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post #286 of 2304
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Originally Posted by kbal View Post
 

Does anyone know what's happening with pre-orders on mustgeekout.com?

I got an email from customer service answering my similar question. They will start with pre-orders on the 1st of May

post #287 of 2304
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Originally Posted by frank2908 View Post
 

I got an email from customer service answering my similar question. They will start with pre-orders on the 1st of May

 

Interesting. They've changed timelines again. Originally they were saying the order was Kickstarter, Indiegogo, then pre-order. And then a few months ago they were saying that the pre-orders would ship before the Indiegogo backers. Now Indiegogo people are slowly getting shipping information and the pre-orders are shipping next month? Not sure why the change but hey, as long as they get out to everyone in the end.

post #288 of 2304
Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Has anyone compared this to any other DACs or amps yet? People say "it sounds great," but "great" relative to what?

 

As far as portable DAC/amps go.. I've owned many.. heard plenty (see: enough to know when hype is lurking).  Only a couple of the units I've heard were worth keeping around for an extended period of time: the UHA-6S MKII/760 & Meier QuickStep.  These aren't 'perfect' units.. but they get far less wrong than most else I've heard.  I'd slot the GO1000 above the QS.. and depending on taste, above the Leckertons, too.  I don't think it's as transparent/neutral as the UHA-6S MKII (w/ ADA4627 opamps), but it's every bit as resolving... perhaps more.  It trumps the UHA in terms of stage size (the GO's stage is positively huge) and sheer dynamics.  The UERM & JH13 sound absolutely sublime through the GO.. the UERM in particular.  It doesn't hide much, if anything.. and it's treble has rarely sounded cleaner and more detailed to me than it did out of the GO1000.  The GO's SQ absolutely beguiles its size... toss it in a bigger enclosure and I'd bet 7/10 of 'average' HeadF'ers would think it's a legitimate desktop unit.

post #289 of 2304

I would put the SQ above the Audio-GD 11.32 I had, which I spent $389+ on. It's making me question all my headphones, as some of their sound signatures have changed for the better through the GO.

post #290 of 2304
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

I would put the SQ above the Audio-GD 11.32 I had, which I spent $389+ on. It's making me question all my headphones, as some of their sound signatures have changed for the better through the GO.


which iem's have you tried through the 450? curious.

post #291 of 2304
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Originally Posted by frank2908 View Post

I got an email from customer service answering my similar question. They will start with pre-orders on the 1st of May

Oh, so it's only the Kickstarter supporters who have it thus far?

(I'm late to the party.)

I placed a pre-order today.
post #292 of 2304

Agree with FlySweep up above that the GO 1000 is for real...

 

Really digging:  MacBook Air > Audirvana > GO 1000 > HD800.

 

Nice resolution & extension. Smooth & sweet. I expect to use this combo a lot- with hours and hours of classical music. I can get a good sense of the space and it just sounds really good...

 

For the UERM:  I prefer the GO 1000 to the GO 450 after some A/B yesterday.  (Extension and bass is better on the 1000, even though I'm using CIEMs. Not sure why.)

 

Will do more comparisons over time with my other gear (ODAC > Leckerton 6S Mk. II) and see what stays around.  :wink_face:

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post #293 of 2304
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Originally Posted by frank2908 View Post
 

I got an email from customer service answering my similar question. They will start with pre-orders on the 1st of May

 

Thanks, and in response to zilch0md, I pre-ordered there and was just wondering because the actual pre-order window says they should be shipped in April and I wasn't sure whether I should be expecting any emails from USPS. Thanks again frank2908,

post #294 of 2304
Have anyone paired the Geek Out with your favorite Amp using its line-out? How was the comparison with its built in amp?
post #295 of 2304
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Originally Posted by CEE TEE View Post
 

Agree with FlySweep up above that the GO 1000 is for real...

 

Really digging:  MacBook Air > Audirvana > GO 1000 > HD800.

 

Nice resolution & extension. Smooth & sweet. I expect to use this combo a lot- with hours and hours of classical music. I can get a good sense of the space and it just sounds really good...

 

[snip]

 

Oh, I do hope when my GO 1000 gets here, I can agree with you!  

 

I've resigned to using my HD800 as a microscope for evaluating and comparing the resolution of other components.  In the absence of a "compatible" amp (I refuse to go to tubes), I don't even use the HD800 for listening to music. 

 

The thought of a $299 solid state solution "fixing" the HD800 is simultaneously exhilarating and cause for apprehension.  

 

Bring it!

 

Mike

post #296 of 2304

I haven't compared much to using it directly out of my computer, but it sounded great both direct and using a better USB power source such as the Vaunix hub or Aurorasound USB Bus Power Pro. 

 

I'm most impressed by how it lacks the "digital" harshness I've experienced with a lot of inexpensive DACs. Headphone drive seems to be pretty good too. The only thing I have compared it to so far is the Master 7, which it lacks the micro-detail of, not surprisingly. Once it has been running for a week I'll compare it to the DAPs and Algorithm Solo I have here. 

post #297 of 2304
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post

I would put the SQ above the Audio-GD 11.32 I had, which I spent $389+ on. It's making me question all my headphones, as some of their sound signatures have changed for the better through the GO.

I know, isn't it interesting? I have Senn HD650, never 100% sold on the sound, noted the Senn "haze" or whatever they call it on the thread. Use decent source (Fiio X3), with external amp (ALO National). Through the GO 1000, magic, haze gone, drive fantastic. Same thing happened to the Beyer1350...didn't like them, felt them good at detail, space, but had a "disjointed" quality, didn't hang together, didn't have the "pace thing". Plugged them into GO, wow, everything tightened up, sound involving, pace there (Senn Amperiors still better in that regards, but don't detail as much), fun to listen to. Who knew? Had another experience, love All Time Low, sonically the recordings aren't great, think they like to fill every bit of space they can, bass usually muddy, like a kind of drone of a bass note instead of the sound of a bass guitar. I wasn't even sure if they used a bass guitar, as the sound didn't have the string pull/bounce you get from a bass. Well, GO to the rescue, that bass tightened up, couldn't believe, hear a real person playing a bass, don't get it but I hear it.


Life is not all perfect in Geekland, though. I had it connected to my PC, but I'm having sound problems with the PC since. Not sure if it relates to the installation of Geek Out drivers, but I stopped getting any sound through my speakers since the hook up. Then, I was able to get sound through headphones from JRiver, but if I was on line, no sound. Then suddenly last night, that switched, I got sound from on line sources, but it stopped giving me sound through JRiver. I tried updating drivers through the Microsoft updates, no help, looked at some on line suggestions, nothing that helped. Don't know if anyone here has any ideas, definitely need some help.
Since my PC is misbehaving, I have an iMac in another room, figured I'd hook it up to that. I have some questions, though. They recommend JRiver for PC, Audionirvana for Apple. I purchased JRiver for Apple when they offered it initially (but haven't installed it yet), didn't know if this would work, or another program (there is some freeware that was recommended by some to replace iTunes-not home, don't remember the program off the top of my head, can post it later when I get back) that bypasses iTunes. If I have to, I'll install Audionirvana, but since I already purchased the Apple JRiver, wondering if this is a good Geek Solution...if anyone knows, of course. Thanks
post #298 of 2304
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Originally Posted by CEE TEE View Post
 

Agree with FlySweep up above that the GO 1000 is for real...

 

Really digging:  MacBook Air > Audirvana > GO 1000 > HD800.

 

Nice resolution & extension. Smooth & sweet. I expect to use this combo a lot- with hours and hours of classical music. I can get a good sense of the space and it just sounds really good...

 

For the UERM:  I prefer the GO 1000 to the GO 450 after some A/B yesterday.  (Extension and bass is better on the 1000, even though I'm using CIEMs. Not sure why.)

 

Will do more comparisons over time with my other gear (ODAC > Leckerton 6S Mk. II) and see what stays around.  :wink_face:

 

Interesting. Did you end up limiting the volume output of the MBA through Audirvana with the GO 1000? They confirmed that my 1000 is shipping this week and most people have stated that the GO 1000 is too powerful for IEMs. It makes sense that the GO 1000 would sound better overall since it has slightly better components and Larry did say that he spent more time fine tuning the 1000 than the others since it has a more complicated design.

post #299 of 2304

@doctorjazz  I don't have any experience with the GO 1000, yet, but with some USB audio drivers, all you have to do is completely exit out of one player before you start another player.  For example, exit out of Foobar before starting Spotify, or the latter will be silent.  That's something I've come to expect.  I don't know if this is of any value to your situation, but I thought I'd mention it.

 

Mike

post #300 of 2304
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

@doctorjazz  I don't have any experience with the GO 1000, yet, but with some USB audio drivers, all you have to do is completely exit out of one player before you start another player.  For example, exit out of Foobar before starting Spotify, or the latter will be silent.  That's something I've come to expect.  I don't know if this is of any value to your situation, but I thought I'd mention it.

 

Mike


Good advice, as is a complete system restart whenever the weird wild whacky world of Windows is acting up.

 

But definitely sounds like system confusion over which player or application has control.

 

In terms of the OP, I'm sure JRiver for Mac is your best option since you've already purchased it, albeit still in beta if I'm not mistaken, but its likely pretty close to a finished product at this point and if it performs the same as it does on Windows, JRiver for Mac will be a winner.

 

I'm not sure which freeware you were referring to, my only other experience on the Mac side is the outstanding nearly flawless Audirvana+, and previous to that the also very good and cheaper BitPerfect.

 

Any of those will work well.

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