The Little Dot MK IV outputs this for power:
# 500 mW @ 300/600 ohm
# 300 mW @ 120 ohm
# 100 mW @ 32 ohm
Remember that as a general rule, though, 4 solid state watts = 1 tube watt.
A concern with some tube head-amps vs solid state is that the bass/overall power is inferior. I can tell you from personal experience comparing the LD MK IV SE to a Creek OBH 21 SE Creek OBH 21 SE 800-229-0644 Creek OBH 21 SE Creek OBH 21 SE, the Little Dot wins hands down. The bass and power is even stronger than some of these higher end solid state head-amps, and you don't have to deal with over-analytical brightness that comes from CDs when you've got a tube amp. Hope this helps!
"4 solid state watts = 1 tube watt". Really? Like I said, I am a newbie, but why is this exactly? So watts are not created equal?
This explains much to me. I've noticed that I really have to crank the volume knob to get a significant output to my K701's. There impedance is 62Ohms and have been told that pairing these cans with an OTL tube amp will yield mediocre results.
I more or less agree with that. I really love the sound of this combo, but these headphones really seem to me like they'd shine more with a SS amp. I say this because when I plug them into the headphine jack of my Logitech PC speakers wired remote, I can go as loud as I want without going past 2 o'clock on the knob. It may not be a dedicated hp amp but it gives the power.
J&R Music World has new HD650's for $319. I think I may get a pair to use with the LD. I've been considering building an M^3 or a single ended Beta 22 and I think the K701's would probably benefit more from either of these.
Thoughts and opinions on any of this??
Note: K701 haters please do not respond. I don't want to sound rude but it seems every time I mention these AKG's I end up trying in vain to defend them to someone who dislikes them.
Yet, I do feel that they are slightly on the harsh side at times. I'm hoping that they will warm up slightly once broken in. I'm currently using the built in headphone amp on my Anthem Statement D2, but I want another setup in my bedroom, where I will need an external headphone amp.
Why do you think that a SS amp would be better with the 701's? I was thinking something like the MKIV's would give them a little more warmth? But do they have enough power to push them? Or would something like the Gilmore Lite be better?