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#260804 - 05/19/09 03:00 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
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Registered: 10/23/03
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+1 for the Litte Dot series of amps.

I have a Little Dot MK II that I've owned for a couple of years. I love it. Really makes my HD-650's sing, just as EF has described.

It would appear that the MK III is out now, which I'm assuming is an updated version.

And if you *do* buy one of these Little Dot's from eBay, that seller, 'Davidzhezhe' is one you want to do business with. I believe he is the official seller of these things. Shipping direct from China kind of freaked me out and I was a little hesitant. But I shouldn't have been. The transaction went as smoothly as anything you'd order from somewhere like Amazon. I'm very satisfied with the product and the service. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if I needed to.

Good luck!
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#260805 - 05/19/09 03:04 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
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Little dots website is a bit unorthodox. How did you pay for your amps from then. There is a link to direct purchase which just brings up an email account and another link to ebay which you can purchase from them. BTW did you have to pay any duties/brokerage fees since you live in Canada?

I'm thinking about getting the little dot mk II since they don't cost very much.
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#260806 - 05/19/09 03:07 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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I agree with the "originality" of their web-site. Took me quite a while to find them (it is actually PeterChenoweth that gave it to me).
I used eBay. No duties or brokerage fee (I think they are paid by little-dot).
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#260807 - 05/19/09 03:09 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
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Cool! How long did it take for them to ship it...how many days until arrived?
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#260808 - 05/19/09 03:13 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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I don't recall exactly, but I am pretty sure it was less than 10 days (shipping from the Pacific coast, and I am east).
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#260809 - 05/19/09 03:15 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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Regarding brokerage fees. The charge for shipping is pretty steep so I think most of it is included in the shipping fee.
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#260811 - 05/19/09 03:23 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
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Thanks..I wish they just had a "normal" checkout. I have never used ebay before... I do have paypal setup.
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#260822 - 05/19/09 05:06 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
Golden Offline
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Registered: 04/28/09
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
I got my Senn's off ebay, and it was also my first time using the service. I would not be scared of taking the ebay leap, except that now I actually surf it everyday and it is a money pit.

The ebay seller for the Little Dot suggested above says:

"International Buyers Please Note:

* Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer痴 responsibility.
* Please check with your country痴 customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying."

How does the Little Dot MK 2 compare to something like the HeadRoom Total Bithead that was mentioned earlier in the thread?

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#260823 - 05/19/09 05:12 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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Well, here's a great excuse to post my tube amp.



It's a Woo Audio 6. I like it a lot.

I don't mean to bash Little Dot's in any way, I'm sure they sound fantastic, but one of the reasons I strayed away from them is that a few of them have had reported quality issues. While it's a slight chance you'll have any issues, just be aware that there have been quality problems. These amps come from China, while WooAudio is made in the good ol' USA.

Since my Tube amp was going to be a long time investment for me, I felt that I would go with something top of the line.
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#260825 - 05/19/09 05:24 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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Registered: 10/23/03
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Loc: Jacksonville, IL
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House
Little dots website is a bit unorthodox. How did you pay for your amps from then. There is a link to direct purchase which just brings up an email account and another link to ebay which you can purchase from them. BTW did you have to pay any duties/brokerage fees since you live in Canada?

I'm thinking about getting the little dot mk II since they don't cost very much.


Indeed, it is a bit unorthodox. They don't really have a good website, which is probably my only complaint about the whole operation. That raised a few red flags with me.

You buy these on eBay - ideally from the seller that I pointed out (use the links). I know of no other way to do it. And yes - I agree - I'd prefer it if there was a more "normal" way to buy them, but I don't think there is. I have had enough bad run-ins with eBay that I generally avoid it. But for this, I made an exception. If you have questions or concerns about the amp or the transaction in general, I'd recommend emailing David. I asked several questions before hand, and his replies were always extremely prompt and courteous. He even emailed me a few weeks after the sale to make sure I was happy. Seems like a nice enough fellow.

As it turns out, the 'red flag' feelings that I had about it being eBay-only/direct-from-China/this-is-a-scam were unfounded. "Buy It now", got an emailed order invoice, paid via Paypal, a day later got a shipment notification w/ a tracking number, and 4/5 business days later the amp was sitting on my front porch. Easy as can be. But I do live in the US, so I don't know if there are additional fees for a Canadian shipment. I'm sure David could tell you. The only thing "unique" about the experience is that the package had several Chinese stamps/stickers on it from its travels. ;\)

But anyway, yes, I'm completely happy with my Little Dot MKII. I'd certainly buy another one. Like I said, I've been using mine for over a year now. I use mine at work, so it's fired up for 5/6 hours at a time, 2/3 days a week. Zero problems, still on the original tubes. Works just as it did the day I got it.
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