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post #1186 of 1870

Be sure to peruse this Tube rolling for the Grado SR-225 thread,

as well as the Little Dot tube rolling guide thread.

 

What I have gleaned from reading various threads, and what I baught so far but not yet rolled, are

LM4562NA, OPA2107AP and LT1364.

I also plan to bias them into class A in the future.

 

The tubes I have, but not yet rolled, are:

 

Восход 6Ж1П-ЕВ / Voshod / Voskhod 6Zh1P-EV [5654/EF95]

GE JAN5654W [EF95]

Mullard M8161/CV4015 [EF92]

 

Meanwhile, I want to familiarize myself with the standard signature of this Little Dot amp using its stock Chinese 6JI tube and MC33078 opamp before I start rolling.

 

So much music, so little time...


Edited by Tribbs - 10/27/11 at 4:06pm
post #1187 of 1870

After several weeks and countless combinations of tube and opamp rolls,

my favorite LD I+ Tube/OpAmp combination with my Grado 325i cans turned out to be (drum roll)...

 

Восход 6Ж1П-ЕВ / Voskhod 6Zh1P-EV [EF95]

Восход 6Ж1П-ЕВ (Voshod) / Voskhod 6Zh1P-EV [EF95]

 

and LME49720HA (w/TO-5 heatsink, BrownDog adapter and "Class A" bias DIP adapter using 3.9KΩ resistors)

 e68c8761_LME49720HA-TO99.jpg + 2111c.jpg + lovelycubebias06.jpg

 

I am devoid of superlatives and won't go into flowery audiophile descriptors to explain my choice.

All I will say is that it was fun and encourage others to try to find your audio nirvana.

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FYI - The following OpAmps exhibited unacceptable high DC offset voltages so I would avoid using them:

 

ADA4627-1BRZ

OPA602BP

 

(These were free samples so no loss to me.)


Edited by Tribbs - 11/22/11 at 10:33am
post #1188 of 1870

I have a very basic question about op amps. I recently purchased a Little Dot + amp and I've read this entire thread to get a sense of the different tube and op amp combinations. I just replaced the stock op amp with the OPA2107 and it has indeed made a noticeable improvement in sound quality.

 

Now I'm asking myself "Why does it sound better?". I've read a bit about op amps but most of the articles I've found tend to be quite technical. Can anyone explain in laymen's terms how op amps work? How is processing the signal to improve the sound?

 

Thanks!

post #1189 of 1870

That's a good question for The OpAmp Thread.

post #1190 of 1870

Ok so what Opamps produce the best SQ for listeners of metal/drone/ambient/heavier music? What's the real noticable difference is all of these variations? What are the needed know hows in owning/operating a LD 1+ ? I am so excited to finally get a tube amp for my Grado's! 

post #1191 of 1870
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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post

Ok so what Opamps produce the best SQ for listeners of metal/drone/ambient/heavier music? What's the real noticable difference is all of these variations? What are the needed know hows in owning/operating a LD 1+ ? I am so excited to finally get a tube amp for my Grado's! 



Your results may vary but I've found the LM4562 to be the best OpAmp for Metal/Hard Rock.  It has just enough of a hint of graininess to give the sound a satisfying mix of texture and clarity which does wonders for male vocals and rhythmic drum beats.  The OP2107 on the other hand has a bit more bass and a softer sound but at the expense of clarity which makes it not as good of a match IMO.

 

 

post #1192 of 1870

Awesome man, appreciate the recomendation. Anyone else

post #1193 of 1870

Heya fellow Little Dot I+ Head-fiers

Just wanted to share my latest purchase with you all. After much consideration over the amount of head-fi gear I've accumulated in the course of this year, I have decide to buy yet another amp to drive my GRADO headphones, I have just pulled the trigger on a Little Dot I+ hybrid amp.

I was tossing between the LD I+ and MAD Ear+, and since the huge price difference between both amps in the end I figured I could not go wrong with the LD I+ and it would be the less hurtful option for my wallet, that is what I hope anyway.

So if any of you guys have any suggestions on how to get the best out of my GRADO LD I+ combo please let me know, this will be my first foray into tube sound so recommendations on tube rolling options and opamp combinations are welcome too.
 

Cheers

post #1194 of 1870

^^^

I have also ordered a few tubes to go with my new LD I+:

 

- Mullard 8100 CV4014 EF91 NOS

- RCA 5654 Black Plate 

 

I'm still temped to buy a pair of Voshkod 6ZH1P but I think I will wait and a little longer.

post #1195 of 1870

I just bought the updated EF92 from LD. Where are the sources in which you can get these tubes and opamps

post #1196 of 1870

 

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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post

I just bought the updated EF92 from LD. Where are the sources in which you can get these tubes and opamps



Both bought over eBay, I'm not sure if these are reliable sources but decided to take a punt:

 

- Mullard 8100 CV4014 EF91 NOS - http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190600709736

 

- RCA 5654 Black PlateThe - http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280764039963

 

I just saw a post about a price increase of 5% from 2012 for the Little Dot products on their website, luckily mine has just shipped

post #1197 of 1870

whatt. That's crazy. So has mine. It's just been sitting in HK the past few days. I have to wait till Christmas to listen to it anyway. -.-

post #1198 of 1870

Here it is fellas, it arrived yesterday.

I only listened to it for a couple of hours yesterday and a bit more today, so far it sounds great with stock tubes and opamp, very smooth sounding, I'm liking what I hear. Need to let it burn in to get a real taste of this baby.

 

It came with a nice RCA to 3.5 Audio jack cable, looks like top quality stuff, also included an 6.3 to 3.5 adapter.

 

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post #1199 of 1870

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Edited by Grado77 - 5/18/12 at 2:58am
post #1200 of 1870
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Originally Posted by willmax View Post

Here it is fellas, it arrived yesterday.

I only listened to it for a couple of hours yesterday and a bit more today, so far it sounds great with stock tubes and opamp, very smooth sounding, I'm liking what I hear. Need to let it burn in to get a real taste of this baby.

 

It came with a nice RCA to 3.5 Audio jack cable, looks like top quality stuff, also included an 6.3 to 3.5 adapter.

 

smIMAG1215.jpg



ahhh mines in tennesee. Should be here by tuesday. Literally cannot waittt

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