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post #31 of 127
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Originally Posted by NotoriousBIG_PJ
Yeah but your wording was exactly the same as the very people you were making fun of, so its a little hard to distinguish the nature of your post. Here are some tips to help you in your communication:

winking ->
joking ->
looks are not your thing ->
have a unibrow ->
stopped posting because you know you are better than everyone else ->

Hope this helps.

Biggie.
Thanks for the emoticon chart. I am going to have to start using them more often.
post #32 of 127
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Originally Posted by uncle b
What does your burn-in process consist of? I mean, I'm having trouble doing anything but listening to the SM as much as possible (which is pretty much highly enjoyable, interactive burn-in, I guess)...
You got it! Interactive burn-in is best, IMHO. I did a combination. I left it running 24 hours a day all week and listened when I could. I did notice the bass tighten up and the highs mellow out. The highs went from rolled off, to screachy, to smooth and extended. The bass went from a bit flabby to fairly taut. This was with AD8610s, 2x buffers, and the highest capacitence.
post #33 of 127
Thread Starter 
I believe the character of the sound is much more affected by the buffers and large caps Xin is now using. I know it's been discussed before, but I notice a very significant difference between the old and new SM, even though I have the same OPA627s as before. Out of the box without any burn in the bass has more punch, and I can pick out instruments way better than before. I really liked the SuperMono, but now the Macro is smack dab in the SR-71 league IMO.
post #34 of 127
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Originally Posted by vranswer
Out of the box without any burn in the bass has more punch, and I can pick out instruments way better than before. I really liked the SuperMono, but now the Macro is smack dab in the SR-71 league IMO.
That's hard for me to compare. I compared the pre-release model, out of the box, with the SR-71 and the SR-71 had tighter bass. However, now I have a newer SuperMacro and after burn in the bass seems tighter than on my XP-7, which theoretically should be better than the SR-71. Not having the old version, the new version and the SR-71 at the same time, I'm really just guessing as to the differences.

I will say that although the SuperMacro sounds a bit tighter, the XP-7 gives a better soundstage. The SuperMacro is my third Xin amp. I had SuperMini v3, SuperMini V6.2c and now this. Although each one was progressively better in terms of detail, I find the Xin amps to have a very upfront, in your face kind of sound. I don't really experience the "macro hall sound" Xin describes on his website, although I'm not quite sure what that's supposed to mean. If it means what I think it means, then the XP-7 does a better job of giving a spacious sound, perhaps at the expense of some punch and detail.
post #35 of 127
well than im looking forward to getting mine back after updates!

otherwise i love this amp!!!

all problems have been fixed in the new version like the battery door intermittency as well on the new models as well as bigger caps in most models
post #36 of 127
Keeping on the SuperMacro discussion.

Well just like Rellik I am also "looking forward to getting mine back after updates!!!!!!!!!"

Mailed back to fix the 6bB to 10dB boost change, battery door intermittency,
and even the front input jacks became loose in my SuperMacro.

Double-sided sticky tape Battery Contact attachments
But it works and easily replaceable/fixable.

Excellent sound though, but debate-able boomy lower end IMO BUT MAYBE NOT after upgrades as I get it back (as posted in other threads I didn't take note of my serial number - isn't it the number on a sticker inside the battery housing? Well it isn't printed on the printed sales reciept that I recieved either.)

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Originally Posted by Jon L
Do you have the 6dB bass boost or the new 10dB boost?
I must say that unless the impedance switch takes a really long time to burn in, I might be one of those people who prefer 4P to 4S even with bass boost and SuperMacro. 4P sounds more breathy, lively, and exciting in the vocals with just a bit less refinement so far...
Jon L you are not alone! I had my SuperMacro (Socketed, OPA627, Extra Features, Large Caps, 2X Buffers) and ER-4P matched together, and I also preferred the Impedence switch OFF, Amp Gain Switch On, Bass Boost Switch On with my Etymotics.

With the Impedence switch ON it took away from the sound and the lower end bass IMO (things should be difference once I get my SM back with fixes.)

"What about your Cans!!!!!!!"

I saw the best improvement out of my:

* Koss KSC-35's
Better Clearer Highs, better sound overall, and even better amplified bass impact.

* ATH-A900's
These cans sound excellent UNAMPED, but with the SuperMacro they are even better IMO! It has been written numerous times that AMP-ing the A900's there are only subtle differences. Well IMO there is a noticable difference with the SM! And the sound gets even better with better sources! The sound stage is now better defined and clearer, the Highs (treble) is even clearer (I don't want to upgrade to Sony CD3K's anymore), and the bass impact is thundering.

* Once I get my SM back to be tested: Senn MX500/MX300
Supposedly XIN was on a MX500 praise earlier in the Summer through use of his AMPS.) Maybe the SM will finally give the MX500's some Bass!

Submit your impressions also (maybe start a new clean thread?)

I would like to see a head-to-head full detailed Comparitive Review on the ...

Xin SuperMacro vs. SR-71 vs. Gilmore Lite vs. Maxed out PPA

Thanks!!!!!!
post #37 of 127

What Rechargable Batteries Are You Using?

I figured I'd post this question in this thread and maybe the bump will get me some answers. Otherwise, I might just start a new thread.

Like the title says, what rechargables are you using in your SuperMacro and do you have any performance figures yet? We all know that the Plainview rechargables are preferred by my Head-Fiers for their extra voltage. Is there a similar AAA battery? I assume the voltage is going to be the same for all of them but I'm not really sure. What may vary are the mA, which will determine how long they last.

So what are you using?
post #38 of 127
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Originally Posted by rab10
I would like to see a head-to-head full detailed Comparitive Review on the ...

Xin SuperMacro vs. SR-71 vs. Gilmore Lite vs. Maxed out PPA
Hmmm...I would like to throw the LaRocco Pocket Reference, Gilmore Lite, and the SuperDual in there as well. Now that would be one hell of a shoot-out!
post #39 of 127
erikzen,

I'm using the Powerex 800mAH NiMH rechargeables from Thomas Distributing. With my Macro (4 switches version), I'm at about 23 hours and still going strong.

jester,

I was listening to my SuperDual yesterday, and compared with my Macro, I would say with the bass boost the SuperDual has more bass slam and richness in lower frequencies than the Macro with bass boost (using an AKG 501 and DT880). Now, my Macro has to go back to Xin in order for him to increase the bass boost from 6db to 10db (I don't know what is the bass boost on the SD) and the comparative difference may well change..

However, when you compare midrange and upper frequencies, the Macro is much cleaner and more crsip than the SD, in my opinion, especially with piano and some percussive instruments such as the triangle and cymbals.

I was thinking of selling my SD, but now I'm not so sure! They both sound amazing for their sizes.
post #40 of 127
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Originally Posted by kiwirugby
erikzen,

I'm using the Powerex 800mAH NiMH rechargeables from Thomas Distributing.
I was planning getting the AccuPower 1000mAH rechargables from Thomas. They've been out of stock. I called yesterday and they said they would be in next week.

http://www.thomas-distributing.com/ap-1000-2.htm
post #41 of 127

Hmmmm....

Well I am too in the market for a portable amp and am debating over this amp and a few others.

It's between this SuperMarco, Simpl A1, Headroom Airhead, SuperMicro, or the Porta Corda group buy.

What do you guys think? I will be using the amp with the Sennhesier HD595's.
post #42 of 127
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Originally Posted by IpodSF
Well I am too in the market for a portable amp and am debating over this amp and a few others.

It's between this SuperMarco, Simpl A1, Headroom Airhead, SuperMicro, or the Porta Corda group buy.

What do you guys think? I will be using the amp with the Sennhesier HD595's.
I'm just curious as to why you've narrowed it down to those amps.
post #43 of 127
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Originally Posted by erikzen
I figured I'd post this question in this thread and maybe the bump will get me some answers. Otherwise, I might just start a new thread.
Like the title says, what rechargables are you using in your SuperMacro and do you have any performance figures yet? We all know that the Plainview rechargables are preferred by my Head-Fiers for their extra voltage. Is there a similar AAA battery? I assume the voltage is going to be the same for all of them but I'm not really sure. What may vary are the mA, which will determine how long they last.So what are you using?
The higher mAh rating (and the quality of the recharger) does make a difference. I bought some brand new (sealed in their package) Energizer AAA Rechargeable 850mAh off of Ebay (at a good price) to use in my SM. But I have not tested them out yet. However, normal Alkaline batteries kept my SM running for over an entire day, and then some. I left the SM buring in once overnight, then continued over the entire Thanksgiving Day, then kept it running all that night. My portable player ran out of juice first and turned off, but the SM bright blue LED was still shining bright!

I recieved my SM back in the mail today. Upon my first listen I can definately hear the bass difference with my ER-4Ps (it is not overpowering at all, and the sound is still clear and expansive.) However it is a subtle difference and not the bass boom I was expecting.

Thanks.
post #44 of 127
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Originally Posted by rab10
I recieved my SM back in the mail today. Upon my first listen I can definately hear the bass difference with my ER-4Ps (it is not overpowering at all, and the sound is still clear and expansive.) However it is a subtle difference and not the bass boom I was expecting.
Is this with the bass boost increased to 10db or with the default 6db?
post #45 of 127
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Originally Posted by Zoide
Is this with the bass boost increased to 10db or with the default 6db?
My SM has been increased to 10dB from 500Hz.
Originally it was at 6dB from 300Hz.

Sounds great upon initial listening.
However, I will definately need to EQ in some Bass from my Portable
if I want more bass impact with my ER-4P's.

Bass sounds great out of my SM and KSC-35's and A900's through the home rig.
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