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Can you guys help me narrow down my tube amp search?

 

Darkvoice 336

Little Dot MKIII

Little Dot MKIV

Schiit Valhalla

 

This would be just for the 880s. I understand some tube changes may be necessary.

 

I'll describe what I'm looking for and hopefully it'll help:

 

I really like the way the 880 sounds as-is, but I think it has more potential. Overall, I'd like to hear some silky, lush, tube magic, and assuming there is a such a thing, my guess is it'll make the treble sweeter but also make the bass mushier. I definitely would like to smooth out the highs, which can get edgy sometimes. For the bass, a thicker, punchy low mid/upper bass would be great. I think the sub-low part of the 880s is fine.

 

Whaddaya guys think?

post #7022 of 10423
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Originally Posted by ccash View Post

 

Darkvoice 336

Little Dot MKIII

Little Dot MKIV

Schiit Valhalla

 

:beerchug:

post #7023 of 10423

I just received my Little Dot MKII to use with my 880 premium 600 ohms. The first word that comes to mind with the pairing is "effortless". I was using the 880's unamped since I got them 4 days ago, and wow, is the change obvious. They sound full. Full of warmth, lack of sibilance, and man, the soundstage....very spacious, even more so than before. These are just my first impressions. Still listening and enjoying! I was worried at first that the 880's weren't all they were cracked up to be. All they need is a little tube love :).

post #7024 of 10423

Good Evening! Have had my dt-880 250ohm's running through my Arcam...bypassing tone controls with Arcam's Direct Tonal input. Must admit this is one Superb Headphone...the Soundstage and Neutral Tonal Balance on all Genres of music is as it's meant to be...Involving and Accurate. So far a new love of everything Musical! Sincerely...Headshot65

post #7025 of 10423
And some great tubes, check page 77 of the Little Dot Tube Rolling thread about halfway down.

Those are all the 7 pin tubes that have been tried and their configurations. Switching to 9 pins and octals will enhance the sound even more. smily_headphones1.gif
post #7026 of 10423
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

And some great tubes, check page 77 of the Little Dot Tube Rolling thread about halfway down.

Those are all the 7 pin tubes that have been tried and their configurations. Switching to 9 pins and octals will enhance the sound even more. smily_headphones1.gif

This is my first real tube amp (coming from the Vali), so I may be completely wrong here. The tubes that came with have 9 pins on the bottoms. I bought the amp used off of Amazon.

post #7027 of 10423
The power tubes (Back) are B9A 9pin, the drivers (Front) are B7G 7 pin.

Unless the previous owner has modified it then bonus for you if they are all 9 pin. wink.gif
post #7028 of 10423
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Originally Posted by NotaLefty View Post
 

This is my first real tube amp (coming from the Vali), so I may be completely wrong here. The tubes that came with have 9 pins on the bottoms. I bought the amp used off of Amazon.

Those 9 pins are Power tubes the tall tubes nearest to the transformer,7 pins are the shorter tubes those are driver tubes these you roll.


Edited by i luvmusic 2 - 4/17/14 at 6:09pm
post #7029 of 10423
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Originally Posted by NotaLefty View Post
 

I just received my Little Dot MKII to use with my 880 premium 600 ohms. The first word that comes to mind with the pairing is "effortless". I was using the 880's unamped since I got them 4 days ago, and wow, is the change obvious. They sound full. Full of warmth, lack of sibilance, and man, the soundstage....very spacious, even more so than before. These are just my first impressions. Still listening and enjoying! I was worried at first that the 880's weren't all they were cracked up to be. All they need is a little tube love :).

 

: ] I had the same feeling when I bought them too. I was running them off of a PC soundcard and while they sounded much better than the motherboard's output, they were just tonally thin/lacking in bass/mid warmth/sibilant. Since then I've burned them in over 2000 hours and upgraded my system.

 

They sound so fantastic now! I enjoy their bass much more than the AKG K712 I heard at the last Head-fi meet. The AKG K712 directs too much of the bass IMO to the earpads. What the DT880 does so magically is deliver that bass to the center of the cups. I also noticed that the AKG earpads do not have the perforations on the inside of the earpads that allow sound to pass through them like the DT880/990 earpads

post #7030 of 10423
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Originally Posted by ccash View Post
 

Can you guys help me narrow down my tube amp search?

 

Darkvoice 336

Little Dot MKIII

Little Dot MKIV

Schiit Valhalla

 

Pretty much like the above poster, but... for better midrange, go for...

 

Bottlehead Crack

post #7031 of 10423

New DT-880 owner here. Been thinking about returning them to replace them with a warmer/less-analytical sounding headphone such as the Phillips L1, but the more I listen to them, the more I like them...been blown away listening to classical and jazz.

 

So, speaking of amps, I'm now thinking about getting an amp to power my 250 ohms. I listen to music on a work computer, so it needs to be a portable amp, and I'm really not looking to spend much money on this--hopefully less than $50. What would you guys recommend? I'm happy with the volume I get from my work computer, so do I really need an amp? Will an amp improve the actual sound quality? Thanks for your advice! 

post #7032 of 10423
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Originally Posted by ccash View Post
 

Can you guys help me narrow down my tube amp search?

 

Darkvoice 336

Little Dot MKIII

Little Dot MKIV

Schiit Valhalla

 

 

+1 for the Valhalla. Really sweet pairing.

post #7033 of 10423
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Originally Posted by cosmogrammar View Post

New DT-880 owner here. Been thinking about returning them to replace them with a warmer/less-analytical sounding headphone such as the Phillips L1, but the more I listen to them, the more I like them...been blown away listening to classical and jazz.

So, speaking of amps, I'm now thinking about getting an amp to power my 250 ohms. I listen to music on a work computer, so it needs to be a portable amp, and I'm really not looking to spend much money on this--hopefully less than $50. What would you guys recommend? I'm happy with the volume I get from my work computer, so do I really need an amp? Will an amp improve the actual sound quality? Thanks for your advice! 
Under $50? I think the Fiio E11 is a good choice. If you can bump your budget a bit look into:
C&C Bh2
Fiio E12
post #7034 of 10423
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

 

Schiit Valhalla

:beerchug:

Thanks TrollDragon, Bill-P and Rem0o. Interesting TD, as you have a Little Dot MKIV. So I guess you're saying if you were starting again, you'd....

 

Can you guys describe sonically what to expect with the Valhalla versus the little Dot or 336? I like the idea of made in the USA and faster shipping... I'm anxious and ready to go!

 

Congrats to NotaLefty and Headshot65!

 

Cosmogrammer - you're probably OK with the 250 ohm without an amp (I mean $50 isn't going to go far, but for a little more people like the paring of the Fiio E09k, but you should then get a DAC... I'd wait and save a bit). If you had the 600s it would be a different story.


Edited by ccash - 4/17/14 at 5:56pm
post #7035 of 10423
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Originally Posted by ccash View Post
 

Cosmogrammer - you're probably OK with the 250 ohm without an amp (I mean $50 isn't going to go far, but for a little more people like the paring of the Fiio E09k, but you should then get a DAC... I'd wait and save a bit). If you had the 600s it would be a different story.

 

So is an amp the type of thing where I'd have to invest some money to get a noticeable difference in sound quality? Like I said, I'm not having issues with volume. 

 

Thanks for the suggestions, xkonfuzed. 

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