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post #571 of 604
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Originally Posted by foreign View Post

Oh wow auditioned the little dot mk3 and little dot dac 1 last night and there is a noticeable improvement over the asus stx. Soundstage is bigger mids are more upfront and centre. Bass tends to have a little more kick to it. I will be honest I didn't believe that there would be such a noticeable improvement over the Stx but I was wrong. The whole external amp and dac versus soundcard I previously wrote on forums and the general consensus was I had to spend big to improve the Asus stx soundcard. It is however not the case the sound has more detail but now I'm left pondering if I spend a little more will I get even more improved sound. For the money I spent I'm quite happy with the sound I'm getting out of the hd650. As I have just started my music journey I'm eager to experiment and try different equipment as well as enjoying the music experience on the way of course.

I am (or was) in the same boat...want to get external setup but need money now to get a DAC to upgrade over the one in the Essence.

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Oh wow auditioned the little dot mk3 and little dot dac 1 last night and there is a noticeable improvement over the asus stx. Soundstage is bigger mids are more upfront and centre. Bass tends to have a little more kick to it. I will be honest I didn't believe that there would be such a noticeable improvement over the Stx but I was wrong. The whole external amp and dac versus soundcard I previously wrote on forums and the general consensus was I had to spend big to improve the Asus stx soundcard. It is however not the case the sound has more detail but now I'm left pondering if I spend a little more will I get even more improved sound. For the money I spent I'm quite happy with the sound I'm getting out of the hd650. As I have just started my music journey I'm eager to experiment and try different equipment as well as enjoying the music experience on the way of course.

 

 

Well...STX costs 250 dollars,  MKIII + DAC1 combo cost 470 dollars. Thats almost twice as much, so it is quite a bit more expensive. Try using the STX as a DAC and MkIII as an amp.  By all measurements and in theory the STX used as a DAC should be superior to DAC1.

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Well...STX costs 250 dollars,  MKIII + DAC1 combo cost 470 dollars. Thats almost twice as much, so it is quite a bit more expensive. Try using the STX as a DAC and MkIII as an amp.  By all measurements and in theory the STX used as a DAC should be superior to DAC1.
I did try it but for some reason running RCA off the stx produces distortion. If I use Toslink distortion is gone but then it just uses the stx as a transport only so the ext dac needs to be used. But I still do use the stx for gaming but for music the little dots.
post #574 of 604
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I did try it but for some reason running RCA off the stx produces distortion. If I use Toslink distortion is gone but then it just uses the stx as a transport only so the ext dac needs to be used. But I still do use the stx for gaming but for music the little dots.

 

 

Thats the famous Little dot ground loop problem.

post #575 of 604
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Thats the famous Little dot ground loop

problem.
It goes away via toslink/spidf though :-).
post #576 of 604

Finally went with a MK V,got a deal for 160$.

Been listening to my favorite albums for the past few hours,loving it so far! Not a stellar upgrade over my Essence amp but a goot step forward.

And expected that thing to be much smaller jecklinsmile.gif

But anyway,thanks for the replies! smile.gif

post #577 of 604
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Originally Posted by CommanerKeen View Post

Finally went with a MK V,got a deal for 160$.
Been listening to my favorite albums for the past few hours,loving it so far! Not a stellar upgrade over my Essence amp but a goot step forward.
And expected that thing to be much smaller jecklinsmile.gif
But anyway,thanks for the replies! smile.gif
I initially thought the same but after a little burn in time for the tubes on the little dot. The sound opens up and is more fresh and envolving :-)
post #578 of 604
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I initially thought the same but after a little burn in time for the tubes on the little dot. The sound opens up and is more fresh and envolving :-)

Got the MK V,not the MK III wink.gif

post #579 of 604

Will the Mk3 drive Mad Dogs well?

post #580 of 604

Which of these do you think are the best or what are in general terms, the differences?

 

1. Mullard M8161/CV4015

2. Mullard M8100 / CV4010

3. Voshkod 6ZH1P-EV

post #581 of 604
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Which of these do you think are the best or what are in general terms, the differences?

 

1. Mullard M8161/CV4015

2. Mullard M8100 / CV4010

3. Voshkod 6ZH1P-EV

Go to the tube rolling guide thread on page 1 theres reviews of most of those tubes 

post #582 of 604

I know it. I just want to know more opinions

post #583 of 604
I bought the mullards m8100 and the treble is ridiculous. This might change during burn in but I'm very happy with the voskod ef95. This is with a pair if hd650
Edited by foreign - 10/11/13 at 5:39am
post #584 of 604

Ok. I  will try a pair soon

post #585 of 604
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Originally Posted by manufelices View Post

Ok. I  will try a pair soon
I have to burn them in still its just that the high treble is very fatiguing and don't sound natural, people have given the mullards praise so ill keep trying them for a bit and see if the sound changes. So far they are the worst tubes I've had at the moment anyway. The voshkod however its a different story so far they are the best tubes nice mids, bass has nice impact and soundstage is wide and has wonderful depth.
Edited by foreign - 10/11/13 at 1:48pm
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