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post #1 of 351
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This board is spilling over with Little Dot threads from mainly happy owners. I decided to read some and look at the Little Tube page, and I get the price part. So from you owners, how do your characterize your Little Dot experience along the 5 criteria, below?

Price
Performance
Reliability
Delivery times
Repair service
Intangibles
Compared to one other amp____? - just a word (worse, same, better, much better)

Thanks.
post #2 of 351
Price\performance.
post #3 of 351
My first real amp was a Little Dot MKIV SE, and after that I sold it for a WA6 on a whim. Severely dissapointed is the only way I'd say it, for I couldn't tell much, if any, of a "performance" increase to my old faithful amp. I quickly soothed myself though by selling it and impulsively buying a Stax setup, which is finally an audio purchase I don't regret one bit.
post #4 of 351
Price very good prices
Performance bang for buck factor is very, very high
Reliability only owned it for two days, to early to say
Delivery times short; if there's a delay, communication is fast, trustworthy and friendly. When my LD I+ was held up due to the chassis not being delivered to LD, I received emails every other day explaining the circumstances and offering a refund. Customer service is exemplary.
Repair service no experience
Intangibles build quality is very good; amp is aesthetically pleasing
Compared to one other amp never owned tubes before.
post #5 of 351
Price: very fair compared to other amps with similar specs.
Performance: very good.
Reliability: no problem with it for 3 months.
Delivery times: 4 days from china.
Repair service: amazing. the first unit was defective. littledot sent me a new one before i sent the defective unit back to them. they reimbursed the shipping cost. during all that, about 10 emails went back and forth, and all emails were answered within a few hours. i dont think david at littledot ever sleeps.
post #6 of 351
My Little dot 2+ is a great amp. Yeah, the bass is weak and a bit thin and it has arcing problems but the tone is so sweet. Cheap and sweet. It's like a satisfying lunch at Taco Bell.
post #7 of 351
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post #8 of 351
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheMarchingMule View Post
My first real amp was a Little Dot MKIV SE, and after that I sold it for a WA6 on a whim. Severely dissapointed is the only way I'd say it, for I couldn't tell much, if any, of a "performance" increase to my old faithful amp. I quickly soothed myself though by selling it and impulsively buying a Stax setup, which is finally an audio purchase I don't regret one bit.
I thought you just bought a LD 1+. Why don't you mention that? Were you "severely dissappointed" by the WA6 or MKIV SE?
post #9 of 351
Little Dot 2+ ran way too hot in my opinion
Little Dot 2++ problems.
First unit: Burned plate resistors, Power LED failed
Replacement Unit: Noisy Headphone Jack, Cold solder joint causing one channel to cut out. I had to re solder everything because nothing looked obviously cold. I did fix both problems though.
I have the say David was very responsive replacing the first unit. After the second one having problems, I decided to call it quits with Little Dot.

I'm sure the newer Little Dot amps are better. At least I hope so.
post #10 of 351
Price - Great value!
Performance - At this price point, most would be very happy with an LD. If you want to taste tubes, this is a great entry-level product line that won't break the bank.
Reliability - Short term; excellent/Long term; I do not know
Delivery times - Outstanding!
Repair service - No experience
Intangibles - David is very quick to answer questions and solve problems for owners. It seems that some build problems with earlier models have been flushed out in the latest line of amps. Tube rolling options allow users to fiddle with the sound and pick favorite combinations that best match their musical taste, headphones, etc. Some of the amps also work as pre-amps so you can put some tubiness into your speaker system.
Compared to one other amp____? - just a word (worse, same, better, much better) Unlike The Marching Mule, I found my Woo Audio WA6 SE to be a significant improvement over the LD. The LD was very good; the Woo amp is excellent.
post #11 of 351
the LD amps aren't bad for the money. i'm sure there are other amps that perform both better and worse in the same price range.
post #12 of 351
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post #13 of 351

New LD MKIV owner

Price: Don't feel like I paid too much given what else I was considering.
Performance: So far, so good.
Reliability: N/A (new owner)
Delivery times: Excellent. Everyone seems to charge $40-$50 for overseas delivery. I ordered on a Sunday and had it the next Saturday. Six days from China to the U.S.
Repair service: N/A
Intangibles: Solid build, small footprint, looks good.
Compared to one other amp: better than the amp built into the Citypulse 7.2 DAC.

David is among the most responsive small business people I've dealt with. Takes all the worry out of sending $350 to someone halfway around the world that you've only communicated with via e-mail and message boards. The number of happy customers here and David's demeanor convinced me to take the plunge. So far, no regrets.
post #14 of 351
Price/Performance.

I won't be buying another sub $1000 amp because my MKIII is so good. My next amp will be a Maxed out Woo Audio that is unless Little Dot creates a monster single ended tube amp. Regardless of what happens I will not be selling my Little Dot.
post #15 of 351
I've owned my Little Dot II for 3 years (as I recall). I have not had even 1 problem and, to me, it sounds pretty damn good especially when you consider the price. I would cost me twice the price of my LD II to retube the 50wpc ARC power amp that I sold a couple of years ago.
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