy with the sounds and feature set,

instead of hand wringing how to squeeze all that into a DAP that may or may not deliver.

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Is there a way to change the increments at which the volume is changed with the Geek Out in OS X? When I tried it yesterday, I didn't notice anything and I thought it didn't work but I just tried it now and it takes forever to really make any appreciable difference in volume; it's more like a fine adjustment tool rather than a complete volume control. In the instructions they say the computer is the master and the GO is the slave (similar to I2C connections I guess).

One thing I really like about the GO are the sample rate indicators. 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, and DSD light indicators near the USB port, 3D (with a dark blue light instead of white), x2, x4, and x8 lights near the headphone ports. It just seems really intuitive to me without any markings on the aluminum. Does the GO have a mute relay or something? When you turn on/off the 3D Awesomifier, the GO makes a *click, kook* sound.


I think I'd enjoy the GO more for Windows than OS X because Audirvana Plus can pretty much playback any type of music file even if the DAC can't. Sure, the playback isn't native, but down-sampling shouldn't really make an impact on the overall sound quality and I indeed haven't noticed any really big differences between the GO and the ODAC/O2 when playing DSD or DXD files. I don't think there are media playback software available for Windows that do the same thing, so if I wanted to playback a DXD file in Windows, I would need a DXD-compatible DAC like the GO.

Speaking of Audirvana Plus though, I froze the software by fast forwarding through a bunch of songs on my playlist and the GO had trouble keeping up with switching between the sampling frequency lights and the software hung for about a minute while waiting for the GO to cycle through all the songs. That might be cause some issues for local Head-Fi meets if someone decides to FF to X song in the playlist.
Edited by miceblue - 7/7/14 at 8:04pm
post #1027 of 1367
When you plug in the GO to a source with a headphone plugged in, why does the headphone make a weird static noise? Am I damaging the headphone?
Edited by miceblue - 7/8/14 at 9:11am
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Larry said the caps are loading up, it was a design element they chose to deliver since it provided better audio quality in the end.

unsure about headphone damage, but I don't plug mine in until the GO is nice and warm.   ;-)

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Larry said the caps are loading up, it was a design element they chose to deliver since it provided better audio quality in the end.
unsure about headphone damage, but I don't plug mine in until the GO is nice and warm.   ;-)
Oh ok, that's good to know. I had the GO warmed up but I just wanted to switch USB ports so my headphones were already plugged in too.
post #1030 of 1367
Has the volume isusue been solved?
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Not yet, the Betatest for the new firmware still has not started.

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Okay- now I am glad that I have the physical volume controls on the GO.  

Using the "NoSleep" app on the MacBook Air, I can close the lid and the computer stays on. (Will continue to play music).  

So?  I can close the computer and just use the GO 450 volume buttons.  :smile_phones: 

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post #1033 of 1367
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Originally Posted by CEE TEE View Post
 

Okay- now I am glad that I have the physical volume controls on the GO.  

Using the "NoSleep" app on the MacBook Air, I can close the lid and the computer stays on. (Will continue to play music).  

So?  I can close the computer and just use the GO 450 volume buttons.  :smile_phones: 

Hi,

 

Which is this "NoSleep" app? The one I see on the App Store (from Limit Point Software) says it won't work if the cover is closed.

 

Thanks.

post #1034 of 1367
When is the geekout 100 going to be available for preorder? It seems like the 450 would likely make my jh13fp's hiss and since I am extremely sensitive to hiss it would be a no go.

Anyone else have a 13fp and a 450?
post #1035 of 1367
I have the Jh16 and the Geek Out 1000.

Fantastic combo with almost 0 noise.
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