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post #1426 of 1974

What's your source?

post #1427 of 1974
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Originally Posted by shipsupt View Post

What's your source?


Ipod in a dynex dock, vol on full

post #1428 of 1974
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Originally Posted by Rossy007 View Post

I just got my little dot 1+ on Tuesday (7Th) and I am currently burning it in as per Davids suggestions (8 hrs - 30 mins to 1 hr rest). I have ordered a LM4562 op amp as an upgrade as I read good reviews. I will be getting a pair of replacement pair of AKG Q701  (last amp took out the left channel). I was wondering what would be a good first tube upgrade, I like a clean open sound stage with controlled bass. I listen to most everything. smily_headphones1.gif I have read this whole thread and as it is very informative, I am till a bit overwhelmed.

 

Thanks everyone

 

The Voshkod 6ZH1P-EV is a great first tube upgrade; I've been enjoying them for the last few months. These have very clear treble and good controlled bass.

 

Check the opening of this thread for all the info you'll need to get started: http://www.head-fi.org/t/563884/little-dot-tube-amps-vacuum-tube-rolling-guide

 

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Just got my AKG Q701's, plugged them in and had to turn the volume to 8 (not very loud). I opened the little dot up and removed the two jumpers (j3 + j4) plugged it back up and.......no difference, still have to turn it up to 8? am I doing something wrong?
 

 

Not sure why you aren't getting volume. I never use mine past 30 (I assume by 8 you mean 80). Double check all of your connections (and the tubes) are in securely. Also check that you've removed the correct gain jumpers - refer to page 8 in the owners manual: http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6037680/Little%20Dot%20I%2B%20Reference%20Guide.pdf

 

Lastly, try the amp with a different source and different headphones to see if the problem is somewhere else. If all fails, ask David. His customer service is outstanding.

post #1429 of 1974

Thanks for the reply, I did plug my Sony CD player in and still have to turn it up to 80. I e-mailed David and though he did reply quickly, He didn't give me any suggestions. Maybe a dud amp? Does anyone know what the other jumpers are for ( the ones either side of of j3 and j4)
 

post #1430 of 1974

Are you talking about J1 and J2?  These are used to change tube types.  Check page 9 of the instruction manual to be sure they are set up right for whatever tubes you're running.

post #1431 of 1974

Sorry, they are resistors. Just have to deal with it.

post #1432 of 1974

So been running my LD for a couple of weeks and enjoying it. I have a pair of Voskhod gold grid 1960 6j1p on its way as well as a OPA 2107 op amp (very excited) I feel my weak link is my source (Ipod ind Dynex dock) could anyone recommend a source to get the most out of my amp? I do have a laptop that I don't use very much but think I would need a separate DAC?

 

Cheers
 

post #1433 of 1974

I don't think there's a Little Dot I+ opamp rolling thread (?) so I'll post this here

 

Did some opamp rolling and posted my impressions with various opamps here

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/432749/the-opamp-thread/4395#post_9441114

post #1434 of 1974
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Originally Posted by Rossy007 View Post

So been running my LD for a couple of weeks and enjoying it. I have a pair of Voskhod gold grid 1960 6j1p on its way as well as a OPA 2107 op amp (very excited) I feel my weak link is my source (Ipod ind Dynex dock) could anyone recommend a source to get the most out of my amp? I do have a laptop that I don't use very much but think I would need a separate DAC?

 

Cheers
 


Anyone?

post #1435 of 1974

There are lots of DACs out there for around $100 to use with your PC, and most would more than suffice, for example, the Schiit Audio Modi for $99 is quite nice. On the other hand, if you would just like to try a DAC first, to see if it is worth it, it is hard to beat $16.59 with free shipping. The ELE DAC has been quite a hit here on headfi.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ELE-EL-D01-MINI-HIFI-USB-DAC-SOUND-Audio-CARD-PCM2704-BOARD-ELNA-Capacitor-S-/290908894560

post #1436 of 1974
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Originally Posted by Rossy007 View Post

So been running my LD for a couple of weeks and enjoying it. I have a pair of Voskhod gold grid 1960 6j1p on its way as well as a OPA 2107 op amp (very excited) I feel my weak link is my source (Ipod ind Dynex dock) could anyone recommend a source to get the most out of my amp? I do have a laptop that I don't use very much but think I would need a separate DAC?

 

Cheers
 

 


What kind/generation of ipod are you using? Some of them have pretty good DAC's.

Upgrading to a stand-alone DAC would provide improvement, but it's not a night-and-day difference to my ears. I'd say listen to what you have, and upgrade if you hear problems with your current setup, or if you want to play around and see the differences for yourself. One of my chains is: Laptop>HRT Music Steamer II>Little Dot I+

 

HRT also makes the istreamer, which is a DAC that can connect directly to an ipod.

 

(Also, if you're using low bit rate mp3s with your ipod, upgrading to at least 320 will make the most drastic improvement IMO)

post #1437 of 1974
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Originally Posted by Rossy007 View Post

So been running my LD for a couple of weeks and enjoying it. I have a pair of Voskhod gold grid 1960 6j1p on its way as well as a OPA 2107 op amp (very excited) I feel my weak link is my source (Ipod ind Dynex dock) could anyone recommend a source to get the most out of my amp? I do have a laptop that I don't use very much but think I would need a separate DAC?

 

Cheers
 

Depending on which Ipod model it is you should be fine.  Putting ALAC files on it will make a larger difference than buying yet another piece of equipment.  As always, YMMV.  smily_headphones1.gif

post #1438 of 1974

Thanks everyone, I have 2 i Pods, 1 is a 80g classic gen 5 which holds all my pop, rock and stuff and I also have a 30g video (gen 5 also I think) which holds all my classical music. I have them both loaded with apple lossless ripped from my Cd’s  with dbpoweramp. I use a Dynex dock which plugs into my little dot and strangely enough, it comes with a remote control which allows me to control the volume and select the different eq's on the i pods. I would just like to get the cleanest signal into the little dot.- as I hear people rave about the sound quality.


 

Thanks again.

 

post #1439 of 1974

Just got a 2017 op amp in the mail and slapped that puppy in L3000.gif I was able to take off the "classical" eq of the ipod and set it to flat. great bass detail and depth but the mid range (vocals) are really hard\harsh. hopefully that will tone down over time. Great upgrade for the money, cant wait for my Voskhod gold to get here.
 

post #1440 of 1974

Got my Voskhod gold today and one of them hums\buzzes. I cleaned the pins but it still make a buzzing sound. I swapped them over and the buzz followed the tube, it also is brighter than the other....is it done or does it need to burn in?

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