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post #106 of 833
That sucks! Hopefully it'll come later that day or early tomorrow. But then, no one can actually promise an exact time when your item is gonna get delivered. Trust me, I've been promised several times when my package is gonna be delivered to me. It comes to me either a couple hours late or the next day. It just depends on what goes on in the shipping service.

Oh and since I've read before about tubes having a life span of 3,000 hours or so, and David says he's running low on the type of tubes he's using in our MKIV SE's, would that mean that these amps would become useless after spending nearly half a grand on something that may become obsolete? Or is this something we won't have to worry about? Just curious.
post #107 of 833
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Originally Posted by Xoen View Post
That sucks! Hopefully it'll come later that day or early tomorrow. But then, no one can actually promise an exact time when your item is gonna get delivered. Trust me, I've been promised several times when my package is gonna be delivered to me. It comes to me either a couple hours late or the next day. It just depends on what goes on in the shipping service.

Oh and since I've read before about tubes having a life span of 3,000 hours or so, and David says he's running low on the type of tubes he's using in our MKIV SE's, would that mean that these amps would become useless after spending nearly half a grand on something that may become obsolete? Or is this something we won't have to worry about? Just curious.
No worries for us users. The tube market is FULL of tubes for us! DavidZ's problem is that the initial bunch of tubes they bought, are almost gone. They have decided not to order more in bulk, so once he runs out, the "se" model will be no more. We will have the best unit they have ever made, and no one will be able to buy them new anymore. Not a bad position to be in either!!
post #108 of 833
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Originally Posted by Penchum View Post
No worries for us users. The tube market is FULL of tubes for us! DavidZ's problem is that the initial bunch of tubes they bought, are almost gone. They have decided not to order more in bulk, so once he runs out, the "se" model will be no more. We will have the best unit they have ever made, and no one will be able to buy them new anymore. Not a bad position to be in either!!
Good! I just hope there are plenty of tubes compatible with our amps, despite the claims that tube rolling isn't as expansive in the MKIV SE as with the regular MKIVs. Good thing is, I don't really plan on tube rolling with this amp anyways, unlike my LDII++.
post #109 of 833
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Originally Posted by Xoen View Post
Good! I just hope there are plenty of tubes compatible with our amps, despite the claims that tube rolling isn't as expansive in the MKIV SE as with the regular MKIVs. Good thing is, I don't really plan on tube rolling with this amp anyways, unlike my LDII++.
How true! Did you find out when your's is due in? Also, when yours arrives, it will have some really great tubes already in it, so "maturing" the whole thing at once, is the way to go. When it arrives, post up what tubes came in it stock, and I'll check to see what tubes sound like a good idea for you to buy/try whenever you want too.
post #110 of 833
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How true! Did you find out when your's is due in? Also, when yours arrives, it will have some really great tubes already in it, so "maturing" the whole thing at once, is the way to go. When it arrives, post up what tubes came in it stock, and I'll check to see what tubes sound like a good idea for you to buy/try whenever you want too.
Yea, I just did. I just emailed David about the shipping status since it's been 2 days with no emails from him about the shipping. Well, he replied back to me pretty fast saying that he hasn't shipped out my amp yet since it has to go through "quality control" first before they can ship it out. I guess they're thoroughly inspecting my amp before I get it? I'm not much in a rush, though, since I still have my new HD650's and my lovely little Little Dot II++.

Oh and I'll definitely post up what tubes I have as well as my impressions on it!
post #111 of 833
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Originally Posted by Xoen View Post
Good! I just hope there are plenty of tubes compatible with our amps, despite the claims that tube rolling isn't as expansive in the MKIV SE as with the regular MKIVs. Good thing is, I don't really plan on tube rolling with this amp anyways, unlike my LDII++.
There´s no worry about that, the "new" SE models are basicly just standard Mk4's, with the difference beeing better tubes, real Neutrik jack and CMC/VdH RCA connectors. So it will have the same tube rolling options as the ordinary Mk4.
post #112 of 833
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Yea, I just did. I just emailed David about the shipping status since it's been 2 days with no emails from him about the shipping. Well, he replied back to me pretty fast saying that he hasn't shipped out my amp yet since it has to go through "quality control" first before they can ship it out. I guess they're thoroughly inspecting my amp before I get it? I'm not much in a rush, though, since I still have my new HD650's and my lovely little Little Dot II++.

Oh and I'll definitely post up what tubes I have as well as my impressions on it!
Yes indeed! The quality check every unit including running it 48hrs before shipping. That way, you get a better end product.
post #113 of 833
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Originally Posted by TKvC-SainT
There´s no worry about that, the "new" SE models are basicly just standard Mk4's, with the difference beeing better tubes, real Neutrik jack and CMC/VdH RCA connectors. So it will have the same tube rolling options as the ordinary Mk4.
Nice! But I could've sworn someone said this amp isn't good for tube rolling, while the regular MKIV is. Oh well, as long as what you say is true, there's nothing to worry about!


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Yes indeed! The quality check every unit including running it 48hrs before shipping. That way, you get a better end product.
That's great! As long as my amp is running in perfect condition when I get it, they can take their time quality checking my amp thoroughly! After all, I did spend $444 on this amp and I've never spent that much on an audio equipment ever since I first joined Head-Fi, so I do expect high quality in which I'm sure Little Dot is very good at anyways!
post #114 of 833
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Nice! But I could've sworn someone said this amp isn't good for tube rolling, while the regular MKIV is. Oh well, as long as what you say is true, there's nothing to worry about!

That's great! As long as my amp is running in perfect condition when I get it, they can take their time quality checking my amp thoroughly! After all, I did spend $444 on this amp and I've never spent that much on an audio equipment ever since I first joined Head-Fi, so I do expect high quality in which I'm sure Little Dot is very good at anyways!
It's funny you mentioned the expense part. For Head-Fi related goodies, my MKIVse is the most I've ever spent too! I have never, ever, for even a moment, regretted buying it. If the house was on fire, it would be tucked under my arm as I ran out the door!
post #115 of 833
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It's funny you mentioned the expense part. For Head-Fi related goodies, my MKIVse is the most I've ever spent too! I have never, ever, for even a moment, regretted buying it. If the house was on fire, it would be tucked under my arm as I ran out the door!
Haha, make sure you don't leave your headphones behind! I'm sure you've payed a lot for that, too!
post #116 of 833
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Yes indeed! The quality check every unit including running it 48hrs before shipping. That way, you get a better end product.
Wow! That is very cool. I cannot imagine that there are very many dealers out there who would take that kind of extra time & care like that. It's the type of thing that really makes you want to support a company & give them your $. I've already heard nothing but great things about David's customer service & support, but that just tops it off! **He says as he switches over to the window running Little Dot's ebay site & pushes the "Buy It Now" button....LITERALLY!** Unfortunately(?) I am not buying the MKIVse, but the more affordable MKIII. But I've read a lot of great reviews about it & I'm pretty damn excited! Well, gotta go to ebay!
post #117 of 833
OMG....this is the 1st time I've been to the LD ebay site & the MKIII wasn't up there! It was just there 2 hours ago. Oh well, I know he'll just put another up after putting a request thru to him, but that's a little too funny.

So, now that I have to wait until tomorrow...can anyone talk me into why I should get a MKIV(se) instead???
post #118 of 833
Hi,
I just wanted to tell everyone about the tube options mentoined in the instruction manual of the current SE (and standard) model MKIV. The following is taken directly from the manual:

Driver Tube Selection:
Inside the chassis on the circuit board, there exist two jumper swicthes which may be configured to use two different "families" of driver tubes:

a) Open Circuit (Jumper Removed):
Driver Tubes: WE301A/B, GE5654, M8100, CV4010, EF95, 6J1 and all equivalents, replacements, and derivatives.

b) Short Circuit (Jumper in place over both pins):

Driver Tubes: EF92, EF91, CV138, CV131 and all equivalents, replacements, and derivatives.

(The factory setting is a)

Hope this helps!
post #119 of 833
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Originally Posted by YouSpentHowMuch? View Post
Hi,
I just wanted to tell everyone about the tube options mentoined in the instruction manual of the current SE (and standard) model MKIV. The following is taken directly from the manual:

Driver Tube Selection:
Inside the chassis on the circuit board, there exist two jumper swicthes which may be configured to use two different "families" of driver tubes:

a) Open Circuit (Jumper Removed):
Driver Tubes: WE301A/B, GE5654, M8100, CV4010, EF95, 6J1 and all equivalents, replacements, and derivatives.

b) Short Circuit (Jumper in place over both pins):

Driver Tubes: EF92, EF91, CV138, CV131 and all equivalents, replacements, and derivatives.

(The factory setting is a)

Hope this helps!
I'm curious. If you flip yours over and look with a flashlight or something, I bet you'll find the dip switches but NO jumpers. Let me know, ok? Thanks.
post #120 of 833
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Originally Posted by dantztiludrop View Post
OMG....this is the 1st time I've been to the LD ebay site & the MKIII wasn't up there! It was just there 2 hours ago. Oh well, I know he'll just put another up after putting a request thru to him, but that's a little too funny.

So, now that I have to wait until tomorrow...can anyone talk me into why I should get a MKIV(se) instead???
I really believe you'll enjoy the MKIII to death! I'm sure you would enjoy the MKIVse too, but instincts do play in this kind of purchase, and you were ready to grab up the MKIII. Everyone I know who has picked up a MKIII has fallen in love. It is hard to beat that kind of feedback!!
Have a good one!!!! Let us know!
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