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How do you control the volume?
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Resonessence Labs has a new page in the works to help with the setup process on iDevices. HERE is the spot where it will appear (when they are done of course). DSD on iPhone or iPad, not too shabby I think.

 

Of course, sounding good with plain old 16/44.1 material remains essential, and Resonessence seems to have a solid handle on that as well. 

post #33 of 286

Hmm, I was considering the Astell & Kern AK10 to use with my iPhone and computer but this has my attention.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention - Android support is almost finished as well. Should be within the next week if not sooner. 

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Hmm, I was considering the Astell & Kern AK10 to use with my iPhone and computer but this has my attention.

 

Mine too. Any more impressions from the new owners?

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Spent a good chunk of yesterday listening with Herus (notice that I didn't say listening "to" Herus; that word choice is deliberate).  Used it both in the main system (in place of a Lynx Hilo), and connected to iPad via CCK, in each case with HD 800.  Listened to a combination of familiar reference tracks that I often use to evaluate gear, and recently purchased music that I'm pretty unfamiliar with.

 

Shockingly good. 

 

Short version: Herus is a Concero plus a good amp in a package the size of a package of chewing gum.

 

I haven't looked at the measured FR, but subjectively it sounds basically flat from 41 Hz (the open fourth string on a bass) to the upper limit of my hearing.

 

Transients are crisp without being brittle.  No glare or digititus to speak of.

 

Dead quiet.

 

Soundstage is rock solid and broad without creating that strange "outside your head" illusion.  Example: on several tracks on the Dave Holland Qunitet album "Prime Directive," the drums are multi-miked and spread all the way across the soundstage.  Every drum and cymbal can easily be located, and they stay where they are.

 

Really transparent to source.  If a track was recorded in a big, reverberant space, you get all the air that the engineers intended.  More traditional studio recordings sound like traditional studio recordings.  It's maybe a little more forgiving of inferior recordings than the Concero.  Whatever dynamic range is in the recording is the dynamic range you get.

 

Detail retrieval is excellent.  The Carter Cello Concerto (Weilerstein/Statskapelle Berlin/Barenboim) is a bit chaotic, but the Herus untangles all the strands and lays them out clearly.

 

Instrumental timbres are dead on.  Oboes sound like oboes, and clarinets sound like clarinets, and never the twain shall meet.  You can absolutely tell the difference between a tenor sax and a bass clarinet, between a violin and a viola, and between a guitar and an octave mandolin.

 

Just. Wow.

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^ Thanks! You are persuading me to try one out and compare it to my HRT microStreamer.

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Do you have any sensitive iems to try it with?
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^ Thanks! You are persuading me to try one out and compare it to my HRT microStreamer.

Hands down better.

 

The only advantage the microstreamer has is a perfectly black background with super sensitive IEMs. Otherwise, it is outclassed in every way sonically. And, unlike the microstreamer, I don't want to cry every time I plug my HD800s in.

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Do you have any sensitive iems to try it with?


Listening to it right now with UERM.  No issues.

post #41 of 286
Great! If no hiss with the UERM, it should be good with the JH13 and K3K.
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Zero is right, there is a teeny bit of noise with Herus + UERM.  But even on a really quiet recording like the opening of the San Francisco Symphony Mahler First, it's not anything I can't live with.  YMMV.

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I concur - the Herus is really looking good to take on the Astell&Kern AK10.

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I am interested in the following comparison. iDevice out to Herus vs HRT uStreamer vs AK10/100/120. I think this will be an interesting competition. 

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I am interested in the following comparison. iDevice out to Herus vs HRT uStreamer vs AK10/100/120. I think this will be an interesting competition. 

 

As much as I like the Herus (and yes still trying to compose my thoughts before sharing my impressions), the AK120 is a step up but I think it'll be quite an unfair comparison. The first thing I did was to compare the Herus with the Invicta, AK120, and HM-901 just to see how far the Herus will go. But these days, I think it'll be fairer to compare the Herus in the UHA-6Mk2 to VERZA (and possibly the VentureCraft DD 12V LE & some amp).

 

Can't speak much about the AK100's. I've gotten rid of my RWAK100 already.

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