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post #61 of 132
good question, i was thinking about this question too.
post #62 of 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by smittysan89
why would we spend 40$ more on an amp just to power your headphones and mini speakers? I personally dont need an amp to power mini speakers, and i dont have any mini speakers in the first place.

The ability to drive mini speakers is an extra. The main advantages are it's better than the LD II.

As it was said:

Quote:
Both the LDII and LDIII use the same tubes; that is Chinese military grade 1B2 for the front and 4P1S for the back. The main difference between the 2 units is that the LDIII is capable greater output at 3.5W + 3.5W. As a result, bass becomes more powerful, and trebles become far clearer and airier. By using Japanese made Z11 circuit board (??), the amp can now deliver 20Hz-65Khz (-3dB). Other changes include using audiophile grade components such as the ALPS_27 from Japan, WIMA/ERA electrics from Germany, ELNA, DALE capacitors.
Airier treble and a more powerful bass response? sign me up! I've always thought one tradition at headfi was to usually get the best and newest model possible haha.
post #63 of 132
Alright this is driving me nuts. Has anyone used the Little Dot II or the micro yet? I've been trying to find a review and am getting nothing. ***Edit** found the review of the LDII, still awaiting word on the micro
post #64 of 132
Anyone know anything about the 'fubar' usb dac that is listed on the 'cute' site?
post #65 of 132

Got my LDII today....

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bzer
When you receieve yours.. post pictures and impressions... i'll do the same.
And it has the wrong power cord (Euro version, 220 volt I think). I haven't powered it up yet, was waiting on Mr. Chen's response to my email, so I don't know if I was just given the wrong power cord or the wrong unit. I emailed him this morning, no response as I type. Let's hold off on jumping on the Little Dot bandwagon until I see how this is resolved.
post #66 of 132
I got mine today... i also got the wrong power cord. But i had an extra pwr cord lying around. The unit does accept 110V - seems to be working fine w/ my power cord (30 mins so far). The unit does get better as it warms up. I'm really happy w/ the craftsmanship. Only wonder how long the tubes will last.


Here are pics:
http://www.areakode.com/bman/amp.jpg
http://www.areakode.com/bman/amp2.jpg
http://www.areakode.com/bman/amp3.jpg
post #67 of 132
sound?
post #68 of 132
This is my first amp, so i cannot compare it to others. So far, i'm really enjoying it (1 hr or so of listening). A few things i've noticed and enjoy... the sound is more dynamic, compared to w/o amp. Highs really peak and bass thumps. Instrumentals in songs are more pronounced, as well as vocals. Guitar plucks sound really really sweet now. Everything is "lifened" up. As for clarity, i think i'm limited due to my cans (sony mdr-z700dj, japanese version of the z700dj). Overall, stellar little product.

I'm hoping to upgrade my 'phones to sennheiser hd 580 or 650 to really enjoy the amp.
post #69 of 132
This sounds promising now, now we just need a few more impressions and then I should be set on getting one of these to pair with my incoming DT880s.
post #70 of 132

Little Dot 11

Hi

I am new to this forum but have recently imported a Little Dot 11 into the UK and would wish to share some of my initial thoughts.

I currently have the LD11 playing through my Arcam Diva CD 82 using Kimber Crystal-H interconnect. The power is supplied via a Kimber Yello power cable and the amp isolated from other equipment on an Atacama Equinox stand. I am using a well run in pair of HD650's with a Merier Audio cable. Power cable plugged into Isol-8 mains conditioner.

I have previously owned a MF X-can V1, ProJect Headbox and currently own a Headsave Classic V2.

I have been listening closely to the LD11 for a few days and I am completely blown away by the quality for the money. In nearly 40 years of purchasing hi-fi equipment I do not believe I have ever purchased such good value for money.

Some specific comments:

DELIVERY TIME:

Very impressed - ordered paid and unit delivered within 8 days. Well packaged.

BUILD QUALITY:

I have read some comments on these forums worrying about the build quality. My unit is well put together and looks/feels substantial. I have not opened the unit (and probably never will as I would not know anything about the electronics - ask me about child protection and I will have knowledge, electronics I leave to others!)

I ordered a wholly black version which is what I received - unlike some previous customers. I stressed that I wanted all black in my order, maybe that helps.

Some postings have mentioned a hum from the amp - not this one. Inky blackness at whatever volume I try.

Overall does not look out of place with the other equipment on my rack. Does run hot but have used for over 3 hours and the house is still here!

On the down side my wife describes it as 'a incomplete science lesson'

The supplied power cord is absolute ***** - dump it straight away.

SOUND QUALITY:

All important as I do not really care about the looks but care passionately about how it sounds.

Initial impressions straight from the box were very impressive. Smooth, warm bass, clear and involving trebles and superb seperation. Really blown away by the quality of something costing less than some tweaks I have purchased.

After a few hours sound even better - very, very listenable not wearing in any way and allows you to really listen to the music without the technology getting in the way.

INITIAL CONCLUSIONS:

The LD11 is what our American cousins would call 'the biggest bang for your bucks' - at the price I paid (just under £70 inc postage and insurance) it is a complete no brainer, buy one now before the word gets out and the price doubles. I was about to purchase a Wooaudio amp but no longer feel the need.

Dave
post #71 of 132
AHH, i wasnt planning on buying a new power cord, but maybe ill have to pick up a zu from ebay or something...any cheap but decent reccomendations for this amp?

planning to send money out next week for the amp
post #72 of 132

Little Dot 11

Since my last post I have swapped the Yello power cable for a Merlin Tarantula Power Cord which I purchased a few months ago for £50 - seems like a really good match for the amp.

Very strange that the power cord costs more than the amp (before shipping is added)

I really would recomend discoupling the amp from your source, I always shudder when I see pictures of equipment stacked on top of other equipment. I am in part convinced that the sound I have obtained is directly linked to the care I have taken setting it up.

Next step is replace the standard feet with sorbothane and replace the silver knob with a black aluminium one ordered from Maplins for less than £2 !!

I would be very interested in finding alternate valves for this unit........ if anybody knows of a source I would be grateful for a heads up.

I have taken a few pics but I'll be blowed if I can find a way to place them in the body of the text - they are too large for attachments,

Peace

Dave
post #73 of 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by daveevans87
Hi
I am new to this forum but have recently imported a Little Dot 11 into the UK and would wish to share some of my initial thoughts.
Dave, thanks for your thoughts on the Little Dot II. I think I may have to order one!
post #74 of 132
Thread Starter 

LD III on its way...in 3 WEEKS!

Decided to go ahead and get a LD3 instead...

Now I am waiting for it to be ready and come in 3-4 weeks!

This will give me time to buy a new source....hehe!!
post #75 of 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bzer
This is my first amp, so i cannot compare it to others. So far, i'm really enjoying it (1 hr or so of listening). A few things i've noticed and enjoy... the sound is more dynamic, compared to w/o amp. Highs really peak and bass thumps. Instrumentals in songs are more pronounced, as well as vocals. Guitar plucks sound really really sweet now. Everything is "lifened" up. As for clarity, i think i'm limited due to my cans (sony mdr-z700dj, japanese version of the z700dj). Overall, stellar little product.

I'm hoping to upgrade my 'phones to sennheiser hd 580 or 650 to really enjoy the amp.
At least you're getting to enjoy yours. I'm getting severe hum out of one channel and VERY weak volume overall. I've tried both the Sony MDR-XD400 and the Ultrasone HFI-550, different cables to no avail. I guess I'm gonna have to crack this thing open to see if something came loose in transit. I guess it'll be a good time to take internal pics.
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