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#159225 - 03/23/07 02:49 PM Re: Headphones [Re: F107plus5]
AdamP88 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/03
Posts: 639
Loc: Omaha, NE
I have a new toy:





I decided headphones would be a cheaper way to try out tubes. It's a Little Dot II++ (not the coolest sounding name...). So far, I think I like this kind of distortion! Both my Senn 595 and 580 (595 in particular) sound better out of this than my other amp (HeadAmp Gilmore Dynamic V2), and that one cost over twice as much. The Gilmore sounds a little quicker - maybe even a little more revealing, but the Little Dot sounds more natural than the Gilmore. Midrange seems a little smoother (vocals in particular seem more lifelike) and bass is much better (though maybe a bit bloated) - overall it's a really satisfying presentation. And it can function as a preamp as well. Plus you can modify the sound with a different set of tubes. Pretty nifty if you ask me - and all for $200!

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#159226 - 03/23/07 02:51 PM Re: Headphones [Re: AdamP88]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
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Loc: Central NH
Adam:
Where did you get it?
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#159227 - 03/23/07 02:53 PM Re: Headphones [Re: MarkSJohnson]
AdamP88 Offline
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via eBay. It comes from China, but there's a nice following on www.head-fi.org, so I decided to give it a try. Shipping was actually quite quick - under a week.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Little-Dot-2-PLUS-PL...1QQcmdZViewItem

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#159228 - 03/23/07 03:26 PM Re: Headphones [Re: AdamP88]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
Nice amp from what I have read. I put in a bid on a used one some time back, to bad it didn't end up being the winning bid.
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#159229 - 03/23/07 07:27 PM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
AdamP88 Offline
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Loc: Omaha, NE
Apparently this newest ++ version is a pretty noticeable improvement over the older Little Dot 2 and 2+, from what I've read. Better power tubes and better parts throughout, basically. It really is a great little amp. I did a little more comparison to my other amp, and the Little Dot's bass is just so much better there's no contest - the Gilmore sounds downright anemic in that respect. The Gilmore does do imaging noticeably better though - much more precise. But the more I listen to the Little Dot, the more clinical the Gilmore sounds.

I've also found out that this thing runs quite hot. Not just the tubes, but the entire chassis gets warm enough that it becomes uncomfortable to leave my hand on it for more than a few seconds. Not that I regularly do that while listening, so I'm fine. And it can act as a heater on cold nights.

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#159230 - 03/24/07 12:09 AM Re: Headphones [Re: AdamP88]
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7413
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Very nice, Adam! Looks to be a pretty good buy for $200 bucks. Brand new amp and you're already talking about tube rolling! Actually, I think it's pretty cool to be able to slightly modify the sound. What kind of tubes does it run?
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#159231 - 03/24/07 12:23 AM Re: Headphones [Re: St_PatGuy]
AdamP88 Offline
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Stock it comes with Chinese military spec 6C19 power tubes and Ediswan EF92 drivers. Not the most common tubes out there, but after reading a bit on head-fi about equivalent tube types, I did a quick google/ebay search and came up with some possibilities for both.

Also realized that you can remove two internal jumpers that supposedly allow the amp to drive lower impedance cans better. I dunno if I like the changes to the sonics, though. Bass actually tightens up well, but it loses something in the midrange.

What a weird world, this tube amp stuff.

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#159232 - 03/24/07 01:39 AM Re: Headphones [Re: AdamP88]
St_PatGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7413
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
The good news is that the amp runs only four tubes. That'll keep cost down if you want to start experimenting. I'd say run them with the stock tubes to familiarize yourself with the sound and it'll be easier to discern any differences once you start "rolling."

Aargh, you're gonna make me want to start looking at headphone amps again. Must stay away from head-fi. . .
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#159233 - 03/24/07 02:01 PM Re: Headphones [Re: AdamP88]
danmagicman7 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/05
Posts: 1467
GAH!

I have 595's..eeeh...must...not...look...longer
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#159234 - 03/24/07 04:33 PM Re: Headphones [Re: AdamP88]
pmbuko Offline
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Registered: 04/02/03
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
Tubes? You're dead to me.


Actually, I look forward to hearing your pleasing distortion generator when I'm out there in June for WWDC.
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