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post #1381 of 1979
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

Love seeing those beautiful RS-1s sitting next to the LD 

 

 

The I+ loves the Grados indeed Focker...Thanks...

 

 

 

 

If I were to choose 2 from that list, I would go with #1 & #3 (EF92 & Tung Sol 6AK5W).  Both excellent tubes.  I also like the M8100 and that would be choice #3.

 

Oops, sorry just saw your phones and can't comment because I don't own them.  However, those tubes are a great fit for various phones.


Edited by HeatFan12 - 7/18/12 at 12:05pm
post #1382 of 1979

even if you guys haven't heard the phones i'd like to hear your recommendations anyway. These tubes all seem to get good reviews so i'm just interested in knowing sonic differences between them for the most part

post #1383 of 1979
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

Yep, the customer service is fantastic. David is available via email and extrememly helpful throughout the entire process. I will definitley buy from him again...no question. 

 

I'm really glad to know that yours are still up and running strong after several years...that doesn't surprise me in the least, though, given the quality of parts he uses. The thing is built like a tank!  I can't believe he doesn't charge more than what he does....but I'm glad he doesn't lol. 

 

I like to think it's that he's actually pricing the device fairly in relation to the cost of acquiring the parts (in China, probably in bulk too) and putting the device together (labour costs). A lot of people get uber excited about a PMP device using a 'Wolfson' DAC and will pay a lot for it, however the DAC only costs like $3.

 

However some manufacturers know they can get away with pricing their products with a massive profit margin, and so they do. Not that the end products aren't decent, but it's a nice treat when you come across a company with a great quality to price ratio like Little Dot devices.

 

Also, I agree, the build quality is amazing on the I+. I've had it for years and can see it providing many more years of reliable service.

 

@Heatfan:

How comes no love for the Voshkod-6ZH1P-EV? I thought they were meant to be one of the best tubes for the I+? Although as you said, the cans being used should be taken into account.

 

 

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Originally Posted by RAZRr1275 View Post

even if you guys haven't heard the phones i'd like to hear your recommendations anyway. These tubes all seem to get good reviews so i'm just interested in knowing sonic differences between them for the most part


http://www.head-fi.org/t/563884/little-dot-tube-amps-vacuum-tube-rolling-guide

 

great thread for researching little dot + tube combinations and reviews


Edited by analogue 3 - 7/21/12 at 3:59pm
post #1384 of 1979
Lots of love analogue3 for the Vs as well. Lol...There are just so many tubes for this amp and sometimes I do lean towards the EF91 & 92 family.


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post #1385 of 1979

^haha, awesome, good to know. What is it about EF91/92 which is preferable to the EF95s? Or is it to do with your particular music tastes and cans? I've only got the Vs and the stock tubes, so they are the obvious choice for me.

post #1386 of 1979

sounds good - i went with the mullards and the russians. Seems like a nice difference in tonal quality with the warmth of the mullards vs the analytic ability of the russians. Got matched pairs for both.

post #1387 of 1979
@ analogue 3- more of a preference thing. I notice the EF 91/92 family has lots of air and imaging and soundstage is wide, while retaining tightness in bass.
Through the years, I got more into experiencing with different varieties within the families. For EF95 I like CV850, 6096CT, 403A. EF91 & EF92-various 6AM6, CV138, 6CQ6, CV131, M8161 etc. and for the 408A, I a couple nice 6028s as well.
I have found some nice little gems for this amp indeed.

@RAZR- enjoy!!!


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post #1388 of 1979

I have finally gotten around to trying out my Little Dot i+.  I want to swap in the tubes I got off ebay listed above.  I am confused about what settings I need to change from the stock tubes.  It appears I don't have to change anyting since the tubes appear to be 6J1Ps.  Is that correct I am totally misunderstanding???

post #1389 of 1979
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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post

 

 

David is the man indeed Focker.  Excellent support!!!

 

Some pics through the years of my LD I+ getting some love.  Good times!!!!!

 

 

LDI+ & GR07.jpg

Hey mate. Which tubes are these that you are/were using? They look pretty nice. I want to find some tubes that glow pretty bright (just for the looks biggrin.gif)

post #1390 of 1979
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Originally Posted by beekermartin View Post

I have finally gotten around to trying out my Little Dot i+.  I want to swap in the tubes I got off ebay listed above.  I am confused about what settings I need to change from the stock tubes.  It appears I don't have to change anyting since the tubes appear to be 6J1Ps.  Is that correct I am totally misunderstanding???

 

 

If your I+ came stock with the 6J1 (EF95 family) then you do not have to change the settings.  You can use EF95, 6AK5, 5654, 6Zv1P, CV850, 6096, CV4010 (M8100), 403A etc. with that setting.

 

Cheers!

 

 

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Originally Posted by Biesas View Post

Hey mate. Which tubes are these that you are/were using? They look pretty nice. I want to find some tubes that glow pretty bright (just for the looks biggrin.gif)

 

 

Well, that was some months ago, but I would guess those are Sylvania Gold 408As.

 

Cheers!


Edited by HeatFan12 - 8/5/12 at 8:19am
post #1391 of 1979

hey i got some 408as - you have to change the settings to use those right? if so how hard is it?

post #1392 of 1979
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Originally Posted by RAZRr1275 View Post

hey i got some 408as - you have to change the settings to use those right? if so how hard is it?

 

 

Yes, you must change settings between the three different families (EF95 and all variants- 6AK5, M8100 etc.) & (EF91 & EF92 etc.) & (408A & 6028).

 

It is not difficult, but I purchased my I+ when it first came out and I believe the jumper settings might have changed with newer batches.  I have the manual that I received years ago for mine.  If you want to take a look at it to see if it's the same, PM me your email and I'll send it.  Or you can email David and find out if there were any setting changes.

 

This is from the manual that I received.  Again, confirm there were no changes from your amp

 

 

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Edited by HeatFan12 - 8/5/12 at 9:20am
post #1393 of 1979

i just checked the manual that i got - they're the same - i'm going to try the 408a tubes tomorrow - now one thing that it doesn't seem to be clear on is how exactly to open this thing up - can you walk me through it?

post #1394 of 1979

Just take the bottom two screws from the front and back and the case will come apart in the middle.

post #1395 of 1979

well i just read this thread looking at op amps - it seems like the 2107 and 1364 are the most liked? would the 2134, 627, 2228 or lme 49720 be better? what are the differences between the sounds? a lot of the posts were about each specific opamps sound but not much as far as comparison between them

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