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post #61 of 833
Just a quick question: How long can I have my amp on? Its been burning in all day and I'd like to have it playing music over-night. Is this okay?
post #62 of 833
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Originally Posted by YouSpentHowMuch? View Post
Just a quick question: How long can I have my amp on? Its been burning in all day and I'd like to have it playing music over-night. Is this okay?
It should be no problem. I've run mine for days at a time without any problems. As long as it has adequate cooling space around it, you should be fine. I have mine stacked on top of other goodies and this was adequate for cooling too.
post #63 of 833
So is this amp a good combo with the HD650? Right now, I have my 650's connected to my Little Dot II++ (with Ulyanovsk 6S19's and CV131 tubes) and looking to upgrade pretty soon. While it sounds really good, I felt that my HD650's still has more potential than it has with the LDII++ now. How does it compare with more expensive amps like WooAudio6 (the other amp I'm also considering)?

Oh, and does this get very hot like the LDII++? I could fry eggs and bacons with mines! (Not really but you get the idea)
post #64 of 833
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Originally Posted by Xoen View Post
So is this amp a good combo with the HD650? Right now, I have my 650's connected to my Little Dot II++ (with Ulyanovsk 6S19's and CV131 tubes) and looking to upgrade pretty soon. While it sounds really good, I felt that my HD650's still has more potential than it has with the LDII++ now. How does it compare with more expensive amps like WooAudio6 (the other amp I'm also considering)?

Oh, and does this get very hot like the LDII++? I could fry eggs and bacons with mines! (Not really but you get the idea)
I think the MKIVse would compete well with the WooAudio2 and not the 6. The MKIII would be a close match to the WooAudio6. The MKIVse is an overachiever that is designed with the HD-650 in mind. I'm sure you can get better, but not even close to the MKIVse's price point. It easily competes with units costing twice as much, so it is hard to dismiss. The OTL circuitry design gives it an edge over many units and puts it in the "higher" class of tube amps. The stock tubes are fantastic, and there are other choices out there if needed. Sword Yang, the designer, is a talented amp wizard and his work on the MKIVse shows just how excellent he can be. The MKIVse is one beautiful unit and LD is backing up their work on it with a two year warranty instead of the usual one year.

Ow, and it doesn't get as hot as the LDII++, I have one too and ya, that little guy gets cooking! Have you tried the Mullard M8161 driver tubes in the LDII++ yet? For me, that was the top driver to get, even better than my Mullard CV131s. When I upgraded, I had to keep the LDII++. I just couldn't part with it and I make time to listen too it when I can.
post #65 of 833
Hey thanks Penchum! Looks like I'll be buying the MKIV SE then before they run out of their 500 units (hoping they haven't lol)!!! That's great it's designed with the HD650s in mind, so hopefully they'll sound great with my own pair which I'm sure it will.

I haven't tried the M8161s with my LDII++ yet, but I heard the're very detailed and analytical sounding tubes. I bought the CV131 tubes from a fellow Headfi'er here since I needed something warmer sounding for my AD700's, and turned really great!

Thanks to you, Penchum! Now I plan on getting that LD MKIV SE if it's not too late lol! Hopefully it'll get here in Virginia in the same time span as yours! Cheers mate!
post #66 of 833
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Hey thanks Penchum! Looks like I'll be buying the MKIV SE then before they run out of their 500 units (hoping they haven't lol)!!! That's great it's designed with the HD650s in mind, so hopefully they'll sound great with my own pair which I'm sure it will.

I haven't tried the M8161s with my LDII++ yet, but I heard the're very detailed and analytical sounding tubes. I bought the CV131 tubes from a fellow Headfi'er here since I needed something warmer sounding for my AD700's, and turned really great!

Thanks to you, Penchum! Now I plan on getting that LD MKIV SE if it's not too late lol! Hopefully it'll get here in Virginia in the same time span as yours! Cheers mate!
You bet! Let us know when it gets here next week.
post #67 of 833
Yes!!! I finally took the plunge and purchased the Little Dot MKIV SE...kinda. I just PM'd David about me wanting the SE version, so hopefully he'll PM me anytime now (Geez I just wished he'd PM me NOW!!! Argh lol) Anyways, do you get to choose your own LED colors? Because I kinda added that in as well as my country's voltage spec and my contact number like he specified.

I'm hoping David would still have some more SE's in stock. If not, then I hope the MKIV would be at least anything like the SE version just minus the different tubes. Damn, I'm pretty excited!
post #68 of 833
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Yes!!! I finally took the plunge and purchased the Little Dot MKIV SE...kinda. I just PM'd David about me wanting the SE version, so hopefully he'll PM me anytime now (Geez I just wished he'd PM me NOW!!! Argh lol) Anyways, do you get to choose your own LED colors? Because I kinda added that in as well as my country's voltage spec and my contact number like he specified.

I'm hoping David would still have some more SE's in stock. If not, then I hope the MKIV would be at least anything like the SE version just minus the different tubes. Damn, I'm pretty excited!
I always forget that they are on opposite day/night from us.
post #69 of 833
im soo gonna get one too i just sent him a mail on his gmail account. xoen wld u mind informing me when he replies? i'll let u know too when he replies me ya.. thanks ! cant wait hehe
post #70 of 833
Yea, he just responded to me several times. It was around 10AM Eastern when he replied! Hehe I guess it's a day and night thing like Penchum said. It's all good though, I was at work anyways and couldn't check my emails not till 12 noon during my lunch break!

Oh, and I'm definitely getting the SE version with the blue led like I requested! Only problem is, I'll probably get it like maybe 8-10 days later since I had to use echeck on my Paypal account. It has to clear out before David sends it out. Dammit! There was a slight problem sending cash through my credit, and I had credit, lots of it.

It's okay, though, since 8-10 days wait is NOTHING compared to the MONTH AND A HALF wait for my Russian tubes for my LDII++ I ordered couple months ago!
post #71 of 833
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It's okay, though, since 8-10 days wait is NOTHING compared to the MONTH AND A HALF wait for my Russian tubes for my LDII++ I ordered couple months ago!
Haha, that's happened to me several times. That's why I try to buy my tubes from US sellers when possible.
post #72 of 833
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Yea, he just responded to me several times. It was around 10AM Eastern when he replied! Hehe I guess it's a day and night thing like Penchum said. It's all good though, I was at work anyways and couldn't check my emails not till 12 noon during my lunch break!

Oh, and I'm definitely getting the SE version with the blue led like I requested! Only problem is, I'll probably get it like maybe 8-10 days later since I had to use echeck on my Paypal account. It has to clear out before David sends it out. Dammit! There was a slight problem sending cash through my credit, and I had credit, lots of it.

It's okay, though, since 8-10 days wait is NOTHING compared to the MONTH AND A HALF wait for my Russian tubes for my LDII++ I ordered couple months ago!
When I ordered my MKIVse, I asked for the green LED. I don't remember why, but it looks nice! During that waiting period, they will build up your MKIVse, change the LED, bench check it, due a 48 hour burn-in, bench check it again, then pack it all up. So, your new unit will get the "close eyeball" before it leaves their place.
post #73 of 833
I asked David which one to choose: green or red LED and he suggested red so I gone for that. He also said that he has red versions ready.
post #74 of 833
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I asked David which one to choose: green or red LED and he suggested red so I gone for that. He also said that he has red versions ready.
Ow, that's cool! Ready to go means faster to your door!
post #75 of 833
Would I have to remove/switch any jumpers inside the MKIV SE for use with my HD650's just out of the box? I remember I had to remove the jumpers in my LDII++ so it'll perform best with high impedance headphones. Just wondering.
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