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post #256 of 1156

The core issue IMO is that instructions were never provided with the device.

 

http://geek.lhlabs.com/force/geekout/984-instructions-for-geek-out.html#16310

post #257 of 1156
What I want to know is how the package is delivered. XD

Not a single person has shown what comes with the Geek Out...only post-opening photos. Is it literally just the Geek Out in a [insert shipping box brand here] box with polystyrene peanuts?
post #258 of 1156
What's the actual, finalized finish of the Geek Out like anyway?

This photo makes it look like a sleek, uniform brushed finish.



Whereas this photo makes it look like an ugly, faux wood-like finish.
post #259 of 1156
I've
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Originally Posted by citraian View Post

This was my guess when I saw the back label so it seems pretty intuitive to me
I've read the posts and I'm confused. All I know is my Alpha Dogs are louder on the 0.47 than the 4.7 ohms.
post #260 of 1156
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

What I want to know is how the package is delivered. XD

Not a single person has shown what comes with the Geek Out...only post-opening photos. Is it literally just the Geek Out in a [insert shipping box brand here] box with polystyrene peanuts?

 

I was in New Zealand when my Geek Out 1000s were shipped to me on 10 Apr indicated on USPS tracking page. I just got back yesterday and today I went to collect the parcel from my local post office.

 

Since you interested to know how it was delivered, here's some photos to share with you.

 

 

 

 

post #261 of 1156

great photos, thanks!

post #262 of 1156
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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post

I've
I've read the posts and I'm confused. All I know is my Alpha Dogs are louder on the 0.47 than the 4.7 ohms.

Don't worry. You are using the right output

post #263 of 1156
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Originally Posted by roamling View Post
 

great photos, thanks!

 

You are welcome! :wink_face:

post #264 of 1156
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

What's the actual, finalized finish of the Geek Out like anyway?

This photo makes it look like a sleek, uniform brushed finish.



Whereas this photo makes it look like an ugly, faux wood-like finish.

Lighting is everything with a photo. Take a close-up look at the original of the reverse angle photo that I posted along with the one you referenced. It makes the finish look different due to slightly different lighting and the GO 1000 not being so up close in the foreground.

 

Beyond that, a blue finish and a silver finish will never look quite the same anyway, even if photographed side by side under the same lighting and megapixels. Blue being darker hides the grain of the metal a little bit.

 

I'm not sure there are words descriptive enough that will tell you exactly what it looks like, you'd need to be holding it in your hand, with decent lighting.

post #265 of 1156

Very initial impression after running the Geek Out 1000 for about 6 hours (at the time of writing).

Physical observation:

  • It is smaller and lighter than I thought.
  • The finishing of the material is great however the gap of the enclosure is noticeably larger near the headphone jacks.
  • I never try to rub on the serial number on the sticker as I do not intend to smudge it (this soon).
  • As many have observed, it does runs quite hot. I used the temperature probe of my digital multimeter to measure the temperature and I got around 40C-49C.

 

Usage:

  • My 15" Retina MacBook Pro has no problem detecting the Geek Out 1000 and since I'm running Mac OS X, no driver installation is required.
  • Playing all sort of music and file format from mp3 to FLAC to DSD via Audirvana Plus.
  • Still trying to figure out how the volume control works. Currently I'm controlling the volume using shortcut keys on the keyboard. As I press the volume up/down keys, only the master slider in the Midi window moves. Analog 1 & 2 remain at 0dB. Pressing those keys will also turn the virtual volume knob of Audirvana Plus together with the dB value that reflects the master slider level. Pressing the physical volume keys on the Geek Out does increase and decrease the sound volume by very fine steps but there's no visual indication on the Geek Out or sliders in the Midi window. If I decrease the volume by pressing the concave button on Geek Out, the sliders level (Master, Analog 1 & 2) remain constant. When I press the volume shortcuts on the keyboard, it will somehow override the volume back to whatever volume level indicated by the Master slider and Audirvana Plus volume knob. Am I using it correctly?
  • Pressing both volume buttons on Geek Out simultaneously will turn on the 3D Awesomifier indicated by blue light in the lower group of LEDs. Pressing them again will turn off the 3D Awesomifier. However I hear a thump every time the 3D Awesomifier is turn on or off.
  • There will be short pauses every time I press the volume up/down keys on the keyboard when playing DSD files. Adjusting the volume using the slider in Midi window will not cause these pauses. I'm using DSD over PCM Standard 1.0. Is that normal?
  • I am actually using Thinksound ms01 IEM with the Geek Out 1000. I thought it will be too much power for my IEM, however I can listen comfortably with volume level at -43dB (about 45%). However, I dare not to increase the volume to more than -30dB as it will be uncomfortably loud and I fear it will damage both my ears and the IEM.

 

Sound quality:

  • It is dead silent without a hint of noise. Onboard headphone out is relatively so much noisier.
  • The soundstage is much wider and deeper than onboard headphone out.
  • Instrument clarity is so much better.
  • Highs are clear but can be sometimes can be sibilance with some tracks. Maybe it needs some burn in to smooth things out.
  • Mids are great especially for vocals.
  • Bass are tight and well controlled.

 

Overall, I'm loving the Geek Out 1000. I will spend more time with it and hopefully can do a comparison with my FiiO e17.


Edited by yungyaw - 4/15/14 at 9:02am
post #266 of 1156
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Originally Posted by yungyaw View Post
 

Very initial impression after running the Geek Out 1000 for about 6 hours (at the time of writing).

Physical observation:

  • It is smaller and lighter than I thought.
  • The finishing of the material is great however the gap of the enclosure is noticeably larger near the headphone jacks.
  • I never try to rub on the serial number on the sticker as I do not intend to smudge it (this soon).
  • As many have observed, it does runs quite hot. I used the temperature probe of my digital multimeter to measure the temperature and I got around 40C-49C.

 

Usage:

  • My 15" Retina MacBook Pro has no problem detecting the Geek Out 1000 and since I'm running Mac OS X, no driver installation is required.
  • Playing all sort of music and file format from mp3 to FLAC to DSD via Audirvana Plus.
  • Still trying to figure out how the volume control works. Currently I'm controlling the volume using shortcut keys on the keyboard. As I press the volume up/down keys, only the master slider in the Midi window moves. Analog 1 & 2 remain at 0dB. Pressing those keys will also turn the virtual volume knob of Audirvana Plus together with the dB value that reflects the master slider level. Pressing the physical volume keys on the Geek Out does increase and decrease the sound volume by very fine steps but there's no visual indication on the Geek Out or sliders in the Midi window. If I decrease the volume by pressing the concave button on Geek Out, the sliders level (Master, Analog 1 & 2) remain constant. When I press the volume shortcuts on the keyboard, it will somehow override the volume back to whatever volume level indicated by the Master slider and Audirvana Plus volume knob. Am I using it correctly?
  • Pressing both volume buttons on Geek Out simultaneously will turn on the 3D Awesomifier indicated by blue light in the lower group of LEDs. Pressing them again will turn off the 3D Awesomifier. However I hear a thump every time the 3D Awesomifier is turn on or off.
  • There will be short pauses every time I press the volume up/down keys on the keyboard when playing DSD files. Adjusting the volume using the slider in Midi window will not cause these pauses. I'm using DSD over PCM Standard 1.0. Is that normal?
  • I am actually using Thinksound ms01 IEM with the Geek Out 1000. I thought it will be too much power for my IEM, however I can listen comfortably with volume level at -43dB (about 45%). However, I dare not to increase the volume to more than -30dB as it will be uncomfortably loud and I fear it will damage both my ears and the IEM.

 

Sound quality:

  • It is dead silent without a hint of noise. Onboard headphone out is relatively so much noisier.
  • The soundstage is much wider and deeper than onboard headphone out.
  • Instrument clarity is so much better.
  • Highs are clear but can be sometimes can be sibilance with some tracks. Maybe it needs some burn in to smooth things out.
  • Mids are great especially for vocals.
  • Bass are tight and well controlled.

 

Overall, I'm loving the Geek Out 1000. I will spend more time with it and hopefully can do a comparison with my FiiO e17.

 

Thanks for this nice report. And the way you use volume is correct. Mac OS and Audirvana will be the master of volume control. And Geek Out maintain a local settings copy by these two buttons. When you reset the volume in computer, it will restore back to computer's setting.

 

The little pause in DSD is normal DoP needs a little bit to recognize as DSD. ;-)  And this telling me that you are really listen to everything out... ;-)

 

And I would suggest to give Geek Out 1 week for burn it. C0G caps needs something to reach its max.... ;-)

 

Enjoy!

post #267 of 1156
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Originally Posted by Larry Ho View Post
 

 

Thanks for this nice report. And the way you use volume is correct. Mac OS and Audirvana will be the master of volume control. And Geek Out maintain a local settings copy by these two buttons. When you reset the volume in computer, it will restore back to computer's setting.

 

The little pause in DSD is normal DoP needs a little bit to recognize as DSD. ;-)  And this telling me that you are really listen to everything out... ;-)

 

And I would suggest to give Geek Out 1 week for burn it. C0G caps needs something to reach its max.... ;-)

 

Enjoy!

 Thanks Larry for the feedback and confirmation. However, as I pointed out, the pauses only occur when using the volume keys on the keyboard. I can adjust the volume on the fly using the Master slider in Midi without causing any 'hiccups'. Do they behave differently?

post #268 of 1156
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Originally Posted by nicolo View Post
 

Don't worry. You are using the right output

Manual finally released: http://geek.lhlabs.com/downloads/Geek_Out_User_Manual_Version_2014_04_08.pdf

And I was wrong, they intend the 47 ohm output for high impedance headphones (high impedance not defined in this instance).

mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa

post #269 of 1156
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Originally Posted by sbradley02 View Post
 

Manual finally released: http://geek.lhlabs.com/downloads/Geek_Out_User_Manual_Version_2014_04_08.pdf

And I was wrong, they intend the 47 ohm output for high impedance headphones (high impedance not defined in this instance).

mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa

 

Well, 47 ohms is generally meant for line-out to external amplifiers, receivers etc. It could also be used for high impedance headphones, though that's more of a benefit than a function. Whenever i have used the line-out for high impedance HPs, background noises and hisses have always crept in. Using the line-out for headphones has always seemed weird to me.


Edited by nicolo - 4/17/14 at 2:37am
post #270 of 1156
Just got word that my 1000 is shipping this week. Oh man am I excited. Can't wait to use this bad boy with my headphone collection.
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