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#260827 - 05/19/09 05:32 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Registered: 10/23/03
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Regarding the Total Bithead, a couple of years ago I bought and returned one.

I just wasn't that impressed with it. The SQ was fine. It could certainly drive my HD-650's better than an iPod. But the tubes of the MKII add a richness (distortion - whatever!) that the Bithead didn't. A rich creaminess that I just love. Some hate it. Different strokes for different folks.

But the biggest problem I had with the BH was that it was extremely susceptible to GSM cell-phone interference. At the time I had a BlackBerry, which was in constant communication with the network. I couldn't put the 'Berry within 6 feet of the Total Bithead, else it'd pick up the dit-ditty-dit ditty-dit-dit-dit-ditty-dit GSM signals in the headphone output. And heaven forbid I got a phone call...
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#260828 - 05/19/09 05:34 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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And Dan, those Woo amps are awesome. If I ever take my setup to the 'next level', that's where I'd go.

You've got a killer setup there!!
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#260830 - 05/19/09 05:54 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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 Originally Posted By: PeterChenoweth
And Dan, those Woo amps are awesome. If I ever take my setup to the 'next level', that's where I'd go.

You've got a killer setup there!!


Thanks :-).

I also have a Lite DAC-AH that I've modded some. Anyone who wants to get a nice DAC and doesn't mind doing a little bit of soldering work for fun, the Lite DAC-AH is where its at. It's a NOS design (non oversampling) which basically works by having 8 DAC chips running in parallel for the analog output. The theory is that any artifacts in one chip get "evened out" by the rest. This gives a more organic sound.

While I haven't done a head-to-head with any other formidable oversampling DAC, I'm happy with mine. I saw a huge improvement over my Portable USB DAC when I had it.

If you get a good tube amp don't forget about getting a good source!

Garbage in, garbage out. So, that means if you're planning on running a tube amp off of the headphone out of your laptop...eeeghh. So, get a nice DAC :-).
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#260837 - 05/19/09 08:20 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: danmagicman7]
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Thanks Peter and Dan for that info. Thats a really nice pic of your setup Dan \:\) . I'm not a ebay guy but looked into a bit further. Is there any really benefits to creating an ebay account for just one purchase because there is an option as "buy as guest" ?
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#260839 - 05/19/09 09:01 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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Thanks, that picture is actually 4 pictures in one. One with a flash, one without. Then a couple in complete darkness and long exposure. I made it so the ones that were in complete darkness were the only pictures with color, creating the cool look. I like that picture a lot \:D
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#260881 - 05/20/09 10:26 AM Re: reference level headphones [Re: danmagicman7]
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I just pulled the trigger on Little Dot MK III. Just received the confirmation email which confirmed the voltage specs, shipping details etc. The email also says that there will be final quality control check before shipping and that they will also be sending me the latest Little Dot MK III Reference Guide shortly.
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#260893 - 05/20/09 11:42 AM Re: reference level headphones [Re: danmagicman7]
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 Originally Posted By: danmagicman7
Thanks, that picture is actually 4 pictures in one. One with a flash, one without. Then a couple in complete darkness and long exposure. I made it so the ones that were in complete darkness were the only pictures with color, creating the cool look. I like that picture a lot \:D


You sneaky little HDR'er. ;\)

I thought perhaps that photo had a bit of "digital-darkroom" to it. Good job. \:\)

And congrats, Dr. House! I hope your LD experience goes as well as mine has.
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#260927 - 05/20/09 02:54 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Very nice House! Please let us all know what your impressions are once you have had a chance to play around!
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#260929 - 05/20/09 03:05 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: Golden]
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Contrats Dr. House. Take pictures \:D
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#260934 - 05/20/09 03:40 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: danmagicman7]
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I'll take some pics when it arrives in the next week or so. \:\) (hopefully in one piece - long journey for the package)
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