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post #16 of 66
Well since you said that portability isn't really a factor, and since you state you are curious about tubes. I would suggest that if you can, save some extra money and invest in a Dared MP5. It plays extremely well the 701's and can double as a great speaker amp. It can be had for a little over 300 from Ken over at Audio Line Out.

As an addition to the PA2V2 suggestion, do not do it. I have and really like my PA2V2, however hooking the 701's up to it will yield very disappointing results. I know I tried it just for grins and giggles while I was waiting on my MP5 to arrive. You would be just as well off plugging the 701 into the headphone jack of your computer vs plugging them into the PA2V2
post #17 of 66
Thread Starter 
Actually, doubling as a speaker amp would be a nice addition, but $300 is pushing it. If I were to go down the route of that sort of thing, I'd push my budget to around $200.

This is getting to be ridiculous... Oh well.
post #18 of 66
Thread Starter 
Ok, may as well state what I'm looking for now, unless someone states otherwise.

As of now, my eye is setting on the Little Dot II.

If it's possible, I would like to have a tube amp with speaker output as well. Are these available for around $150-200?
post #19 of 66
I have both the K701 and the Go-Vibe 5. The Go-Vibe 5 does a very nice job with the K701. You may want to PM Vorlon1 since he also has a Go-Vibe 5 and a K701. I believe he is very happy with both.
post #20 of 66
I'm starting to think maybe a modified Xenos would be pretty cool, based on Andrea's comments. I'm actually considering picking one up and modifying it with some of the op-amps I use.

If the PINT still existed, I'd say get that and pair the 701 with maybe the LM6172 or AD8058 in that. However, it's gone. Perhaps the Xenos with an AD8058 and LMH6654s or something would work well...I'm not entirely certain.

Another option might be a used Xin Supermini. Those are nice because you can change the op-amps around which I've found is nice to have when using the K701.

My personal preference with the 701 is with solid state, but I know some people do enjoy it with tubes.
post #21 of 66
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Filburt
I'm starting to think maybe a modified Xenos would be pretty cool, based on Andrea's comments. I'm actually considering picking one up and modifying it with some of the op-amps I use.

If the PINT still existed, I'd say get that and pair the 701 with maybe the LM6172 or AD8058 in that. However, it's gone. Perhaps the Xenos with an AD8058 and LMH6654s or something would work well...I'm not entirely certain.

Another option might be a used Xin Supermini. Those are nice because you can change the op-amps around which I've found is nice to have when using the K701.

My personal preference with the 701 is with solid state, but I know some people do enjoy it with tubes.
I'm not a DIYer at all, so that stuff doesn't really apply to me.

I think I'm pretty much pushed over to the idea of a home amp instead of a portable, because I really wouldn't be using these anywhere other than home. I was thinking portable because I was previously considering the DT770s, which I would be using on planes and car trips. My portable headphones are now the KSC75s and the ATH-FC7s. That's all that will go with me on car/plane trips.
post #22 of 66
Granted I only have about 60 hours on my k701's...
I am running a LD2+. Just got done comparing them from th PM G4. Wow, While they sound suprising well from just my Mac, on the LD2+ there is just so much more there and presented with more authority. While the Little Dot 2+ is not exactly a high end amp, it does do good justice to the 701's.

I don't know man, you already have the 701's... Thats what student loans are for...

Here is the link for the review, and there is a link to the regular LD2:
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=190780


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post #23 of 66
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duc
Granted I only have about 60 hours on my k701's...
I am running a LD2+. Just got done comparing them from th PM G4. Wow, While they sound suprising well from just my Mac, on the LD2+ there is just so much more there and presented with more authority. While the Little Dot 2+ is not exactly a high end amp, it does do good justice to the 701's.

I don't know man, you already have the 701's... Thats what student loans are for...

Here is the link for the review, and there is a link to the regular LD2:
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=190780


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Thanks Duc!

What do you mean by the student loans thing? I'm spending too much on headphones and an amp? If you didn't know, I won the K701's in a very generous drawing from Afrikane. That's why I'm getting them in the first place, and that's why I'm spending this amount on an amplifier.

So the LD2+ allows speakers too? Sounds like that may be the route for me. I've wanted to hook my speakers up for a while now.

*edit*
Does the LD2+ come with an AC adapter.

Wow... The amount I'm considering spending right now is almost equal to the amount of the DT770s and an LDM+, which was my previous plan. You people here just want me to spend my cash...
post #24 of 66
Quote:
Originally Posted by PYROphonez
Thanks Duc!

What do you mean by the student loans thing? I'm spending too much on headphones and an amp? If you didn't know, I won the K701's in a very generous drawing from Afrikane. That's why I'm getting them in the first place, and that's why I'm spending this amount on an amplifier.

So the LD2+ allows speakers too? Sounds like that may be the route for me. I've wanted to hook my speakers up for a while now.

*edit*
Does the LD2+ come with an AC adapter.

Wow... The amount I'm considering spending right now is almost equal to the amount of the DT770s and an LDM+, which was my previous plan. You people here just want me to spend my cash...
Oh the student loan thing... You said you were on a collage budget. And when I was in school I always spent my student loan on 'other' items and never actually school.

As for the LD2+ yeah the AC adapter is part of the setup, it's intergrated, and it comes with a power cable, which is just a standard AC cable. As far as your speakers no. You can use the LD2+ as a pre-amp but no actual speaker outputs. Run your source into the LD2+ and then to an amp or reciever, then to your speakers.

We only want you to spend your cash cause you get what you pay for. You are gonna have this kick ass pair of headphones and you need to drive them. You go cheap and you'll just be disappointed and end up spending the money in the end.

Good luck man!


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post #25 of 66
What about a used Millet Hybrid? Or you could actually get someone here to build you one. After I finish my Cmoy, I'm thinking about hunting for a board to build one. It should pair nicely with the K 701.

BTW, congrats on the K 701. I didn't qualified to participate in the giveaway and I already have a K 701 but I just became aware that there was also an RS1 giveaway in which I could have participated but missed it! Ahhhhhhh! Will have to visit the Member's Lounge more frequently and hope to see some other gennerous giveaways (hint, hint).
post #26 of 66
Thread Starter 
I think I'm going to go for the Little Dot 2+ if it will give me what I want. I have a power amplifier. Can that be plugged into the LD2+ to power the speakers? Would the volume control on the LD2+ control the speaker volume?
post #27 of 66
PYRO.... Hope this isn't too simple for you, but here goes...

The LD2+ can act as a headphone amp or as a pre-amp to a power amp. The LD2+ has two L/R RCAs on the back for input from your PC/CD Player, etc. there are also two L/R RCAs that are line outs to a power amp. Your power amp/receiver will have to have pre-amp in RCAs on it to accept the signal from the LD2+... from there the power amp drives the speakers. The LD2+ volume control will control the speaker volume.
post #28 of 66
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blueiz
PYRO.... Hope this isn't too simple for you, but here goes...

The LD2+ can act as a headphone amp or as a pre-amp to a power amp. The LD2+ has two L/R RCAs on the back for input from your PC/CD Player, etc. there are also two L/R RCAs that are line outs to a power amp. Your power amp/receiver will have to have pre-amp in RCAs on it to accept the signal from the LD2+... from there the power amp drives the speakers. The LD2+ volume control will control the speaker volume.
I just wanted a yes or no. Thanks for the description, though. I believe the LD2+ may be in my future. I was originally going to purchase a used $30 receiver, but I guess getting the LD2+ instead of an LD2 and the old receiver is equal in price, and will last longer than that receiver.

I'm not really ordering very soon, so any suggestions are welcome.
post #29 of 66
Thread Starter 
Ok, now that I'm pretty much set on the LD2+, I have a few questions.

Is there anything I need to know about tubes? Do I have to worry about things getting too hot? Any specific amount of burn-in time? Anything else I need to know about?
post #30 of 66
Tube heat is overrated IMO - although a lot of people have reported excess heat with the Little Dot tube amps, but I don't think it should be anything to worry about. Forget about burn-in, you should just forget you ever read about it on Head-Fi. Just plug it in and listen, you'll be set!

I think all you need to know about a tube amp is to not treat it like a light switch - let it warm up, don't turn it off after 5 minutes expecting to turn it back on immediately. That's not going to be good for the tubes. When you turn it on, you should plan on using it for a while before turning it off.
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