The Little Dot I+ hybrid tube/transistor headphone amplifier is made in China.
I ordered one through eBay for $109.
Shipping cost $34.
Total cost to my door $143.
For a headphone amplifier with convenience of an integrated power supply and comes preassembled, $143 sounds like an extremely reasonable price.
Preliminary COST: Very resonable
I ordered and paid for the Little Dot I+ on Monday 11/10/2008 at noon.
Communication was constant, receiving updates and timely responses.
I received polite emails including one that contained a postal tracking number.
Shipping was top notch and incredibly fast.
The Little Dot I+ arrived to my door (Saturday 11/15/2008) in just under five days!
Packaging consisted of two molded foam inserts that held the amplifier and tubes safe and secure.
Unpacking and setting up
After unpacking the headphone amplifier, I quickly read through the instruction manual.
It suggested to first remove oxidation from the vacuum tube pins with Caig DeoxIT.
Upon inspection of the tube pins, oxidation indeed had set in.
I sprayed some DeoxIT on the pins and then onto a cotton swab.
Cleaning took about ten minutes.
The instruction manual also suggested burning in the amplifier at 8-hour intervals.
An hour of cool-down time between each session was recommended.
I plugged in the stock 6JI vacuum tubes.
It played on through the night for a total of ten hours.