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post #31 of 164
I plan to get that combo for my ALO-780. Right now, I think I may start putting together a Grado rig though. Zero DAC>Qinpu A-3>RS-1 for now I hope. Then I want the MAD EAR + HD Gotta buy the RS-1 first haha.
post #32 of 164
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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post
Mine arrived safely this afternoon!

The package includes a power cord, a cheap RCA-to-RCA cable and a manual. The amp is well protected.


(didn't bother to fix the white balance, sorry )

My setup: Macbook > Airport Express > LD DAC_I > LD MKVII+ > Balanced HD600

I listened to various classical and pop music for 2 hours before writing this brief review. From time to time I switched between SE and balanced for comparison.

Fired up The Dark Knight OST..the bass now had more presence and slam, and, went deeper. No contest here, balanced operation totally crushes SE.

Another big change is the dynamic. The music is more lively and toe-tapping (or air-conducting in the case of classical ). The clarity is
also greatly improved. I never understood PRaT before, but now I think I do

Listened to Beethoven's "Emperor" and I was thoroughly impressed. The piano has never sounded this good. The tone is crisp and clear. String instruments are also nicely reproduced. Where's the Sennheiser veil??

Regarding soundstage and imaging, well, the HD600's are not that great to begin with so I'll reserve my judgement for now..

I plugged in my ESW10JPN (42 ohm, the lowest I have) for a quick listen and did not notice any hiss.

Thanks
Very interested if the reduced output of the Vll+ has much effect on volume control.
With the ESW10JPN how far can you turn it for comfortable listening levels.
post #33 of 164
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Very interested if the reduced output of the Vll+ has much effect on volume control.
With the ESW10JPN how far can you turn it for comfortable listening levels.
ESW10JPN - a little bit past 8
HD600 SE - 9'o clock
Balanced HD600 - 8:30

I used Eric Clapton's "Change the World" for testing
post #34 of 164
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ESW10JPN - a little bit past 8
HD600 SE - 9'o clock
Balanced HD600 - 8:30

I used Eric Clapton's "Change the World" for testing
It looks like the reduced output must have been at the top end,that is about the same as the MK Vll.
Hope you are enjoying.
post #35 of 164
So high Impedance phones like a 600ohm DT880 should be cake right?

Who do I contact to check availability and ordering info?
post #36 of 164
I have the feeling the old MKVII is still better with high impedance cans (I've asked David the same question and he confirmed that). The MKVII+ is a better choice with low impedance cans (8-300ohm). With a 600 ohm headphone you won't have any problem with volume (I remember the volume wit DT770 was about at 11 o'clock, using the SE output).
I'm going to drive my T1 with the MKVII.
post #37 of 164
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It looks like the reduced output must have been at the top end,that is about the same as the MK Vll.
Hope you are enjoying.
Definitely. The balanced Senns are a different pair of headphones

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So high Impedance phones like a 600ohm DT880 should be cake right?

Who do I contact to check availability and ordering info?
Their website is http://littledot.net/.
post #38 of 164
I found that site but still not a clear way to order. The MKVII says "Direct order only". What does that mean? I guess I can't order through their Authorized Sellers, but how do I cantact them directly to place an order?
post #39 of 164
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I found that site but still not a clear way to order. The MKVII says "Direct order only". What does that mean? I guess I can't order through their Aulittle.tube@gmail.comthorized Sellers, but how do I cantact them directly to place an order?
If you click on "Direct order only". it should bring up a e-mail screen that goes to little.tube@gmail.com
post #40 of 164
I have been waiting for a long time for a small desktop amp with some oomfff to drive my CD3000. Been getting a lot of input from HeatFan with his MKVII but without actually listening, I'm still hesitating. If the MKVII+ is better for lo-ohm then maybe I should just take the plunge.

Another reason that I am hesitating is my experience with my old NAD 3020 and the CD3000. The old NAD does very well with lo-ohm headphones. It drives lo-ohm speakers well too, 4, 2 even 1 ohm. Back in the 80's there was a joke about NADs driving a dead short. The headphone out is just a tap off the speaker outs with a 220 ohm resistor. I have even driven the CD3000 straight out of the speaker terminals of the 3020 and the sound made me speechless. For me that sound is like the holy grail. An amp that can make the CD3000 sing like the NAD 3020 speaker terminals.

I'm going to send David a few emails and if all goes well....
post #41 of 164
I havent read the whole thread yet.....but, No 600ohm cans? It mentions up to 300ohms in the specs.
post #42 of 164
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Originally Posted by sunneebear View Post
I have been waiting for a long time for a small desktop amp with some oomfff to drive my CD3000. Been getting a lot of input from HeatFan with his MKVII but without actually listening, I'm still hesitating. If the MKVII+ is better for lo-ohm then maybe I should just take the plunge.

Another reason that I am hesitating is my experience with my old NAD 3020 and the CD3000. The old NAD does very well with lo-ohm headphones. It drives lo-ohm speakers well too, 4, 2 even 1 ohm. Back in the 80's there was a joke about NADs driving a dead short. The headphone out is just a tap off the speaker outs with a 220 ohm resistor. I have even driven the CD3000 straight out of the speaker terminals of the 3020 and the sound made me speechless. For me that sound is like the holy grail. An amp that can make the CD3000 sing like the NAD 3020 speaker terminals.

I'm going to send David a few emails and if all goes well....
The MK Vll is perfect for the CD3000's,those are the only phones I use it with.

The only reason that LD are saying the + is better for low impedance phones is the fact that some people have been having problems with noise with very low impedance phones.
Mine had a slight noise in one channel and I returned it,now it is silent and there is no way that I would part with it.
Balanced the CD3000's sing,no chance of running out of power with this amp.
post #43 of 164
Well, I'm on the ordering list now. Been looking at the MkVII for a little while, but I like the reduced gain options on this. I'll see how this compares to my MkIV.
post #44 of 164
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Drag0n View Post
I havent read the whole thread yet.....but, No 600ohm cans? It mentions up to 300ohms in the specs.
From specifications on page one:

Recommended Headphone Impedance: 8 - 600 ohms
post #45 of 164
Kind of a weird request, but could you get a side shot of that setup, lengthwise? I noticed the DAC_1 is slightly longer dimension wise, and I'm wondering what that means for someone wishing to stack them amp bottom, DAC top like you are.

Also, I wonder if David would be willing to stick the MKVII+ into the longer DAC_1 case upon request? (For max stackness =])


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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post
Mine arrived safely this afternoon!

The package includes a power cord, a cheap RCA-to-RCA cable and a manual. The amp is well protected.


(didn't bother to fix the white balance, sorry )

My setup: Macbook > Airport Express > LD DAC_I > LD MKVII+ > Balanced HD600

I listened to various classical and pop music for 2 hours before writing this brief review. From time to time I switched between SE and balanced for comparison.

Fired up The Dark Knight OST..the bass now had more presence and slam, and, went deeper. No contest here, balanced operation totally crushes SE.

Another big change is the dynamic. The music is more lively and toe-tapping (or air-conducting in the case of classical ). The clarity is
also greatly improved. I never understood PRaT before, but now I think I do

Listened to Beethoven's "Emperor" and I was thoroughly impressed. The piano has never sounded this good. The tone is crisp and clear. String instruments are also nicely reproduced. Where's the Sennheiser veil??

Regarding soundstage and imaging, well, the HD600's are not that great to begin with so I'll reserve my judgement for now..

I plugged in my ESW10JPN (42 ohm, the lowest I have) for a quick listen and did not notice any hiss.

Thanks
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