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post #316 of 487
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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post

 

 

That's great TD...beerchug.gif

 

Yes, the 5 gain is good for various phones.  Give the 10 a shot with the Beyers and then see if the 'Sones cooperate.

 

I saw that you checked out the LD tube rolling thread...Those guys over there are real players...lol...I remember when the EF91, 92 and 95 family as well as all their variants was going strong.  Now with all the other tubes they have found and cutting pins and strapping, they have taken it to a whole 'nother level.

 

Amazing!

 

Cheers!

I'll give the 10 a try this weekend, yeah the guys in the tube rolling thread are some serious hard core rollers. biggrin.gif

Gonna be fun playing with some heptodes down the road.

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post #317 of 487
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

I'll give the 10 a try this weekend, yeah the guys in the tube rolling thread are some serious hard core rollers. biggrin.gif

Gonna be fun playing with some heptodes down the road.

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I use 5 on my HD650 and T70 and its more than sufficient. I would up it to 10 for low impedance for low ohm rated phones since OTL is designed for high impedance.

 

get a pair of 6BE6 and 6BY6 tubes and you won't be disappointed.


Edited by mab1376 - 7/18/13 at 1:35pm
post #318 of 487
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Originally Posted by mab1376 View Post

I use 5 on my HD650 and T70 and its more than sufficient. I would up it to 10 for low impedance for low ohm rated phones since OTL is designed for high impedance.

 

get a pair of 6BE6 and 6BY6 tubes and you won't be disappointed.

 

Thanks mab1376!

 

I'll try those settings out with the 'Sones and look for a set of those tubes. This is going to rock!

 

More fun than chasing OpAmps, I should sell my collection of them to create a tube fund.

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post #319 of 487
HI to all you Mk IVSE owners. Although I've posted plenty on HeadFi over a few years - less recently - I have a pair of Senn HD650s which could really do with a fine amp, other than the KHA (highly modified Jacar amps) and the Corda 2Move. So, now that I have settled back in OZ, I am seriously considering a nice valve amp to power them and I've loved the look of the Little Dot models for years now, especially from the IVSE model on up. Be great if I could afford the Mk VII or Mk VIII, but at the moment I'm loving the idea of the Mk IVSE. This thread looks like a good place to start smily_headphones1.gif
Ok, a little advice from some of you long term afficionados would be greatly appreciated. I take it that there are some fabulous new amps out there that will drive the HD650s just fine, however I'm quite taken with the IVSE, as mentioned, and I'm wondering if this amp is still up there in the SQ stakes? I remember Penchum's ripper review of the combo some years back, but I would like to hear some of your more current thoughts and feelings on your experiences. True, I know there are 22 pages here, but if I can avoid sifting through it all - amongst many other pages on the site in general - I'd prefer to. The above question is probably number one for me at the moment. Are there any particular issues that require consideration as well, such as reliability etc?

P.S. I use a Triode Corporation TRV-88SE valve amp in my main system which has a headphone jack, though it doesn't really suit the HD650s. It sounds ok, but strangely suits my 23 year old Senn HD540 Reference cans at 600ohms much better.

Cheers guys smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by sennsay - 7/21/13 at 4:14am
post #320 of 487

I've owned the MKIVSE now for about 3+ years and, this may be against common wisdom, but I keep going back to it as my preferred amp.  Now, I own an Woo WA6SE, Benchmark HDC2, Schiit Asgard 2 and several other highly regarded amps and use both Senn HD650 and HiFiman He-500's.  With the HE-500 the LD sounds absolutely terrific!  The whole spectrum is smooth, quiet and alive.  The bass is particularly solid and deep (this is the part that is not suppose to be).  I sense no noise or other artifacts.  The soundstage is open, wide and  natural.  I can't explain it but this is my "go to" amp time and again...go figure!  I suggest you buy one and play with several differing tubes, you will not regret it!

post #321 of 487
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Originally Posted by amham View Post

I've owned the MKIVSE now for about 3+ years and, this may be against common wisdom, but I keep going back to it as my preferred amp.  Now, I own an Woo WA6SE, Benchmark HDC2, Schiit Asgard 2 and several other highly regarded amps and use both Senn HD650 and HiFiman He-500's.  With the HE-500 the LD sounds absolutely terrific!  The whole spectrum is smooth, quiet and alive.  The bass is particularly solid and deep (this is the part that is not suppose to be).  I sense no noise or other artifacts.  The soundstage is open, wide and  natural.  I can't explain it but this is my "go to" amp time and again...go figure!  I suggest you buy one and play with several differing tubes, you will not regret it!

 

Which tubes have you found that suit you the best?

post #322 of 487
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Originally Posted by steppenout View Post

 

Which tubes have you found that suit you the best?

 

6BE6 (EK90) - Telefunken, or Siemens if you can find them, also IBM from the 1950's are awesome and super cheap, use them with standard M8100 (EF95) settings.

post #323 of 487

Quick question could I run a High Impedance can like the Dt 880 600 ohm and a Low Impedance can like teh w1000x out of the LD MK IV? Does it have some kinda of Gain or power adjustment setting 

 

also $459 for the LD MK IV Se, shipped doesn't sound bad at all :D. I wonder what the differance between the SE and non SE where, and well high quality interconnectors sold me! I've had a few amps have Interconnectors go bad on me q.q 


Edited by Mshenay - 8/4/13 at 5:38am
post #324 of 487
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

Quick question could I run a High Impedance can like the Dt 880 600 ohm and a Low Impedance can like teh w1000x out of the LD MK IV? Does it have some kinda of Gain or power adjustment setting 

 

also $459 for the LD MK IV Se, shipped doesn't sound bad at all :D. I wonder what the differance between the SE and non SE where, and well high quality interconnectors sold me! I've had a few amps have Interconnectors go bad on me q.q 


Gain settings are 3, 4, 5 and 10, I have mine set to 5 at the moment for the DT880 Pro's, a friend was over last night and wanted to hear the Koss TBSE1's @ 38Ω so I plugged them in and they sounded good as well with the 5 gain setting.

 

I have the MK IV but mine came with the SE's Power tubes, and as for the better quality jacks and RCA's... I can change those down the road if there ever is a problem. biggrin.gif

 

Let us know if you decide to pick one up!

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post #325 of 487

It will be quite a while before I do. I'm mega broke atm. So maybe during the spring when I get my taxes back... but that's still good to know! 

post #326 of 487

How does this amp work with the hd600's?

thanks

post #327 of 487

Really nice with the HD600s when I had them.  Very clean background, powerful bass (to my tastes anyway), and beautifully euphonic mid-range.  Mind you - I liked the HD600 with most amps .... a really special headphone!

post #328 of 487

Who is the vendor of choice to buy this amp from? 

post #329 of 487

Direct from Little Dot - or via their E-Bay account

 

This page has more details.  David and his team are really good to deal with :)

post #330 of 487

Thanks amham, I'm going to buy one. I think I'm right in saying that one can be ordered with better tubes supplied? Where do you buy your favourite tubes from,  an eBay dealer?  Maybe they will also be a treat with my new Sony MD-1Rs as well, though they are far more efficient and lower impedance than the Senn HD650s. 

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