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post #61 of 1146
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

Admittedly I gotta check out how to engage the awesomeifier/3D imaging!!

I'm gonna do that today!! I wanted to be sure I dug the final product as much as the proto!!!

I'll report back ASAP on that

 

 

I've only done an A/B w/ the HRT microStreamer and Dragonfly at this point (and I LOVE the microStreamer - was lucky enough

to get the review scoop on that magic lil' aluminum brick - also dig the Dragonfly, but preferred the microStreamer as I found it more 

dynamic - with a more soulful reproduction of the music) - AND:

 

Compared to the Dragonfly (1st generation) the Geek Out ED has far more dynamic range, weight, and overall gestalt. The Dragonfly has

always impressed me with its resolving capabilities - its finesse, but the Geek Out brings out even more of that magic quality of the music.

It's like upgrading your line-stage and stereo amplifier in a two-channel in-room rig. You get more slam, more detail, and greater dynamic range

and separation.

 

Compared to the microStreamer - the MS faired better in the resolution dept. NOT better than the Geek Out ED, but better than the Dragonfly IMO.

The microStreamer has a wonderfully engaging quality about it. That doesn't change, nor get lost when comparing it to the Geek Out, but the Geek Out

edges it out in that area. It's closer - but the Geek Out just has more oomph - more headroom and because its clean and detailed it drags me even deeper 

into the music. Spinning Radiohead's Kid A was a magnificent experience w/ the Geek Out & Audeze LCD-XC's. It reminded me of hearing the record for the

first time - and that's a glorious memory for me! The microStreamer captured the magic of the recording, but the Geek Out did so as well - and has a more all-

encompassing quality about it. It behaves like a little monster amplifier - powerful and controlled but with plenty of air and dimensionality.

 

It sounded as I suspected compared to these two: Like the natural progression of things. It's presentation is bigger, deeper, wider and its tonality has more 

character. 

 

I lent my Explorer to a buddy so I won't have that for a comparison for awhile

- but I know the Explorer well and I suspect my findings will be similar.

 

thank you mike

post #62 of 1146
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by nicolo View Post
Which Double Helix are you referring to as "other"?

Hey @nicolo !!

 

I found out the intel on the Double Helix Cable that I've been rockin' w/ my Geek Out 1000 from Peter at Double Helix

 

It's called the "Macromolecule Elite Fusion"

 

I have 2: One terminated w/ 4-pin XLR, the other you see here, w/ 3.5mm

 

Both are exquisitely resolving - and are, at the moment, my favorite go-to cables for the LCD-X,

aside of these one-of-a-kind dual XLR cables he sent to me for my Liquid Gold:

 

I HIGHLY recommend reaching out to Peter!

http://www.doublehelixcables.com/store/

post #63 of 1146
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post
 

 

thank you mike

you're welcome!

SO glad the impressions were OK for ya!

post #64 of 1146

Thanks Mike!! Will be getting this in a couple of months.

 

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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

Hey @nicolo !!

 

I found out the intel on the Double Helix Cable that I've been rockin' w/ my Geek Out 1000 from Peter at Double Helix

 

It's called the "Macromolecule Elite Fusion"

 

I have 2: One terminated w/ 4-pin XLR, the other you see here, w/ 3.5mm

 

Both are exquisitely resolving - and are, at the moment, my favorite go-to cables for the LCD-X,

aside of these one-of-a-kind dual XLR cables he sent to me for my Liquid Gold:

 

I HIGHLY recommend reaching out to Peter!

http://www.doublehelixcables.com/store/

post #65 of 1146
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

Hey @nicolo !!

 

I found out the intel on the Double Helix Cable that I've been rockin' w/ my Geek Out 1000 from Peter at Double Helix

 

It's called the "Macromolecule Elite Fusion"

 

I have 2: One terminated w/ 4-pin XLR, the other you see here, w/ 3.5mm

 

Both are exquisitely resolving - and are, at the moment, my favorite go-to cables for the LCD-X,

aside of these one-of-a-kind dual XLR cables he sent to me for my Liquid Gold:

 

I HIGHLY recommend reaching out to Peter!

http://www.doublehelixcables.com/store/


already have mike, peter is fixing me up with a macromolecule cable, with a new wire  "synergy"  news to follow !

post #66 of 1146
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

the Geek Out 1000 gets really warm - but I wouldn't call it hot to the touch.

I can grab it and keep a hold of it without wincing...

 

 

MOG and Spotify Premium stream at 320kbps - so I'm never rockin mp3 streams.

 

MOG can sound terrific through the right DAC (in this case, the DAC in the Geek Out 1000 - which has a few character traits of its 

BIG brotha - the Da Vinci DAC) and so can Spotify!!  Though MOG is more consistent in terms of its offerings at CD quality.

 

The great thing about my Mytek and McIntosh D100 is that I see what sample and bit rates it locks in on.

MOG always locks in at 24 or 16-bit/44.1kHz - Spotify occasionally drops when I got it hooked up to those DACs.

 

But, overall - with the right DAC you'd be surprised how solid you can get it to sound!!

 

It's pretty simple w/ the Geek Out 1000...

 

now there I'm rockin Spotify - and its sounds great!

Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (my REVIEW at PFOsoundin' open and airy,

with dynamics and sweet tonalities

 

I notice that you put some support underneath the Geek Out. I wonder is the unit heavy or have significant weight? Have you try using it with the supplied slacker cable? Does it affect the sound quality of Geek Out?

 

By the way, all the best to your wife and wish her a speedy recovery.

post #67 of 1146

Mike, don't you have the "slacker" and use it instead?

post #68 of 1146
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 


already have mike, peter is fixing me up with a macromolecule cable, with a new wire  "synergy"  news to follow !

SWEET Jay!!!!

I think Peter is doing some of the best cable work in personal audio today, next to @MoonAudio! Peter's just gotta 

come up with an adapter system like Drews' built.

 

But those Double Helix Macromolecule Elite Fusion cables are amazdsé3 ing w/ the Geek Out 1000!

I use the balanced for my Liquid Gold and CEntrance HiFi-M8.

 

The difference when I jump

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Originally Posted by m-i-c-k-e-y View Post
 

Mike, don't you have the "slacker" and use it instead?

I have the slacker - and am going to give it a shot!

HRT had a similar cable they used to offer for the microStreamer...

 

as I remember - there used to be interference w/ the old school USB ports,

so getting the unit away from the computer was vital for a clean signal

post #69 of 1146
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by yungyaw View Post
 

 

I notice that you put some support underneath the Geek Out. I wonder is the unit heavy or have significant weight? Have you try using it with the supplied slacker cable? Does it affect the sound quality of Geek Out?

 

By the way, all the best to your wife and wish her a speedy recovery.

I forgot to answer this:

The unit isn't that heavy - I'd say it might weigh a bit more than the HRT microStreamer

(but as I said in the other Geek thread - the Geek Out 1000 took my microStreamer to SCHOOL)

 

I'm about to try it with the slacker cable,

and see if that changes anything...

post #70 of 1146
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Originally Posted by yungyaw View Post

Have you try using it with the supplied slacker cable? Does it affect the sound quality of Geek Out?
I highly doubt that. That would be silly if it did.
post #71 of 1146
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

I forgot to answer this:
The unit isn't that heavy - I'd say it might weigh a bit more than the HRT microStreamer
(but as I said in the other Geek thread - the Geek Out 1000 took my microStreamer to SCHOOL)

I'm about to try it with the slacker cable,
and see if that changes anything...

Great! Looking forward for your comparison. Thanks for all the info.
post #72 of 1146

Thanks Mike for very detailed review and comparison with DF and HRT. One question which many have been asking and anxiously wanting to know is whether  Geek Out 1000 power is sufficient to drive power hungry headphones like Audeze LCD 3 and X and hifiman HE6 and  HE-500. In your experience was geek out 1000 able to drive LCD 3/X with enough grunt and headroom.

 

I recently sold my AKG 550 in anticipation to get the Geek out and Pulse and upgrade my OTH and now left with IEM Shure 535, I am not sure if geek out 1000 will be too much for Shure, I am really looking forward to more reviews to find out which OTH works great with Geeks currently my favorite one to buy are Hifiman HE-500 and keen to know if for mobility Geek out 1000 will be able drive them without sacrificing any detail and power.

post #73 of 1146

Mike, first of all I would like to wish your wife all the best and  I hope she recovers soon. Thank you for your review, it makes me want this baby even more. Are you planning to compare the Geek Out with a "proper" desktop DAC like a Cambridge Audio Dacmagic, Musical Fidelity M1 and the like? I am very interested in such a comparison as I intend to connect my Geek Out (at least part time) on my main rig (Densen DM10 amp and Focal Speakers) until the Geek Pulse arrives.

post #74 of 1146

i wish your wife a speedy recovery as well. the review make the geek sound great. if you were somehow able to compare it to the bifrost uber sound signature i would be very interested and grateful.

post #75 of 1146

For those few who had the Geek Out:

 

Tried it with a separate Amp using its line-out? 

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