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Venture Electronics (VE) Duke - a new high-performance IEM

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  1. Hisoundfi Contributor
    That's the one VE I don't have. :frowning2:
  2. Hisoundfi Contributor
    PS I said VE, not VD
  3. nmatheis Contributor
    Aww, snap! The ever elusive Asura is pretty rad, Vince :L3000:
  4. Hisoundfi Contributor
    I'll keep it on my radar. The last time I looked the asking price was like $600 on Aliexpress.

  5. Selenium
    @Hisoundfi, would you say the Dukes are a natural upgrade over the GT100s? Bearing in mind I know you think the latter is pretty rad in its own right. Been waiting for a used pair of Dukes to pop up but haven't seen one so far.
  6. nmatheis Contributor

    That would be off by a factor of 10 or so. They should be ~$6,000.

    Erm, wait...

    No, $60 fo sho :wink:
  7. mochill
    Selenium,the duke is a beast hidden in the dark,truly a huge aurisonics upgrade :sunglasses:.
  8. peter123
    I don't understand the need to use an amp with easy to drive IEM's. What kind of amp would be good for it, one that output 30mW? I mean I also do it but the amp is always too powerful, isn't that in the nature of an amp?

    I also don't see the problem with listening at 9-10 o'clock on the volume, what's the difference between that and listening at 12-13? I personally don't sit and play around with the volume pot while listening to music, I put the volume where I need it and enjoys the sound.

    Just my2c.......
    Aero Dynamik likes this.
  9. nmatheis Contributor


    I can easily hear an improvement with many amps over a DAP. Whether it's just sound sig or sound quality is an endless debate. Let's just say it's nice to have different flavors that aren't always easily replicated by EQ - unless you're Joe Bloggs, that is :wink:

    So, now that we've decided on an amp, the problem, as I see it, is if the volume pot gets accidentally turned, BAM!!! Way too loud, way too quickly :eek:

    This is especially a problem with amps with a large, easily turned volume pot. I've nudged RA accidentally into uncomfortable territory more than once, and I certainly know better. That's why I started using it with my DX90, which has a variable line out. Now I can use it with Duke from 9-11 o'clock, fine tune the volume much easier, and not worry so much about accidentally nudging the volume up.

    End of blah, blah, blah about an amp in the Duke thread...

    Isn't it about time we start a RA thread? ClieOS? If not, I volunteer :L3000:
  10. golov17
    Fully agree with this :) :) :)
  11. peter123

    Yes I understand what you're saying and like I said I do it myself but I really don't see any problem with it. Maybe I've been lucky enough to never accidentally turn the volume knob that much up so something gets broken.

    I also wonder if that 30mW amp will give the same improvement in sound.....

    What bothers me most when using amps with easy to drive IEM's is background hiss.
  12. nmatheis Contributor
    Maybe I'm just clumsy peter123 :wink_face:
  13. peter123

    Ha ha, that was not what I meant :)

    If it had happened to me I'm pretty sure that I'd be more concerned about it was what I wanted to say :wink:
  14. ClieOS Contributor
    Please do.
    Will add that my RA doesn't seem to suffer any EMI issue nor a loose volume knob. Beside the battery bay seems a bit tight, everything is fine.
  15. nmatheis Contributor

    Cool. I'll try to get a thread opened tonight.

    My volume isn't loose, per se. It just doesn't have as much friction as something like my Fiio amps, which are very hard to accidentally nudge up or down.

    I certainly don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill here. It's not a major issue - just a suggestion for iterative improvement IMHO.
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