Review: Portable amp roundup! 56 portable amps reviewed and compared - FINAL update 12-20-10 added RSA SR-71B
Aug 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM Post #2,777 of 3,234

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Skylab, great review.  Thanks!
 
When I had the two prototype Stepdances here for a quick listen a few months ago, one of them really struck a chord with me and would be a tier 1 amp for me as well.  When I spoke to Jan he agreed with me on which version should go into production, and it looks like it will be a hit.  I think it was actually a little more natural sounding than a balanced Protector which has a little coloration in the upper mids, although I still really like my balanced Protector for HD600, HE-5 and JH13Pro.  And it had loads of power for full size cans.
 
I do wish it had the crossfeed, but when I do use my 3MOVE or Headfive I only use the crossfeed about 25% of the time anyway.  So, what hadphones did you use with the Stepdance, and did you try any IEM with it?
 
Aug 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM Post #2,778 of 3,234

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@ Roscoeiii:  I did not try that pairing (too many headphones, too little time).  Many of you may not be aware that I use an SPL meter to do precise level-matching for all my comparisons, which takes quite a bit of effort, so I do not tend to try every amp with every headphone
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  That said, since you asked, I will try to try that shortly.
 
@ HA: Thanks Larry!  I felt the same way you did about the prototypes (and for clarity, the version I have now is not the prototype, but an early production unit).  I actually listed the headphones I used above - no IEM's, sorry - I don't own any
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Aug 18, 2010 at 7:32 AM Post #2,782 of 3,234

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A nice touch is that Jan include free shipping anywhere in the world. (For someone like me living in Asia, it makes a big difference compared with products that I have bought from other vendors.)
 
Aug 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM Post #2,783 of 3,234

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Thanks all! 
 
@ Coop, thanks for the correction, I will fix. 
 
@ The MiddleSky - I don't have any "affordable" desktop amps here at the moment.  The Stepdance, as good at it is, was no match for the Concerto
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Aug 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM Post #2,784 of 3,234

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I was loaned the Stepdance for a month a while back, and mostly use IEMs.  I have a set of TF10s and SF5s, and used both.  My son has a pair of Shure 210s (or something like that).  The happiest day of my summer was when Skylab said I could keep the Stepdance for another week.  The saddest day was when I had to return it.  As for Skylab's review, I agree and was blown away by the sound from this unit.  As for sound from the unit, I listened to female artists as the sound was so good I was doing something I never like to do, repeat a song (immediately).  :)   Great review Skylab and thanks for letting have such an experience.
 
 
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Aug 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM Post #2,785 of 3,234

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Rob,
 
Thanks for the review.  Got a question related to battery play time.   Does the amp have a low current/high current mode?  Do you have some estimate as to how many hours the battery lasted?  
 
Aug 18, 2010 at 5:19 PM Post #2,786 of 3,234

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There are gain settings in the Stepdance, but I am not sure how they effect consumption.  And no, I have not really tried to estimate battery life exactly, no.
 
Aug 18, 2010 at 5:53 PM Post #2,787 of 3,234

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Rob I have a suggestion, how about adding the name of the last amp you reviewed to the end of the thread title.  Maybe add "Latest amp reviewed:<amp name>"
 
This thread is bumped up many times a week and it is harder for people to know if there is a new review or just the regular back and forth posting between members.  Adding the recently reviewed amp name in the title will give members a heads up on the most current amp reviewed.  Just a suggestion. Thanks for the review!  
 
Aug 19, 2010 at 9:28 AM Post #2,788 of 3,234

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That is a great suggestion!  Thanks.
 

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