Acapella, congrats on the Auditor. It truly makes those headphones sing. How does it compare to you Little Dot III? How does your M-DAC compare to other DAC's out there?
For a second there I thought you had ran sacked my place and scooped my gear while I was away this weekend :)
p.s. You have a great taste in headphones ;)
Hey Rezolver, did you check your gear just now? ;) Thanks :)
OK, Little dot is a long story, as it all comes down to which tubes you use, and definitely, the standard kind of tubes are not the ones. However, if you use 6N6P-IR power tubes (mine are from 1974) and CV4015 driver tubes, you can create a signature, which is very similar to the Auditor. I was really surprised about that. But then, the Auditor has more definition and that is expressed in a better three-dimensional reproduction of instruments etc. Of course, the Auditor sounds also a bit more dynamic and non-stressed, it just has more power and doesn't overdrive. There are new higher gain tubes, completely new families discussed at the moment, which may actually give the LD more power, enough to drive the HE-500 "sufficiently" (kind of) and you could buy for $300 some really fancy power tubes too. However, the Auditor is better than the best I heard from the Little Dot.
The Audiolab-M, I found has some traits, which I liked with the Musical Fidelity M1, as in holographic sound reproduction. The Audiolab offers a larger stage though and is also versatile due to different digital filters. The Beresford Caiman has an even larger stage than the Audiolab-M, but it does not image musicians or instruments as well as the Audiolab-M does. So, I use the Audiolab these days.
I would have been curious to hear the Auditor with your Audio-gd Reference 5.2, also. Maybe someone brings one along on the London Meet in April ;)
HD800 next then? ;)
Edited by Acapella11 - 3/17/13 at 6:12pm