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post #91 of 112
x2 with CZ, there's no vibration issue as far as I can tell with replaced fans. I'm too cheap to get vibrapods, I put the amp on 4 squash balls. The greater benefit seems to be better air flow from raising the amp a bit more.
post #92 of 112
btw, CZ, any recommendations on balanced interconnects that you've had good experience with (without breaking the bank)? Otherwise, I was going to order some basic bluejean XLRs.
post #93 of 112
singalcable is good value if you can buy it second hand I saw one FS thread not long ago see if it's still there!
post #94 of 112
I got some more snake oil today Caig Deoxit Gold G5 and it works wonders.

I apply to all my connectors, tubes pins etc etc. The sound is cleaner, background noise from tube is reduce and better dynamics!
post #95 of 112
hi guys, sorry that i wasn't participating in this thread freq. enough.
I had a chat with Mr. Yang in the chinese forum. The proper fan config is BOTH FAN BLOW AIR INTO THE CHASSIS.

My original pic has blows in and one sucks out. Which is the wrong way (however, my unit arrived like that so I copied the config. when modding).
post #96 of 112
enough with the fans!
Now I want to read how it sounds...

.... drooling ....
post #97 of 112
yep both fan blowing air in is the best config on the MK VI. If you increase the height on amp using eg vibrapod the amp runs even cooler!
post #98 of 112
Btw what gain setting are you guys using? I'm using low gain setting for my HD650, on high gain is not as quite.
post #99 of 112
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Originally Posted by glitch39 View Post
enough with the fans!
Now I want to read how it sounds...

.... drooling ....
LOL. But that's what happens when a product ships with last-minute cooling add-ons (fans) that are not well-though-out. Look at the venting hole schemes and where the fans are. I guess people around here are perfectly fine with receiving brand-new amps that arrive defective, needing two not-so-cheap quiet fans and elbow-grease from the buyers.

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Originally Posted by Caution View Post
silenX fans are notorious for having bogus dbA ratings on their packaging , you can get much better in terms of CFM/dbA
Good lord, another automatic SilenX response. Have you ever used a silenX fan? True they deserve some whipping for their ridiculous noise specs, but their 80 mm fans are actually just as quiet as Nexus 80 mm, which is a benchmark quiet fan. I have both here and both are quite nice, so buy the one you can find cheaper..
post #100 of 112
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Originally Posted by cafe zeenuts View Post
Btw what gain setting are you guys using? I'm using low gain setting for my HD650, on high gain is not as quite.
LOW for HD600/650s
HIGH only for K1000
post #101 of 112
Since when did head-fiers leave anything "stock" anyways

Hope that those folks with other amps can post some comparative impressions about the MKVI

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Originally Posted by Jon L View Post
LOL. But that's what happens when a product ships with last-minute cooling add-ons (fans) that are not well-though-out. Look at the venting hole schemes and where the fans are. I guess people around here are perfectly fine with receiving brand-new amps that arrive defective, needing two not-so-cheap quiet fans and elbow-grease from the buyers.



Good lord, another automatic SilenX response. Have you ever used a silenX fan? True they deserve some whipping for their ridiculous noise specs, but their 80 mm fans are actually just as quiet as Nexus 80 mm, which is a benchmark quiet fan. I have both here and both are quite nice, so buy the one you can find cheaper..
post #102 of 112
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Originally Posted by glitch39 View Post
enough with the fans!
Now I want to read how it sounds...

.... drooling ....

Sound comparison between my LD MK V & MK VI

This is an apples and bananas comparison as we all know it, RCA Vs XLR.

My old single end system,

Source: CA840c

AMP: LD MK V

Power Cord: Volex17604 with wattgate ends.

Cable: RCA BJ89259 and SAA Equinox HD650 classic

Headphone: HD650

For a single ended system this setup sounds very good. Soundstage is good, bass is control, a neutral sounding amp with a little colour added to the sound. What I hear on my HD650 is a straight sounding CA840c, detail and analytical. With the smaller soundstage instrument separation is a little muddy. Floor noise is black. No snake Oil used for this single ended setup.


New balanced XLR system,

Source: CA840c

AMP: LD MK VI, Gain setting on “LOW”

Tubes: JAN Slyvania 6080wc and OTK 6H9C

Power Cord: Volex17604 with wattgate ends.

Cable: Signal Cable Silver XLR and 4 Pin APS V3 HD650

Headphone: HD650

Snake Oil: Vibrapods and Cones and Caig Deoxit Gold G5

My first balanced setup wow what can I say, I was blown away on stock tubes. Soundstage is massive 3D like, very Airy and spacious. Very high resolution and transparent, I’m hearing a lot things that was a little muddy on MK V but on the Mk VI it’s crystal clear.

Timbre is excellent, the decay is long, bass is tight, mids are lush and highs is crisp. Susan Wong voice on XRCD2 sounds so sweet and Eagles hell freezes over XRCD2, hotel California sounds so real, like if you’re right there on stage just amazing. It makes my hair on the back of my neck stand up every time I listen to this track.

The CA840C really shows its grunt and capability when output on balanced mode. Extra detail and wider soundstage better instrument separation compare to single ended RCA. Floor noise is black.

Snake oil is used for this setup, Vibrapod and cone under amp and CD player, all tube pins and cable connectors are treated with Caig Deoxit Gold G5.

YMMV!!!!

Tube Rolling to come….
post #103 of 112
Thanks CZ for the comparative impressions, hope more will follow.
It seems like its a great sounding amp.
post #104 of 112
MK 6 of the fans, will use low-noise fans, noise only 18dBA.
Viewing a thread - NEW! Little Dot MARK VI balance tube Amp.
post #105 of 112
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Originally Posted by Jon L View Post
Good lord, another automatic SilenX response. Have you ever used a silenX fan? True they deserve some whipping for their ridiculous noise specs, but their 80 mm fans are actually just as quiet as Nexus 80 mm, which is a benchmark quiet fan. I have both here and both are quite nice, so buy the one you can find cheaper..
Nope I actually haven't tried a SilenX fan, I've always avoided them because of their bad reviews.

This is an actual question, sorry if my tone sounds rude but even if it is as quiet as the Nexus, does it blow as much air as the Nexus?
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