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I have a Little Dot MK VII+.  It has both SE and balance outs.  Sound characteristic are the same.  The difference is the balance side is a bit louder than the SE.  Also when every the need arises, the balance out can handle the the grunt.  Not that the SE can't but the balance just sound clearer and fuller, more body.

 

I also ordered a Emotiva Mini X that just arrived today.  It sounds better than the Little Dot and the LD is a very capable amp.  Very clean too, even when driving the SA5000.  Only $169 direct from Emotiva.

 

Welcome to the club!

 

Indeed. What LD are you using out of curiosity?

 

I think the Mini-X is a stellar unit with my Mad Dogs. I'm sure the Alpha will be no different. 

post #3332 of 9040
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I would also like to add that balance out sound a little wider, larger stage and separation.  Sound is the same, just the presentation and power is different.

 

x1 ... how did u get the words out of my hut???  u beat me to it.  the NFB10.32 rocks :P :beerchug: 


Edited by Lorspeaker - 10/22/13 at 11:21pm
post #3333 of 9040
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Very surprised.  The LD is balanced driven while the Mini X is driven by a old tarnished RCA cable that came with my 80's tape deck and it still sounds better than the LD.
Speaker amp magic, especially for orthos. Enjoy...
post #3334 of 9040
Any thoughts on running Alpha Dogs through a Graham Slee Voyager amp when on the road!

Having had a quick listen to these at the recent London Head Fi meet up, I was impressed with their comfort and sound.

I did also notice when plugging in a pair of Mad Dogs (members own pair) at the meet into my Graham Slee Voyager amp, that I needed to turn up the volume a few more notches than usual (though still not anywhere near full volume).
Edited by Homage - 10/22/13 at 11:28pm
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That was a very useful article. I will be trying a SE cable soon. Very interesting that soundstage and bass increases with the balanced setup but at the cost of some detail and imaging. I feel the AD already has excellent imaging and it might be better when used SE. I guess a lot of the statements in that article are generalizations and depending on the amp the perceived effects of SE vs balanced might range from small to large.


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SE vs XLR is more about the source/amp portion .....

here is an explanation for reading...  ( about the middle of the page )

http://www.headfonia.com/the-usual-suspects-12-portable-amps-compared/4/
post #3336 of 9040

Thanks for the update Dan! Are the upgrades the same 7 weeks out, or are they even a bit longer?

post #3337 of 9040
I hope to send out a few upgrade notices this month.
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I want to order a pair as my Christmas gift. But, I have to convince my wife on why I need a $600 pair of headphones...

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I want to order a pair as my Christmas gift. But, I have to convince my wife on why I need a $600 pair of headphones...

Wait till you have to convince her that you need 2 or 3 $600+ headphones :D

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Wait till you have to convince her that you need 2 or 3 $600+ headphones :D


 Does she know about the (required) $300 headphone stands yet?  :wink_face:

post #3341 of 9040
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I think the Mini-X is a stellar unit with my Mad Dogs. I'm sure the Alpha will be no different. 

 

Good to hear.  I too ordered the A-100 ($169? come on!) and it arrives Friday.  

 

I bought it to liven up my LCD-2's, as I've never really been happy with how it paired with my Lyr or my balanced Headroom Desktop amp.  At that pricepoint, the Emotiva was a no brainer to try.  If not for headphones, then like any good audio geek, I have multiple pairs of speakers kicking around the house to use with the amp.  

 

I currently own the Mad Dogs 3.2 and am on the AD upgrade list, so great to hear that the Emotiva plays well with, and isn't too much for the MD!

post #3342 of 9040

Yeah.  Counting the days till I get my upgrade notice.  Till then, the MD is just ridiculous on the Mini X.  Direct, no resistors.

post #3343 of 9040

Hey, kind of a newbie looking to purchase a setup soon. I like the Mini X, but what do you use to connect the MDs to the amp?

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The Mini X may only work with balanced headphones that have separate grounds for the left and right channel. Do Not use a common or short the two grounds or on any stereo amp for that matter unless the manufacture states that the amp does use a common ground. I would built a 4-pin XLR cable for the amp. There are some 4-pin XLR power cables which you could cut off one end but sometimes have only two wires connected instead of four you need.

 

P.S. looks like the Mini X does use a common ground.


Edited by john57 - 10/23/13 at 3:01pm
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The Mini X will only work with balanced headphones that have separate grounds for the left and right channel. Do Not use a common or short the two grounds on the Mini X or on any stereo amp for that matter. I would built a 4-pin XLR cable for the amp. There are some 4-pin XLR power cables which you could cut off one end but sometimes have only two wires connected instead of four you need.
It appears you are wrong because the emotiva shares a common ground between the negatives
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