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Thread Starter 
What tube amp is the most cost effective route to go if I were to get a dt880 600ohm. I don't mind stock tubes or whatever, I just want to power the cans sufficiently and then i'll worry about different tubes and their different sound sigs later.

I was looking at the Little Dot MK II, but a confusing thing on their spec sheet is a power output of 300mW @ 300/600 ohms. So if it means at both 300 & 600 ohms, it puts out 300mW? If so, that's sufficient right? Or should I go for the mk III which has 50mW more output power? Other suggestions welcome.
post #2 of 13
start wth the mk iv, which has more power. stock tubes are not too bad and upgrades not too expensive.
post #3 of 13
Hi,

You may want to take a look at the Antique Sound Lab MKIII.... I just love mine... and it drives my Senn 424 600ohm just perfect....

And it's both OTL & transformer tube amp

ANTIQUE SOUNDLAB

Denys
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
I should clarify my budget. I don't want to spend more than $300. That's my cap.
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I also have an ASL OTL MkIII and it is good with NOS tubes (preferred are orig. Mullard or Amperex EL84, and a Raytheon 5751/windmill)..................but, better for 600ohm Beyers (as well as modded k340) is Ming Da MC84C 07 - again with NOS tubes (orig. Mullard EL84 best choice, and Mullard or Raytheon in the 12ax7 or 5751 sockets). You go to Pacific Valve & Elec. for this beauty.
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I also have an ASL OTL MkIII and it is good with NOS tubes (preferred are orig. Mullard or Amperex EL84, and a Raytheon 5751/windmill)..................but, better for 600ohm Beyers (as well as modded k340) is Ming Da MC84C 07 - again with NOS tubes (orig. Mullard EL84 best choice, and Mullard or Raytheon in the 12ax7 or 5751 sockets). You go to Pacific Valve & Elec. for this beauty.
Agreed - it's a very good choice. The Darkvoice 336 also works well with 600 ohm cans in that price range. So does the WooAudio WA3.
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I second the Darkvoice 336 series, it will make them sing
post #8 of 13

What do you think, guys, about Little Dot MKIII in pair with DT880 600ohms ? I've got this amp and now I have to decide which neutral headphone should I choise for It. Than again, shall I go for DT880 or MKIII will not reveal their entire potential ?

post #9 of 13

Schiit Valhalla

post #10 of 13

LD MKIII works great with the T1, and I based the decision off others in this forum that said they worked good with the DT880 600-Ohm. Plenty of power.

 

It's considered the best bang for the buck amp they offer.

post #11 of 13

I use my WA3+ with all my 600Ohm beyers and I get exceptional results, especially with the T1. The DT880/600Ohm pairs really well with the WA3+ as well.

 

I would look around to see if you can get one used for around $350-$400, but if not the Little-Dot and Darkvoice amps are still a great choice.

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Zombie_X, thank you for replay.  I think you did not understand my question. I am not going to buy an amp for DT880-s 600ohm, I do already have Little Dot MKIII. The problem was choosing a good matched neutral sounding headphone (for lesser than 300$). And I do not have the chance to sell MKIII and buy a used WA3. This is my final and stand alone setup (as I can not afford many toys).

 

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LD MKIII works great with the T1

 

WOW , this is a really interesting point of view.. I was doubting if this cheap amp can handle T1's smaller brother DT880, and now, if you say is true (and not an exaggeration), I think I've got an answer on my question redface.gif. But I would be also glad to hear the recommendation from the owner of the both, DT880 (600) + MKIII . At the moment I posses DT990 250 ohm and I find the synergy so-so (too bright overall)... 

Any other suggestions , opinions are also valuable.


Edited by AlexRoma - 12/19/10 at 4:41pm
post #13 of 13

Sorry about that I misread your question. And the T1 is a lot more efficient than theDT880/600Ohm so it's easier to drive. That said the MKIII has more than enough power to push the T1's drivers as well as the DT880/600Ohm. 
 

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LD MKIII works great with the T1

 

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